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[Cook, Mabel Gordon]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     March 6, 1913      p. LENOX.

Mrs. Chancy Cook [Mabel Gordon] passed away last Thursday evening at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. [ichard] T. [homas] Gordon. The funeral was held at the Christian church Saturday at 1:00 p. m. and burial was made in Blue Grove cemetery.

Adams County Union Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, March 5, 1913, p. 5
Attended Funeral---Mr. and Mrs. Irv. Sturm went to Lenox the latter part of last week to attend the funeral of Mrs. Sturm's sister-in-law, Mrs. Chancy Cook, near Lenox. Mrs. Cook died Wednesday of last week and the funeral services were held Saturday, conducted by Rev. I. H. Fuller, of Prescott. Interment was made in Blue Grove cemetery. Mrs. Cook was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. [ichard] G. [Thomas] Gordon, and will be remembered as Miss Mabel Gordon. Mr. Cook and little daughter, Bernice, are left to mourn the loss. Mr. Cook and his family were known here in Corning. Mrs. Cook was a cousin of Mrs. E. L. Humbert, of Corning.


[Davis, Walter Sheridan]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     June 26, 1902     [p. 1]



Walter S. Davis, the Fourteen Year Old Son of G. W. Davis, Grove Township, Hangs Himself in a Hay Shed.

On Saturday afternoon, June 21,1902, Walter S. [heridan] Davis, aged 14 years, a son of G.[eorge] W. [esley] Davis, who resides near the Grove Center schoolhouse in Grove township, committed suicide  by hanging himself in his father's barn. He had been mowing weeds in a hog pasture, and about 4 p. m. his team ran away, throwing him off and breaking the tongue. He was last seen alive by a neighbor boy, who was plowing corn in an adjacent field, and who went over to investigate when he saw him running after the frightened team. When he approached the barn, he found the team standing in the corner of the lot, attached to the broken mower. He unhitched them and began to look for Walter, and was joined soon by the father of the unfortunate boy, who had been in Lenox trading. The search was continued by them and two neighbors until about 8 p. m., when his body was found hanging by a rope attached to the purlin plate in the hay mow of the barn. The body was cut down, and Coroner M. B. Dunning summoned from Bedford, who held "an inquest at 1 a. m. Sunday morning, the verdict of the jury being, "death by hanging with suicidal intent."

This is the mere outline and statement of events in a very sad tragedy, the motive for which it is not easy to determine. It might seem at a cursory glance that the boy was afraid of parental wrath on account of the broken mower, but nothing seems to indicate that his father had ever been severe with him. Certain family troubles which he had witnessed, and the fact that he had lived alone with his father for the past five years, devoid of a mother's interest in his welfare at an impressionable age may perhaps suggest a morbid state of mind that would render such an inglorious ending possible. He was considered a bright, capable boy, and his death was a shock to the community where he lived. The funeral was held Tuesday, June 24, at the Grove Center church, interment being in the cemetery near by.

[Davis, Walter Sheridan]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     June 26, 1902     p. 3





Last Saturday evening Walter S. [heridan] Davis, a fourteen year old boy, son of G. [eorge] W. [esley] Davis, of Grove township, was found hanging by the neck from a cross beam in the hay mow at about 7:30 o'clock.

The circumstances are of a peculiar nature, as the inquest failed to reveal the least cause for the tragedy. The boy was out mowing the hog pasture Saturday and had a runaway and he was thrown off the mower but was not hurt in the least, as far as could be ascertained.

Sheriff McGinness and Corner Dunning were sent for and at 2 o'clock Sunday morning they empanelled a coroner's jury and proceeded to investigate the tragedy. The jury was composed of the following neighbors: C. B. Boyden, W. H. McGinness, G. H. Duckett. The witnesses examined were: Robert Bladget, King Bladgett, John Short, Clyde Milligan and G. W. Davis.

The evidence showed that about a year ago the boy said that he was tired of living and he said he would take his life. He was thought to be jesting, as he said it in a jesting manner and nothing was thought of it. It is supposed that he committed the deed at about 6 o'clock and he was soon missed and a search was made resulting in finding his dead body at about 7:30.

The jury found that the boy came to his death at his own hands. The funeral services will occur tomorrow at the house.

It is a shock to his family who can conceive of no reason for his rash act.

[Dickerson, James]

Lenox Time Table

Thursday     September 19, 1935     p. 8


James Dickerson died Friday morning at the home of his niece Mrs. John Shimer, at the age of 82. Funeral services were held at the Shimer home Sunday at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. A. S. Hutchinson. Burial was made in the Blue Grove cemetery beside his sister, Mrs. John Knott [Rachel Clarinda Dickerson] and a brother, John Dickerson. Mr. Dickerson's parents died when he was two years old and he made his home with his sister, Mrs. John Knott, at Peoria, Ill. At the age of 12 he was injured and was left a cripple for life walking on crutches for several years. When grown he worked in the coalmines and became a first class engineer. He moved from Illinois to Iowa with his sister and her family in 1879 and lived on a farm near Sharpsburg. Later they moved to town. His sister died Sept. 12, 1926, and since that time he has made his home with his nieces, Mrs. Annie Boyden, Mrs. Carrie Arms and Ms. Minnie Shimer. He ran a shoe repair shop in Sharpsburg for years and was always striving to do something.

[Glick, George Franklin]

Taylor County Chronicle

Thursday     February 11, 1999

George Franklin Glick was born to John and Dillie [Dollie] Johneston [Johnston] Glick on July 30, 1935 in Rural Union County Iowa. His family had a farm in Ellston, Iowa and that is where he lived and attended school. George went into the service in 1953.  He served his country faithfully in the Korean War.   He came down with rheumatic fever and has lived in hospitals ever since. He was most recently living at the VA Medical Center in Knoxville, Iowa until his death on Sunday, January 31, 1999.

His sister Pauline Anderson of Lenox, Iowa is left to cherish George's memory.

Graveside services were provided by Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home of Bedford, and held at Grove Cemetery in Lenox, Iowa on Monday, February 8, l999. 

[Goodlaxen, Justin Royal]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     October 30, 1930      p. 5


The son [Justin Royal] of Mrs. Susie [Susan Alice Duckett] Goodlaxen of Creston was buried at the Blue Grove cemetery, Wednesday.


Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, October 21, 1930, [o. 1]

Services Tomorrow For Justin Goodlaxon

Funeral services for Justin Goodlaxon [Goodlaxson], 22, who died Sunday at Oklahoma City, Okla., will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the home of his mother, Mrs. Susie Goodlaxon [Goodlaxson], 409 Livingston Avenue.

Burial will be at Blue Grove cemetery near Sharpsburg.



Creston News Advertiser, Thursday, October 23, 1930, p. 9

Justin R. Goodlaxson

Justin Royal Goodlaxson was born in Taylor County, Iowa March 18, 1908 and passed away at Oklahoma City, Okla., Oct. 19, 1930 at the age of 22 years, seven months and one day.

He moved with his parents to South Dakota when he was eight years old, residing there seven years. He returned to Creston in the spring of 1923, where he completed his schooling, graduating from high school in 1927 and from junior college in May of this year.

At the age of 14 he yielded his life to Christ whom he endeavored to serve faithfully to the end. He did his best in everything he undertook.

He leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Mrs. Susie Goodlaxson, two brothers, Leland and John; one sister, Mrs. Neva Kliffman [Kleffman], and many other relatives and friends. His father and one brother preceded him in death.



[Gordon, Warren]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      August 8, 1901     [p. 1]


Little Warren Gordon, son of R. [ichard] E. and Mary [May Green] Gordon, of Sharpsburg, was born October 26, 1897. Died August 3, 1891 01901], aged 3 years, 9 months and 7 days. The funeral services were conducted by the writer on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, at Blue Grove church, and the little body was laid to rest in the Grove Center cemetery. Little Warren was sick about a week and all that loving parents, kind friends and skillful physicians could do was done to save him, but all was in vain. He was a bright and joyous little fellow, the idol of his parents and the pride of the community.

Let us be patient; these severe afflictions
Not from the ground arise;
But oftimes celestial benedictions
Assume this dark disguise.                 VICTOR F. JOHNSON

[Green, Warren “Barney”]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday     October 6, 1914      p. 8

Warren Green Dead

Warren Green died last Monday at his home northwest of Sharpsburg at the age of 72 years. Warren Green, familiarly known as "Barney," was one of the best liked of the old settlers who had seen the growth and development of Taylor county. He had resided here since 1875, and was known far and near to young and old. His funeral was attended by an exceptionally large crowd who had gathered to pay the last sad honors to one whom they had respected as a friend and neighbor.

Deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. R. [ichard] E. Gordon, who lives in Grove township, and Mrs. Maude Tull, formerly Mrs. Maude Gordon, who for several years taught in the Bedford schools.

The funeral was held from Blue Grove church, Wednesday at 2:30, Rev. Dunlavy of Gravity officiating. Interment was in Blue Grove cemetery.

[Green, Warren “Barney”]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      October 8, 1914    [p. 1]


Warren Green.

Warren Green was born in Pennsylvania October 9, 1841, and died September 28, in Grove Township, at the age of 72 years. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday of last week at the Blue Grove church, conducted by Elder W. L. Dunlavy of Gravity. Interment was in the Blue Grove cemetery. Surviving are the widow and two daughters, Mrs. Maud Tull of Seattle, and Mrs. Maye Gordon of Taylor County.

[Hance, James]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     August 11, 1921     p. 3

Sharpsburg Items

James Hance died at the Clarinda asylum August 3rd. Funeral held at the Chas. Hance home Friday, and remains were laid to rest at the Blue Grove cemetery.

[Heath, Linnie M.]

Lenox Time Table

Thursday      November 3, 1966     [p. 1]

Services Tuesday For Linnie Heath

Miss Linnie [M.] Heath, 82, was found dead in her bed at her home Sunday morning. She had been about as usual last week, and had made a trip to her farm Friday. Two neighbors, Huldah Pearson and Mrs. Warren Eckels, became concerned about her when they had not seen her. They called Eldon Ewart to go to the house where he found her body.

Services were at Bender Funeral Home Tuesday, Nov. 1 with burial in Blue Grove Cemetery, the Rev. James Eddy officiating.

Miss Heath had lived in Lenox all of her life. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and church pianist for many years. She was an active worker and past president of the local chapter of WCTU.

In years past she had cared for sick people in their homes and was much sought for her capability, even in recent years after she was 80 years old.

She leaves a nephew, Harold Coulthard of Grinnell, and a niece, Mrs. Margaret Liddell of Griswold.

[Key, Dora Jessie]

North Taylor Review (Sharpsburg, Iowa)

Thursday     February 7, 1918     p. 3

One of the infant daughters [Dora Jessie] of A. [chillis] S. [hadrack] Key died Wednesday, while the other is quite ill.

[Key, Roxa Viola]

Lenox Time Table

Thursday     August 31, 1961    p. 5


Roxa Viola Key, daughter and eldest child of Achilles and Sarah Key, was born near Sharpsburg, Ia., Aug 13, 1902 and passed away at Glenwood State School Aug 26, 1961 at the age of 59 years and 13 days.

She had lived in the Sharpsburg; vicinity until 1942 when she entered the school.

She was preceded in death by her father, 6 half brothers, 3 half sisters, 2 brothers and 3 sisters and is survived by her mother, Mrs. Sarah Key, 4 sisters, Mrs. Russell (Lydia) Reynolds of Clarinda; Mrs. Asa (Hattie) Tackett of Gravity, Mrs. James, (Eunice) Eller and Mrs. Bill (Mary) Terry of Lenox; a brother, Lloyd Key of Blockton and a half brother, Oscar Key of Fiske, Saskatchewan, Canada and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were Aug. 29 at Blue Grove cemetery, the Rev Robert Duckett officiating.

[Key, Roxa Viola]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 31, 1961     p. 4

Roxa Key Rites At Blue Grove

Roxa [Viola] Key, 59, died Saturday, August 26 at the Glenwood State School. She had been a patient at the Home the past 19 years.

Survivors are her mother, Mrs. Sarah Key of Lenox; four sisters, Mrs. Russell Reynolds of Clarinda, Mrs. Asa Tackett of Gravity, Mrs. Mary Terry and Mrs. James Eller of Lenox; one brother, Lloyd Key of Blockton; one half-brother, Oscar Key of Sask., Canada.

Graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon at Blue Grove cemetery, west of Lenox, with Rev. Robert Duckett of Lenox officiating.

 [Key, Sarah Ellen Coe]

Lenox Time Table

Thursday      July 24, 1969     [p. 1]

Mrs. Sarah Key Died Monday

Mrs. Sarah Key, 85, died Monday evening at Rosary, hospital in Corning.

She was born in North Carolina Sept 3, 1873 and came to the Lenox area in 1900. She was the widow of A. [chillis] S. [hadrack] Key, one of the last Civil War veterans from Taylor county.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Bill Terry and Mrs. Eunice Eller of Lenox and Mrs. Lydia Reynolds and Mrs. A. [sa] M. Tackett [Hattie Dell], both of Clarinda. A son, Lloyd Key, of Blockton, also survives.

Funeral services were conducted from the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox Wednesday afternoon at 2 p. m., with Rev. David Shaeffer, former pastor of the Lenox Christian Church and now of Maxwell, Iowa, officiating.

Music was furnished by Barbara Barker, with Mrs. Irma Wilcox, accompanist.

Bearers were Don Bubb, Ron Fulk, Fred Haynes, Stanley Weese, Lea Crowell and George Wurster.

Burial was in Blue Grove cemetery.

[Key, Sarah Ellen Coe]

Lenox Time Table

Thursday     July 31, 1969     p. 7

Obituary—Sarah Key

Sarah Ellen Coe was born Sept. 3, 1873 near Siloam in Surry County, North Carolina, and passed away July 21, 1969 at the Rosary hospital in Corning, Ia., at the age of 95 years, 10 months and 18 days.

She was united in marriage on Sept. 22, 1901, to A. [chillis] S. [hadrack] Key, and to this union eleven children were born.

In her early life, which was spent in North Carolina, she regularly attended the Baptist Church and after her marriage and moving to Iowa, she attended the Christian Church when health permitted.

Her early life was spent in the Sharpsburg and Lenox communities where her husband farmed.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband who died in 1930 and by four daughters, two sons and several stepchildren.

She leaves to mourn her departure four daughters: Mrs. Bill (Mary) Terry and Mrs. Eunice Eller of Lenox, Mrs. A. M. (Hattie) Tackett and Mrs. Lydia Reynolds of Clarinda, and a son Lloyd of Blockton. Also surviving are 1 daughter-in-law, 2 sons-in-law, 26 grandchildren, 64 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren, six nieces and two nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was a widow of a Civil War veteran and one of the oldest residents of Lenox. Grandma Key, as she was called by most people, was in failing health for some time, but always maintained a cheerful outlook and sense of humor which will be missed by those who knew her.

Burial was in Blue Grove cemetery.

[Richey, Shannon DeForrest “Shan”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     June 30, 1960     p. 7

Shan Richey Rites At Sharps Friday

Funeral services for Shan Richey of Sharpsburg were held at the Presbyterian Church there Friday afternoon, June 17, conducted by Rev. E. M. McGehee, pastor of the church. Burial was in Memory Gardens at Lenox.

Shannon DeForrest Richey, son of Isaac and Abigail Richey, was born May 14, 1875 in Van Buren County near Birmingham, Iowa, and departed this life June 14, 1960 at the Armstrong Nursing Home in Bedford, at the age of 85 years and one month.

In the spring of 1883 he moved with his parents to Taylor County and resided near Lenox until they moved to Sharpsburg in the spring of 1895. His father passed away August 19, 1900. After that he lived with his mother and cared for her until the time of her death November 21, 1936.

He and his brothers engaged in the livery barn and later in the real estate business for a number of years. The past several years he was engaged in farming as long as his health would permit.

He joined the Presbyterian Church at Sharpsburg, April 30, 1895 and attended services faithfully with his aged mother.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Ison, Edward and Dallas Norman of Sharpsburg, and two brothers who died in infancy; also one sister, Mary Elizabeth Brown of Lenox. He was the last of his family.

He leaves to mourn his passing two sisters-in-law, Margaret Richey of Sharpsburg, Carrie [Richey] Pinknay of Phillipsburg, Mo.; one brother-in-law, Otis M. Brown of Sharpsburg; two nieces, Mrs. Oma (Brown) Kirby of Bedford, Grace [Brown] Selders of Lenox; six nephews, Perley Richey of Sharpsburg, Lawrence Richey of Shenandoah, Eddie Richey of Stanton, Howard Richey of Ellsworth, Charlie Brown of Clarinda, Marvin Brown of Lenox.


[Stanger, Katharine Haering]

North Taylor Review (Sharpsburg, Iowa)

Thursday      February 14, 1918     p. 3


Katharina Haering was born in Jo Daviess County, Illinois on March 5, 1864 and died at 11:45 on the 6 day of Feb. 1918 at her home southwest of Lenox, Iowa, aged 53 years, 11 months and 1 day.

At the age of 14 she united with the German Lutheran church and later placed her membership with the Presbyterian Church at Lenox.

She was married on the 19 day of Sept. 1895 to Daniel Stanger and came to reside on the farm 3 1/2 miles southwest of Lenox. To this union there were born 7 children, 1 preceded her in the home call; she leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, 2 sons, Paul and Frank, 4 daughters, Amelia, Florence, Elma and Matilda and a host of relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held at the Blue Grove Christian church. Interment taking place at the Grove Center cemetery.