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[Keith, William C. “Bill”]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     December 16, 1926

Obituary   Wm. C. Keith

Wm. C. Keith, son of James and Amanda [Null George] Keith, was born at Calamus, Clinton County, Iowa, August 17th, 1857, and passed away at his home in Bedford, December 1, 1926, aged 69 years, 4 months, 14 days.

In 1859 he moved with his parents to Licking County, Ohio, where they resided until 1864, when they moved to McClair County, Ill., where he grew to manhood.  In 1880 he moved to Taylor County, where he has since resided.

The greater part of his life was spent on the farm.   For a number of years he was associated with his brother, J. [oseph] H. [omer] Keith, in the business of buying and selling horses.  He also served as deputy Sheriff of our county for four years.

On February 26, 1882, he was united in marriage to Miss Elsie Dale of Hopkins, Mo., who survives him.

There are also surviving him three brothers, J. [oseph] H. [omer] Keith, Charles Keith of Des Moines and H. [illary] B. [ert] Keith of Phoenix, Ariz., one sister, Mrs. Margaret Day of Hart, Mich.  There are also two stepsisters, Mrs. Etta Keith of Bedford and Mrs. Sadie Reynolds of Council Bluffs, Iowa.  All were present at the funeral services except H. [illary] B. [ert] Keith of Phoenix, Ariz.

Two brothers, Lee and Silas, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Poore, had preceded him in death.

Three nieces and one nephew of Mrs. Keith came from a distance to be present.  Mrs. Maude Campbell of New Castle, Wyo., Mrs. Lois Smith of Dexter, Mo., and Helen and Thomas Spurgeon, of St. Joseph, Mo., were also present.

The respect in which the community held Mr. Keith was manifest by the large assemblage present at the funeral service, which was held last Sunday at 2 p. m., conducted by L. R. Cobb, assisted by Fred Coley.  Interment was given in the Hopkins cemetery.

 [Keith, Anna Maria Speidel]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 31, 1935    p. 2

Pioneer Resident Dies

Mrs. Anna Keith Succumbs At Home In Hopkins

Mrs. Anna [Maria Speidel] Keith, 80, a resident of Nodaway County practically all her life, died Monday evening at her home in Hopkins.

Mrs. Keith was born in Ohio, and was a small child when the family migrated to Missouri and settled in Nodaway County.

She is survived by a daughter, Miss Mabel Keith of Des Moines, Iowa; a son, Roy [Jacob Leroy] Keith, who made his home with his mother; and a sister, Mrs. A. [drel] J. [ohn] Gordon [Sophina] of Hopkins.

[Keith, Jacob Leroy “Roy”]

Maryville Daily Forum

Monday     April 12, 1943     p. 5

Jacob Leroy Keith Dies At His Home In Hopkins

Jacob Leroy Keith, 61 years of age, died at 11:15 o’clock Sunday night at his home in Hopkins.  Mr. Keith, a retired clerk, had been ill about two months.  He was born November 28, 1881, at Hopkins, and had resided at the present residence sixteen years.

He is survived by a sister, Miss Mable [Mabel] Z. Keith of Goshen, Ind.

Burial will be in the Hopkins cemetery, but other funeral arrangements have not been completed.

[Gordon, Adrel John]

Maryville Daily Forum

Thursday    January 20, 1949    [p. 1]

Adrel John Gordon Dies; Rites Sunday At Hopkins

Adrel John Gordon, 87 years old, died Wednesday of a heart attack at 3 o’clock this morning at the home of a son, Glen Gordon of Hopkins.

He was born October 20, 1861 and came with his parents to Hopkins at the age of 10 years.  A. J., as he was commonly called, farmed until two years ago one mile north of Hopkins, and at the same time owned and operated a grocery and hardware in town.

For more than 70 years he was a member of the Methodist church in which he was an active worker.  He was a member of the official church board and the Xenia lodge No. 50 of the Masons at the time of his death.

Survivors are two sons, Galen Gordon, Winslow, Ariz., and Glen Gordon, Hopkins, one niece, Miss Mabel Keith, Goshen, Ind.; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The Rev. Vernon Wheeler, minister, will conduct funeral services at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Hopkins Methodist church.  Burial will be in the Hopkins cemetery.  The body is at the Swanson Funeral Home. 

[Gordon, Adrel John]

Maryville Daily Forum

Friday    January 21, 1949    [p. 1]

Gordon Rites Sunday

Funeral services for Adrel John Gordon, who died Thursday morning at the home of a son in Hopkins, will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Hopkins Methodist church.  Rites previously had been planned for 2:30 o’clock.

[Keith, Valma Gid]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 27, 1938    p. 5

V. G. Keith Buried At Gravity Sunday

Funeral services for V. [alma] G. [id] Keith, who was killed in an automobile accident Saturday evening, Jan. 15, were held Sunday afternoon at Prescott and burial was in the Gravity cemetery.

Mrs. Keith, who is suffering from fractured ribs and other injuries, was taken to the service and cemetery in an ambulance and then to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Utter, west of Gravity, where she will convalesce.  The son, Eldon, who received a skull fracture, returned to the hospital in Council Bluffs Sunday evening following the funeral service.

[Keith, Valma Gid]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 27, 1938    p. 4


V. G. Keith

V. [alma] G. [id] Keith, son of Marshall [Everett] and Emma [Alice McFall] Keith, was born on a farm near Audubon, Iowa, May 29, 1893 [1892] and died in an automobile accident near Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Saturday, Jan. 15, 1938 at the age of 44 years, 7 months and 16 days.

When 7 years of age he moved with his parents from Audubon County to Taylor County, where he grew to manhood, residing the remainder of his life in Taylor and Adams counties.

Oct. 9, 1920 he was married to Miss Pauline Utter in Council Bluffs.  To them were born two children, Loraine and Eldon.

Mr. Keith was always interested in and very much concerned about the welfare of his family.  He was a member of the Methodist church in Corning.

He is survived by his wife and the two children, Loraine, 16, and Eldon, 14; four sisters, Mrs. Lela Clark of Sharpsburg, Mrs. Maggie DeLean of Lewis, Iowa, Mrs. Mary [Lucia] King of Omaha, and Mrs. Hattie [Pearl] Cunningham of Botha, Alberta, Canada; and by one brother, Fred [Martin] Keith of Gravity.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Prescott, Iowa, Sunday afternoon, Jan. 23, conducted by Rev. R. V. Felt, assisted by Rev. Mr. Barrow of the Christian church and Supt. T. T. Kies of the Prescott schools.  Burial was in the Gravity cemetery.

[Note:   On his gravestone and his World War I draft registration, the year of his birth is given as 1892.]

[Keith, Herman]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 30, 1938    p. 5

Herman Keith, Old Resident, Succumbs

Herman Keith, 46, a former resident of Bedford, died at his home in Pomona, Calif., Sunday, June 12, following a heart attack.  He is survived by his wife and three grown daughters.  Also by his mother, Mrs. [Mary] Etta [George] Keith of Bedford; one sister, Mrs. Angie Valentine of Gravity; and by five brothers, Ollie Keith and John Keith of Bedford, Dr. Clarence Keith of New Market, Howard Keith of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Ralph Keith of Des Moines.

Mr. Keith moved from Bedford to Canada bout twenty-seven years ago and in later years moved to California, where the family had since resided.  Burial was made there.

[Keith, Harold]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 13, 1936    [p. 1]

Harold Keith Killed In Auto Accident

Harold Keith, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Keith of Des Moines, died in a hospital at Fort Collins, Colo., Sunday, Aug. 9, according to word received by relatives in Bedford.  Death followed injuries received in an automobile accident although the particulars are not known at this time.  The family was on a vacation trip to Colorado.

The boy’s father, Ralph Keith, is a former resident of Bedford, being a son of Mrs. [Mary] Etta [George] Keith and a brother of Ollie Keith and John Keith of this city.

The family, which consists of the parents and two other children, Betty and Francis, arrived in Des Moines Wednesday afternoon, the body of the lad being sent back on the train.

The funeral services were held in Des Moines this afternoon and burial also made there.

Mrs. Etta Keith, Mr. and Mrs. John Keith, and Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Keith, attended the services.

[Keith, Vesper Pauline]


Thursday    October 31, 1918    [p. 1]

Vesper Pauline Keith

Vesper Pauline Keith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Keith, was born at Bedford, Iowa, August 23, 1907, and died at her home at Excelsior Springs, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 26, 1918, at 10:45 p. m.  She was 11 years, 2 months and 1 day old at the time of her death.  She had been ill with typhoid fever, and her death was caused by the effects of this disease.  Mrs. George Keith [Mary Etta George] went to Excelsior Springs when notified of the serious illness of her granddaughter and was there at the time of the death.

The body was brought to Bedford Tuesday evening and laid to rest the following afternoon in the Bedford cemetery.

[Keith, Vesper Pauline]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday     October 30, 1918     [p. 1]

Dies at Excelsior Springs

Vesper [Pauline] Keith, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Keith of Excelsior Springs, Mo. died Sunday evening at the home of her parents. The body was brought to Bedford Tuesday night and short funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. Hatcher. Burial was made in Fairview.

[Keith, Vesper Pauline]

New Market Herald

Thursday     October 31, 1918     p. 3

Mayor C. [larence] L. [ester] Keith received word Tuesday that the little daughter [Vesper Pauline] of his brother Howard had passed away at Excelsior Springs, Mo., from typhoid fever. The little one was laid away Wednesday in the Bedford cemetery and Dr. Keith and wife attended the services.


[Keith, Irena Sophia Dawson]


Monday      June 16, 1924

Irena S. Dawson

Irena S. [ophia] Dawson, wife of B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Keith, was born in Cedar County, Iowa, Nov. 17, 1855; died at Rapid City, South Dakota, June 4, 1924, from cancer.

To this union were born two sons, Vernon of Elm Springs, S. D., and Harry [Henry John] of Thor, Iowa, station agent at that place.  Irena S. [ophia] Keith was a very loving wife and mother, and greatly attached to her home.  She and Mr. Keith were always so companionable and kind and good, so that all who knew them loved and respected them.

She also left two brothers, W. [illiam] H. [enry] and F. [rancis] E. [dgar] Dawson, both of Bedford; and one sister, Mrs. George Priest [Celia Augusta], of Portland, Oregon.

[Keith, Alice Douglas]


Thursday    December 23, 1915    [p. 1]

Mrs. John Keith

Mrs. John Keith [Alice Douglas] died Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, aged 19 years.  Funeral services were held this morning at 10 o’clock at the first Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. C. C. Hatcher, the pastor.  Surviving are the 4 months old baby, Jess, the husband, mother, stepfather, and several brothers and sisters.  Mrs. Keith was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence [Charles] Douglas [Minnie Alice Bell Douglas] and was born April 14, 1895.


[Dawson, John William]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 30, 1935    [p. 1]

J. W. Dawson, 52, Succumbs Friday

J. [ohn] W. [illiam] Dawson, 52, died at his home northeast of Bedford, Friday, May 24, after a short illness.  The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. M. Crowell.  Burial was in the Graceland cemetery.

John William Dawson, son of W. [illiam] H. [enry] and Nancy K. [eith] Dawson, was born near Stanberry, Mo., Nov. 20, 1882.  At the age of about four months he was brought by the parents to their home near Bedford, and this county had since been his home.

In 1922 he was married to Miss Opal McNeese. To them were born five children, four daughters and one son.  They are Helen, Mamie, Hazel, William, and Betty Jean, who, with the wife, survive.

Other surviving relatives are his mother, Mrs. Nancy [Keith] Dawson; a sister, Mrs. Mary [Elizabeth] Goforth; and a brother, [Charles] Ray Dawson, all of Bedford.

[Dawson, Charles Ray]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 14, 1955    [p. 1]

Ray Dawson Rites Held Saturday A. M.

Ray Dawson, a life-long resident of Taylor County, died Wednesday, July 6, at the St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, where he had been taken a few days earlier.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Saturday forenoon, conducted by Rev. Fred H. Cowles of the Baptist church.  Burial was in Graceland cemetery.

Charles Ray Dawson, son of Wm. H. [enry] and Nancy [Keith] Dawson, was born in Polk Township, near Bedford, Iowa, Dec. 5, 1893, and died at the age of 61 years, seven months, one day.

February 16, 1916, he was married to Miss Mamie Lantz of Bedford.  To them four children were born.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, two brothers and two sisters.  He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Wm. Steigleder and Mrs. Lee Walters of Red Oak; one son, Joe Dawson of Bedford; seven grandchildren:  Robert and Judy Dawson of Bedford, Jimmie and Janet Walters, Bobbie, Vickie and Stevie Steigleder of Red Oak.

Mr. Dawson worked for 25 years as a livestock dealer for Biers of Bedford, and for the past few years had been associated with Maloy & Dixon in Bedford.  He had operated a farm in addition to his livestock work.

[Dawson, Nancy Keith]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 3, 1944    p. 4

Obituary – Nancy K. Dawson

Nancy Keith Dawson, daughter of Joseph and Mary [White] Keith, was born in Clinton County, Iowa, Sept. 25, 1857, and died at the Armstrong Nursing Home January 24, 1944, at the age of 86 years and 4 months.

She was married to William Henry Dawson on June 24, 1877.  They moved to Stanberry, Mo., living there for three years and then moved back to Taylor County where she had made her home since.

Her husband preceded her in death on February 27, 1927.

They were the parents of three boys and two girls, [Charles] Ray Dawson and Mary [Elizabeth] Goforth of Bedford, John William, Joe and Gertie [Gertrude Augusta], who preceded her in death.

She was a member of a family of ten children, of these Jim Keith and Will Keith of Calamus, Iowa, and Mary Galloway of Maquoketa, Iowa, are left to mourn her passing.  She also leaves 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

She united with the Christian church in early childhood.  She was a good mother and wife and will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

The funeral services were held Thursday, January 27, at the Wetmore Funeral Home with Rev. P. H. Peterson officiating.  Burial was in the Graceland cemetery.

[Goforth, Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” Dawson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 24, 1947    [p. 1]

Mrs. Mary Goforth Passed Away Friday

Mrs. Mary Goforth, a resident of Bedford for many years, died Friday, April 18.  The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. W. Swan.  Burial was in the Graceland cemetery.

Mary Elizabeth, daughter of William [Henry] and Nancy [Keith] Dawson, was born in Clinton County, [Iowa] March 19, 1878, being aged 69 years and 29 days at the time of her death.

She was married to Arthur C. [ornelius] Goforth and to them were born six children.  Her husband and an infant son, Earl, preceded her in death.

Those surviving are Renna E. [lbert] Goforth of Fairfax, Missouri; Glen E. Goforth of Hancock, Ia.; Ruth John of Bedford; Ruby Burk of Omaha; Cecil Lawrence of Blockton.  Also one brother, [Charles] Ray Dawson of Bedford; 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

She was a member of the Bedford Christian Church.

[Goforth, Arthur Cornelius]


Tuesday    March 13, 1906    [p. 1]

A Sudden Death

Young Clayton Township Farmer Drops Dead

A. [rthur] C. [ornelius] Goforth, a well known and comparatively young Clayton Township farmer, died suddenly Sunday morning at 11:30, aged 32 years, 7 months and 14 days.

The deceased had been in his usual apparent good health, and his sudden death was a terrible shock to bereaved wife and fatherless little ones.

The deceased was a hard working man, a kind husband and father and accommodating neighbor.

Arthur C. [ornelius] Goforth was born in Knox County, Illinois, July 17, 1873, and removed with his parents, from there to Seward County, Nebr., where he lived until he was 19 years of age when he went to Carlisle, Warren County, Iowa to live with an uncle.  While there he united with the Christian church.  About ten years ago he came to Taylor County where he has since resided.  He was united in marriage to Miss Mary [Elizabeth] Dawson, Dec. 12, 1897.  To this union were born five children:  Rennie, Ruthie, Ruby, Earl and Glenn, all of whom are still living, except Earl, who died about two years ago.

He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, four children, father and two brothers, all of whom were present, except his brother, William, who is at Wichita, Kansas.

The funeral will be held at the Christian church in Bedford tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10 a. m., conducted by Rev. Price, assisted by Rev. Philip Jackson.  Interment at Titus cemetery.

[Goforth, Marcelene Opal]


Thursday    January 15, 1931    p. 4

Marcelene Opal Goforth

Marcelene Opal, the little four months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rennie Goforth [Bessie Opal Douglas], passed away at the home in east Bedford, Monday.  The funeral services were held at the home yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Clark M. Crowell.  Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.

[Dawson, Melinda Elizabeth Wise]


Thursday    January 31, 1924    [p. 1]

Mrs. Dawson Dead

Mrs. Melinda E. [lizabeth Wise] Dawson, died at the home of her son, F.[rancis] E. [dgar] Dawson, in Bedford at 4:00 o’clock p. m., Wednesday, January 30.  Mrs. Dawson was 89 years, 10 months and 21 days of age.  The funeral will be held at the Christian church at 10:30 a. m., tomorrow (Friday), conducted by Rev. Price.  Interment in the Graceland cemetery, west of Bedford.

[Dawson, Melinda Elizabeth Wise]


Tuesday    February 5, 1924


Malinda [Melinda] Elizabeth Wise was born March 6th, 1834, in Crawford County, Ohio, near Bucyrus.  She came with her parents, Henry and Sofia [Sophia] Wise, to Cedar County, Iowa, in 1839, where she grew to womanhood.  She was united in marriage to John V. Dawson, March 14th, 1852.  To this union were born five children, three boys and two girls, William D. [Henry] Dawson, of Bedford, Ia.; Irene S. [ophia] Keith, of South Dakota; Charles [Dalton] Dawson, deceased; F. [rancis] E. [dgar] Dawson, of Bedford, and Celia A.[ugusta] Priest, of Portland, Ore.   She had eight brothers and three sisters.  Three brothers survive her.  She had eleven grandchildren living and two dead; seventeen great grandchildren living and one dead; six great great grandchildren living and one dead.  The oldest great great grandchild is nearly four years old.

She was converted at the age of 16, was baptized, and united with the Newlight church at Moscow, and resided there until 1861; then moved to Clinton County, where they resided until 1878, when they moved to Missouri, near Hopkins, where they resided until 1880, when they moved to their home near Bedford.  She united with the Christian church at Siam in 1887.

She passed away at the home of her son, F. [rancis] E. [dgar] Dawson, in north Bedford on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock, Jan. 30th.  Funeral services were held at the Christian church Friday, February 1st, at 10:30 a. m., conducted by Rev. Price, and the body laid to rest in Graceland cemetery west of Bedford.

[Dawson, Charles Dalton]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    July 4, 1901    p. 5

Obituary of Chas. D. Dawson

Bible Advocate

Dawson---Died, near Clyde, Mo., May 8, 1901, Chas. D. [alton] Dawson, aged 44 years, 6 months and 21 days.

Deceased was born Oct. 14th, 1857.  On Dec. 3, 1879, he was married to [Martha] Ella, daughter of C. [hester] C. [ook] Tuller [Tullar], at her home, Eld. A. F. Dugger performing the ceremony.  One year after they moved to their present home where they have lived for twenty years, and where was born their only child, Icie [Inez], now 12 years old.  Charles Dawson was a man well and favorably known.  Honest, industrious, choosing the good and refusing the evil, he won to him many friends, and had few if any enemies.  He believed the doctrines of the Church of God, and had he been located near one, would doubtless have united with it.

About two years ago he met with an accident which injured the brain and spinal cord, causing him gradually to lose his mind.  He realized this, and when at times rational would pray God to spare his reason.  All that faithful wife and loving daughter and kind relatives and friends could do for him were of no avail.  Just as preparations were being made to have a surgical operation performed in hopes that his mind would be partially or wholly restored, reason was again dethroned, and after attempting to take his own life with a gun, he ran from those who tried to save him, and threw himself into an open well, drowning before help could be summoned.

In behalf of the bereaved mother and daughter, we wish to extend heartfelt thanks to the many friends who did all that could be done to lighten the affliction and minister to the comfort and help of the loved ones prostrated by this tragic and sudden bereavement.  Funeral services were held at the home, Eld. W.  C. Long drawing words of comfort and consolation from the words of divine promise in Rev. 21:4, after which a long procession of mourners and sympathizing friends followed the remains to their interment in High Ridge cemetery, Stanberry, Mo.

“And God shall wipe away all tears.”

O blessed comfort of the Word;

No more shall linger sorrow’s years,

No more the mourner’s wail be heard.


No more shall death the heart-strings


No aching pain these bodies thrill,---

O haste, glad day, thy chorus break;

Our God has promised, and he will.

            W. E.

The above was a son of J. [ohn] and M. [elinda] E. [lizabeth Wise] Dawson, of Ross Township.

[Dawson, Isabelle Jobbins]


Monday    January 23, 1922


Isabelle Jobbins, daughter of [Wealthy] Jane [Jennings] and Albert Jobbins, was born in Wisconsin, June 19, 1867, and died at her home in north Bedford, Jan. 17, 1922, aged 54 years, 6 months and 29 days.  She moved with her parents to Iowa when a very small child and has resided in and near Bedford the greater part of her subsequent life, with the exception of two years spent in the south and at springs in the Ozark mountains.

She was united in marriage to Francis Edgar Dawson, March 8, 1891.  To this union five children were born:  Mrs. Goldie Clawson and Elva Still of Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Agnes D. Brown of Clearfield, Iowa; Joyce and Frances of Bedford; all of whom were with her during her last hours, with the exception of Mrs. Clawson who was unable to be present.

Besides the husband and daughters, she leaves to mourn her demise, an aged father, Albert Jobbins of Bedford; six sisters, Mrs. Melissa Bowles of Portland, Ore.; Mrs. Dora Kelso of New Market, Iowa; Mrs. Agnes Scott of Pickering, Mo.; Mrs. Anna Oline of Carpenter, Wyo.; Mrs. Jessie Bowles of Keota, Colo., and Mrs. May Trumbo of Princeton, Kans.; one grandson, James Howard Brown, Jr., of Clearfield, Ia.; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the home Thursday at 2 o’clock p. m., Rev. Foreman officiating.  Interment in Fairview cemetery.

Those attending the services from out of town were:  Mr. and Mrs. Howard Brown and son of Clearfield, who have been here since Dec. 23; Mrs. Elva Still of Portland, Ore., who has been present since Oct. 15; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Scott and daughter Muriel of Pickering, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kelso, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kelso, Mr. and Mrs. Harve Thompson, all of New Market; Mr. Dale Kelso of Clarinda; Mr. Renna Goforth of Hopkins; Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Brown, Mrs. Nichol, and Mrs. A. Hartman of Clearfield.

The deceased had suffered from bronchitis for 17 years, but had failed perceptibly since an attack of influenza three years ago, and suspecting tuberculosis, took precautions not to endanger others.   Examination by several physicians failed to find definite traces of the disease until the summer of 1921.  She was confined to her bed about five weeks prior to her death.  Her chief care during her illness was for the safety of loved ones.  Her condition she fully realized and death was faced with cheerfulness.

[Dawson, Roy Edwin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 29, 1943    p. 8


Former Resident Dies

Roy E. Dawson Succumbs In Marshalltown After Short Illness

Roy E. [dwin] Dawson, yard clerk for the Chicago Great Western railroad at Marshalltown, died Friday, July 23, at the Deaconess Hospital where he had been a patient since July 15.  He had been in poor health for the past month.

Mr. Dawson was born in Sheridan, Mo., Jan. 10, 1900.  His childhood was spent at Oelwein, Iowa, where he received his education.  He returned to Sheridan in 1930 and was married to Opal DeVault on Feb. 15, 1932, at Grant City, Mo.  They conducted a store at Athelstan four and a half years and in 1941 he became employed by the Chicago Great Western railroad and was at Athelstan until moving to Waterloo in October 1942.  They moved to Marshalltown in December 1942.

He was affiliated with the St. Paul Episcopal Church.  The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in Marshalltown, conducted by Rev. Arthur E.  Cash, rector of the St. Paul church.

The body was sent to Blockton Sunday to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DeVault where funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. C. Yadon at the Christian church.

Mr. Dawson is survived by his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Golda Dawson of Sheridan, and one sister, Mrs. K. W. Robertson of Oelwein.

[Dawson, Roy Edwin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 29, 1943    p. 8


Attend Dawson Rites

Those attending the funeral services for Roy E. [dwin] Dawson, from a distance, were Rev. and Mrs. Chas. Showalter, their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wyllie of Bridgewater, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mothershed of Maryville, Mr. and Mrs. Olen Mothershed, Mrs. Maude Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Ansel Lyons, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reed and family of Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shaw, Mrs. Paul McQuigg of Redding; Mr. and Mrs. Laz Hawk, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Murray of Sheridan; Mr. and Mrs. O. V. Sewell of Hopkins.