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 [Meredith, William Gray]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday    Oct. 3, 1878

Obituary of William Gray Meredith

Died, at his residence in Holt Township, Taylor County, Iowa, September 29th, at six o'clock a. m., Mr. William G. [ray] Meredith, aged fifty-four years, five months and twenty-nine days. The deceased was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, April 1st 1824, where he resided for ten years, when he removed with his parents to Rush County, Indiana, where he remained until 1856, when he removed to this county and settled in Mason Township. After residing there for several years he purchased the tract of land in Holt Township on which he resided at the time of his death. Under his careful management the raw tract was soon developed into a valuable farm. In 1865 he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, a most estimable woman, who left a large family of small children, the care of which devolved in a great measure upon himself. Some weeks ago he was seized with the belief that he was soon to die, and expressed the thought to several of his friends. About three weeks since he was attacked by a severe illness which terminated in typhoid fever and ended his life. As a citizen he was without reproach, as a neighbor there were none better, as a father, his care of the young family left in his charge, entitles him to all honor. In all the relations of life he leaves a record that is without blot, a shining example to his earthly companions and a guide to them in the better way. He was not a member of any Church, although brought up in a Presbyterian family, yet he was a good man and a firm believer in Christ. During his last illness he greatly regretted that he had not connected himself with a Church organization. He died trusting in Christ for salvation. There are good Christian people outside of all the Churches, and some very bad people in them. Church membership is a good thing and is everybody's duty, but it is not essential to salvation. "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold." The funeral sermon was preached at the school house in the district where the deceased had resided, at eleven o'clock a.m., on Monday last, by the Rev. R. A. McKinley after which a large concourse of friends followed the remains to their last resting place in the cemetery at Brushy.

 [Hemenover, Roxanna Dilley Griffith]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday    October 11, 1894

Died, at her home in the north part of Bedford, on Saturday, October 6, 1894, at 5 o'clock a.m., Mrs. Roxanna J. Hemenover, aged 54 years, 1 month and 27 days.

Funeral services were held at the residence on Sunday, October 7, at 1 o'clock p.m. and were conducted by Rev. J. C. Lewis of the First Baptist church.  Interment was made in the old Lexington cemetery.

Miss Roxanna Dilley was born Dec. 3, 1840 in Guernsey County, Ohio, where she lived till 1856 when her parents came to eastern Iowa; shortly afterwards they came to Clayton Township, Taylor County.

She married Daniel Griffith February 18, 1864 and two sons, Wm. and Chalmers, were given them.  Mr. Griffith died July 17, 1869.  December 8, 1872 she and D. [avid] C. Hemenover were united in marriage.  One daughter, Miss Hattie, was born to them.  These children survive her.  She united with the Pros. Methodist church in 1870.

"There is Harry," then "Sarah" and 'Elizabeth."  About ten minutes before she died she exclaimed, "The Lord Jesus has come!"  These were her last words. A glorious death indeed.

 [Kernen, Jacob]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 3, 1961    p. 5

Jake Kernen Dies In Bedford Fri.

Jake Kernen, a resident of Taylor County for nearly 70 years, died early Friday morning, July 28, after having been in failing health for several months.

Funeral services were held at the Bedford Methodist Church, Sunday afternoon, July 30.  Rev. Anthony Blankers, pastor of the church, officiated.  Burial in Lexington cemetery.

Jacob Kernen was born near Bern, Switzerland, Feb. 17, 1879 and came to this country at the age of three with his parents, Fred and Rosena Wolfe Kernen.  They settled near Nodaway, Iowa in 1892 and moved to a farm six miles north and one mile west of Bedford, later moving to their farm just north of Lexington cemetery, where he lived for a number of years.

On October 1, 1933, he was united in marriage to Eula B. [elle] Bates of Conway, and they resided on a farm just north of Bedford until 1946 when they moved to Bedford, where they had since resided.

He was a member of the Methodist Church in Conway, where he served on the Board of Trustees for a number of years.  Later, he and his wife transferred their membership to the Bedford Methodist Church.  He loved his church and was always willing to help as health permitted.

Mr. Kernen served as a trustee of Clayton Township for more than 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and three brothers, Fred, Levi and Carl.  He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Eula; a brother, John of Bedford; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Robey of Gravity, Mrs. Rosa Mitchell of Bedford; a number of nieces and nephews, four great nieces.

[Kernen, Eula Belle Bates]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 9, 1967    p. 4

Final Rites Held Here For Eula Kernen

Funeral services for Mrs. Jacob (Eula) Kernen, 78, long time Taylor County resident, held March 6 at the Bedford Methodist Church, were conducted by Rev. J.  Milton Kinney.  Mrs. Kernen died at the Florence Nursing Home in Omaha, Nebr. on March 2, 1967.  Interment was at Lexington Cemetery, Bedford.

Eula Belle Bates, daughter of Dora L. [Watkins] and Wallace A. Bates, was born on July 8, 1888 at Conway, Iowa.

She attended the Conway school and was graduated from Conway High School.  Later she attended the Simpson College Conservatory of Music, Indianola, Iowa, and was graduated with a major in piano.  Then she attended the Palmer School of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa, and received her degree of Doctor of Chiropractic.  She practiced at Loveland, Colo. for many years.  She came back to Iowa to take care of her mother.

At an early age she joined the Methodist Church and was always active until her health prevented it.  She played the piano, taught Church School classes, attended Women's Society meetings, and other work in her church.

On October 1, 1933, she and Jacob Kernen were united in marriage at Conway.  They lived on a farm north of Bedford until retiring and moving to Bedford.

Her husband Jacob preceded her in death on July 28, 1961.  He passed away while they lived in Bedford.  She continued to live in Bedford until her health forced her to go to Omaha and live with relatives, and later in the Florence Nursing Home.  She has been in failing health since 1962 and bedfast for several months.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Bates, her parents and husband.

[Part of sentence missing} Jewel Erhart; one great nephew, Gary Clear, all of Omaha, Nebr.; one great niece, Patricia Casey, Vacaville, Calif., and many other relatives and friends.

[Larison, Catherine Smith]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday   February 1, 1900    [p. 1]

A Mother In Israel Gone

Died, at the home of her son, W. [illiam] W. Larrison [Larison], ten miles northeast of Bedford, in Marshall Township, Wednesday morning, January 31, 1900, at 2:30, Mrs. Catherine [Smith] Larrison [Larison], aged 70 years, and 9 months.  Funeral services will be held at the Baptist church in Bedford Friday, February 2, at 1 o'clock, conducted by D. W. Griffith, after which the body will be laid to rest in Bedford cemetery.  The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all.

[Thompson, Mary Everson]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday    May 28, 1895    p. 3

Died Suddenly

Mrs. Clark Thompson [Mary C. Everson], an aged widow who lives with her son, Sydney Thompson, four miles west of Bedford, was found dead in her bed at - o'clock Tuesday morning.  She had been in feeble health for several months and last night was unusually restless.  A young lady who slept in the room with Mrs. Thompson gave her attention at 4 o'clock and then returned to her bed and went to sleep.  When she awoke at 5 o'clock and went to the bed again she was surprised at Mrs. Thompson's appearance and soon discovered that she was dead.

The funeral was held at the residence at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon, after which the body was interred in the Titus [Graceland] cemetery.

[Ford, Thomas Lloyd]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 3, 1938    p. 5

Thos. L. Ford of Blockton, Dies

Thos. L. [loyd] Ford, 51, a resident of the Blockton community for several years, died suddenly about 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, while enroute home from Stanberry, Mo., where he had been with a truckload of hogs.

Mr. Ford complained to Ed Parker, driver of the truck, that he was ill when they were near Parnell, and by the time the truck could be stopped and before help could be summoned, he was dead.

He is survived by his wife, a son, Everett Ford of Cedar Rapids, and by two daughters, Mrs. Mary Burch of Delphos and Mrs. Gail Turnipseed of Des Moines.  There are also several sisters and brothers.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Blockton this afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior.  Burial was in the Rose Hill cemetery.

[Ford, Thomas Lloyd]

 Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 10, 1938    p. 8


Thomas Ford

Thomas Lloyd Ford, youngest son of David F. [rancis] and Eliza B. [rown] Ford, was born near Platteville, Iowa, Jan. 9, 1887, and departed this life March 1, 1938 at the age of 51 years, 1 month and 19 days.

He was united in marriage to Leona May Peacock Oct. 6, 1908.  To this union were born three children, Edward Everett of Cedar Rapids, Mary Ellen Burch of Delphos and Virginia Gail Turnipseed of Des Moines.

Besides his wife and children, he also leaves to mourn his departure two sisters and one brother, Mrs. [Mary] Florence Raper and [Milton] Earnest Ford of Blockton, and Mrs. Nellie [May] Severns of Palisade, Nebr.; two grandsons, Jimmy Gail Burch and Everett Burton Ford.  His father, mother and a sister preceded him in death.

He was always a kind, loving husband and father and was highly respected in the community.  His untimely death came as a shock to all who knew him.

The funeral services were held at Blockton M. E. Church, Thursday, March 3, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior, pastor of the church.  Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Ford, Edward Everett]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 20, 1971    p. 6

Edward Ford, 60, Rites In Oakdale

Funeral services for Edward E. [verett] Ford, 60, of Oakdale, Iowa, formerly of Blockton, were held May 4 at the Beckman-Butherus Funeral Home with Rev. David Stout of the First Methodist Church officiating.  Mr. Ford died April 30.  Interment was in Memory Gardens in Iowa City.

Edward E. [verett] Ford, son of Tom and Leona Peacock Ford, was born June 17, 1910, and made his early home near Blockton.  He was employed in the maintenance department of the University of Iowa Oakdale Hospital at the time of his death.

He is survived by his mother, Leona Ford; one son, Everett B. [urton] Ford of Fresno, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. [Virginia] Gail Jones of Fairborn, Ohio, and Mrs. Mary [Ellen] Burch of Bakersfield, Calif., and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Ford.

[Larison, Albert Lee]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday    November 13, 1918    [p. 1]

Obituary---Lee Larison

Albert Lee Larison was born July 22, 1899 at Bedford, Iowa and departed this life at 5:10 o'clock Nov. 5, 1918, at the home of his only brother, Earnest, 501 N. Oak St. after a brief illness of pneumonia.

Lee was 19 years, 3 months and 14 days old.  He leaves to mourn his death, a mother, father, brother Earnest and sister Edna, besides many relatives and friends.  Remains were laid to rest in Bedford cemetery at Bedford, Iowa.  He had been making his home with his mother the past year until recently.  He was employed at a garage in Creston at the time of his sickness and death.

[Larison, Albert Lee]


Thursday    November 14, 1918    p. 4

Albert Lee Larison

Albert Lee Larison was born at Bedford, Iowa, July 22, 1899 and died in Creston at the home of his brother Ernest, Tuesday, November 5, 1918 at 5:10 o'clock after a brief illness of pneumonia.  He was aged 19 years, 3 months and 14 days.

He leaves to mourn his death a mother, father, a brother Ernest, a sister Edna and many relatives and friends.  All of the near relatives were present at the burial except his father who was unable to be there.

He had been making his home with his mother the past year until recently.  He was employed at the Creston garage at the time of his sickness.

The remains were brought to Bedford Thursday afternoon and laid to rest in the Bedford cemetery, Rev. Goodwin conducting a short service at the grave.

[Larison, Emily McGoldrick]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    April 11, 1907    [p. 1]


Miss Emily W. McGoldrick was born in Lancaster, Mo., Dec. 19, 1849, and died at her home in Bedford on Friday, April 6, 1907.

Early in life she united with the Christian church and has since been a faithful and consistent member.  On October 30, 1879, she was united in marriage at the home of her parents in Lancaster, Mo., to Mr. Robert F. [ranklin] Larison, of this city, and they immediately moved here and have since made this their home.  To this happy union three children came to brighten their lives, all of whom are living and are at home.  They are Jesse, Bessie and Gertrude.

This once happy home that has been so saddened by death, was presided over by a good, true, loving wife and mother.  No greater tribute could be paid to any woman than this, for when that is said it implies self-sacrifice, affection, and all that is beautiful in the home and in the mother.  Her womanly grace and Christian spirit won for her the friendship of all with whom she came in contact.  Although an invalid, suffering pain for the past seven years, she did it uncomplainingly and with Christian fortitude.  Her home was her realm where she reigned as queen.  Her family was her pride and love.  There she will be sadly missed and mourned, and the bereaved husband and children have the sympathy of all in their hour of sorrow.

She had been suffering with heart trouble but she was bedfast only a week, brought on by a recent attack of la grippe.

The funeral was held at the Christian church on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Elder Edgar Price, assisted by Rev. A. I. Jones.  Interment followed in the Bedford cemetery.

[Larison, Robert Franklin]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday   March 29, 1923

Obituary----Robert Larrison

Robert Franklin, son of George and Eliza [Jane Holbrook] Larison, was born in Indianapolis, Ind., January 9, 1851, and died at his home in Bedford, Tuesday, March 27, 1923, aged 71 years, 2 months and 18 days.

He came with his parents to Taylor County in 1853, locating on a farm near Bedford.  He was the oldest of ten children, a family of 6 boys and 4 girls, only four of whom are still living, which are as follows: Mrs. J. [ohn] W. [illiam] Stewart [Elvira], Cedar Falls, Ia.; Mrs. Milo Roe [Hattie May], Eskdale, Ohio; Mrs. Chas. Greer [Cassie Lillian], Conway, Iowa and Roy Larison, Sheridan, Mo.

He was married to Emily McGoldrick, Lancaster, Mo., October 30, 1879, locating on a farm south of Bedford.  To this union were born three children, Jesse Larison and Mrs. A. [lpheus] C. Deyo [Bessie], of Nelson, Nebr.; and Mrs. Lyman Smith [Gertrude], New Virginia, Iowa, all of whom are living and were at his bedside during his last illness.  His wife preceded him to the Land beyond in the year 1907.  On account of poor health he decided to quit farming, moving to town in the fall of 1889, locating in the northwest part of town.  He clerked in a grocery store for a number of years until his health failed.

About 8 years ago he was united in marriage to Mrs. Clara Buell of this city, who survives him.  His wife leaves this tribute to his memory:  " He possessed the kindest heart of any man I ever knew."  He was a loving father and kind to everyone.

Funeral services in his honor were held at the Christian church of which he was a member, Thursday, March 29 at 2:30, in charge of Elder S. D. Harlan, assisted by Rev. Gable of the M. E. church.  Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.

[Roe, Mary Jane Larison]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday    November 13, 1918

Obituary----Mrs. John Roe

Mary Jane Larison was born in Shelby County, Ind. Dec. 16, 1852.  Grew to childhood and came to Taylor County, Iowa, when still a small girl, residing in rural sections until she moved to town with her family and her husband entered the Grocery.

In 1874 she was united in marriage to Mr. John Harvey [Howard] Roe, who survives to realize how favored was his lot and how great now will be his loss.

Deceased was one of nine children, five of whom survive.  They are RobŐt F.[ranklin] Larison, Bedford, Mrs. John Stewart [Elvira], Forest Grove, near Bedford, Mrs. Milo Roe [Hattie May], Colorado, Mrs. Cassie [Lillian] Greer, Merle Junction, Ia.; Mr. Roy Larison in Iowa near Sheridan, Mo.

She was the faithful mother of five children, who remain to call her "Blessed":

George H., Colorado; Mrs. Etta Miller, Pickering, Mo., Mrs. Maude Barnes, Charles, and Mrs. Blanche Dougherty of Bedford.  Four grandchildren and a number of other relatives, nieces, nephews and cousins add to her large circle of relations.

When about seventeen years old deceased made a public profession of faith in Christ as her Lord and united with the First Baptist Church of this place, remaining in their fellowship till her departure for the Sun-lit land of the soul.

She has been in declining health for some years past but rather hastily obeyed the summons beyond from her home in Bedford Friday, Nov. 8, 1918, the whole community being greatly surprised to learn of her decease.

Thus came to an end the earthly career of this good citizen, fond mother, faithful companion, earnest Christian, patient sufferer, having attained the age of 65 years, 10 months, 22 days.

Sister Roe has been a long time resident of the community and by her congenial spirit and womanly graces has added many friends to her list who will miss her from their midst.

To the grief stricken companion and family---we commend you to the savior of her youth and maturer years for comfort and consolation.

[Larison, James Enoch]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 27, 1941

J. Enoch Larison, 74, Dies At Farm Home

J. [ames] Enoch Larison, 74, died suddenly at his farm home southwest of Bedford about 8 o'clock Wednesday morning, Feb. 26.

The funeral services will be held at the Bedford Baptist Church at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, March 1, conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson.  Burial will be in the Bedford cemetery.

He is survived by six children:  Mrs. Ethel Wilson of Galion, Ohio; Mrs. Fern Williams of Corning, Iowa; Wade Larison of Maryville, Mo.; Wilbur Larison of Eden, Idaho; Miss Beulah Larison and Elmer Larison of Bedford.  There are also several grandchildren.  Mrs. Larison died several years ago.

[Larison, James Enoch]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 6, 1941    p. 5

Obituary - J. E. Larison

James Enoch Larison, son of John B. and Elizabeth Larison, was born near Shelbyville, Ind., and died at his home Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1941, at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 24 days.

He was the youngest of eight sons, all of whom have preceded him in death.  He came to Iowa with his parents when six months old.  When a young man he united with the Hazel Dell Baptist church, where he still was a member.

Jan. 3, 1896 he moved to the farm home southwest of Bedford where he continued to make his home until his death.

Sept. 12, 1894 he was married to Sarah Elizabeth Ulrich.  To them were born ten children, four of whom died in infancy.  The surviving children are Mrs. Ethel Wilson of Galion, Ohio; Elmer Larison of Bedford; Wilbur Larison of Eden, Idaho; Wade Larison of Maryville, Mo.; Mrs. Fern Williams of Corning; Miss Beulah Larison of Bedford.  He also leaves ten grandchildren.  Mrs. Larison died March 17, 1933.

The funeral services were held at the Bedford Baptist church Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson.  Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.

[Larison, Elmer Reed]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 19, 1970    p. 4

Elmer Larison Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Elmer Reed Larison, 71, of Bedford, were held Wed., Feb. 18, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Carl Cummings and Rev. Loren Daly officiating.  Mr. Larison died February 15, 1970 at Baptist Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.  Interment was at Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, Mo.

[Larison, Elmer Reed]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 26, 1970    p. 2

Final Rites For Elmer Larison February 18

Funeral services for Elmer Reed Larison, 71, of Bedford, held February 18 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Mr. Carl Cummings and Rev. Loren Daly.  Mr. Larison died at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., February 15, 1970.  Interment was at the Hopkins (Mo.) Cemetery.

Elmer Reed Larison, son of James Enoch Larison and Sarah Elizabeth Ulrich Larison, was born November 3, 1898 in Ross Township, Taylor County, Iowa.

He was united in marriage to Thena Prather at the home of the bride's parents in Nodaway County, Missouri, on Sept. 11, 1920 and they would have celebrated their 50th Anniversary this year.

Born to bless and share the love of their home were two daughters and two sons.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and two sisters, and one daughter, Marjorie Lucille, who passed away in infancy.

Left to cherish memories of his good life so well lived are his wife, Thena, daughter, Dorothy Perry and her husband, Cletus, of St. Mary's, Kansas; two sons, James A. Larison and his wife, Betty, of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; and Duane Eugene (Tommy) of the home; eight grandchildren and one great grandson, three sisters, Ethel Wilson of Twin Falls, Idaho; Fern Williams of Bedford, Beulah Larison of Monterey Park, Calif.; two brothers, Wilbur Larison of Twin Falls, Idaho; Wade Larison of Bedford; nieces;, nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Early in his youth he became a member of the Hazel Dell Baptist Church.

Elmer was a kind and considerate husband, father, brother, friend and neighbor, and he will be missed by his loved ones and all who knew him.

[Larison, Loyd Beryl]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 31, 1981    p. 4

Final Rites Held December 24 For Loyd B. Larison, 75

Funeral services for Loyd Beryl Larison, 75, of Bedford, held December 24 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings and Pastor Delbert Belie.  Mr. Larison died December 22, 1981 in Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Loyd Beryl Larison, son of Roy and Iona Ames Larison, was born in Jackson Township, Taylor County, Bedford, Iowa, July 3, 1906.  He grew to maturity in the Bedford area where he attended the public school and the Christian Church.

On August 27, 1927, he was united in marriage to Opal Gartside at Des Moines, Iowa and they lived in the Sheridan, Missouri and Bedford area where they were engaged in farming and he was a member of the Board of Supervisors for Taylor County for two terms and was employed by the Iowa State Tax Commission for four years prior to his retirement.

Three children were born to them:  Oren, of Worthington, Minn., Gary of Mason City, Iowa, and Terry of Sheridan, Mo.

He was a member of the Christian Church of Sheridan, Mo.; Taylor Lodge No. 156 A.F. & A.M. and served as Master of the Lodge; Order of Eastern Star No. 228, and served as Worthy Patron of the Chapter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ames Larison, and a sister, Hazel Barton.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Opal of the home, three sons and their wives, Oren and Joy Larison, Worthington, Minn., Gary and Jo Larison, Mason City, Iowa, Terry and Tari Larison of Sheridan, Mo.; grandchildren Karey, Brenda, Sandy, Brett and Clint; brother, Estel, and wife, Marie, Bedford; sister-in-law, Beulah Larison, Bedford, other relatives and a host of friends.

He was a kind and considerate husband, dad and granddad, and he will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved him.