Obituaries
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[BENNETT, SILAS WALTON]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, November 7, 1908, p. 8
Death of Old Resident
Mr. S. [ilas] W. [alton] Bennett, an old resident of Guss neighborhood, died at the home of his son in Omaha the fore part of this week, and was brought here Wednesday on No. 4, and thence taken to Guss for funeral services and burial. Services conduced by Rev. Waters of Clarinda. Mr. Bennett was 83 years old and after the death of his wife he made his home with a daughter near Guss. Some months ago he went to Omaha to live with his son.

 

[BIRCH, GEORGE WILSON]
Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Thursday, July 5, 1934, p. 3
George Wilson Birch Dies
George Wilson Birch, a farmer living three miles north of Hopkins, was found dead in bed at his home this morning. It was thought he had died about 4 o'clock. The Birch home is in Taylor County, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Methodist church in Hopkins. Burial is to be in the Willard cemetery, north of Hopkins.

 

[BIRCH, GEORGE WILSON]
Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri),, Friday, July 6, 1934, [p. 1]
Rites In Hopkins Saturday
George Wilson Birch Will be Buried in Willard Cemetery
Funeral services for George Wilson Birch, age 78, a farmer living three miles north of Hopkins who was found dead in bed yesterday, will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Methodist church in Hopkins. Burial will be in Willard cemetery, near Hopkins.

Mr. Birch was born June 16, 1856.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Izora Birch; four daughters, Mrs. Hattie David, Hopkins; Mrs. Iva Allanger, Princeton, Ia.; Mrs. Emma Stapleton, San Antonio, Tex.; Mrs. Ethel Cerry, Eldora, Ia; two sons, John Birch, Hopkins; Robert Birch, Lehi, Utah.

 

[BIRCH, GEORGE WILSON]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 12, 1934, p. 8
VALLEY
Dies Unexpectedly
George W. Burch found Dead In His Bed
George W. Birch, 78, was found dead in his bed Thursday morning. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Hopkins Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Ray A. Dick. Burial was in the Willard cemetery.

Surviving relatives are his wife, Mrs. Izora Birch; four daughters, Mrs. Hattie David, Hopkins; Mrs. Iva Allanger, Princeton, Iowa; Mrs. Emma Stapleton, San Antonio, Tex.; Mrs. Ethel Cerry, Eldora, Iowa; two sons, John Birch, Hopkins; Robert Birch, Lehi, Utah.

 

[BIRCH, IZORA HAMLIN]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, August 24, 1939, [p. 1]
Izora Burch Dies Of Heart Attack
Villisca (Special) – Mrs. Izora Hamlin Birch, age 76 of Villisca died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Hattie David, one west 8th street at 6 o'clock Monday morning. Her death was due to heart trouble. She leaves one son and one daughter and several grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Wolfe Funeral Home Wednesday at 2 p m, August 23, with the Rev Arthur Mortenson in charge. Burial was at Hopkins, Mo. Pall bearers were Ray Clark, Lee Clark, Fay Clark, Frances Wymore and Kenneth Wymore and Robert Fisher.
[Note:   She is buried in Willard cemetery, Polk Township, Taylor County, Iowa. It is located several miles north of Hopkins, Nodaway County, Missouri.]

 

[BROWN, BARTON JAMES]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, September 15, 1898, p. 5
Iveyville News
The funeral of Barton Brown was held at Guss last Wednesday. He died at the camp in California; his body was sent home for interment. His parents have the sympathy of the entire community.

 

[BROWN, CARROLL FRANCIS]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, June 3, 1954, p. 6
Carroll Brown, 68, died Friday, May 28, at Pittsburg, Calif. Funeral services will be from the Lines Funeral home in Corning Friday, June 4, at 2 p. m. Interment will be in Guss cemetery. A complete obituary will appear next week.

 

[BROWN, CARROLL FRANCIS]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, June 10, 1954, p. 2
Carroll Brown – Carroll Francis Brown, son of Wm. Emery and Harriet Patterson Brown, was born on a farm near Guss, Ia., on Nov. 28, 1885 and passed away at the home of his brother, Victor Brown, in Pittsburg, Calif. on May 28, 1954, at the age of 68 years and 8 months. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Barton Brown, who passed away during the Spanish American War.

Until 1924, he resided on the farm on which he was born. In that year he moved to Corning where he resided the remainder of his life, except for seven years spent in Berkeley, Calif.

His early education was received in the schools of Taylor County. He later attended the Simpson Academy and the Moody Bible Institute.

On Sept. 2, 1916 he was united in marriage to Hulda M. Schafroth of Corning. To this union was born one daughter, Carolyn Helen.

In his youth he joined the Maple Grove Methodist church at Guss, later transferring his membership to the Corning Methodist church. During the period he resided in Berkeley, Calif. he attended and gave active support to the Nazarene church.

He is survived by his wife of Corning; his daughter, Carolyn of Sacramento, Calif.; one sister, Josephine and one brother, Victor, both of Pittsburg, Calif.

Memorial services were held Saturday, May 27 [?], in Pittsburg, Calif.

Funeral services were held June 4 at 2 p. m. from the Lines Funeral Home in Corning. Rev. Frank Jacobs and Rev. Herbert L. Anderson conducted the services. Music was by John Riegel with Mrs. John Chanip, pianist. Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

Pall bearers were J. R. Anderson, Newell Darrah, Pete Van Amerogen, Clifford Driskill, Ralph cooper and Raymond Moore.

 

[BROWN, HARRIETT CONKLIN "HATTIE" PATTERSON]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 23, 1935, p. 8
GUSS
Pioneer Resident Dies
Mrs. Harried Brown Succumbs At Home of Son
Mrs. Harriett Brown died at the home of her son, Victor Brown, in Villisca Tuesday after a short illness. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Pitman Funeral home in Villisca. Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

Mrs. Brown was a pioneer resident of the Guss community, having resided here for forty-seven years. The past few years she had resided in Villisca with her and his wife.

She is survived by her daughter, Josephine, and two sons, Carrol F. Brown of Corning and Victor Brown of Villisca.

 

[BROWN, HULDAH MAE SCHAFROTH]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, February 7, 1974, [p. 1]
Guests in the home of Mrs. Clarence Schafroth over the week end were her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. B. Hunter of South Bend, Ind.; her grandson, David Hunter of Ames; Alex Suter of Sacramento, Calif. and Victor Brown of Pittsburg, California. The relatives came to attend the funeral services for Mrs. Huldah Brown, held Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Brown's daughter was ill and unable to come to Corning but her son-in-law, Alex Suter attended the services. Victor Brown is a brother of the late Carroll Brown, husband of Huldah Brown.

 

[BROWN, JOSEPHINE E.]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, August 5, 1968, p. 9
Mr and Mrs Ralph Andrew attended the funeral services for Josephine Brown at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca Friday afternoon. Miss Brown died in Pittsburg, Calif., and burial was at the Guss Cemetery.

 

[CARPENTER, GEORGE]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, September 24, 1936, p. 6
B. Carpenter Burial At Guss on Sunday
Guss (Special) – George Carpenter, a long time resident of Nodaway township in Taylor County, passed away at his home Saturday evening. Funeral services were at the home Monday afternoon at two o'clock. Burial in the Guss cemetery.

 

[CERVEN, MARJORIE DEE AKERS]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 7, 1971, p. 7
Final Rites Held Monday for Marjorie Cerven
Funeral services for Mrs. Oscar (Marjorie) Cerven, 67, of Bedford, were held Mon., Dec. 28, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Carl Cummings officiating. Mrs. Cerven died December 25 at Northgate Manor in Corning, following a lingering illness. Interment was at Guss Cemetery, Guss, Iowa.

Mrs. Marjorie Dee Cerven, daughter of Robert H. and Eva Akers, was born on a farm north of Gravity on March 12, 1903.

She grew to womanhood in the Oak Hill vicinity. After graduating from Gravity High School she taught one year at the Spread Eagle school. On May 28, 1923 she was united in marriage to Oscar F. Cerven of Stanton.

Following their marriage they resided at a farm west of Villisca until moving to their farm northwest of Gravity in Mar. [1924?] where their four children were born. In 1962 they moved to their present home at Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother.

She is survived by her husband Oscar; a daughter, Dorothy (Mrs. Talton Hicks) of Gravity; three sons, Dean of Weldon, Iowa, Duane of Blanchard, Iowa and Dale of Corning; three daughters-in-law and one son-in-law; 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; one brother Frank Akers of Gravity; a sister, Mary DeVol of DeWitt, Nebr.

She was a kind and loving wife, mother, sister and neighbor and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

[CROSSON, HARVE WILLIAM]
Taylor County Democrat (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 30, 1894, p. 4
Harve Crosson Killed.
Harve Crosson met with a sudden death on last Thursday evening at the home of J. Dixson in Ross Township. Crosson had been attending the reunion and at its close, late on Thursday evening, rode home with Dixon in a wagon. While helping to unhitch the team, the horse Crosson was holding became frightened and jumped forward, striking him in the face with such force as to knock him to the ground. In passing over the prostrate body, it is thought the horse must have tramped upon his left breast just over the heart, breaking two ribs. Dixon called in several of his neighbors and a doctor was summoned but after about one hour of intense suffering the injured man became unconscious and soon breathed his last.

The funeral services were held at the residence on Saturday at 2 p. m. and the remains were interred in the New Hope cemetery at Allison, Mo.

The deceased was a veteran of the late war and was a generous man, his weakness being a love for the intoxicating bowl.

 

[DAVIS, DAVID "DAVIE"]
Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 10, 1917, p. 7
Mrs B. C. Freeman went to Gravity Monday noon on account of the death of her father, David Davis, who died Saturday at the home of his son near Gravity. The funeral was held near Guss, Tuesday afternoon.

 

[DAVIS, DAVID "DAVIE"]
Page County Democrat (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 10, 1917, p. 8
Mrs B. C. Freeman went to Gravity Monday noon, called there by the death of her father, David Davis. Mr. Davis died Sunday and will be buried Tuesday afternoon at Gus, funeral services taking place at the Maple Grove church at that place. Mr. Davis was one of the very early settlers of Taylor County.

 

[EGGERS, MARTHA JANE]
Taylor County Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 5, 1883, p. 4
----On Wednesday last Miss Martha Eggers, a daughter of Mr. Henry Eggers, of Polk township, was working at the house of Mr. James Brooks, when her clothing took fire from the stove near which she was engaged and before she discovered it the flames were coming up her back. Mrs. Brooks attempted to smother the fire with a bed comforter but failed and Miss Eggers ran to a bed and endeavored to extinguish her clothes by lying down and wrapping herself up in the bedding. The bedclothes caught fire, however, and becoming frightened and probably suffering pain that was unendurable, the unfortunate girl ran out into the open air, which, of course, made the matter worse. A man from a neighboring house ran up with a pail of water and dashed it upon her, but by this time her clothing was almost entirely burned off and her flesh was horribly charred and baked, the burns covering her entire body and limbs. In her efforts to tear off her clothing her fingernails had been torn away. The poor girl lingered until the following day in the greatest agony, when death came to her relief. She was about 18 years of aged and was a most amiable and interesting young lady. Two of Mr. Brooks' children, we understand, were also burned somewhat, but their injuries were not serious.

 

[EGGERS, MARY LOOMIS]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 11, 1984
Former resident dies in California
Mrs. Mary Eggers, Former Taylor County resident, died September 16, 1984 in Los Gatos, California. She was 96.

Mrs. Eggers was born and raised four miles west of Bedford, daughter of Grover and Mary (Ross) Loomis.

She married Oscar Eggers. They lived on a farm at Burlington Junction, Iowa. In 1926 they moved to Lancaster, California with their two children. Mr. Eggers died in 1928, md the family moved to Des Moines.

Mrs. Eggers taught junior high in Bedford and Des Moines, teaching a total of 45 years.

Son Lawrence died at age 24 in a tragic explosion. Daughter Marguerite died in 1977 in Anaheim, California. Mrs. Eggers is survived by her granddaughter Lucille Salehi and her three children in San Jose, California.

Mrs. Eggers was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Des Moines, National Educational Association, Iowa State Education Association, American Association of University Women, Drake Alumni Association and Retired Teachers' Association

 

[HESS, MYRTLE ALMIRA BEAN]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, October 23, 1961, [p. 1]
Guss woman died Sunday at Home
Mrs Myrtle Almira Bean Hess, 89, died at 1:50 a m Sunday at the West Portal Rest Home here. She had lived her entire life around Villisca and Guss, her husband being Scott Hess, who preceded her in death several years ago.

The funeral plans are delayed until definite news can be known concerning arrival of the only daughter, Mrs Glenn (Fern) Stamps, of California. Her sister is Mrs Allie Pershing, Des Moines, and brother, Charlie Bean, Long Beach, Calif. She was a sister of the late Ed Bean of Clarinda.

Sutphen Funeral home at Villisca is in charge of the arrangements.

 

[HESS, SCOTT CALVIN]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, March 13, 1944, p. 4
GUSS
Scott Hess, a long time resident of this community, died Saturday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs Glen Stamp in Villisca.

 

[HILL, EVA VIRGINIA FIELDER]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, April 12, 1979, p. 12
Fielder's sister dies in Washington
Mr and Mrs Guy Fielder have received word of the death of his sister, Mrs Virginia Hill, 70, at Lakewood Hospital in Tacoma, Wa, April 11.

Her body will be flown to Topeka, Ks for funeral services and burial will be in the Guss Cemetery.

 

JOHNSON, CHARLES EDWARD]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, October 22, 1956, p. 6
Charles E Johnson – Charles Edward Johnson, son of Jonathan T and Siner A Johnson, was born Nov 14, 1857, near Monmouth, Ill. and died at his home in Clarinda at the age of 98 years, 10 months and 15 days.

When a small child he moved with his parents to near Columbus, Ohio, and later to Taylor County, Iowa, near Guss, where he farmed. In 1923 he retired and moved to Clarinda.

Mr Johnson was united in marriage to Eliza Ann Bennett Sept 24, 1881. She preceded him in death in April 1940. To this union were born five sons and four daughters. One daughter, Edna May, died in 1904. Surviving are Walton, Leroy, Raymond and Winnie E. Scofield of Gravity, Leslie of Nodaway, Jesse of Clarinda, Grace of the home, all sons and daughters, as well as two sisters, Della Shum, Newton, Kans, and Lillie Darnold, San Diego, Calif, one brother, Jerry Johnson, Canon City, Colo.

Mr Johnson joined the Free Methodist Church, which he attended as long as his health permitted.

Funeral services were held Oct 2 at the Walker Funeral Home with the Rev J L Hunter of the Free Methodist Church in charge. Burial was in the cemetery at Guss.

 

[JOHNSON, ELIZA ANN BENNETT]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 2, 1940, p. 2
Guss, May 1 – The body of Mrs Ed Johnson of Clarinda was brought to the Guss cemetery for burial Thursday. Mrs Johnson was a pioneer resident of this community, having lived on a farm southeast of Guss, where she reared her children to manhood and womanhood. She was also a schoolteacher of Taylor County prior to her marriage. She was lady of fine Christian character and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

 

[JOHNSON, ELIZA ANN BENNETT]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, May 6, 1940, p. 6
Eliza Ann Johnson – Eliza Ann Bennett, daughter of Silas W and Elizabeth Duke Bennett, was born at Milldollar [?] Ill, March 26, 1861, and departed this life April 22, 1940.

She was the only daughter of a family of eight children, all having preceded her in death except two brothers.

She came to Iowa with her parents when but a small child and has been a resident of the vicinity of Gravity and Clarinda ever since.

On Sept 24, 1884, she was united in marriage to Charles Edward Johnson, to which union were born eight children, five boys and three girls, Walton, Leslie, Leroy, Raymond and Jessie, and Grace, Winnie and Edna. All of the children's homes are in the vicinity of Gravity except Grace's, whose home is in Clarinda. Edna preceded her mother in death at the age of 18 months.

She was converted at an early age and united with the Free Methodist church at Glassgow, later removing her membership to the Free Methodist church of Clarinda. She has always been a good Christian and a faithful member of the church of her choice.

She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband and the seven children, also two brothers, C J Bennett of Omaha and B W Bennett of Boise, Idaho, besides a large number of other relatives, including 16 grandchildren and a host of friends.

Sister Johnson died in the triumph of the faith, and we shall miss her. She has been a patient sufferer for a number of years but has left a testimony to those who remain that the grace of God is sufficient for all of the experiences of life.

Funeral services were in charge of Rev H O Inch, assisted by Rev Biggerstaff of Gravity at the Free Methodist church. The pallbearers were the five sons and the son-in-law, Glen Schofield. Interment was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[JOHNSON, LOYAL ALBERT]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Wednesday, February 22, 1995, p. 2
Albert Johnson – Albert Johnson 84 of New Market, died Saturday afternoon Feb. 18, 1995 at Stanton Care Center where he had been a resident for the past three and ½ years.

He was born Dec. 11, 1910 at Guss, the son of Calvin Wesley and Sarah Emma Holland Johnson. On Sept. 22, 1940, he was married to Mary Thomas who survives.

They farmed in the Guss area and retired to New Market.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of the New Market home; and five children, Mrs. Dale (Inez Marie) Gray, Clarinda; Doris Jean Stamm, Clarinda; Calvin George and his wife Judy Johnson, Clarinda; Earl Dean and his wife Laura Johnson, Stanton; and Gail Lee and his wife Laura Johnson, Gravity. There are 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Brothers are Floyd Johnson, Clarinda; George Walter Johnson, Corning; and Wilbur Johnson, Corning.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Francis and A. Delbert Johnson, and son-in-law Donavon Stamm.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, with Rev. Joyce Smith officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Guss.

 

[JOHNSON, SILAS WALTON]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, June 6, 1963, p. 6
Gravity farmer's funeral is Friday
Silas Walton Johnson, 74, former farmer in the Guss vicinity, died Wednesday here and the funeral services are to be Friday.

The Rev Clarence Moore will conduct the service from the Walker Funeral Home at 2 30 p m Friday. Soloist will be Merrill R Miller, and organist will be Miss Aletha L. Hutchings Casket bearers will be Ray Johnson, Ellis Scofield, George Scofield, Brice Johnson, Wayne Johnson and Don Tribolet. Burial will be in the Guss cemetery.

Walton lived near Guss until four years ago when his health prevented his farming activities He has a sister, Mrs Viney Scofield of Gravity, and four brothers, Jesse of Clarinda, Leslie of Nodaway, Leroy and Raymond of Gravity.

 

[JOHNSON, SILAS WALTON]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, June 17, 1963, p. 2
Guss, June 10 – Walton Johnson, 74, died Wednesday afternoon at Clarinda. Before his illness he lived on his farm, where he had grown to manhood, but went to Clarinda when his health failed. Funeral services were held at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda Friday. The Rev Clarence Moore was in charge. Walton was the son of Edward and Eliza Johnson, who preceded him in death; sisters, Grace and Edna, both deceased. He is survived by his brothers, Leslie, Raymond and Leroy of Gravity, Jesse of Clarinda, and a sister, Mrs Vinnie Schofield of Gravity. Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[JOHNSON, SINIA GRACE]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, June 30, 1950, p. 6
Grace Johnson, 64, died Thursday a m
Miss Sina Grace Johnson, 64, who had continued to live at the residence at 309 N 14th St since her aged father's death within recent years, died this Thursday morning at the Municipal Hospital.

Miss Johnson has been ill several months. She was well known for her work with children, caring for them in her home. She was born in Taylor County, the daughter of C E Johnson, in the Gravity vicinity. Five brothers are Walton, Leroy and Raymond, Gravity, Leslie, Nodaway and Jesse, Clarinda, and a sister is Mrs. Vinne Scofield, Gravity.

The funeral will be at the Walker Funeral Home with the Rev Dwight Crosby of the Free Methodist Church in charge. Burial will be in the cemetery at the Guss Methodist Church. The time of service can be learned from the funeral home.

 

[JOHNSON, SINIA GRACE]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, July 7, 1960, p. 2
Guss, July 6 --- The body of Grace Johnson of Clarinda was brought to the Guss cemetery for burial Saturday. Grace lived on a farm southeast of Guss and moved to Clarinda when her parents retired from the farm. She is survived by 5 brothers, Walton, Leslie and Raymond of this community, Leroy of Gravity, Jesse of Clarinda and a sister Mrs Vinnie Schofield of Gravity.

 

[LAWGER, AGNES NINA REEVE]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, June 30, 1955, p. 17
Agnes Nina Lawger – Agnes Nina Lawger was born Aug 30, 1870 in Savannah, Mo and died May 24, 1955 in New Market, Iowa, at the age of 84 years, eight months and 25 days. She was the daughter of Daniel C and Jennie  Reeve.

In the sprig of 1871 the family moved to Taylor county and located on a farm seven miles northwest of Gravity.

On October 5, 1899, Agnes Nina Reeve was married to Walter Lawger and moved to a farm near Guss. During the early years of her marriage she attended the Methodist church at Guss. The last 11 years of her life were spent in the town of New Market.

Left to mourn her passing are her husband, Walter Lawger, two sons, Forest of Gravity and Harold of Clarinda. She had four grandchildren, two of whom survive and one great grandchild.

Funeral service was held Thursday, May 26, 1955, at Guss Methodist Church with Rev F A Matthews of New Market officiating. Mrs Wilma Brown and Mrs Verna Malcolm sang, "Death Is Only a Dram" and "Where We'll Never Grow Old," accompanied by Mrs Opal Brown. Casket bearers were John Kimpton, Frank Kimpton, Glenn Oxley, Ben Pullan, Howard Collins and Ruby Parsons. Burial was in Guss cemetery.

 

[LAWGER, DONNA LEE]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, April 14, 1949, p. 9
Rites Thursday For Fire Victim
Donna Lawger Burned in March Fire, Dies Tuesday
Funeral services will be held Thursday for Donna Lee Lawger, who died at 1:30 a m Tuesday at the Clarinda municipal hospital of burns sustained March 17.

It had been hoped that the six-year-old girl would recover from the severe burns she received when she threw kerosene upon a fire in a stove in her parent's home near Gravity.

She is survived by her parents, Mr and Mrs Forest Lawger and a brother, Lowell, 17.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1:30 p m at the Walker funeral home by Rev A E Hunter, district superintendent of the Free Methodist church. Burial will be in the Guss cemetery.

 

[LAWGER, DONNA LEE]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, April 25, 1949, p. 4
Donna Lee Lawger - Donna Lee, daughter of Forest and Neva Lawger, was born December 19, 1941, at Gravity and departed this life April 12, 1949, at the Municipal hospital at Clarinda.

On March 17 she was severely burned which was responsible for her death. Donna lived her brief life on a farm near Guss.

She leaves to mourn their loss her parents, one brother, Lowell, grandparents, Mr and Mrs Walter Lawger of New Market and Mr and Mrs Fred Frost of Bingen, Wash, four uncles and four aunts and several cousins.

Music was by Doris Forbes and Aletha Hutchings. Casket bearers were Dean Stamps, Curtis Stamps, Thomas Marsh, Orville Marsh. Burial was in the Guss cemetery. Rev A E Hunter, assisted by Rev F S Fisher, was in charge.

 

[LAWGER, FOREST DENZEL]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, December 10, 1984
Forest Lawger service Tuesday
Funeral services for Forest Lawger, 83, of the Guss community will be at 1:30 pm, Tuesday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. John Clark officiating.

Mr. Lawger died Dec. 9,1984 at Gardenview Nursing Home in Shenandoah after a long illness.

He was born Sept. 12, 1901, near Guss, the son of Walter and Agnes N. Reeves Lawger. He was married to Neva Frost Aug. 22, 1929. Mrs. Lawger died in 1973.

Mr. Lawger is survived by a son, Lowell, of Clarinda, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery at Guss.

 

[LAWGER, NEVA FROST]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, July 30, 1973
Services held for Mrs Lawger
Services were held this Monday afternoon at Walker Funeral Home for Mrs Forest (Neva) Lawger, 65, of rural New Market. She died Friday morning at her home of an apparent heart attack.

A native of this area, she had lived around New Market and Clarinda all her life.

Survivors include her husband of the home, her father, Fred Frost of Washington; two sisters, Mrs Carl (Letha) Winters of Washington and Mrs Bob (Nova) Looney of Pomona, Cal; two half-sisters, Mrs Calvin Farrell of Clarinda and Mrs Wilma Amos of Pomona; a son, Lowell of Clarinda, and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Lee.

She was born June 8, 1908, near Guss, the daughter of Fred and Cora Mae Groff Frost. She was married to Forest Lawger Aug 22, 1929.

Rev Lewis Hunter officiated at the services. Bettie Hull was soloist and Grace Perry organist. Casket bearers were Gene Pullen, Ray Stamps, Darrell Dean Roush, Neal Morehouse, Bill Coleman and Max Pullen. Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[LAWGER, WALTER JOHN]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 20, 1961, p. 2
New Market man's funeral Monday
Walter J Lawger, 90, who has lived alone at New Market since [the] death of his wife several years ago, died Friday at 3:39 p m at the Clarinda Rest Home where he had come 17 days before to live for the winter.

The funeral services was this Monday afternoon at the Walker Funeral Home with Preacher Clarence Potter of the New Market Church of Christ officiating. Burial was in the cemetery at the Guss church. Soloist was Merrill R Miller, organist Miss Aletha Hutchings,. Casket bearers included Alvin Brummett, Arnold Bashor, Bob Malcom, John Scalf, Calvin Ferrell and John Kimpton.

Mr Lawger had been a farmer in the Taylor County area until he was not able to continue his work. He was born at Lincoln, Nebr, but most of his life was in the New Market vicinity.

His sons are Forrest Lawger of Gravity and Harold Lawger of Clarinda.

 

[LAWGER, WALTER JOHN]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 27, 1961
Walter Lawger died Friday at Clarinda
Guss, Nov 20 --- Walter Lawger, a long time resident of this vicinity, passed away Friday at the Clarinda Rest Home where he had gone recently to spend the winter months. Walter was 90 years of age. His wife, Agnes, passed away in 1955. Funeral services were held at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda Monday, interment being at the Guss cemetery.

 

[LAWGER, WALTER JOHN]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, December 7, 1961, p. 7
Walter J Lawger – Walter John Lawger, son of John and Lottie Lawger, was born at Villisca, Ia., Aug. 11, 1871, and departed this life Nov. 17, 1961, at the age of 90 years, three months and six days.

On Oct 5, 1899, he was married to Agnes Nina Reeve. To this union two children, Forest and Harold, were born.

Most of Walter's life was spent in the vicinity of Guss and New Market, Ia. He farmed as long as he was able.

He was a kind and faithful husband and father and a good neighbor and a friend of everyone. Walter was a member of the Guss Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Nina, on May 24, 1955, one granddaughter, Donna Lee Lawger, who died at the age of 7 ½ years, and one grandson, Kenneth Lawger, who was killed in service during World War II.

Walter is survived by his sons, Forest Lawger of Gravity, Ia. and Harold Lawger of Clarinda, Ia; two grandsons, Wayne Lawger of Omaha, Neb. and Lowell Lawger of Clarinda; and one great great granddaughter, Connie Lawger of Gravity, Ia, and a host of other loved ones and friends.

Funeral services were held Nov 20 at 2 o'clock at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda, Ia, with Clarence Potter, Gospel preacher for the New Market and Siam Churches of Christ, in charge. Burial was in the cemetery at Guss.

 

[MCCOY, FRANK HARLEY, SR.]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 26, 2011, p. 4
Frank Harley McCoy, Sr., Shambaugh, IA, July 14, 1942 - May11, 2011
Frank Harley McCoy, Sr. was born July 14, 1942 to Harley and Pearl McCoy at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital. He was the youngest of 10 brothers and sisters. Frank graduated from high school in Clarinda in 1961. He enjoyed fast cars and hanging out with friends. He began working for farmers at a young age. Frank married Karen Kay McNutt in October of 1961. His son, Frank, Jr. was born in June of 1963 and his daughter, Gail, was born in October 1966.

Frank lived most of his life in Page County, Iowa other than his time in the Army National Guard 168th Infantry and a brief time in Pocahontas, Iowa. He learned to love the land and as a child his dream was to own his own farm. He purchased a small farm in College Springs, Iowa and then a larger farm one mile west of College Springs. Along with farming his own land he also helped his father-in-law, Clarence McNutt, on his farm and did custom combining in the area. While maintaining his farm and others he also worked full time at Lisle Corporation. He began as a machinist and by the time of his retirement he had become an assistant supervisor in the turret lathe department. Frank also built custom trailers and loading shoots for himself and others. He was a talented welder.

Frank hunted regularly with his family. Frank enjoyed bringing family from outside of Iowa to hunt pheasants every year. He was an avid fisherman and received his master angler after catching an 11-pound Northern Pike at Callamus Reservoir in Nebraska. Prank retired from farming in 1989 and began golfing in his spare time. He retired from Lisle Corp. in 2002 and began golfing on a regular basis. He continued to work building trailers and anything else a friend or family member needed. Frank became a grandpa when Jozey Kay was born to his son in 2001.

Frank began 'snowbirding' in Yuma, Ariz., in 2003 to escape the cold Iowa winters and to golf all year round. He enjoyed hosting friends and family who visited. He especially enjoyed showing them Algodones, Mexico, and where the best prices were. While in Clarinda he golfed in couples tournaments, men's golf and the wobblies. He loved a bargain and using the materials he purchased.

Frank passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at his residence m Shambaugh. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Karen McCoy; brothers Lowell and Roger McCoy and sisters Dorothy Scott and Elsie Larson.

Surviving Frank are his children: Gail McCoy of Lincoln, Nebraska and Frank McCoy, Jr. of Des Moines, Iowa; granddaughter Jozey McCoy of Des Moines, Iowa; brothers Paul McCoy and wife Lois of Red Oak, Iowa, Glen McCoy and wife Barbara of Centralia, Illinois, Robert McCoy and wife Pauline of Creston, Iowa, Jerry McCoy of Boulder, Colorado and Bill McCoy of Shenandoah, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Frank H. McCoy, Sr. were held Friday, May 20, 2011 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Burial followed the services at the Guss Cemetery in Guss, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the McCoy Family Memorial Fund.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

[MCCOY, HARLEY NEGLEY]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, July 19, 1943, [p. 1]
Suicide Victim
Harley McCoy Takes Life With Shotgun on Sunday
Despondency was blamed in the suicide death of Harley McCoy, about 42, at his farm home north of Essex Sunday morning, according to Sheriff Ed Hipsley.

Officers were called to the McCoy farm Saturday afternoon when McCoy disappeared. His car was gone and he was known to be armed, but he was not found. Officers returned to the farm Sunday morning and found McCoy's body in a field about a mile and a quarter from the farmhouse. McCoy had apparently used a shotgun in taking his own life.

He is survived by his wife and ten children.

 

[MCCOY, PEARL ELIZABETH KIMPTON]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, May 9, 1988, p. 12
Funeral services Wednesday for McCoy, 81
Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl E. McCoy, 81, of Clarinda will be at 1:30 p. m., Wednesday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Hansen officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 7-8 p. m. Tuesday evening.

Mrs. McCoy died Saturday morning, May 7, 1988, at Municipal Hospital where she had been a patient for the past week.

She was born Jan. 30, 1907, in Taylor County, the daughter of Frank and Lottie Huss Kimpton. She was married to Harley N. [egley] McCoy on March 2, 1924. He preceded her in death in 1943.

Mrs. McCoy is survived by nine children: Paul McCoy of Red Oak, Mrs. Jim (Elsie) Larson of Clovis, NM, Glenn McCoy of Centralia, Il, Mrs. Duane (Dorothy) Scott of Pittsburg, Ca, Robert McCoy of Creston, Jerry McCoy of Boulder, Co, Roger McCoy of Pittsburg, Ca, Donnie (Bill) McCoy of Northboro, Frank McCoy of Blanchard and (daughter-in-law) Carolyn Bina of Pocahontas.

There are 29 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Sisters are Hazel Horton of Clarinda, Maude Lawrence of Long Beach, Ca and Edna Syring of gold Beach, Or.

She was preceded in death by a son, Lowell; an infant son; two brothers; one sister and one granddaughter.

Burial will be in the Guss cemetery.

 

[MCCOY, PEARL ELIZABETH KIMPTON]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, May16, 1988, p. 6
FAMILY ATTENDING THE funeral of Mrs. Pearl McCoy were Mr. and Mrs. Paul McCoy, Mr. and Mrs. Mick McCoy, Mrs. Melinda McCoy and Michelle McCoy, all of Red Oak; Bob McCoy, Costa Mesa, Ca; Tony McCoy of Meeker, Co; Mr. and Mrs. James Larson and Charles, Clovis, NM; Mr. and Mrs. Glenn McCoy and Marlyn McCoy, Centralia, II; Darla Scott, and Mr. and Mrs. Duane Scott, Pittsburg, Ca; Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCoy, Creston; Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Able, Des Moines, Mr. and Mrs Jerry McCoy and Mrs. Kim Gibson and Christopher, Boulder, Co; Mr. and Mrs. Roger McCoy, Pittsburg, Ca; Mr. and Mrs. Don McCoy, Jim McCoy and Jeff McCoy, Northboro; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Braymen, Coin, Mr. and Mrs. Rick Nelson, Westboro, Mo; Mr. and Mrs. Frank McCoy, Blanchard; Gail McCoy, Peru, Ne; Mr. and Mrs. Rich Bina, Pocahontas; Wayne McCoy, Colinsville, Il; Mrs. Eileen Johnson   and   Bruce,   Pocahontas; Mrs. Ireen Schneider and Mrs. and Mrs. Steve Teague, Rolfe.

 

[MENDENHALL, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 24, 1963, p. 5
Final Rites for B. J. Mendenhall
Funeral services for Benjamin F. Mendenhall were held Friday Oct. 11, 2 p. m., at the Swanson Funeral Home in Hopkins. The Rev. Huell Warren, pastor of the Christian Church, officiated.

Burial was in the Hopkins Cemetery.

Benjamin Franklin Mendenhall, youngest son of the late K. [elita] T. [ownley] and Eustatia Ann Macy Mendenhall was born March 11, 1881, near Guthrie Center, Iowa and departed this life Oct. 9, 1963 at the Armstrong Nursing Home, Bedford, Iowa, at the age of 82 years and seven months.

At the age of 2 years, he with his parents came in a covered wagon to Taylor County, Iowa. Here he grew to manhood, attending the Valley school.

In 1903 he was married to Lily M. Sheley. To this union were born three children, Janette Shell and Olaf Mendenhall of Hopkins, and S. K. Mendenhall of Bedford, Iowa, who survive, along with two daughters-in-law, seven granddaughters, eight great grandchildren and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, five brothers, a great grandson and a son-in-law.

For over fifty years he was a member of the Hazel Dell Baptist church, serving as Sunday School superintendent for many years and remaining loyal to the church as long as it existed.

He was a farmer and stock raiser, specializing in good horses.

His entire married life was spent in the Valley community with the exception of two years in which the couple farmed east of Hopkins.

He was a kind and loving person, interested in all the community and will be sadly missed.

 

[MENDENHALL, KELITA TOWNLEY]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Monday, Nov. 28, 1921, [p. 1]
Aged Citizen Dies
Kelith [Kelita] T. [ownley] Mendenhall, aged 85 years, died at the home of his son-in-law, Lon McCann [McCan] in Polk township, Saturday at 12:30. The funeral was held Sunday and the body laid to rest at the Williard [Willard] cemetery, by the Hopkins undertaker.

 

[MENDENHALL, KELITA TOWNLEY]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), December 1, 1921, [p. 1]
K. T. Mendenhall Dead
K. [elita] T. [ownley] Mendenhall, who was one of the oldest residents of Polk Township died Nov. 25 [26], 1921. He was a native of Indiana and was 85 years of age. He had lived more than half his life in Iowa and was the father of four daughters and six sons. Two of the daughters and their mother passed on years ago. His funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo McCaim [McCan] who cared for him through his long illness. His six sons who all live in this vicinity were pallbearers. Rev. Wright conducted a short funeral service and the body was laid to rest in the Willard cemetery, where his companion was buried over twenty years ago.

 

[MURREN, JEMIMA RIDENOUR]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, February 28, 1957, p. 8
Villisca Service For Woman Living Near Here 87 Years
Mrs. Jemima Murren, 91, mother of Earl and Harold Murren of Clarinda, died Feb 12 at the home of her son, Oliver Murren, living south of Villisca. The funeral was held in Villisca three days later in charge of the Rev Warren Burd, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene at Mason City.

Mrs Murren had 35 grandchildren, 99 great grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren at [the] time of her death. Three sons besides those above are LeRoy of Sioux Falls, S Dak, Glenn and Shelby of Mason City, Ia.

Jemima Ridenour was born in Pennsylvania on July 17, 1865, the daughter of William and Deborah Ridenour. At age of four, she moved with her parents to a farm south of Hepburn, and she had lived all her life in Page, Taylor and Adams Counties with exception of 10 years.

Her sons were bearers and burial was in the cemetery at Guss.

 

[MURREN, OLIVER GLEE]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 12, 1978
Oliver G. Murren Final Rites Held January 4
Funeral services for Oliver G. Murren, 89, of New Market were held January 4 in Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca conducted by Carl Cummings. Mr. Murren died January 1, 1978. Masonic services were conducted by Covenant Lodge 453 AF & AM, New Market, Iowa with interment at Guss Cemetery.

Oliver G. Murren was born May 2, 1888, to Joshua and Jemima Ridnour Murren in Taylor County Iowa.

He grew to manhood in the Villisca area.

He was united in marriage on January 23, 1912 to Dora Schroeder at Clarinda, Iowa. Eight children were born to this union: Catherine, Mrs. Leonard Calhoun of New Market; Wilma, Mrs. Ed Frodsham of New Market; Roena, deceased; Leona Templeton of Red Oak; Ellen Wardlow of Kansas City; Oliver Jr. of Nodaway; John of Creston; Gene of Erie, Colorado.

His wife, Dora died in August 1965.

On September 16, 1966, he was married to Gertie Klang of Clear Lake.

He has 40 living grandchildren  and 44  great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

He   is survived by his wife, Gertie, of the home; seven children; three brothers, Earl and Harold of Clarinda, and Shelby of New Market.

He farmed in Page and Taylor County until 1947 when he sold insurance and continued to live on the farm until moving to New Market in 1976.

He was a member of the North Grove Methodist Church and of Covenant Lodge #453 A. F. & A. M. of New Market.

His family and friends will remember him as a kind and considerate   loved one and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

[MOON, ARMINDA]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Friday, February 10, 1928, p. 6
Obituary – Armanda [Arminda] Moon, daughter of Banager and Nancy Moon, was born at Lamoille, Ill., July 19, 1848, and departed this life at her home in Nodaway, Iowa, February 1st, 1928, age 79 years, 6 months and 12 days.

She came to Corning, Iowa, in the year 1881 and remained there until 1894, at which time she removed to Taylor County. She remained here until 1912 when she and her brother, Lyman, moved to Nodaway where she lived until the time of her death.

Miss Moon was converted to Christianity at an early age and united with the Baptist church while living in Illinois. She later united with the Congregational church of Corning, Iowa, of which she was a faithful member during the remainder of her life.

She lived a sincere Christian life, and throughout her active life was especially thoughtful of visiting the sick of her community.

Her younger sister preceded her in death by two years and the three brothers still survive. They are as follows: Lyman of Nodaway; Edgar of Oregon and Farley of Hebron, Nebraska.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Ellis February 3rd at 1:30 p. m. from the Moon residence at Nodaway, and interment made in the Guss cemetery.

 

[MOON, LYMAN S.]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 22, 1934, p. 5
Guss
Former Resident Dies
The body of Lyman Moon, who died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor in Villisca, was brought to the Guss cemetery for burial Sunday afternoon. Mr. Moon and his sister lived for a number of years on a farm northeast of Guss. His sister died a few years ago.

 

[NEELY, DONNA LARUE THOMPSON GOFORTH]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, October 25, 1971, p. 4
Tuesday services for Mrs Neely, 47
Donna LaRue Neely, 47, died Friday morning at Aberdeen, S D, where she had been a patient at Dakota Midland Hospital since June 28.

She was born Oct 20, 1924 near Bedford, the daughter of Ernest and Ruby Newkirk Thompson. Her last work had been as a receptionist at the Des Moines Register and Tribune.

Mrs Neely is survived by two children, Fred Neely of Knoxville and Mrs Harold (Patricia) Recker of Bismarck, N D and one grandchild. Two sisters are Helen Thompson of Bedford and Mrs Walter (Doris) Joachim of Faulkton, S D Her father and stepmother are Mr and Mrs Ernie Thompson of Clarinda.

Funeral services for Mrs Neely will be held at Trinity United Presbyterian Church at 2 pm Tuesday with Dr J D Almes officiating. Burial will be in the Guss cemetery. Cecil Smith and Mrs Merrill Black will sing with Mrs Helen Hall Hoskinson organist. Beth Williams will be at the register. Casket bearers will be Vernon Baker, Robert McAmis, Donald Miller, Dwight Newkirk, Cecil Newkirk, and Kenneth Thompson. Ushers will be Ed Kryselmire and Robert Hamm.

Memorials may be given to the recreation center of the Eppley Complex in Omaha. Walker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

[NEELY, DONNA LARUE THOMPSON GOFORTH]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 1, 1971, p. 7
Donna La Rue Neely – Mrs Donna LaRue Neely, daughter of Ernest and Ruby Thompson, after a long and difficult sickness, died October 22, 1971 in patience and Christian confidence at Midland Hospital, Aberdeen, S Dakota. She was born October 20, 1924 on a farm near Bedford, Iowa.

She is survived by one son, Fred, and his wife Kathy, of Knoxville, Iowa; by one daughter, Mrs Harold (Patty) Recker and her husband, of Bismarck, N D; by her father and stepmother, Mr and Mrs Ernest Thompson of Clarinda; by two sisters, Helen Thompson of Bedford, and Mrs Walter (Doris) Joachim and husband of Faulkton, S D and one grandson, Jeffrey Recker.

LaRue became a member of Trinity United Presbyterian Church on March 26, 1959 by professing her faith in Jesus Christ as her personal savior and Lord, and she worshipped and served her Lord with courage and faithfulness in the pew, as a teacher in the Sunday School, as a deacon and choir member in her church. With growing faith she followed her Lord.

She was preceded in death by her mother and an infant sister, Hazel.

Services were held Oct 26 at the Trinity United Presbyterian church in Clarinda with Dr J D Almes officiating. Mrs Merrill (Betty) Black and Cecil Smith sang with Mrs Helen Hall Hoskinson at the organ. The register was in charge of Beth Williams and users were Robert Hamm and Ed Kryselmire. Walker Funral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Burial was at the cemetery of the Guss church. The casket was carried by Vernon Baker, Donald Miller, Cecil Newkirk, Robert McAmis, Dwight Newkirk and Kenneth Thompson.

 

[NELSON, CHARLES A.]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, June 6, 1938, p. 6
Guss, June 4 --- Former Resident Buried
The body of Charles Nelson was brought from Des Moines to the Guss cemetery for burial Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Nelson was a resident of this neighborhood, having lived here until a few years ago.

 

[OSBORN, JASON HARRISON]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, March 20, 1906, p. 5
An Old Settler Gone
Death of J. H. Osborn Who for Nearly 40 Years lived in Polk Twp.
J. H. Osborn died at his home in Polk township yesterday morning at 7 o'clock, being at the time 63 years of age.

Mr. Osborn was one of the pioneers of Taylor County, having come here soon after the close of the war and made this his home until the time of his death.

The deceased was born in the state of Ohio in 1843, and during the war he served his country as a member of the 55th regiment Ohio infantry. After three years service he returned to his home and a short time after was married to a Miss Baker The young couple tarried but a short time near the old home after their marriage, but deciding to come west, they packed their few household goods into a prairie schooner and set their faces toward the setting sun.

In 1868, Mr. Osborn and his bride arrived in Taylor County, and soon after purchased the farm in Polk Township which ever after was their home.

Since coming to Iowa three children came to bless their home and all of them, grown to maturity, together with the loved and faithful wife and mother, remain to mourn their husband and father. Of the children, two are now at home, the daughter, Miss Mary and the son J. H. Osborn Jr. The latter has been at Reading, Pa., for some years but recently returned home. The other son Jason W. resides at Twin Falls, Idaho.

The deceased was a man honored and respected by all who knew him. He was of sterling character and scrupulously honest. One peculiar trait of his character being an abhorrence of debt, and for many years he has owed no man a dollar. At one time in the early eighties, Mr. Osborn was honored by the people of Taylor County by being elected member of the board of supervisors and for a great many years has served as justice of the peace. His record as a public official is as clear as is the record of his private life. He always did his duty as he saw it, and never intentionally wronged any one.

Mr. Osborn was first taken sick a year ago and while he recovered sufficiently to be up and around, he was never after that a well man. Two weeks [ago] his malady increased and he was compelled to take to his bed, from which he never arose. Interment will be made at Willard cemetery.

 

[OSBORN, JASON HARRISON]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 22, 1906
Death of Jason H. Osborn
Death came Monday morning to relieve the suffering of Mr. Jason H. Osborn, an old and highly respected citizen of Polk township.

The deceased was born in Ohio in 1842. When the nation's life hung in the balance he was among the first to volunteer his services, nobly responding to the call for aid by fighting for the flag we all revere in the 55th Ohio infantry. At the close of the war he returned to his Ohio home where he soon was united in marriage to Mrs. Baker.

In 1868 they came to this county, settling on a farm in Polk Township, which has always been their home. Here they reared a family of three children, two sons, Joseph H., who is at home, and Jason W., who recently left for Twin Falls, Idaho, to work at his trade as carpenter, and a daughter Mary who is still at home.

The deceased was one of the most upright and honorable men in the county. His honesty was proverbial and he never owed a man a dollar. His integrity and cheerful manner won him many friends and in 1880 he was elected as a member of the board of supervisors, which position he filled with honor. For a number of years he served as justice of the peace for Polk Township.

The funeral was held at the late home of the deceased Tuesday afternoon and interment was had in the Willard cemetery, conducted by Plum Lodge, A. F. & A. M. of Siam. The sympathy of the entire neighborhood is extended to the bereaved wife and children.

 

[OSBORN, JASON HARRISON]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 12, 1906, p. 2
Resolutions of Respect.
Jason H. Osborn died at his home in Polk township, Taylor County, Iowa March 19, 1906 and was buried in the Willard cemetery, March 20, by Plum Lodge, No. 285 A. F. & A. M. in the usual form and ceremonies of the craft of which he was an honored member. Brother Jason H. Osborn was born in Erie County, Ohio, near Sandusky city, October 20, 1842, making his age 63 years, 4 months and 29 days at the time of his death.

{Resolutions not transcribed.]

 

[OSBORN, JASON WOLVERTON]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 22, 1955, p. 3
Hopkins
Jason Osborn Dies
Word has been received of the death of Jason Osborn of Basin, Wyo. He is a brother of Jos Osborn of the Valley neighborhood north of Hopkins. He was 78 years of age and much of his early life was spent in this vicinity. He is survived by his wife and his brother, Joe.

 

[OSBORN, JOSEPH HOOKER]
Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Monday, December 3, 1956, [p. 1]
Joseph H. Osborn Dies At St. Francis Hospital
Joseph H. Osborn, 85, Hopkins, died at 8:15 p. m. Saturday at the St. Francis hospital where he had been a patient three weeks. He was a retired farmer and had lived all of his life in the Hopkins community with the exception of a few years spent in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Osborn was born Dec. 10, 1870 in Taylor County, Ia., the son of the late Jason and Mary Baker Osborn. He was a member of Plum Lodge No. 285 AF and AM, at Siam, Ia., and was a member of the Royal Arch Masons at Bedford, Ia. He was a 50-year Mason.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Ethel Osborn, Basin, Wyo. He had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Stewart, near Hopkins, the past year.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. tomorrow at the Hopkins Christian church. The Rev. A. V. Hart will officiate and burial will be in the Willard cemetery, northwest of Hopkins. Masonic services at the grave will be in charge of the Plum Lodge.
[Note: His Missouri State Death Certificate gives his birth date as November 10, 1870.]

 

[OSBORN, MARY EMILY]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa,) Monday, February 19, 1934, [p. 1]
Former Taylor Recorder Dies
Miss Mary Osborne of Siam Has Sudden Attack of Heart Trouble
Siam, (Special) – Miss Mary Osborne was suddenly taken ill Saturday night and within an hour had died of heart trouble. While in ill health for several years, she seemed able to do her work until her sudden attack. The funeral services are being conducted this Monday afternoon from the home east of here, Highland Chapter No. 523, O. E. S., having the ritualistic work. The services were to be very brief, due to the illness of her mother, Mrs. Emily Osborne. She is survived by two brothers, Joe at home and Jason at Big Horn, Wyo. Miss Osborne was formerly recorder of Taylor County and has always been a diligent worker in her community.

 

[OSBORN, MARY EMILY]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 22, 1934, [p. 1]
Miss Mary Osborn, Former Recorder, Dies Saturday
Miss Mary Osborn, 61, former recorder of Taylor County, died unexpectedly at her home in the Valley community southwest of Bedford about 10 o'clock Saturday evening, Feb. 17.

She had been in ill health for the past two years, having suffered a stroke of paralysis at that time from which she never fully recovered. She had cared constantly for her aged mother, however, who had been an invalid for the past year.

Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. B. H. Harmon, pastor of the Church of Christ at Hopkins. Burial was made in the Willard cemetery, where Highland chapter, O. E. S. of Siam, had charge of the services.

Mary Emily Osborn was born in Polk Township, March 12, 1873, and spent her entire life with the exception of two years while she was recorder of Taylor County, 1909-10, on the same farm.

She was a member of the Farmers Union organization, a charter member of the Farmers Life Insurance Company of Des Moines and took out one of the first policies. She became affiliated with the Order of Eastern Star in Bedford in 1910, later transferring her membership to the Siam chapter. She was also a member of the Woman's Relief corps in Bedford.

Surviving relatives are the aged mother, Mrs. Emily Osborn, two brothers, Joe Osborn at home and Jason Osborn of Basin, Wyo. The latter was unable to be present for the funeral services. Her father died many years ago.

 

[OSBORN, MARY EMILY]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, February 22, 1934, p. 5
Miss Mary Osborne – Miss Mary Emily Osborne, only daughter of Jason and Emily Osborne, was born in Polk Township March 12, 1873 and departed this life Feb. 17, 1934, aged 60 years, 11 months and 5 days. She has lived all her life in the place of her birth, except two years spent in Bedford while holding the office of county recorder. Her father passed away many years ago.

Those left to mourn their loss are her aged mother, who has been an invalid for the past 18 months; two brothers, Joe Osborne at home and Jason Osborne and wife of Basin, Wyo. The latter were not able to be present at the funeral.

Miss Osborne was a splendid citizen, a tireless worker for the good of the community in which she lived; was a member of the Farmers Union, serving faithfully in its offices of trust; was a charter member of the Farmers Union Life Insurance Co., of Des Moines, and took one of the first policies. She joined the Order of the Eastern Star in Bedford in 1910, later transferring her membership to Highland Chapter 523 at Siam.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Harmon of the Church of Christ at Hopkins, Mo., at the home at 2 p. m. Monday, February 19. Highland Chapter No. 523, O. E. S., had charge of the services at the grave in Willard cemetery.

 

[OSBORN, MARY EMILY BAKER]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 26, 1935, [p. 1]
Mrs. J. H. Osborn Dies September 18
Mrs. Jason H. Osborn, a pioneer of the Valley neighborhood southwest of Bedford, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, following a long illness. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon by Rev. B. H. Harmon, pastor of the Hopkins Christian church. Burial was in the Willard cemetery beside her husband, who preceeded her in death many years ago. A daughter, Mary, also sleeps in this beautiful countryside burying ground.

Mrs. Osborn came with her husband to this vicinity 66 years ago and resided continuously on the farm on which she and her husband first located.

Mary E. Baker, daughter of Sanford G. and Lavina W. Baker, was born in Woodville Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, March 11, 1849.

She was married to Jason H. Osborn June 6, 1869 and the then young couple moved to Iowa, settling on the farm in Polk Township. Three children were born to them, Mary E. [mily], deceased; Joseph H. [ooker] of the home and Jason W., of Basin, Wyo. She was a real home mother of high ideals and instilled into her children the better things of life. She was a member of the Christian church and in her earlier life taught school for several years and always worked for the best interests and happiness of the community in which she had so long resided.

 

[PATTERSON, CHARLES NELSON]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, April 27, 1904, p. 8

Died – Charles Nelson Patterson was born in Luzerne county, Penn., July 15, 1851, and died in Quinter, Kan., April 14, 1904. He moved from Pennsylvania with his parents to Illinois at the age of 3 years, where he was married to Miss Susan Ellen Gerard on September 22, 1872. To this union were born seven girls, two of whom have preceded him in death. In 1873 he removed to near Macon, Missouri, where he resided to the year 1877. Removing thence to Iowa, where he has since resided. He engaged in the mercantile business at Guss, Iowa, in the spring of 1895, at which business he was engaged at the time of his death. Mr. Patterson was a kind and indulgent husband and father. The needy and afflicted always found in him a sympathetic and ready helper, endearing him to the hearts of all who knew him. He was a man of strong, positive nature, but always ready to meet his fellowmen on fair and honorable terms, and was therefore universally respected in every community in which he lived. Funeral services were held at the house at 4 p. m. Sunday, and were conducted by Rev. Wm. McClelland of near Nodaway. Interment was made in cemetery north of Guss. ---Nodaway News

 

[PATTERSON, SUSAN ELLEN GERRARD]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Friday, February 26, 1926, p. 6
Mrs. Ellen Patterson
Several from Nodaway attended the funeral Monday afternoon of Mrs. Ellen Patterson, pioneer resident of Guss. Mrs. Patterson died Friday, after an illness of three hours, at the home of a daughter in Kansas City, where she had spent the winter. The cause of her death was acute indigestion and heart trouble. Mrs. Patterson was 75 years of age and is survived by five daughters and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her husband having preceded her in death a number of years ago; also two daughters died in infancy.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. B. Carpenter of Villisca, assisted by Rev. O. R. Jones of Nodaway. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery.

 

[REYNA, LUCILLE HILL "LUCY"]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, November 13, 1986, p. 12
Friday services for Lucy Reyna
Funeral services for Lucille Hill (Lucy) Reyna, 32 of Polk City, Ia, formerly of New Market will be at 1:30 pm Friday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 7-8 pm this Thursday evening.

She died the evening of Nov. 10, 1986 at University Hospital in Iowa City after two years of illness.

She was born June 11, 1954, at Castorville [Castroville], Tx, the twin daughter of Ray and Joyce (Hill) Reyna.

She attended all 12 years of school at New Market. For the past four years, she lived in Polk City, Ia, and worked at Firestone in Des Moines.

She is survived by two daughters, Jennifer and Linda of the home; her mother and stepfather, Harmon and Joyce Sleep of Clarinda and grandmother, Concho Reyna of Chicago, Il. Her twin sister is Linda Jay of Polk City, Ia, and brothers are Ricky Reyna, Gautier, Ms, Ellis Sleep, Clarinda, and Terry Sleep, Newton, Ia.

Burial will be in Guss cemetery.

 

[ROSE, JOSIAH WILMER "BILLY"]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 21, 1949, p. 14
Hold Services For Billy Rose, 81
Was Former Resident of Guss
Guss Nov 18 --- Funeral services were held in Villisca Wednesday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church for Billy Rose, age 81 years of Omaha. Billy grew to manhood on a farm south of Guss and continued to live near Guss until after the death of his wife. He moved to Villisca where he operated a restaurant for several years, then moved to Omaha where he resided until his death. He was the father of four children; two sons are deceased. Surviving are his daughter Mrs Gertrude Pettigrew of Omaha and Wayne of eastern Iowa. Burial was made in the family lot in the Guss cemetery.

 

[RUSSELL, WILLIAM H.]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, November 16, 1939, p. 9
Obituary – Wm., the son of Christopher and Mary Russell, passed away at his brother Albert's house at 1 o'clock November 11, 1939. He was born March 19th, 1879, south of Villisca. He was 60 years, 8 months and 1 day old. He leaves to mourn his death four brothers, Tim of Ottawa, Kansas, Clay and Harry of Villisca, Iowa, Albert of Prescott and three sisters, Mrs. Lula Wright of Flasher, N. Dak., Mrs. Sophia Moran of Villisca; and Mrs. Mary Thorson of Eron, Mo.; also 10 nephews and 8 nieces.

He was always a kind and loving person who was always ready to serve his fellow man.

He was stricken in early spring with a disease that all medical attention and loving hands could not relieve.

He has lived in the home of his brother Albert for the past 13 years and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

His father and mother and a brother, Frank, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Albert Russell home, conducted by Rev. A. J. Bissinger and burial was in Guss cemetery.

 

[SLEEP, JOYCE JEAN HILL REYNA]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Wednesday, May 2, 2007, p. 3
Joyce Jean Sleep – Joyce Jean Sleep was born July 26, 1932, at Nodaway to Ernest L. and Eva Virginia (Fielder) Hill. Joyce passed away Friday, April 27, 2007, at Good Samaritan, Red Oak, at the age of 74.

After she left school, she joined the U. S. Army in 1951, as a P. F. C., where she met Ray Reyna and was united in marriage. She was honorably discharged from the U. S. Army in 1952. She lived in Texas for a while and then returned to Bedford.

Joyce then married Harmon Sleep in 1957 in Maryville, Mo., She became a CNA and worked for 23 years at Bethesda Care Center (now Westridge Quality Care) and retired from there.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harmon Sleep; daughter Lucy Reyna; brothers Harold, Alan, James Daniel, Eldon and Ray Hill, and sister Marjorie Hill.

She is survived by her children, Linda Jay and special friend, Darry Jenkins, Wales, Iowa; Ellis Sleep and special friend, Sherry McDonald, Denison; and Terry Sleep, Northboro; daughter-in-law Chris Reyna, Gautier, MS; grandchildren Tina and Linda Reyna, Jennifer Shilhanek, Tara and Phillip Sleep; great grandchildren Aubrianna Reyna, Gage and Wesley Sleep; sisters Audrey McCotter, Baltimore, MD: Lela Joan Hill, Clarinda; Shirley Carrion and husband, Jose, Spain; and brothers Roger Hill, California and Larry Hill, Corning.

Services were Monday, April 30, 2007 at Gus Cemetery, Gus, with the Rev. Walden Paige officiating. Military rites were provided by Sergy Post #98, Clarinda American Legion.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, was in charge of arrangements.

 

[STAMPS, CHARLES RAY]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 9, 1991, p. 2
Ray Stamps – Mr. Ray Stamps, 87, rural Gravity, died Monday afternoon, May 6, 1991, at Good Samaritan Nursing home at Villisca where he had been a resident since March 21.

He was born May 30, 1903, in Taylor County, Ia., the son of Jim and Viola Knopp Stamps.

On March 20, 1927, he was married to Reva McCoy who survives.

Mr. Stamps was a farmer.

Besides his wife Reva at Good Samaritan Center, he is survived by seven children: Mrs. Ivan (Helen) Eitzen, Coin, Ia., Dean Stamps, Corning, Ia.; Curtis Stamps, Diagonal, Ia., Mrs. Dean (Ruth) Thompson, Anchorage, Alaska, Larry Stamps, Gravity, Ia., Garry Stamps, New Market, Ia., Carroll Stamps, Gravity, Ia. There are 23 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. Jack Stamps of Clarinda is a brother and Beverly Vawter of Irvin, Calif., is a sister.

He was preceded in death by parents, one son in infancy, stepmother, Vera, and brothers Glen and Lowell.

Funeral services were held this Thursday morning at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Jon Palmquist officiating.

Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery at Guss.

 

[STAMPS, REVA IRENE MCCOY]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, September 23, 1991, p. 2
Reva Stamps – Mrs. Reva Stamps, 84, of rural Gravity, died early Friday morning, September 20, 1991 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Villisca.

She was born October 10, 1906 in Taylor County, the daughter of Curt and Maude Negley McCoy. On March 20, 1927 she was married to Ray Stamps who preceded her in death May 6, 1991. Mrs. Stamps was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Gravity area.

Survivors include seven children: Mrs. Ivan (Helen) Eitzen, Coin; Dean Stamps, Corning; Curtis Stamps, Diagonal; Mrs. Dean (Ruth) Thompson, Anchorage, AK; Larry Stamps, Gravity; Garry Stamps, New Market; and Carroll Stamps, Gravity There are 23 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Alva McCoy of Spokane, WA is a brother.

Mrs. Stamps was preceded in death by parents, husband, son Robert, brothers Harley, Ted and Donald and sisters Vivian, Mable, and Maravene.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Pastor Jon Palmquist officiating.

Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery at Guss.

 

[STAMPS, ROBERT DARWIN]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, March 25, 1937, p. 12
Stamps Lose Infant
The infant son of Mr and Mrs Ray Stamps from near Sharpsburg was brought to the Guss cemetery for burial Wednesday afternoon. The little one was born Tuesday, but lived only a few hours.

 

[SWAIM, EMILY BEAUCHAMP]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 30, 1943, p.  2
Hopkins
Former Resident Dies
Mrs Emily Swaim Succumbs In Idaho
The death of Mrs. Emily Swaim, 91, occurred Wednesday, Sept. 22 at Hollister, Idaho, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Bradley. She was the wife of the late John Swaim who died many years ago. The family home was located in Ross Township, Taylor County. This was her home until four years ago when she went to Idaho to be with her children.

She is survived by eight children, Mrs. Ella Bishop of Mediapolis, Iowa; Huston Swaim and Mrs Bradley of Hollister, Idaho; Mrs. Roy Duncan of Jerome, Idaho; Glen Swaim of San Francisco, Calif.; Howard Swaim and Floyd Swaim of Bedford, Mrs. Walter Gray of Portland, Oregon; also two brothers, John Beauchamp and James Beauchamp, both of Twin Falls, Idaho; one sister, Miss Alice Beauchamp of Bedford, and one half-brother, Elmer Beauchamp of Bedford.

Short funeral services were held at Twin Falls Friday afternoon and the body was sent to Hopkins where rites were held Tuesday afternoon at the Christian church conducted by Rev. Mr. Lincoln.

 

[SWAIM, JOHN RILEY]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 21, 1896, p. 2
The following master masons from the Bedford lodge attended the Swaim funeral Friday, at the Willard cemetery in Ross Township. R. O. Starling, Chas. Nelson, Wm. McGinnis, A. W. Umbanhower, R. B. Rockwell, E. I. Martin, A. C. Kinnison, M.C. Waddell, Dan Burk, R. S. Bonham, Wm. Jackson, M. Miller, Fielding Webb, R. O. Starling officiated as Master and delivered the funeral charge in a most impressive way. M. Miller filled the position of Marshall and everything moved off smoothly under his guidance. The funeral sermon by Rev. Waddell was one of the most appropriate we have listened to. He dwelt briefly on the many good qualities and noble traits of character exemplified in the life of the deceased and closed with fervent prayer for the widow and fatherless.

 

[SWAIM, JOHN RILEY]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 21, 1896, [p. 1]
Death of John R. Swaim. One More Pioneer Settler of Taylor County Gone. The body of the Deceased Laid to Rest By His Masonic Brethren.
Died, at 3:00 o'clock a. m., Thursday May 14th, 1896, at his home six miles south of Bedford, John R. Swaim, aged 51 years, 2 months and 3 days. The funeral services were conducted from the residence at 2 p. m., Friday, May 15, Rev. M. C. Waddell delivering the sermon.

The body was interred in the Willard cemetery with all of the solemn rites of the Masonic fraternity, members of the Plumb Lodge, at Siam, of which Mr. Swaim was an honored member, having charge of the ceremonies. Brethren from the Masonic lodges at Bedford, Blockton and Hopkins were present also, to pay the last tribute of respect to the memory of him who, in the walks of life, had so truly exemplified the cardinal virtues of the order.

John Riley Swaim was born in Park County, Ind., March 11, 1845. He came to Taylor County with his father, Levi Swaim, in 1867, and has lived ever since in the neighborhood in which he died. He was united in marriage to Miss Emily Beauchamp, June 30, 1870, and to them were born eleven children, three of whom died in infancy. His wife and eight children survive him, to mourn the departure of a kind husband and an indulgent father. Mr. Swaim was a splendid example of the thrifty pioneers of Western Iowa, and during his life accumulated a large amount of property, owning at the time of his death 1065 acres of land all located in the immediate vicinity of his home farm. He was not a member of the church, but had many admirable traits of character. He had his peculiar religious beliefs, the golden rule being to him the guiding rule of his conduct in life and in his business relations with his neighbors.

 

[THOMPSON, ANNA REBECCA STRAIN]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 18, 1913, p. 4
Mrs. Scott Thompson – Mrs. Scott Thompson died at her home east of Bedford Saturday evening at 6 o'clock after a week's illness. The funeral services were held at Guss, conducted by Rev. Mr. Palmer of Pleasantville, Ia., Tuesday. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery.

Anna R. [ebecca] Strain was born in Springfield, Ohio, Nov. 11, 1859. She came to Iowa with her parents when a small child. She was united in marriage to Scott Thompson, Nov. 4, 1877. To this union nine children were born, seven of whom survive, with her husband and parents, to mourn her death. The children are Marion Thompson of Alexandria, S. D., Charles A. Thompson of New Market, I. C. Thompson, W. E. Thompson and Roy and Ray Thompson all near Bedford, Mrs. Ned Combs of New Market. When she was 15 years old she united with the Presbyterian Church where she remained until she joined the Methodist Episcopal church with her husband.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral: Will Fowler of Muscatine, Ia., Will Strain, a brother of Mrs. Thompson, of Rocky Ford, Col., W. M. Thompson, a son, of Alexandria, S. D., Henry Shell of Maryville, Mo., and Lee and Nine Stafford of Burlington Junction, Mo.
[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Free Press, December 23, 1913, p. 6.]

 

[THOMPSON, ERNEST WILLIAM]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 23, 1981
Ernest Thompson service held
Mr. Ernest Thompson, 92 of Clarinda died early Friday morning at Bethesda Care Center where he had been a patient since March.

He was born July 11, 1889, in Kansas, the son of Scott and Anna Strain Thompson.

He was married to Ruby Newkirk who preceded him in death in 1939. Later he was married to Margaret Fidler who survives.

Mr. Thompson had been a farmer, carpenter and last worked as custodian at Trinity United Presbyterian Church.

Besides his wife, Margaret, who is a resident of Bethesda Care Center, he is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Walter (Doris) Joachim, Cresbard, SD, and Helen Douglas of Lenox, Ia. There are three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Laura Combs of Clarinda is a sister.

Funeral services were held this Monday afternoon at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Dr. J.D. Almes and Rev. Harland Gant officiating. Cecil Smith and Betty Black sang with Helen Hall Hoskinson organist. Casket bearers were Dale Combs, Lorence Hanson, John Dean McNees, Bob Lawson, Kenneth Ludington and Lloyd Meyers.

Burial was in Guss cemetery

 

[THOMPSON, EVA GERTRUDE WEST]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, February 3, 1986
Eva Gertrude Thompson, 85, of Nevada, Ia, formerly of Clarinda, died Jan. 30, 1986 at the Story County Hospital in Nevada.

She was born Sept. 1, 1900, at Ellston, Ia. Her parents were Wm. and Carrie (Wagoner) West.

She married Ray Thomas Thompson on Aug. 8, 1918. He preceded her in death in April, 1934.

While living in the Clarinda area, she was employed at the Clarinda M.H.I, as a worker on the wards and did some work in the kitchen. In 1973 she moved to Nevada to be near her daughter. She was a resident at Oak Park Manor in Nevada.

She was a past member of Rebecca Lodge of Clarinda and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Survivors include three sons, Lawrence Thompson of Perris, Ca; Earl Thompson of Lewis, Ia; Wayne Thompson of Coco, Fl; three daughters, Mrs. Glen (Edna) Smith of Nevada, Ia; Mrs. Harlan (Carrie) Westenburg, Lovington, NM; Mrs. Glen (Doris) Gray of Newhall, Ca; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and a brother, Charles West of Clarinda.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one granddaughter.

Services were held on Feb. 2, 1986 at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home.

Interment was in the Maple Grove Cemetery at Guss, Ia.

 

[THOMPSON, ROY T.]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, April 5, 1971, p. 11
Roy Thompson, 72, died at Glenwood
Roy T Thompson, 72, a native of New Market, died at the Lake View Rest Home in Glenwood at 4 pm Friday after having been a patient there for six years.

He was the son of the late Scott and Anna Strain Thompson, and was born on a farm near New Market.

He is survived by two brothers, W E (Ernest) Thompson and Marion Thompson and a sister, Mrs Ned (Laura) Combs of Clarinda.

Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral Home this Monday afternoon with Rev John L Beebout in charge, assisted by Dr J D Almes. Soloist was Mrs Rosevelyn Bashor and organist was Miss Aletha L Hutchings.

Color bearers were Wesley Glassgow, Lyle Harris, Dale Hanson, Paul Schaffer, Peter Brummett and Merle Harland.

Burial was in the Guss cemetery at Guss.

 

[TUTTLE, MILLICENT JUNE COOK]
Obituary for Millicent June Tuttle
Millicent June Tuttle was born June 19, 1935 in Etchingswell [Ecchinswell], England. She passed away on Thursday morning, February 4, 2016 at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the age of 80 years, 7 months and 16 days.

June grew up and attended school in England. She met LeRoy Reginald Tuttle and came to the United States with him. On August 22, 1958, June and LeRoy were united in marriage in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This union was blessed with 3 daughters, Sherraline, Karen and Diana.

June and LeRoy lived all over the United States while he was in the United States Air Force. Once he retired, the couple made their home in Iowa. June was a traditional homemaker raising her three daughters. She loved music, especially Elvis Presley. She enjoyed playing bingo and attending the community dinners on Wednesday in Blockton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband LeRoy.

Survivors include her children, Sherraline Hahn and her husband Steven of Westminster, Maryland, Karen Burnside and her husband Burt of Blanchard, Oklahoma, Diana Cleveland and her husband Howard of Cheyenne, Wyoming; four grandchildren, Gregory Hahn, Cheryl Hahn, Burt Burnside III, Jerrod Cleveland; five great grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Christian Church in Blockton with Rev. Scott Marcum officiating. Burial will be in the Platteville Cemetery near Athelstan, Iowa. Visitation with the family present will take place on Thursday morning, February 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Blockton Christian Church. A memorial fund is being established in her name. Online remembrances or condolences can be shared at www.swimemorial.com. The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements.

[WEBB, FRANKLIN MAXILLILAN "MAX"]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, August 19, 1940, p. 2
Max Webb - Max was the only child of Mr and Mrs Frank Webb, was born and grew to manhood a few miles southwest of Guss and since his marriage to Doris Thompson six years ago, had resided on his farm one and one-half miles south of Guss where he had made many friends. He is survived by his wife and daughter, Norma Lee, age 5, his father and mother and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Guss church Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev Lewis Kongable. Pallbearers were Bernard Webb, Wesley Glassgow, Merrill Webb, Wilbur Branan, Leonard Woods and Jimmie Milligan Flower bearers were Mrs Wesley Glassgow, Mrs Paul Shaffer, Mrs Drexel Gold, Genivieve Webb and Anna Lou Muckey Burial was made in the Guss cemetery. The large crowd attending the service showed the esteem which was held for Max by his many friends.

 

[WEBB, STEPHEN FRANKLIN "FRANK"]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, May 22, 1969, p. 8
Burial at Guss for Frank Webb, 78
Frank Webb, 78, well known Taylor County farmer, died at his home 8 miles northeast of New Market of a heart attack at 3:30 a m Tuesday. He was the son of the late Isaac E. and Mary Wortman Webb and was born on a farm near New Market and spent his entire lifetime in that vicinity.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lelia Muckey, a brother, Walter Webb, Bedford, three sisters, Mrs D L Lister, Clarinda, Mrs Minnie Hicks, Bedford, Ia., Mrs Lena Seibert [?] Long Beach, California and a granddaughter, Mrs Leo Miller, New Market.

Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral Home this Thursday, with Rev [?] White in charge Soloist was Mrs Rosevelyn Bashor and organist was Miss Aletha I Hutchings. Casket bearers were Wesley Glassgow, Donald Lister, [?] Cobb, Paul Shaffer, Drexel Gold and Merrill Webb.

Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[WIRTH, JOHN HENRY]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 31, 1962, [p. 1]
Funeral at Dallas for John Wirth, 91
Dallas—John Wirth, 91, died at 5:45 p m Monday at the Young Rest Home in Clarinda. He was a former resident of Dallas Township.

His wife preceded him in death in 1939. He is survived by eight children, including Mrs Lee (Minnie) Long of Dallas township, Mrs Alvin (Carrie) Brummett of New Market, Mrs Roscoe (Leslie) Schooling of Bedford, Mrs Harley (Grace) Diggs of Gravity, Charlie of Phoenix, Floyd of Vancouver, Wash, Paul of Wiota and Ray of Nodaway. He had 24 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Sisters are Marg Osburn of Gravity and Cora Vanhorn of New Market.

Funeral services were Thursday at Walker Funeral Home with burial at Guss Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Wesley Glassgow, Paul Shaffer, Clyde Long, Carrol Ingram, Lorence Hanson and Dale Combs. Soloist was Merrill R Miller with Aletha Hutchings as organist.

 

[WIRTH, JOHN HENRY]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, June 11, 1962, p. 7
John Henry Wirth – John Henry Wirth was born to Charles ad Elizabeth Wirth in Peoria County, Illinois, on Nov 10, 1870 and passed away at Young's Nursing Home on May 28, 1962 at 5:45 p m at the age of 91 years, six months and 18 days.

He was united in marriage with Margaret Elzora Davison on March 4, 1896. They lived on a farm near New Market, Iowa for many years.

To this union were born eight children Mrs Alvin (Carrie) Brummett, New Market, Ia, Ray, Brooks, Ia, Mrs Lee (Minnie) Long, New Market, Ia, Charles, Phoenix, Ariz, Mrs Harley (Grace) Diggs, Gravity, Ia, Mrs Roscoe (Lena) Schooling Bedford, Ia, Floyd, Vancouver, Wash, and Paul, Wiota, Ia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, who passed away Sept 15, 1939, two sisters, Mrs Louisa Dunn and Mrs Ida Combs.

He is survived by his children, 24 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs Mary Osburn of Gravity and Mrs Cora van Horn of New Market, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He was laid to rest in the Guss Cemetery May 31 1962 with Walker Funeral home in charge.

 

[WIRTH, MARGARET ELZORA DAVISON]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 21, 1939, [p. 1]
Mrs. John Wirth Dies
Mrs. John Wirth, 61, died at her home 6 miles northeast of New Market at nine o'clock Friday morning, Sept. 15, after an illness of many months. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons, 4 daughters, 10 grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. Almeda Davison; one brother, Will, and a sister, Ollie, the latter three who live near Braddyville, and a sister, Mrs. George Lathrop, who lives near Lenox.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the church in Guss and interment was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[WIRTH, MARGARET ELZORA DAVISON]

Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, September 21, 1939, p. 2
Mrs John Wirth – Margaret Elzara (Elzora) Davison, daughter of James Robert and Almeda Davison, was born in Nodaway county, Missouri, on November 13, 1877 and departed this life at her home at 9 o'clock a m Friday, Sept 15, 1939, at the age of 61 years, 10 months and 2 days, after a lingering illness of two years. Eight months of this time she was bedfast.

She moved with her parents near New Market, Iowa, in 1893. In which community she has since resided.

She was united in marriage to John H Wirth on March 4th, 1896. To this union were born 8 children: Mrs Carrie Brummett of Clarinda, Ray Harley of Gravity, Mrs Minnie Long of Brooks, Charles Henry of Clarinda, Mrs Grace Diggs of Nodaway, Lelia, Floyd and Paul at home.

She leaves to mourn besides her husband and 8 children, two sisters, Mrs Geo Lathrop of Lenox and Ollie Davison of Braddyville; one brother, W I Davison of Braddyville and her mother, Almeda Davison, also of Braddyville; 10 grandchildren and a number of other relatives and a host of friends.

She was a good wife, a loving mother and kind neighbor. She will be greatly missed from her home and community.

Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church at Guss Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in charge of Rev W F Biggerstaff, pastor of the Free Methodist church in Gravity. Interment in the Guss cemetery.