Obituaries
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[ARAM, WILLIAM F.]

Taylor County Democrat (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 5, 1894, [p. 1]

Death by Drowning

William Aram, a young man who had been clerking for Pratt & Green at Sharps was drowned on Sunday evening, while in bathing in the railroad reservoir near that place. The accident by which the young man lost his life occurred at about 10 o'clock in the morning and the body was not recovered from the lake until about 7 o'clock in the evening. Aram, with a number of other young men, was in bathing. The other boys were on the bank dressing themselves and young Aram remained in the water. It is supposed that he was taken with cramps, as he suddenly sank out of sight. After coming to the surface once or twice he sank, to rise no more. The whole thing occurred so quickly that he was drowned before assistance could be rendered him by his companions.

The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church at Sharps at 2 o'clock P. M on Monday, July 2 and were conducted by Elder William Cobb.

The deceased was 22 years of age and was an exemplary young man. The large concourse of people who attended the funeral attested the deceased popularity and to the high esteem in which he was held by those among whom he had grown up to a vigorous, useful, manhood. It was a sad ending of a noble young life.

Taylor County Democrat (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 15, 1894, p. 4

Charles S. Cobb went to Lenox Saturday and placed a fine marble monument at the grave of William Aram, the boy who was drowned last summer in the H. & S. reservoir near Sharpsburg. The boy's father has been dead a number of years. His mother is now Mrs. John Pegg. The sad event of last summer is still vivid in the memory of many of our readers.

[BENNETT, JAMES W., 1831-1888]

South-West Democrat (Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa), Friday, December 28, 1888, p. 4

Sunday night, December 16, 1888, Jas. Bennett, at his home seven miles northwest of Clearfield. Blood poisoning, as a sequel to typhoid fever, was the cause of death. Services were held at the house Monday afternoon.

[BENNETT, JOSEPH, -1904]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, June 23, 1904, p. 3

Joseph Bennett, one of the old settlers of Taylor County, died at his home in Clearfield yesterday morning. Funeral tomorrow at 11 a. m.

[BENSON, NETTIE BLANCHE DOUGLAS]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, May 5, 1910, p. 8

Lenox. --- Nettie Blanch Douglas Benson was born April 10, 1877, in Washington County. The family moved to Lenox in 1899. She united with the United Presbyterian Church in 1892, was married to Pearl [Purl] Benson in 1899 [1900]. To this union was born two children, Ronald, who is 9 years of age and a baby son, who died in infancy. Her death came May 1, at 2 a. m., after long months of suffering with tuberculosis. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. L. Davidson at the United Presbyterian church Tuesday at 10 a. m. and the remains were laid to rest in the Fairview cemetery.

Miss Lizzie Douglas of Olathe, Kan., and Mrs. Bert Dunn of Calloway, Neb., were in attendance at the funeral of their sister, Mrs. Benson, this week.

[BROWN, EDITH BLACK]

Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, November 16, 1976, p. 19

Former Creston resident dies

Mrs. Edith Black Brown, 86, died at 8:50 p. m. Sunday at the Midway hospital in St. Paul, Minn. She had suffered a heart attack on Friday. Mrs. Brown will be remembered by many Creston residents. She was a saleslady at the Creston Hardware for 26 years. Upon retiring she moved to Des Moines. Mrs. Brown sold her home there and moved to St. Paul, where she had made her home with her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Will (Virginia) Parrish and three sons, for past several years.

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Leslie, a son, Danny Bob Brown, and a brother, Edgar R. Black of Lenox. A sister, Mrs. Lucile (Lucy) Donahue of Afton, a sister-in-law, Etta Black of Lenox, four nephews and a niece survive.

Services are to be held at 10 a. m. Thursday at the University Christian church in Des Moines. Mrs. Brown's body will be brought to the Larkin-Bender funeral home at Lenox for a prayer service at 2 p. m. Thursday. Rev. Jack Cutbirth will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

[BRAND, ZOLA LORENA LEYDA]

Creston News Advertiser, August 11, 1971

Mrs. Carl Brand Rites Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Carl (Zola Lorena) Brand, 51, will be held at 1:30 p. m. Friday at Coens Home for Funerals. Rev. Dale Cunningham, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery at Lenox. Her family will be at the funeral home from 2:30 to 8:30 p. m. Thursday.

Mrs. Brand, who had lived near Diagonal since her marriage in 1942, died at the Iowa Methodist hospital at Des Moines at 9:30 p. m. Monday after a short illness.

Zola Lorena Leyda was born at Mark, Iowa, March 18, 1920. She was the daughter of George and Effie Peden Leyda. She lived at Mark until she was 7 years old when the family moved to Bloomfield where she lived until her marriage.

She was married at Kahoka, Mo., Oct. 10, 1942, to Carl Brand. She is survived by her husband, a son, Larry Brand in the U. S. Air Force; three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Jeanette) Nissen of Des Moines; Mrs. J. R. (Donna) Knik of St. Paul, Minn., and Kathryn Ann Brand at home; three grandchildren; two brothers, Bert and Wilbur Leyda of Bloomfield and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Goldie Leyda of Mark. Her parents and a brother preceded her in death.

Mrs. Brand was a member of the Creston Eagles Auxiliary.

[BROWN, MINNIE MERCER]

Adams County Free Press, Wednesday, January 15, 1902, p. 8

Word was received last week of the death of Mrs. Minnie Mercer Brown, which occurred last Wednesday at her home in Utica, Mo. Death resulted from blood poisoning. Mrs. Brown was 29 years of age and was a daughter of Mrs. S. [arah] J.  [ane] Mercer of Mercer Township. The remains were brought to Lenox for interment and the funeral services were held at the M. E. church in that city on Saturday. They were conducted by Rev. M. R. Harned. In addition to the husband and mother, four brothers and five sisters mourn her death. Deceased had many friends in this county who were pained to learn of her death.

[BROWN, MINNIE MERCER]

Adams County Free Press, Saturday, January 18, 1902, p. 8

Funeral of Mrs. Minnie Brown – The mortal remains of Mrs. Minnie (Mercer) Brown were brought from Utica, Mo., to Lenox, Iowa, last Friday evening, and on Saturday at 1 p. m., services were held at the Methodist church at that place, conducted by Rev. M. Harned, pastor of the Mercer Center church of which she was a member, assisted by Revs. Fouch and Smith, after which interment was made in Fairview cemetery by the side of her father.

The large concourse of relatives and friends evidenced the esteem in which Minnie was held, for none knew her but to love her, as was often expressed. When the relentless summons came she met it like a Christian and her death was triumphant. She repeatedly assured the loving ones that she was "ready to go if only we could all go together" but bid them "meet her over there." There was a short but impressive service at her late home conducted by Rev Wadley of the Baptist church and the tender solicitations shown her memory by those with whom she was associated in the three short years of her married life, only added to the eulogy of her character. The choir from the Baptist church at Utica sang beautifully, "Nearer My God to Thee," "The Home Over There," and "Saved by Grace," of which she was especially fond.

We cannot now be satisfied with the severing of ties so dear to us and the temporary defeat of our well wrought plans, but when we "awake in His likeness" and know things as they are, then shall we see her again for faith will ultimately result in a wave of glory sweeping over the soul and the home in which she now awaits us will be ours while here the loss is irreparable, the gain beyond is inestimable. Her memory is blessed to the bereaved husband and his relatives; to her mother, four brothers and five sisters, of which all were present at the funeral but one brother and sister.

Mrs. Minnie Brown was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. [ames] T.  [hornton] Mercer of Mercer Township. She was born September 20, 1872, was married December 28, 1897 [1898], and died January 8, 1902, aged 29 years, 3 months and 18 days.

[BRYANT, LEWIS]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 8, 1955, [p. 1]

Lenox Man Dies In Bedford

Lewis Bryant, 82, a resident of Lenox the past 25 years, died at a nursing home in Bedford, Thursday, Dec. 1. Funeral services were held at the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Cecil Simonton. Burial in the Lenox cemetery. Only distant relatives survive.

[BUXTON, ROBERT]

Creston Daily Advertiser, Monday, February 22, 1926, [p. 1]

Robert Buxton Dead; Funeral Tuesday

Robert Buxton, an old resident of Adams County, died at 7:35 Saturday morning at his home one mile south of Stringtown. He is survived by his widow and seven children.

The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the church at Stringtown and burial will take place in the Lenox cemetery.

[BUXTON, ROBERT]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Friday, February 26, 1926, p. 10

Stringtown

A gloom was cast over the neighborhood when the news flashed over the wires that Robert Buxton had passed away. Thus another useful life has ended. He was an old settler here. Known and respected by everyone. He leaves his wife, 7 children and an only sister, Miss Mary Jane Buxton, of Lenox. His funeral will be held from the Stringtown church Tuesday p. m. at 2:00 o'clock and burial in Lenox. The entire community extend their heartfelt sympathy to the family and relatives.

[EASTMAN, NELLIE EATHEL MAXWELL]
Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, August 4, 1966, p. 2
Mrs. Nellie Eastman – Nellie Eathel Maxwell, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Aiken Maxwell was born near Nodaway, Ia. Sept 19, 1884 and passed away on July 25, 1966 at age of 81 years, 10 months and 6 days. She grew to womanhood in Guss vicinity. She united in marriage to Ivan Charles Eastman on Nov. 18, 1903 in Montgomery County. To this union five children were born.

In 1909 the family moved to Clarinda where she resided until failing health made it necessary to live with son-in-law and daughter, Wendell and Gladys Mains.

She was an active member of WCTU and Methodist church. Also nursed in Clarinda area for 34 years.

The last of 9 brothers and sisters, she is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Wendell and Gladys Mains; Jack and Glenna Knight of Gadsden, Alabama; 3 sons and their wives, Dr. Melvin and Pauline Eastman of Westlake, Ia.; Clyde and Charlotte of Kansas City, Kans.; Lowell and Betty of La Puente, Calif.; ten grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

Walkers Funeral home had charge of services at 2 p. m. on Thursday with burial at Guss Cemetery. Rev. John Beebout was in charge of services.

Singers were a nephew and wife, Gerald and Reba Maxwell of Nodaway. Casket bearers were nephews Cecil Peterson, Ralph Peterson, Roy Peterson, Julius March, Marvin Peterson and Victor Blume.

[EBERLE, WILLIAM, -1902]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, January 22, 1902, p. 8

William Eberle died Saturday of heart failure at the home of his son near Iveyville. He was 77 years of age and his home was in Elizabeth, Ill, but for the past year he has been living with his sons in this county on account of his health. The funeral was held at the United Presbyterian church at Lenox on Monday at 1 o'clock and the remains were interred in the Lenox cemetery. Rev. Mr. Kohler conducted the services. The wife and eight children mourn his death. Mrs. Eberle, her son, Fred, and daughter, Mrs. Carrie Stryker, were here from Elizabeth to attend the funeral.

[EIGHME, ELIZABETH MARIE OLSON]

Creston News Advertiser, Friday, August 25, 1972, p. 8

Mrs. Rowe Eighme - Elizabeth Marie Eighme was born Sept. 2, 1901, near Lenox, Iowa and passed away August 19, 1972 in Creston, Iowa at the age of 70 years and 11 months. She lived most of her life in Ringgold and Union Counties.

 She was united in marriage to Rowe L. [eRoy] Eighme in Corning, Iowa. The Eighme's had two daughters, Mrs. Wayne Taylor (Rowena) Diagonal, and Mrs. Don McVay (Ardena) of Prescott. There are five grandchildren and five great grandchildren to whom she was deeply devoted.

 She and her husband accepted Christ as their Savior many years ago and have traveled extensively serving the Lord by preaching the Gospel to others.

 She was preceded in death by 2 sisters, 1 brother and her parents. She is survived by her husband, Rowe, the two daughters, 2 brothers-in-law, Ray Stewart of Mt. Ayr and Roy Herbert of Creston, 1 sister-in-law, Gladys Babbit of Des Moines, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 20 at the Varner Funeral Home in Clearfield with the Rev. Jack Smith officiating. Mrs. Norman Klejch of Diagonal, soloist, was accompanied by Mrs. Nioma Gaule, Clearfield. Pallbearers were Frank Eighme, Aden Stewart, Darrell Olson, Oren Jeter, Robert Lininger and J. D. Mernaugh.

[EIGHME, ELIZABETH MARIE OLSON]
Creston News Advertiser, Saturday, August 19, 1972, p. 4
E. Eighme rites Sun.
Clearfield – Mrs. Rowe (Elizabeth Marie) Eighme, 70, died at the greater Community hospital at Creston at 4:10 a. m. today.
She had entered the hospital Friday after a short illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Sunday at the Varner funeral home at Clearfield.

Mrs. Eighme lived on a farm in the Clearfield and Diagonal vicinity and was a longtime resident of the community.

She is survived by her husband, Rowe; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne Taylor of Diagonal and Mrs. Don McVay of Prescott, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

[EINFELDT, GEORGE]

Creston News Advertiser, Friday, July 17, 1953, [p. 1]

George Einfeldt Dies Thursday at 63

DIAGONAL – George Einfeldt, 63, died at 6 p. m. Thursday at the Greater Community hospital, following an operation.

Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Sunday in the Diagonal Methodist church with the Rev. Tom King officiating. The body is now at the Crew funeral home.

Surviving Einfeldt are his wife, Mary, a son, Boyd of California, and a brother, Lloyd of Omaha, Neb.

[ELLIOTT, THOMAS KNOX]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, January 17, 1946, p. 6

Thomas Knox Elliott - Thomas Knox Elliott was born near Monmouth, Illinois, September 13, 1863, and passed away at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, January 10, 1946. Funeral services were held in Kansas City, January 12th, and his remains were brought to Corning for burial in the family lot at Stringtown. Attending were his only daughter, Annis Elliott and Miss Ruth Kennedy, of Kansas City.

At 2:30 p. m. January 13th, Rev. V. A. Bloomquist conducted a beautiful and comforting graveside service at Stringtown.

Mr. Elliott is an uncle of Fred L. Moon and Mrs. Newell Darrah, of Corning, and is the last of his generation of Elliotts who settled in Adams County, south of Stringtown, in 1872. His sister, Belle Elliott Moon, preceded him in death, March 22, 1944. He was a man of sterling Christian character, loved and respected by young and old. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian church in Kansas City, and held a life membership in the Gate City Masonic Lodge. He was salesman and bookkeeper for the V. F. Boor Company in Kansas City, until his retirement in 1939.

Pall bearers were Charles Darrah, Earl McGaffin, Ray Reese, Newell Darrah, Kenneth Darrah, and Oliver Turner.

[EVANS, FRANK MALCOLM "MAX"]

Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, March 10, 1964, [p. 1]

Max Evans, 79, Dies Here Monday

Frank Malcolm (Max) Evans 79, died at the Greater Community hospital here at 5:25 p. m. Monday after a long illness. He had lived in Creston since 1912. His home was at 501 south Walnut Street.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Friday at Coens Home for Funerals. Rev. Azel L. Smith, pastor of the First Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. His body will lie in state at the funeral home until time of the services. The casket will not be opened after the services.

Frank Malcolm Evans was born at Bedford, July 4, 1884. He was the son of Frank W. and Lida V. McGregor Evans. He was married at Lenox, Aug. 28, 1912, to Susan Reynolds.

Mr. Evans came to Creston in 1912 and was a member of the fire department for eight years. He was employed as a carpenter for some years and had been custodian of Rainbow Park for 10 years.

He is survived by his widow, Susan; two sons, Harvey Evans of Little Rock, Ark., and Harold Evans of Sumner; and four grandchildren.

He was a member of the First Methodist church here.

[EVANS, SUSAN MARENA REYNOLDS]

Creston News Advertiser, Wednesday, April 10, 1974, p. 5

Susan Evans dies at 87

Mrs. Susan Marena Evans, 87, died at the Crest Haven nursing home here at 4:30 p. m. Tuesday after a long illness. Her home was at 501 south Walnut Street.

She had lived in Creston since 1912.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Friday at Coen's Home for Funerals. Rev. J. Heber Miller, pastor of the First United Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery at Lenox.

Her family said a memorial fund for the United Methodist church is being established. Contributions may be left at the funeral home.

Susan Marena Reynolds was born in Adams County, near Lenox, May 14, 1886. She was the daughter of John William and Marena Hurley Reynolds. She was married Aug. 28, 1912, near Lenox, to Frank N. (Max) Evans, who preceded her in death March 9, 1964. She had lived in Creston since her marriage.

Mrs. Evans is survived by two sons, Harvey I. Evans of North Little Rock, Ark., and Harold K. Evans of Sumner; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She was a member of the First United Methodist church, the Ruthian Sunday school group of the church, and the Creston V. F. W. Auxiliary.

[FERRIS, DAVID]

Maryville Daily Forum, Thursday, Aug. 13, 1931, [p. 1]

David Ferris Dies   Funeral Services Will Be Held Here Saturday Morning

David Ferris, 75, years old, died about 10:00 o'clock last night at his home, 208 South Saunders street. He had lived in Maryville for thirty-one years.

The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the Price Funeral Home. Burial will be made at Lenox, Ia.

Mr. Ferris is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Elmer Reynolds of Maryville, Mrs. Laura Beeman of Des Moines, Ia., and three sisters, Mrs. E. J. Marks of Ocean Park, Calif., Mrs. George Blotcher, who lives in Colorado, Mrs. Cunningham of Des Moines and three grandchildren. His only son died October 14 last year.

 

[FERRIS, ROSA A.]

Taylor County Democrat (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 27, 1894, p. 4

Died – Miss Rosa Ferris, daughter of Mrs. Seneca Lynch, died at 2 o'clock yesterday morning at her home in this city; aged 19 years. She was a victim of that dread disease, consumption, and her death was not unexpected by her family. Brief funeral services will be held at the residence today, after which the body will be shipped to Lenox, on the 12:35 passenger train, where the funeral will be conducted from the Methodist church. Interment will be made in the Lenox cemetery.

 [GIBSON, JAMES HARRISON]

Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, November 30, 1910, p. 7

Father Died---Mr. and Mrs. Myron Wilmarth came home Monday from Lenox, where they had attended the funeral of Mrs. Wilmarth's father, J. [ames] H.[arrison] Gibson. Mr. Gibson had been ill for several months and passed away last Thursday evening. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Presbyterian church in Lenox, conducted by Rev. Mr. Orth, the pastor, and interment was made in the Lenox cemetery.

[GIBSON, MARTHA ANN TRUSLER]

Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, October 30, 1918, p. 10

Died in Lenox

Mrs. James Gibson, one of the aged and respected residents of Lenox, passed from this life at her home in that place Tuesday afternoon, October 22, 1918. Funeral services were held at the home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. C. McClelland, pastor of the Presbyterian church. Interment was made in the Lenox cemetery. The deceased lady was born in New Boston, Ill. She grew to womanhood there and was married to James Gibson in that place. Later Mr. and Mrs. Gibson located on a farm near Lenox, where they remained for about fifteen years, and some eight years ago located in Lenox. For some weeks Mrs. Gibson has been in a serious condition and her passing was not unexpected. She would have been 78 years of age had she lived until the 10th of November. Mrs. Gibson is survived by four daughters and one son, Mr. Gibson having passed from this life about eight years ago. The children are: Mrs. Myron Wilmarth, of Corning; Mrs. Dollie Mitchell, of Harden, Montana; Mrs. Maude Wilson, of Massena; Mrs. Bertha Lyddon, of Lenox, and Harry Gibson, who was at home.

[GRAY, MARY FRANCES SMITH]

Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, March 18, 1930, p. 3

Mrs. Mary F. Gray – Mary F. [rances] Smith was born Feb. 3, 1852 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank White of Kent on March 11, 1930, aged 78 years, one month and eight days. She was married to James M. Gray Dec. 21, 1873 in Knox County, Illinois, and three years later moved to Ringgold County, Iowa. Since 1919 they made their home in Diagonal where the husband died Dec. 20, 1925.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. R. F. Andrews of Diagonal and Mrs. White of Kent, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. For the past two years Mrs. Gray made her home alternately with her daughters.

She was ailing for several years and confined to her bed about two weeks where she was ministered to by most kind and loving hands and surrounded by her children and grandchildren she departed to her heavenly home. She was a dear, kind mother and a loving grandmother. Her gentle voice will be sadly missed by all.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday by Rev. Mr. Henry. Mesdames Earl Toland and Harry Worsley and Harvey Wright and Earl Toland furnished the music. Pallbearers were Roy, Chancey and Howard White, Arthur, Elliot, Bert Keisling and Alfred Shanahan. Interment was made in Lenox cemetery.

[HANCE, LUNA OLIVE WINSLOW]

Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, October 11, 1955, p. 8

Luna Olive Hance – Mrs. Luna Olive Hance, daughter of Oliver and Adeline Laury Winslow, was born in Taylor County, near Sharpsburg, Iowa, on August 1, 1887.

At the age of seven she became a member of the First Presbyterian church at Sharpsburg, and was an active participant in the life of that church for many years. On December 25, 1902 she was united in marriage to Charles Hance in the home of her parents near Sharpsburg by the Reverence Clarence Marshall. The union was blessed with six children---four sons and two daughters.

In March of 1923 she moved to Union county with the family, and transferred her membership to the First Presbyterian church of Creston.

After a lengthy illness she departed this life on October 4, 1955 at the age of 68 years, 2 months and 4 days, at her farm home.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, one daughter, Lila Vanlor at the age of six weeks; her parents, two brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by four sons: Lewis M., Marvin L., Elvin D., Reldon F., one daughter, Mrs. Lucille (Floyd) Blair, all of Creston. Mrs. Hance also leaves 11 grandchildren and her brother, W. R. Winslow, of Silvertown, Ore. Memorial services were conducted at 2:30 p. m., October 7 at the First Presbyterian church with the Reverend John Gillesse officiating. The service of music was presented by Mr. Russell Henry and Mrs. Kenneth Petznick at the organ.

Interment was in the Fairview cemetery at Lenox, Iowa. Gerald Bender, a neighbor, and Mrs. Hance's four sons and son-in-law carried her to her earthly resting place.

[HAYS, ORVAL FRANKLIN]

Watson - Armstrong Funeral Home Obituary - Orval Franklin Hays, son of Virgil & Nellie (Johnson) Hays, was born October 1, 1931 rural Diagonal, Iowa. Orval graduated from Diagonal High School in 1950. He served in the US Army, in a M*A*S*H unit, during the Korean War; he was honorably discharged in 1954. Orval was united in marriage Georgia Hancock in December 1952. Together they had three sons: James, John, and Gary. He was later divorced and married Ula Hampton in 1977. Orval lived in rural Taylor and Ringgold Counties before moving to Afton, Iowa in 2010. Farming was an integral part of Orval's life after returning from the war. He farmed in Ringgold and Taylor counties. He was also a feed salesman for Moorman's Feed Company. Orval was employed by the US Postal Service and served as an officer on the Creston Police Force. Orval was employed for many years by Creston Tractor Sales (which later became Barker Implement). This is where he retired from. Orval enjoyed being outdoors and loved activities such as hunting and fishing. He was an excellent marksman with a firearm and rarely missed a shot. He enjoyed being involved in family functions, and liked grilling out. He also enjoyed his John Deere tractor collection. Orval passed away April 4, 2014 in Creston, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his mother Nellie Hays; father Virgil Hays; stepmother Mildred Hays; step-sister Ann Iwed; and special aunt & uncle Bessie & Lee Trenkle. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Ula Hays of Afton, Iowa; sons Jim Hays of Morrison, IL, John (Lori) Hays of Creston, IA, and Gary (Kathy) Hays of Afton, IA; grandchildren William (Dane) Hays, Aaron Hays, Miranda Hays, Samantha (Brandon) Whitfield, Candy (Carlo) Ligotti, Maria (Brad) Dukes, and Nakia (Jordy) Reha; 9 great grandchildren; brother Art (Carol) Hays of Council Bluffs, IA; sister Lois Irwin of Exira, IA; step-brother Manard Dolecheck of Louisiana; in-laws Vera (Rich) Duff of Adel, IA and Elaine Millsap of Ravenwood, MO; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial fund will be used to place a memorial in his name at Fogle Lake

[HESS, HENRIETTA HART]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, May 17, 1905 p. 6

Holt

Mrs. Hess, mother of Charles, John and Edward, of Holt, died Friday of last week, at her home in Nodaway Township, after a short illness.

[HESS, HENRIETTA HART]

Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, May 17, 1905, [p. 1]

Died – On Saturday, May 13th, 1905, at her home in Nodaway Township, Taylor County, Mrs. Henrietta Hess, aged 73 years and five months.

Henrietta Hart was born in Baden Germany, on the 22d of November, 1831 and came to America when only 16 years of age, in company with her parents, settling in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. In 1851 she was united in marriage to Londona Hess and the young couple came to Taylor County in 1856. To them were born eleven sons and three daughters, the surviving ones being Paul, William, Coonrod, Charlie, Edward, Scott, John and Mrs. S. T. Kempton, all of whom live in Taylor County except Paul, who is in Houston, Texas, Mrs. Kempton and William both of this county. In addition to these there are the husband, fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren who mourn the loss of this good woman. The funeral services were held at the family home last Sunday at 2 o'clock p. m. conducted by Rev. A. J. Coe, of Nodaway, and interment was made in the Maple Grove cemetery, north of Guss, Iowa.

[HESS, LONDONA]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, April 11, 1906, p. 4

Londona Hess, an old resident of Nodaway Township, Taylor County, died at the home of his son William, in Jasper township, on the 7th of this month at the advanced age of 88 years, 5 months and 4 days. He was one of the old settlers and quite well to do. The funeral services were held on Monday at the home of Will Hess, conducted by Rev. Voorhees, of Nodaway, and the interment made in the Guss cemetery. Mrs. Hess died on the 13th of last May. Mrs. Kempton, a daughter, residing in Corning, and three or four sons residing in this vicinity, survive the old gentleman.

[HESS, LONDONA]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, April 14, 1906, p. 4

Death of Taylor County Pioneer

Londona Hess, aged 88 years, 5 months and 4 days died suddenly last Saturday evening at the home of his son, William Hess, living south of Brooks, where he had been making home since the death of his wife last May. Death was caused from a complication of diseases, mainly old age. Deceased was born in Germany and for many years was a resident of near Guss. The funeral occurred Monday from the home of his son conducted by Rev. Vorhees. Interment in the Guss cemetery.

[HESS, LONDONA]

Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, April 18, 1906, p. 4

Obituary – Londona Hess died on Saturday, April 7th, 1906, at the residence of his son, William Hess, in Jasper Township, aged 88 years, 7 months and 4 days. The funeral was held at the home Monday forenoon at 10 o'clock, April 9, conducted by Rev. Elliott Voorhees, of Brooks. Interment was made at Maple Grove cemetery, north of Guss.

Londona Hess was born September 3rd, 1817, in Baden, Germany, and came to America when 30 years of age, settling in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. He was united in marriage to Miss Henrietta Hart in 1856. Eleven sons and three daughters were born to them, the surviving ones being, Paul, William, Louis, Charlie, Edward, Scott, John and Mrs. S. T. Kempton, all of whom live in Taylor County, except Paul, who resides in Houston, Texas, Mrs. Kempton and William in this county and Edward, of Fedora, South Dakota.

In addition to his children he leaves fifteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren, to mourn his loss. His wife preceded him to the other shore, May 13, 1905.

[HIATT, GEORGE A.]

Creston News Advertiser, Thursday, September 28, 1972, p. 8

G. A. Hiatt dies at 62

LENOX – George A. Hiatt, 62, of Sharpsburg, died Wednesday morning at Rosary hospital in Corning.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at the Bender funeral home here with burial in the Lenox cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Hazel, and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Peggy Midford of Phoenix, Ariz

[KEPNER, ANDREW JACKSON "JACK"]

Taylor County Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Saturday, January 19, 1878, p. 3

----Mr. A. [ndrew] J. [ackson] Kepner died on the evening of Monday, the 14th inst., at his residence in Grant Township, of typhoid pneumonia. Mr. Kepner was about 40 years of age and had resided in Taylor County for seven or eight years. He was a brother of Mr. E. [rasmus] D. [ervin] Kepner, a prominent businessman of Lenox.

 

[KEPNER, EDITH ESTELLA MCCLURE]

Creston News Advertiser, Friday, March 29, 1968, p. 15

Edith Kepner Dies At Orient

ORIENT – Mrs. W. A. (Edith) Kepner, 92, died at her home in Orient this morning. She had lived in Orient since 1947 and previously had lived on a farm southwest of Creston for 32 years.

Mrs. Kepner had been in failing health for some time.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Monday at the Bickford-Murray funeral home at Greenfield. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. Her family will be at the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 p. m. Sunday.

Mrs. Kepner is survived by eight children, including in this area Ira and Albert Kepner of Orient, Addison Kepner of Creston and Mrs. Herrold (Helen) Lane of Prescott. She also is survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

[KEPNER, EDITH ESTELLA MCCLURE]

Creston News Advertiser, Thursday, April 4, 1968, p. 16

Mrs. Edith Kepner – Mrs. Edith Estella Kepner was born in Union County, Iowa, May 22, 1875 to William and Mary McClure. She passed away at her home in Orient, Iowa, Friday morning, March 29, 1968. She was married June 20, 1898 to Wilmer Addison Kepner. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1954. To this union were born eight children, all of whom survive her. They are Ira Kepner of Orient, Albert Kepner of Orient, Mrs. Cecil (Juliette) Daniels of Louisville, Kentucky, John of California, Mrs. Herrold (Helen) Lane of Prescott, Mrs. Otis (Mary) Mackey of Morrisville, Missouri, Edwin Kepner of Shawnee, Kansas and Addison Kepner of Creston. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

She was a member of the Congregational church of Cromwell.

Funeral services were held at the Bickford-Murray Funeral home in Greenfield, Iowa, Monday, April 1, 1968 at 1:30 p. m. the Rev. John J. Hall of the Orient Methodist Church officiated. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[KEPNER, JOHN, SR.]

Taylor County Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 12, 1880, p. 2

Lenox Jottings

Mr. John Kepner, Sr., died this (Thursday) morning at eight o'clock. Mr. K. was a man of sterling qualities and highly respected by all who knew him. He had been afflicted for several years with diabetes and had been quite feeble during the entire winter. The funeral will take place on Friday at 2 o'clock p. m. from the Presbyterian Church, of which society he was a consistent member.

 

[MCCLOUD, MARY ANNA MCCORMICK]

Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, September 9, 1930, [p. 1]

Mrs. W. L. McCloud Dies At Home North of Lenox

Mrs. W. [illiam] L. [ee] McCloud died at her home six miles north of Lenox early this morning according to word received here by friends today. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. McCormick of 514 New York avenue and a sister of Mrs. C. H. Kneller of 1201 South Lincoln street. No funeral arrangements were announced.

[MCCLOUD, MARY ANNA MCCORMICK]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, September 18, 1930, p. 20

Mrs. McCloud's Funeral

It is quite safe to say that Mrs. McCloud's funeral was one of the largest ever held in Lenox. Long before the opening hour for service, the Christian Church was filled  with a capacity audience, while outside the spacious auditorium, a waiting crowd lingered with every token of regret suitable to the occasion. The sad exercises were conducted by Rev. F. C. McCallon of Osceola, assisted by Rev. Freeman, the local pastor, and Rev. Davidson of Coin. The singing of Mrs. Roy Long and Mr. Oliver Turner, with Mrs. Alfa Rogers accompanist, was appropriate and appreciated. The profusion of flowers was attractive and expressive. The interment was made in a beautiful spot in the city cemetery. The entire service rendered by loving hearts and hands spelled comfort to the mourners. The "home-going" of the beloved was beautiful, even the last sign of life, the smile that would not wear off, and every word and song and kindness pointed the way to the eternal home in that land that is fairer than day.

This estimable lady whose "home going" commanded such general and generous recognition is worthy of more than a passing notice. It is a privilege to write the biography of a great and gracious character, but how shall the story of this useful, indeed, beautiful life be narrated in the brief space usually allotted to an obituary?

Mary Anna McCormick was born in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, November 14, 1879, and after a lingering illness, died at her home near Lenox, September 9, 1930, at the high noon of an interesting and attractive career. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. L. M. McCormick, now living in Creston. One sister, Mrs. C. H. Kneller lives near Creston, while another, Mrs. Guy Wynn lives near Prescott. When a child she moved with her parents to Corning where she spent her happy girlhood days going to school, two years of which were passed in the Corning high school. Later, the family moved to Prescott, where she taught school. In her home in the Prescott neighborhood Miss Mary Anna McCormick was united in marriage to Mr. Wm. L. McCloud, Dec. 25, 1900. A few years later they moved to Lamar, Mo., which was their home until 1910, when they moved to the present home near Lenox.

Four children were born in the McCloud home. Lawrence Laverne, who with his wife, who was Miss Alberta Bush, lives in Los Angeles, Cal.; Grace Aileen, at home, and Dale Wilson and H. Dean.

Measured by even the ordinary tests of worthy living and doing her Christian kindness and service were commendable and conspicuous. Even her early girlhood life was marked by the gentle ministry of good will and good cheer that won her abiding friendships. Her life was a life of efficient service in the home, in the church, in the Bible school, in the common school and in the home community. Her tongue was eloquent in teaching Gospel truth and her voice melodious with the musical strains of Gospel song. Her loving word and deed have been an inspiration to many a life.

"One kindly deed may turn the foun-

    tain of thy soul

To Love's sweet day-star that shall

  O'er thee burn,

Long as its currents roll."

How truly the following lines express the aim and achievement of her noble and notable career:

"I live for those who love me,

For those who knew me true.

For the heavens that smile above me,

For the cause that lacks assistance,

For the future in the distance,

  And the good that I can do."

Bright as was her shining light yet nowhere did that light shine more brilliantly than in her own home. Her home was her throne. She was essentially a homemaker. Her friends loved her with a remarkable devotion yet the love of the inmates of her home was wonderful, intense, abiding. To the bereaved husband and the sorrowing children is extended the heartfelt sympathy of a host of friends.   [Poem]      --- A. L. D.

 

[MANROE, THOMAS ALVIN]

Creston News Advertiser, Saturday, February 13, 1960, [p. 1]

Tom Manroe, 97, Dies at Lenox

LENOX—Tom Manroe, 97, a pioneer resident of Lenox died at his home in Lenox Friday.

Funeral services will be held at the Bender funeral home in Lenox at 2 p. m. Sunday. Rev. Robert Duckett, pastor of the Lenox Christian church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

Mr. Manroe is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Berdiece Welty of Lenox, with whom he made his home. His wife preceded him in death five years ago.

 

[MERCER, CARLTON THURMAN]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday February 21, 1957, [p. 1]

Services Set for C. T. Mercer, 78

Funeral services for Carlton T. Mercer, 78, former Adams County auditor, will be held at the Methodist church in Corning today (Thursday), at 2 p. m. conducted by the Rev. Brown Garlock.

Mr. Mercer died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. William Sparboe, in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, Saturday night. He had been living there since December.

The body will be at the Lines Funeral home until time of the services. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

A lifelong resident of Adams County, Mr. Mercer was the youngest of a large family of Dr. and Mrs. J. [ames] T. [hornton] Mercer. The family settled in Mercer Township in 1861.

Mr. Mercer farmed until 1920 when he moved to Corning and for four years managed the FarmerÕs Coop. He served four terms as county auditor from 1925-1933.

After leaving his office he was employed as a farm appraiser for a Chicago bank for a short time.

He later served five years as assistant examiner in the state auditor's office.

Mr. Mercer was a Democratic candidate for State Senator from Adams and Taylor Counties in 1940 and a Democratic candidate for county treasurer in 1944.

In recent years he had been an income tax consultant in Corning.

He is survived by his widow; four daughters, Mrs. Howard Fisher, New York City; Mrs. Sparboe and Mrs. Vernon Ackerman, both of Mt. Carroll; Mrs. William Fife, Littleton, Colo.

 

[MERCER, CLARA E. BARDWELL]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, April 1, 1897, p. 2

Clara E. Mercer, who passed to her reward March 16, 1897, was born in Knox County, Ill., December 18, 1861, and moved with her parents, Joel and Melinda Bardwell, to Adams County, Iowa, in 1875, where she resided with her parents until her marriage to S. [purgeon] D. [ouglas] Mercer, February 15, 1882. Since then she and her life partner have resided in sight of her old home in Mercer Township. Five children were born to bless the union of two hearts that beat as one. Of the five, two have preceded their mother, leaving two girls of 12 and 7 years, respectively, and a boy of 9 years, to mourn with the father, husband, two sisters and three brothers, besides numerous relatives and friends.

O! patient one, whose day of life is o'er;

  Thy hands are folded on your silent breast.

How heavy was the cross of pain you bore!

  How sweet, at last, must be the promised rest!  A Friend

 

[MERCER, FLORA LETITIA HEWITT]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, October 13, 1960, p. 6

Mrs. Carl Mercer – Mrs. Carl Mercer, the former Flora Letitia Hewitt, was born September 26, 1879 in Louisa County, Iowa and passed away Wednesday, October 5, 1960 at 1:30 a. m. in the hospital at Savanna, Ill.

She was united in marriage to Carl Mercer on September 18, 1901 in Lenox, Ia. After her husband's death she made her home with her daughter, Melva, for the past four years at Mt. Carroll, Ill.

Mrs. Mercer had been a very active worker in the Methodist church, especially in the Sunday school and the Woman's society of Christian service. She shared her Christianity daily with everyone she met and came in contact. She never complained but possessed a very radiant and appreciative disposition. She was also active in the Corning Woman's club.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Howard Fisher (Erma) of Tucson, Ariz., Mrs. William Sparboe (Melva), of Mt. Carroll, Ill., Mrs. Vernon Ackerman (Vivian), of Mt. Carroll, Ill., and Mrs. William Fife (Mildred) of Littleton, Denver, Colo. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Nona Woodward and one brother, Mr. Lewis Hewitt, also grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Prayer services were held Friday morning with visitation the preceding evening at Mt. Carroll, Ill. Services were held Saturday, October 9, 1960 at 3 p. m. from the Methodist church in Corning, Iowa with Rev. Brown Garlock and Rev. T. B. Turner officiating. Music was by Mrs. Joe Cook. Pallbearers were LaVerne Fife, John Jones, Wm. Sparboe, Walter fife, Carlton Ackerman and David Ackerman. Interment was in Lenox cemetery.

 

 [MERCER, JESSIE ETHEL EVANS]

Creston News Advertiser, Wednesday, January 22, 1968, p. 3

Former Resident Of Adams County Dies in Arkansas

Corning--- Mrs. Jessie Mercer, 65, of Sparkman, Ark., a former resident of Adams County, died recently at her home in Sparkman.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Roland funeral home in Corning with Joe Cook officiating. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

Surviving are 10 children, Russell, Jim, Mrs. Pauline Moore and Mrs. Dorothy Smith, all of Arkansas; Ed of Van Wert, John of Kent, Carroll and Don of Corning and Mrs. Emily Berkin of Ankeny.

[MERCER, JESSIE ETHEL EVANS]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, January 30, 1958, p. 6

Mrs. Harry Mercer - Mrs. Jessie Ethel Evans Mercer, wife of the late Harry Mercer of Corning, Iowa, passed away in her sleep at her home with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Smith, in Sparkman, Arkansas on January 20, 1958. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. [ames] E. [dwin] Evans of Brooks, Iowa; born on October 23, 1891, and died at the age of 66 years, 2 months, and 7 days.

She was married to Harry Mercer of near Lenox, Iowa, on December 13, 1911, and to this union 9 children were born. They are, Russell of Sparkman, Ark., Jim of Tinsman, Ark., Mrs. Pauline Moore of Hampton, Ark., Mrs. Dorothy Smith of Sparkman, Ark., Ed of Van Wert, Iowa, Mrs. Emily Berkin of Ankeny, Iowa, John of Kent, Iowa, and Carroll and Don of Corning, Iowa.

She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; 3 sisters---Mrs. Dora Kerber of Buena Park, Calif.; Mrs. C. J. Harvey of Bend, Ore.; and Mrs. Bessie Freuck of Nodaway, Iowa; and a host of relatives and friends.

In her early youth, she became a member of the Christian church of Brooks.

Final rites were held in the Roland Funeral Home, Thursday, January 23, 1958, at 2 p. m. with Joe Cook in charge.

Interment was in the Lenox cemetery.

Music was by John Riegel, accompanied by Mrs. Eva Elmore.

Pallbearers were Andrew Stokes, Clifford Odell, Ernest Lawrence, Gilbert Douglas, Daleton Boswell and Junior Isman.

[MERCER, RICHARD HARRY]

Adams County Free Press, Thursday, May 27, 1948, p. 14

Richard Harry, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Mercer, Corning, Iowa, was born in the Greater Community Hospital, Creston, Iowa, at 1:30 a. m., May 20, and passed away at 8:50 a. m [p. m. ?]., only living a few hours.

Besides his parents he leaves to mourn a brother, Dennis, 13 months old.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Stuart C. Davis at the Roland Funeral Home. Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.

 

[MERCER, SARAH JANE VERNON]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, January 30, 1904, p. 5

Passed Away Suddenly Mrs. S. J. Mercer Died of Heart Failure Last Monday Morning

The sad news of the unexpected death of Mrs. S. J. Mercer reached Corning early Monday, she having peacefully passed away at the residence of her son, Carl, with whom she made her home in Mercer township, about 7 o'clock of heart failure. For some time she had been complaining and it was known she had heart trouble. A few minutes before her death she was seen by her family but no one was with her when the end came.

Mrs. Sarah J. [ane] Mercer was a daughter of Mr. Jacob and Mrs. Catherine Vernon, was born in Monroe County, Ohio, January 27, 1838, and at the time of her death was aged 65 years, 11 months and 28 days. On October 5, 1856, she married Dr. J. [ames] T. [hornton] Mercer who was accidentally shot and killed at Casper, Wyo., July 4, 1889, while on a pleasure trip through the West. To this union was born thirteen children, nine of whom are living, one having died in infancy in Ohio and three since their removal to Iowa, one Mrs. Minnie Brown, having grown to womanhood and died at Utica, Mo., about two years ago. The living are Mrs. Latona Chute of Lenox, Mrs. Myra Watts of Oskaloosa, Iowa, S. D. and J. J. Mercer of Lenox, Frank L. Mercer of Davidson, Oklahoma, Mrs. Clyde Brown and Mrs. M. E. Delemater of Knox, N. D., Mrs. Lillie Mathias of Lenox and Carl Mercer who lives on the old home place. All the children were present at the funeral and Mrs. F. L. Mercer accompanied her husband and Mr. Delemater came with Mrs. Delamater. Besides her children she leaves one sister and one brother, Mrs. A. F. Okey and C. H. Vernon of this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Mercer came to Adams County in 1860 and located in Mercer Township, the township being named in honor of Mr. Mercer, where by careful management they gained quite a fortune. They lived to see their large family grown and the country transformed from a wild prairie to a prosperous and advanced community. For a number of years the husband practiced medicine but only among his neighbors and immediate friends.

Mrs. Mercer was an admirable lady, loved and esteemed by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances who were pained to learn of her sudden death.

The funeral was held at 11 o'clock yesterday conducted by Rev. M. R. Harned of Prescott. Interment in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[MILLER, JOHN]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, September 18, 1907, p. 8

John Miller was born April 2, 1870, in [St.] Joseph Co., Indiana. Came to Iowa with parents in 1884. Joined in marriage with Rosie Schafroth in September 1897. This union was blessed with two children.

He has been troubled at times for several years, but only in the last few months did his condition become serious. He steadily grew worse and on Thursday morning Sept. 12th, underwent an operation at Corning hospital for inflammation of the gall bladder. He railed from the operation, but continued to grow weaker until the end, which came about 3:30 Friday afternoon. He reached the age of 37 years, five months and 10 days. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, a small daughter, his mother, three brothers (Frank, Fred and Jake) one sister, (Mrs. Will Schaeffer), and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held Sunday at the Mercer Center Church, the sermon being preached from Isaiah 38:1. The funeral was very largely attended. The remains were interred in the Lenox cemetery.

[MILLER, JOHN]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, September 21, 1907, p. 7

One of the saddest deaths we have been called upon to chronicle for some time was that of John Miller, residing about five miles east of Corning, whose death occurred at the hospital last Friday afternoon [September 13th] where he had undergone an operation for inflammation of the gall bladder. He rallied from the operation but his constitution was so weakened by his long illness that he could not withstand the inroads made by the disease and the hemorrhage of the bowels that followed and he died after much suffering about 3:00 Friday afternoon, age 37 years, 6 months, and 10 days. Deceased was born in St. Joseph County, Ind., April 3, 1870 and came with his parents to Iowa in 1884 where he has since resided. In September 1897, he was united in marriage to Miss Rosa Schafroth who, with their two interesting children, survives him together with his aged mother, three brothers and one sister and a large number of friends. For several months his health has been failing; he had consulted physicians at Prescott, Creston, Corning and other places and finally Dr. B. B. Davis of Omaha, one of the best specialists in the west was secured to perform an operation, the only avenue left for his recovery. The funeral was held on Sunday at 11 o'clock from the Mercer Center church, conducted by Rev. F. I. Haas of the Evangelical church and was one of the largest funerals ever held in that neighborhood, showing his popularity in the community in which he lived. Rev. Haas read the text and also the obituary in both German and English. The sermon was in English. The interment took place in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[MILLER, MARGARET AYERS]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, June 21, 1924, p. 2

Obituary – Miss Margaret Ayere [Ayers] (Mrs. Margaret Miller) was born in Rhinefaltz Riuer Graven Hanse, Germany, May 6, 1839. She was married to Philip Miller in 1859. They came to America in 1865, locating at South Bend, Indiana. In the year 1884 they moved to Adams County, Iowa, locating on their farm ten miles southeast of Corning, which has since been "Grandma's" home until June 13, 1924, she departed this life, aged 85 years, 1 month and 7 days.

Nine children were born to them, two dying in their infancy. The union was broken when, in the year 1888, Mr. Miller passed away. The next year the death angel claimed two more of her sons, Charlie and Elmer. John also was called by death in 1907.

The living children who today mourn the tragic death of mother are: Mrs. Wm. Schaffer, Jacob, Fred and Frank Miller. She also leaves thirty-three grandchildren and thirty-nine great grandchildren.

Soon after coming to Iowa they united with the German Evangelical church to which she remained faithful. A beautiful life has closed its career here on earth. She was very devoted to her family and to her God, and will be missed so much by her many friends.

Sunday afternoon a very large crowd gathered at her home to pay the last tribute of respect to her. The services were conducted by Rev. Homer Caskey, text James 4:14. "What Is your life?" The interment was made in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[MOON, CLARA BELLE ELLIOTT]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, March 30, 1944, p. 6

Mrs. William B. Moon - Mrs. Moon passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Newell Darrah, Wednesday, March 22, at half past eight in the morning, following an illness of two years.

Clara Belle Elliott was born near Monmouth, Illinois on May 23, 1866, the daughter of T. [homas] C. [ochran] and Louise Elliott. At the age of ten years she came with her parents to Adams County, which has since been her home. Mrs. Moon united with the United Presbyterian church when a child, first at Stringtown and later at Creston. On February 18, 1885, she was united in marriage to William Brooks Moon, the ceremony taking place at the family home, south of Stringtown. Four children blessed this union, one preceding the mother in death.

Surviving are her husband, three children, Fred Laird Moon, of Corning, Mrs. Horace Peters of Carlisle, Iowa, and Mrs. Newell Darrah, of Corning. Another son, Jesse, died in December, 1905. Other surviving relatives are her brother, T.[homas] K. [nox] Elliott and niece, Annis Elliott, of Kansas City, Mo., seven grandchildren and one great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. [homas] C. [ochran]  Elliott; her three brothers, M. [elville] L. Elliott of California, Rev. Frederick Elliott of Xenia, Ohio; Roland D. Elliott, of California; one sister, Mrs. Lydia Wilson of California; her son Jesse and a grandson, Harold.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church and were conducted by Rev. F. G. Barnes. Burial was in the Graceland cemetery at Creston. Pall bearers were Newell Darrah, Jesse Moon, Horace Peters, Carl Gillet, R. K. Anderson and Geo. McGregor.

Mrs. Moon was devoted to her home and family, but always she reached out a sympathetic hand to anyone in need of help or kindness. She built for herself a monument of beautiful deeds.

 

[NELSON, MATTHEW]

Lenox Time Table, Thursday, May 9, 1912, [p. 1]

Obituary – Mathew Nelson who has been in failing health for some time passed away at his home in Lenox on Sunday afternoon, May 5, 1912, aged 83 years, 8 months and 6 days.

Mathew Nelson was born in Wayne County, Ohio, Aug. 29, 1828, but left there with his parents when a small boy and came to Washington County, Iowa, where he grew to manhood and was married April 17, 1862 to Miss Nancy Black, of Pennsylvania. To this union nine children were born, three of whom preceded the father to the spirit land and six together with the bereaved wife are left to mourn the death of a kind and loving husband and father. Those living are Jhn, Edwin, William and LeRoy Nelson, Mrs. Issie Manroe and Mrs. Maggie Paymal, also Mrs. Edna (Cavett) Stevens, who was raised by the Nelson family from a baby till she grew to womanhood.

In February 1879, Mr. Nelson together with his family, moved to Lenox, Iowa where they have since resided. Mr. Nelson has reared his family and had lived to see them all grown to manhood and womanhood and enjoyed the pleasure of the remaining six, who were all pleasant and assisted in ministering to him in his last moments. During all his sickness, which has dated back more than a year, he has never been heard to utter one word of complaint at his lot, but bore it all with patience and long suffering, trusting to his Maker, who is able to keep us from falling. The immediate cause of his death was paralysis but as he had passed the four score year mark he had served his allotted time and was ready to go when the summons came. The funeral services were held at the house on Monday, conducted by Rev. I. H. Fuller, who was an intimate friend of the family, and the remains were tenderly laid to rest in Fairview cemetery.
[Note: The first name is spelled Matthew on his headstone.]

 

[NELSON, NANCY BLACK]

Lenox Time Table, Thursday, May 10, 1917, [p. 1]

Funeral of Mrs. Nelson

Nancy Black was born in Allegheny County, Penna., Feb. 22, 1841 and died at her home in Lenox, Iowa, May 4, 1917, being in her 77th year at the time of her decease.

When but a little girl she came with her parents to Washington County, Iowa, where on April 17, 1862 she was united in marriage to Matthew Nelson. To this union nine children were born, three of whom preceded their father and mother to the Spirit-land, while six are left to mourn the loss of kind and loving parents. John, William, Edward, Roy, Mrs. George Paymal, Mrs. Thomas Manroe and eight grandchildren, besides Mrs. Edna Cavitt [Cavett] Stevens, who was raised by Mrs. Nelson.

Mrs. Nelson is also survived by two brothers, Robert, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Samuel, of Denver, Colorado; also one sister, Mrs. L. E. Johnson, of Shenandoah, who was at the funeral.

Mrs. Nelson lacked 24 hours of living five years longer than her husband and was buried just five years to an hour after her husband's interment. They are both buried in the Fairview cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. L. Davidson, Sabbath afternoon at three o'clock in the residence which had been the home of Mrs. Nelson for 27 years. Mrs. Nelson came with her husband and family to Lenox in February, 1879, and so they were rightly counted among the old settlers in this community. She will be greatly missed in the old home. She was a woman who loved her bible and her home, her friends and neighbors. Her children bear testimony to her uniform kindness and love and feel keenly the loss of her presence and counsel. They appreciate very much the sympathy and help of friends in their sorrow and bereavement.   D.

 

 

[NEWBY, SHELBY R.]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 18, 1957, [p. 1]

S. R. Newby Died In Bedford Last Week

S. R. Newby died at the home of son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Emory Newby in Bedford, Tuesday, April 9.

Funeral services were held at the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox Friday afternoon, April 12 with Rev. James Eddy officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery at Lenox.

Shelby R. Newby, son of Jacob and Clementine Newby, was born in Cedar County, Mo., July 2, 1874 and died at the age of 82 years, nine months, seven days.

He was married to Lelia Mikesell, July 7, 1897 at Mountain Grove, Mo. To them three sons and three daughters were born. They are Emory Newby of Bedford, Clyde Newby of Ottawa, Kans., Fred Newby of Nebraska City, Nebr., Mrs. Jim Matheny of Bedford, Mrs. Eldon Stice of Corning, Mrs. Edith Sigman of Norwalk, California.

His parents, five brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Besides the children, he is survived by 26 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Grace Ledgerwood of North Hollywood, California.

 

[PAGE, MARY ANN]

Creston News Advertiser, Monday, March 7, 1960, [p. 1]

Mary Ann Page, 92, Dies at Lenox

LENOX – Mrs. Mary Ann Page, 92, died at the home her daughter, Mrs. Eula Beach at Lenox Sunday evening after a long illness. She was a native of Peoria, Ill., but had lived in the Lenox vicinity since she was a small child.

Funeral services will be held at the Bender funeral home in Lenox at 2 p. m. Wednesday. Rev. James Eddy, pastor of the United Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs. Page is survived by her daughter, 8 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Her husband, Emery Page, preceded her in death in 1889. She also was preceded in death by two sons, Harry and Winn, and by three grandchildren.

 

[PATTON, GLASGOW ELDER "GLAS"]

Lenox Time Table, Thursday, January 18, 1940, [p. 1, 8]

Glas Patton Died Saturday In Des Moines; Funeral Services Held Here Monday at Barber Funeral Home

G. E. Patton, former Lenox postmaster, died at Des Moines Saturday, Jan. 13, following an illness of five weeks. He had gone to Des Moines to spend the winter and was stricken while walking along the street. Mr. Patton, known to everyone as "Glas," had reached an age of 78 years, 4 months and 29 days.

The body was brought to Lenox Saturday evening and funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Barber Funeral Home. Dr. A. L. Davidson, former pastor of the Lenox United Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Patton was a member, conducted the religious services and spoke briefly on "The Evidence and Divine Assurance of the Immortality of the Soul." Thomas Beaumont of Creston had charge of the Masonic rites. This was in accordance with a promise given to Mr. Patton in times past.

Mr. Patton is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Farrell of Chicago, Mrs. Ruth Adams of Kansas City, and Mrs. Maude Ford of Syracuse, Ind., and one son, Paul K. Patton of Des Moines. There are also six grandchildren and two brothers, E. M. Patton of Indianola, Ia., and R. A. Patton of Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Life Story

The following story of the life of Mr. Patton was written by J. E. Rogers, an old friend of Mr. Patton and the family:

Glasgow Elder Patton, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.  [homas] E. [lder] Patton, was born in Hanna City, Ill., Aug. 14, 1861, and died in Des Moines, Ia., Jan. 13, 1940.

On Sept. 27, 1882, he was married to Ida Mary Forbes, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Forbes in Hanna City.

A short time after their marriage Mr. And Mrs. Patton moved to Hiawatha, Kans., and made their home there for one year. Returning to Hanna City they remained there until 1892, when they moved to Taylor County, Ia., where they resided on a farm a few miles west of Lenox for six years. After leaving the farm they made their home in Lenox until 1924 when they moved to Des Moines. They made Des Moines their home until in the spring of 1937 when they returned to their old home in Lenox.  On Sept. 1, of that year Mrs. Patton passed away. Mr. Patton continued to live in Lenox.

It seems fitting that a few words be said here about Mr. Patton as a citizen and friend. Perhaps few of his many friends ever really knew Mr. Patton for what he was. The roots of his character were too deeply buried in the traditions and lives of his Scotch ancestry to be revealed except to a few who were favored with intimate friendship.

Mr. Patton frequently talked of his old home and early environment, of his parents, the school and church. No doubt his early training had much to do with his estimates of values in after life. He had deep reverence for sacred things. He was endowed with mentality far beyond the average; was a keen observer and had an uncanny insight [into] human character. His interests were worldwide and included innumerable subjects.

His thirst for adventure and new experiences early manifested itself. When a young man, he, with two companions, traveled west with ox-team and primitive equipment, to see the wild west.

After moving to Lenox he spent many years traveling in Canada in the interest of the International Harvester Co. Later, in 1910, he with a few other men, were sent to Argentina as representatives of the International Company. His stay in England, on his way south was co-incident with the Coronation of King George V. He was an eyewitness to the festivities of that occasion and viewed the grand procession as it traversed the streets of London. Mr. Patton had ability as a writer. His letters to the press and to friends, descriptive of places visited of adventure and observations, were highly educational and scintillated with wisdom, humor and wit.

After his return to Lenox he was postmaster for nine years. His duties in that office were multiplied by reason of the World War. The government made no provision for extra help in the office but he enlisted the aid of carriers to handle the great volume of business though warned by the Department not to do so. His reply to the Department's warning was characteristic of the man. He continued to use his own discretion in the matter and later was commended for doing so.

In the death of Mr. Patton Lenox has lost a valuable asset.

 

[PATTON, GLASGOW ELDER "GLAS"]

Lenox Time Table, Thursday, January 18, 1940, [p. 1]

Distant Relatives Attend G. E. Patton Funeral

Distant relatives who were in Lenox Monday attending the funeral of G. E. Patton were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ford of Syracuse, Indiana, Mrs. Pearl Ferrel of Chicago, Mrs. Ruth Adams of Kansas City and Bud Patton and Paul Adams of Des Moines.

 

[RODGERS, CLARINDA ALPHA]

Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, April 3, 1962, p. 23

SHANNON CITY – Mrs. Alpha Rodgers suffered a stroke Saturday at her home south of town.

 

[ROSE, PERRY "PEB"]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 17, 1944, p. 8

Guss

Former Resident Dies

The body of Perry Rose was brought to the Guss cemetery for burial Tuesday afternoon. "Peb" as he was familiarly known here, died Saturday at the home of his son, Ray at Woodbine, Iowa.

He moved to the Guss vicinity when a small boy and lived here until 1904, when he moved to Valley County, Nebr. His wife died in 1926.

He is survived by six children. Short services were conducted at the grave by Rev. Kishpaugh.

 

[SPOONEMORE, GLEN]

Lenox Time Table, Thursday, February 22, 1945, [p. 1]

PFC Glen Spoonemore Dies In France

Pfc. Glen Spoonemore, age 37, died Feb. 7th in a hospital in France, of wounds suffered in Belgium while serving in a tank destroyer unit. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Spoonemore of Lenox, were informed Sunday.

Glen had been in the service two yeas and overseas three months. While in service in the states he was in radio. After going overseas he was placed with a tank division.

Surviving besides his parents is his wife, who resides in Omaha, two brothers, Harry who is in service in the army in France, Harvey of Lenox, and three sisters, Mrs. Earl Engram of Des Moines, Mrs. Ferrell Dow of Longmont, Colo., and Mrs. Roland Harper of Clearfield.

 

[SPROUSE, SARAH ANGELINE SCOVIL]

Creston News Advertiser, Saturday, November 6, 1926, [p. 1]

The body of Mrs. Sarah Sprouse, who died at Ellendale, N. D., Tuesday evening, accompanied by her son, Irven, arrived in Creston on train No. 4 today. Another son, Floyd, of Brazil, Ind., met the brother here and accompanied by Mrs. May Evans and children, they took the body to Lenox where the funeral services will be held tomorrow in the Methodist church.

 

[TINDLE, FRANK]

Creston News Advertiser, Monday, January 5, 1959, [p. 1]

Frank Tindle, 83, Dies Here Sunday

Frank Tindle, 83, a retired farmer who had lived in Creston since 1938, died at his home at 607 south Vine Street at 2:45 a. m. Sunday. He had been ill about a year.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday at Coen's Home for Funerals here. Rev. E. J. Strong of Des Moines, former pastor of the Assembly of God church here will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. His body will lie in state at the funeral home until time of the services. The casket will not be opened after the services.

Frank Tindle was born in Ringgold County, Feb. 20, 1875. He was the son of Andrew and Elizabeth McCracken Tindle. He had lived on a farm south of Creston most of his life until moving to Creston in 1938.

He was married at Mount Ayr, Oct. 30, 1918, to Jennie Quillin. His widow, a stepdaughter, Bessie Dunkin of Creston and several nieces and nephews survive.

 

[TINDLE, JENNIE B. QUILLIN JOHNSON]

Creston News Advertiser, Thursday, January 11, 1968, p. 8

Jennie Tindle Dies Here at 82

Mrs. Frank (Jennie) Tindle, 82, died at the Crest Haven nursing home here at 10:30 a. m. today after a long illness. She was a native of Union County and had lived in Creston since the 1930s.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Her body is at Coens Home for Funerals.

Jennie Quillan was born in Union County, July 15, 1885. She was the daughter of Thomas and Nancy Ellis Quillan. She was married in 1907 to John Johnson who died in 1917. She was married to Frank Tindle in 1918. He preceded her in death in 1959.

Mrs. Tindle is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Leo Trenkle of Afton; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and a sister who lives in Missouri. A daughter, Nellie Hays, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Tindle lived for many years in the Diagonal, Kent and Shannon City communities, and lived for a time in Kansas.

[TINDLE, JENNIE B. QUILLIN JOHNSON]

Creston News Advertiser, Saturday, January 13, 1968, p. 5

Rites Today for Jennie Tindle

Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Tindle, 82, who died Thursday morning at the Crest Haven nursing home, were held at 1:30 p. m. today at CoenÕs Home for Funerals. Rev. Myron Hayes officiated. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery. "God Be With You" and "Going down The Valley," were the two numbers sung by Darl Bell, accompanied by Mrs. Reed Kline, organist. Casket bearers were Jack Deacon, Richard Baker, Marvin Jones, Hugh McFee, Joe Trenkle and Cecil Borcherding.

 

[TYNER, GEORGE FRANKLIN]

Salt Lake Tribune, June 28, 2012

George Franklin Tyner Obituary

1919 ~ 2012

If you asked George on any given day how he was doing and he would always reply; "Just trying to stay out of mischief!"

George was born to George and Elizabeth Tyner on a small ranch near Durango, CO on November 29, 1919. George passed away at the age of 92 on Monday, June 25, 2012 surrounded by his family.

He and his older brother Robert were known to get into a little mischief now and then. At an early age George and Robert suffered the loss of their mother Elizabeth. George went to Fort Lewis College in Colorado and then joined the Navy during World War II.

George was stationed in Washington DC, where he worked as a cartographer for the US Government. There he met and married Sylva Lundberg. In the early 1950's he was transferred to Clearfield, UT where he helped set up the US Hydrographic Office.

He and Sylva settled in Salt Lake City and later moved to Bountiful with their four daughters. Neighbors said they could always hear laughter coming from the windows. Sylva passed away in 1976 after a long illness with George always by her side.

George was a deeply religious man, loving and kind-hearted, always willing to lend a hand or help others in any way he could. He would often be found doing various chores around his church or serving up a plate of hot food at the local soup kitchen. Just don't get in his way on bowling night! (168 average) George's quiet sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye always brought a smile to those who knew him.

In 1980 George married Mary Dern Sandquist also a longtime member of Mt. Tabor. "Mrs. Dern" (Mary) was the girls' favorite Sunday School Teacher. Mary brought two daughters, Vicki and Teri into the family. Mary passed away in April of this year.

George was an active member of Mt Tabor Lutheran Church where he worshiped for over 60 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, snowmobiling, river rafting, and playing cards with his girls.

George is survived by his daughters, Elin (Rag) Bjorge, Mary (Harry) Leschke, Kathy (Doug) Swanson and Barbara (Chas) Tharp, Vicki Dern, Teri (Van) Hensen, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren with another on the way. He is also survived by his brother Robert Tyner.

Thank you Dad for giving us a childhood we all look back on and treasure. Love from your "Little Ladies" Elin, Mary, Kathy and Barb.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 175 South 700 East, SLC, with a luncheon to follow. Services entrusted to Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary.

George was an active member of Mt Tabor Lutheran Church where he worshiped for over 60 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, snowmobiling, river rafting, and playing cards with his girls.

George is survived by his daughters, Elin (Rag) Bjorge, Mary (Harry) Leschke, Kathy (Doug) Swanson and Barbara (Chas) Tharp, Vicki Dern, Teri (Van) Hensen, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren with another on the way. He is also survived by his brother Robert Tyner.

Thank you Dad for giving us a childhood we all look back on and treasure. Love from your "Little Ladies" Elin, Mary, Kathy and Barb.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 175 South 700 East, SLC, with a luncheon to follow. Services entrusted to Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary.

 

 [VAN ALSTINE, MARY JANE HARGADINE]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, August 6, 1913, p. 3

Mrs. Charles VanAlstine died at her home near Guss, in Taylor County, Iowa, Wednesday, July 30, 1913, aged 78 years, 10 months and 17 days. Funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon, August 1st, at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. A. Nayle, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Brooks. Interment was made in the cemetery at Guss.

Mary Jane Hargadine was born September 13, 1834. She was married to Charles VanAlstine April 6, 1851. To this union seven sons and four daughters were born. The husband and four sons preceded Mrs. VanAlstine in death. At an early age Mrs. VanAlstine united with the Christian church, living and dying in the fullest assurance of her acceptance with God. She leaves to mourn her loss, three sons and four daughters beside many friends.

 

[WEICHERT, HANNAH BELLE ROSS]

Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, May 23, 1979, p. 6

Services Here For Belle Weichert, 96

Services for Belle Weichert, 86, were held Tuesday, May 22 at Larkin-Bender Funeral Home with Jack Cutbirth, minister of the Christian Church, officiating.

Norma Paymal was organist for the service. Casket bearers were Kenneth Black, Harold, Bal [?], Ernest Hufnagel, Howard Elder, Darrell Huber and Bill Sawyer. Interment was in Fairview cemetery.

Hannah Belle Ross, daughter of James F. and Sara Amanda Hise Ross, was born Oct. 1, 1883 near Gentry, Mo. She married Arthur Weichert March 9, 1903 at Albany, Mo.

They farmed in the Gentry area, then moved to Lenox in 1928. Mrs. Weichert died May 19 at the Lenox Care Center where she had spent the past nine years.

Her husband, her son, Walter and a daughter are deceased. She leaves nieces and nephews, one nephew in this area, Harold Ross of Bedford. She was the last of her family with five sisters and two brothers deceased.

 

[WINSLOW, OLIVER V.]

Bedford Free Press, Thursday, June 25, 1896, [p. 1]

A Sudden Death

Oliver Winslow died very suddenly last Friday morning at his home in Grove Township. Soon after arising from his bed and while engaged in dressing he plunged forward on his face and died without a struggle. The deceased was about 40 years of age and leaves a wife and several children. He is supposed to have died from heart disease.

[WINSLOW, OLIVER V.]

Bedford Free Press, Thursday, July 2, 1896, [p. 1]

Dropped Dead

The sudden death of Oliver Winslow at his home in Grove Township Friday morning, cast a gloom over the entire community. Mr. Winslow had not been in the best of health for some time, but did not consider that he was sick. Thursday he worked all day in the cornfield, which he was not in the habit of doing, and at night complained of being exhausted. Friday morning he arose as usual to start the fire and a short time later was fund dead on the floor near the stove by Mrs. Winslow. Dr. Bennet, county coroner, was summoned and while the inquest was held expressed his opinion that death was caused by hemorrhage of the cerebrum. The funeral was conducted Sunday by Robt. Martin. Rev. Enders, of Conway, preached the funeral sermon in the Presbyterian Church at Sharpsburg after which the remains were brought to Lenox for interment.