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[Mabel Taylor]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday    February 13, 1917    p. 4

After suffering for two years the ravages of a lingering sickness, Mabel E. [sic] [Irene] Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Taylor, of Bedford, passed

[words missing] been quite active in every day [word missing] and was known and loved by a wide circle of friends.

Mabel Taylor was born January 20, 1871, near Elk City, Chautauqua County, Kansas.  At the age of four years she came to Bedford with her parents, which place has since been her home.  At the age of sixteen years she united with the Christian Church and for 12 years was a member of Eastern Star.  She was preceded in death by her father [Charles] and twos sisters, Edna and Ivy.  Those remaining to mourn her demise are her mother, Mrs. Nancy [Webb] Taylor, of Bedford, and a niece, Miss Bessie Taylor, also of this city, besides a large number of other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held on Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, from the home, Rev. William Cobb conducting the service.  Interment was made in the Fairview cemetery [Bedford].


[Sarah Alice Webb Cornell]


Thursday   February 10, 1927    [p. 1]

Receives Word of Death of Mother

Mother of Chas. Cornell Passed Away on Sunday Night

Charles Cornell received word Sunday night that his mother [Sarah Alice Webb] had died very suddenly that evening.  Mr. and Mrs. Cornell [Marie Parker] left immediately for the old home at Burlington Junction, Mo., to attend the funeral services.


[William Meikle]


Thursday    May 24, 1928    [p. 1]

William Meikle

William Meikle passed away at his home on West Main Street Wednesday afternoon about 4:00 o'clock.  The funeral services will be held from the home Friday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock.  Interment will be made in the Fairview cemetery [Bedford].  Mr. Meikle was 87 years old.  An obituary will be published in this paper next week.


[William Meikle]


Thursday    June 7, 1928    [p. 6]

William Meikle

William Meikle, son of John and Agnes Meikle, was born at Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland, on August 20th, 1840, and died at his home in Bedford, Iowa, May 23rd, 1928, aged 87 years, 8 months, and 23 days.  He was the second son and one of twelve brothers and sisters all of whom, except his sister, Agnes Campbell of Bedford, Iowa, preceded him in death.

William Meikle came to this country in 1869 and settled on a farm six miles west of Bedford and resided in that vicinity until his retirement from active business about ten years ago, since which time he has made his home in Bedford.

On April 17th, 1873, he was united in marriage with Ella Aiton, daughter of the late William and Catherine [Hook] Aiton, and to this union was born four children, John, Agnes, Roy and William, all of whom survive his death except his only daughter, Agnes Goodspeed, who preceded her father in death on September 28th, 1925.  He is survived also by his widow, Ella Meikle, and nine grandchildren.

William Meikle was always interested in the welfare of the community in which he lived.  He was one of the organizers of the Morning Star Presbyterian Church and remained a staunch Presbyterian until his death.  He was a Presbyterian of the old school, a Christian gentleman whose character was above reproach.

William Meikle was a man of strong and indomitable will, keen in affairs of business and firm in his convictions of right as he was given to see the right and was not swerved from the pathway of his convictions by the opinion of the others or by any wind of fashionable doctrine.  In his death the community has lost a staunch defender of right and justice; the church, a power for righteousness; his neighbors a true friend and advisor; and his relatives a kind and loving husband, father and kinsman.


[Arthur Verne Davidson]


Thursday    May 24, 1928    [p. 3]

The body of Vern [e] Davidson, who passed away at his home in Wichita, Kans., May 7, 1928, is expected to be brought to Bedford the last of the week for interment in the Mausoleum.  The body will probably be taken to the cemetery directly from the train.

[Arthur Verne Davidson]


Thursday    May 10, 1928    [p. 1]

Vern Davidson Dies At Wichita, Kansas

Was Head Freight Agent For the Santa Fe At Wichita.

A. [rchibald] B. [oyd] Davidson received word Monday morning of the sudden death of his brother, [Arthur] Vern Davidson, which occurred at his home at Wichita, Kas., about 5 o'clock that morning.  Mr. Davidson was, at the time of his death, head freight agent of the Santa Fe at Wichita.  He was a former resident of Bedford, a Spanish American War veteran and a member of Co. I, 51st Iowa Volunteers.  He is survived by his wife, who was formerly Miss Mattie Kemery.  No particulars have been received in Bedford at this writing, concerning the funeral arrangements.  Mr. and Mrs. A. [rchibald] B. [oyd] Davidson [Lily May Haun] of Bedford and Mrs. Anna [Allcott] Kemery of Blockton, Mrs. Davidson's mother, left for Wichita, via Blockton.



[John Kemery, Jr.]

The Times-Republican

Thursday    January 17, 1929    [p. 3]

John Kemery

The following was taken from the Chadron (Nebr.) Chronicle:

John Kemery, Jr., was born in Taylor County, Iowa, October 5th, 1851, and died at Chadron, Nebr., December 31st, 1928, at the age of 77 years, 2 months and 16 days.  He is survived by 4 sisters and 2 brothers: Miss Rose Kemery, Miss Anna Kemery, Miss Vivandra Kemery, of Bedford, Iowa, and Mrs. Effie Goff of Chadron, Nebr.  Mr. Kemery came to Chadron about 1884 and settled on a homestead 12 miles southwest of Chadron and lived in and near Chadron until his death.

Funeral services were conducted at the Erlewine Funeral Home by Rev. W.H. Shoaf of the Methodist Church, Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 2nd, at 2:30 o'clock.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery.  Besides Mrs. Goff and family, one brother from Bedford, Iowa, was present at the funeral.


[Latitia Elzina Henkle Green]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday    November 18, 1914    p.3

Mrs. Green [Latitia Elzina Henkle--niece of Mary Ann Henkle Hoover], widow of Miles W. Green, a former well known resident of Clearfield, died at Clearfield last week.


[Henry Kemery Sr.]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    January 9, 1902    [p. 4]

A Very Sudden Death

Henry Kemery Dies of Apoplexy.

After Trying to Eat His Supper Mr. Kemery Suddenly Expires at His Home in Jackson Township.

A very sudden death occurred in Jackson Township last Thursday night.  Henry Kemery Sr. had been in failing health for a year or more, but no serious consequences were anticipated.  That evening he went to the supper table but was unable to partake of any food, saying he felt badly.  Upon arising from his chair he sank to the floor in an almost unconscious condition.  In a short time he became unconscious and died at 11 o'clock.  Dr. Dunlavy was hurriedly summoned, but to no avail.

Mr. Kemery was one of the old settlers of Taylor County, having lived in his present home a long term of years.  He leaves a large family.  He was aged 62 years, 5 months and 15 days.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. N. Ware.

The bereaved ones have universal sympathy in their time of trouble and trial


[Leonidas "Alonzo" Kemery]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    October 10, 1895    [p.4]

Death of Alonzo Kemery

Alonzo [Leonidas] Kemery, who was a son of John Kemery and formerly lived in Jackson township, this county, died Saturday, Oct. 5, in a hospital at St. Joseph, Mo., where he had been taken for treatment, his disease being typhoid fever.

The remains were brought to this city on the 12:55 passenger, Sunday, and were taken in charge by the members of the Bedford Lodge No. 101, Knights of Pythias, of which fraternity the deceased was a member.  The body was taken to the Forest Grove schoolhouse, in Jackson Township, where a K. of P. funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. M.C. Waddell, to one of the largest assemblages ever witnessed in that vicinity.

After the sermon, the solemn ritual service of the K. P. for the dead was performed and the body laid to rest in the Forest Grove cemetery.   The deceased was 27 years of age, was well known in this community and highly respected.


[Edna C. Taylor]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    April 22, 1897    [p. 2]

Died, Saturday, April 17, 1897, aged 16 years, 2 months and 4 days, Edna C. Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Taylor [Nancy Webb].  Miss Edna had been an invalid for nearly eighteen months, her first illness resulting from an injury received by being thrown from a buggy.  Her injury terminated in a tubercular affection of the side, a disease that baffles the skill of the medical profession.  During the last months of her illness she was under treatment by two skilled physicians, but all to no avail.  Death truly loved a shining mark in this instance, and a large circle of both young and old sincerely mourn with the family the untimely death of one so young, and possessed of such a lovable disposition.  The funeral services were conducted from the Church of Christ at 2 P.M. Sunday, with a sermon by Elder Wm. Cobb.  Interment was at Fairview.


[William A. Webb]

The Bedford Free Press

Thursday    January 27, 1898    [p. 1]

Wm. A. Webb

Died at his home in Bedford, Friday night, January 21, at 11:30 o'clock, Wm. [William] A. [dams] Webb, aged 75 years, 1 month 19 days.

Deceased was born in Shelby County, Kentucky.  At the age of eleven years his parents moved to Indiana, from there to Putnam [Fayette County] Iowa, where he was married to Martha Goodwin, and came to Taylor County in 1855, where he has since resided.  He has been a professed Christian forty years.  He leaves a wife and six children.  Mr. Webb was also a faithful member of the Masonic order, and under his management were the funeral exercises conducted at the grave.  The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Wm. Cobb, at the Christian chapel at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, after which the remains were interred in the Bedford cemetery.