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[Hays, Cora Evaline Smith]

Blockton News

Thursday    March 11, 1937    [p. 1]


Cora Evaline Smith was born in Ohio Dec. 13, 1861, and passed away in Bedford March 1, 1937, aged 75 years, 2 months and 18 days.

She came to Taylor county with her parents when a small child and spent the remainder or almost her entire life here.

On August 25, 1879, she was united in marriage to Henry Hays. To this union five children were born—Bessie E., Walter H., Coraetta, Elsie A., and Dora L.[odeama] All have preceded their mother in death except one daughter, Mrs. Dora L.[odeama] Hall of Blockton. Death claimed her husband in February 1933. Besides her daughter she leaves to cherish her memory eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers.

Thus passes away another of those worthy and highly respected pioneers of Taylor county.

Funeral services were held at Bedford March 3 conducted by Rev. W. F. Overhulser. Burial in Forest Grove cemetery.


[Salen, Ellen Leora Thornton]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 11, 1960    p. 4

Mrs. Ellen Salen Died At Maryville

Mrs. Ellen Salen, a long-time resident of the Bedford community, died at St. Francis hospital, Maryville, Friday, February 5th.

Funeral services were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Service on Madison Street Monday afternoon, February 8, with Rev. Colvin Caughey officiating.  Burial was in the Platte River cemetery in Ringgold County.

Ellen Leora Thornton, daughter of John and Laura [Ann Woodside] Thornton, was born July 20, 1896, in Ringgold county, Iowa, and died at the age of 63 years, six months, 15 days.

She was married to Harlan Salen on July 27, 1919 and to them were born three children:  Darrell Salen of Bedford, Dorene Salen of Shenandoah, Mrs. Betty Hensley of Bedford.

Mr. and Mrs. Salen farmed for a number of years and then moved to Bedford, where she spent the remainder of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mrs. Allie [May] Brown; and two brothers, Cecil Thornton and Herschel Thornton.

Besides her children, she is survived by her husband, Harlan Salen of Denver, Colo.; two sisters, Mrs. Lissie [Elizabeth “Lizzie”] Bailey of Bedford, Mrs. Viola Clark of Clarinda; three brothers, A. [lonzo] L. Thornton of Bedford, Andrew [Charles] Thornton of Maloy, George [Carl] Thornton of Marysville, Calif.; also by three grandchildren.

As a young girl Mrs. Salen was baptized into the Christian church.

[Gardner, Roy Everett]

Clearfield Chronicle

Thursday    June 22, 1972    p. 4

Roy Gardner, Diagonal, Dies

Roy [Everett] Gardner, 74 of Diagonal passed away at his home Saturday evening. He was a retired farmer, feed salesman, and a former member of the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors.

He Is survived by his wife, Madge, five sons, Glenn of Shannon City, Ia.; Gerald of Diagonal; Wayne of Santee, Calif. and Dean of Santiago, Calif. and Marion of Humboldt; twelve grandchildren and a step grandchild, two brothers, Ed of Orient and Ross of Hutchinson, Kansas and two sisters, Mrs. Cecil Clouse of Diagonal and Mrs. Rollie Keller of Des Moines.

Final rites were conduced at 2:00 PM Tuesday from the Rhoades-Wilson funeral home in Mt. Ayr with Rev. Schwarm officiating. Burial In the Ellston cemetery.


[Bohn, John Daniel]

Clearfield Chronicle

Thursday    June 22, 1972    p. 7

John Bohn, 81, Dies at Mt. Ayr

John [Daniel] Bohn, 81, passed away Sunday morning at Mount Ayr, where he had been making his home for the last two years. He was a retired farmer and had lived in the Diagonal community before going to Mount Ayr.

Mr. Bohn is survived by two sons, William D. Bohn of Diagonal and Wayne Bohn of Fort Madison; a daughter, Mrs. Gene (Clella) Gunsolley of Diagonal; six grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Gray of Lamoni and Mrs. Mary Patrick of Independence, Mo.

His wife, Elma, preceded him in death in 1967.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 P.M. Tuesday at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Mount Ayr. Burial was in the Lamoni cemetery.


[Wood, Preston Dexter]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 15, 1972    p. 6

Final Rites For Centenarian P. D. Wood

Final rites for Preston Dexter Wood, centenarian of Bedford, were held June 9 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Carl Cummings officiating. Mr. Wood died at Thogmartin Care and Keep Home in Bedford June 7, 1972, at the age of 100 years, four months and 28 days. Interment was at Clearfield Cemetery, Clearfield.

Preston Dexter Wood, son of Lemuel Dexter Wood and Mary Smuck Wood, was born near Cromwell, Iowa, January 9, 1872.

As a young man he moved with his parents by covered wagon to Kansas where the family resided for a short time and then returned to live in the Clearfield community where he grew to adulthood.

He was united in marriage to Minnie Alice Cochran on May 29, 1894 in Ringgold County, Iowa, and to them were born five children to bless their home. Mrs. Wood passed away September 18, 1937.

He was united in marriage to Gertrude Gohn Hamm March 15, 1947 and she passed away December 15, 1970.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Mrs. Elsie Wilson, and her husband Paul Wilson.

Of the eight brothers and sisters of his family only one remains, Mrs. Blanche Phelan of Lincoln, Nebraska; his surviving children are: Mrs. Glenna Wyant and her husband, Hugh Wyant, of Lenox; Mrs. Mary Ellen Bentley and her husband, A. M. Bentley, of Lenox; L. Banks Wood and his wife, Velma, of Diagonal, Ia.; and Donald E. Wood and his wife, Muriel, of Bedford; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; step children, Mrs. Mae Bailey, Strawberry Plains, Tenn.; Mrs. Edith Wilson, Clarinda; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gohn, Woodward, Ia.; Mrs. Mary Gohn and two daughters, Kathy and Loretta, Madrid, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gohn, Perry, Ia.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends who will cherish his memory.

He engaged in farming for many years and enjoyed the farm and the challenge that it gave to produce and provide so well for his family he dearly loved. In later life he was active in real estate and worked as a feed salesman, where he made many friends.

He was a member of the Methodist Church. Few people are privileged to live over 100 years and he enjoyed this long gift of life.


[Philpott, Edith Ellen Alvord]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    December 3, 1931    p. 6


Mrs. [Ammon] Roe Philpott [Edith Ellen Alvord] passed, away Friday evening, Nov. 20, at her home at Wakeeney, Kansas. Mrs. Philpott has many friends here, as they were at one time residents of Siam.


[Schultz, Melissa Akers]

Clearfield Enterprise

Thursday    March 28, 1935    p. 2

The funeral of Mrs. Henry C. Schultz [Melissa J. Akers] was held at the home S. W. of Lenox on last Friday. She died on Tuesday, aged 72 years, 5 months. The burial was in Lenox Cemetery.


[Schultz, Melissa Akers]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 4, 1935    p. 8



Was Ill Seven Weeks—Burial In Fairview

Mrs. Henry Shultz [Melissa J. Akers], 72, died at her home Wednesday evening, March 20, after an illness of seven weeks. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, Henry Shultz, and two daughters, Miss Flossie Shultz [Schultz] and Miss Edna Shultz [Schultz]. Two children, one son, John, and a daughter, Evelyn, preceded her in death. One brother also survives. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the home southwest of Lenox. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.


[Willard, Ed, Mrs.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 4, 1935    p. 5

Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Beck and Mr. and Mrs Allen Barnes attended the funeral services for Mrs. Ed Willard in Hopkins Monday afternoon.


[Willard, Ed, Mrs.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 4, 1935    p. 5

W. [illiam] D. [aniel] McMaster attended the funeral services for Mrs. Ed Willard, which were held in Hopkins Monday afternoon.


[Kessler, Donald]

Clearfield Chronicle

Thursday    February 13, 1969    p. 5

Diagonal News

Donald Kessler Dies At Wichita

Donald Kessler, a former resident of Diagonal, Iowa, passed away at the hospital in Wichita, Kansas recently following an extended illness.

Mr. Kessler is survived by his widow, two children and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Wichita, Kansas. Three brothers, Harold (Red) Kessler and George Kessler both of Creston, Iowa and A. J. (Buck) Kessler of Diagonal and two sisters, Mrs. Bill (Hildreth) Davis of Diagonal and Mrs. Don Morrow of Seneca, Illinois.

Last rites were conducted at Wichita and burial there also.


[Young, Flay Kenneth]

Clearfield Chronicle

Thursday    February 13, 1969    p. 5

Diagonal News

Flay K. Young, 65, Dies After Illness of Two Months’ Duration

Flay Kenneth Young, son of Kenneth Eugene and Gertrude Edwards Young, was born near Casey, Iowa on June 12,1903 and departed from this life at the Rosary Hospital in Corning, Iowa on February 2,1969 at the age of 65 years, 7 months and 20 days.

He moved with his family to Ringgold county when a boy; he attended school at Corinth and at Knowlton when the family moved there before moving to Diagonal. He attended Diagonal high school, graduating with the class of 1923.

October 28,1925, he was united in marriage to Berenice Bailey and they made their home in the Diagonal community while engaged in farming until becoming seriously ill two months ago.

Two sons were born to the Youngs, David of Diagonal and John of Kabul, Afghanistan. His survivors include his wife, his sons, his daughters-in-law, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by three sisters. He also leaves to mourn his passing, nephews and one niece and many cousins as well as a host of friends.

He was a member of the Diagonal Presbyterian Church, and the I.O.O.F. Lodge.

Final rites were conducted from the Presbyterian Church in Diagonal February 4th with Rev. George McMullen officiating with burial in the Bethel cemetery.

Darl Bell of Creston and Bob McMath of Clearfield sang, accompanied by Mrs. Claire Newton at the piano. Casket bearers were Ivan Hansell, Elmer Reece, Carrol Matthews, Hugh Schlapia, Ronald Beymer and Gaylan Bell.


[Fabricius, James Hansen]

Clearfield Chronicle

Thursday    February 13, 1969    p. 6

James Fabricius, 64, Died Unexpectedly Friday Evening

James Hansen Fabricius, son of Mads [Jensen] and Margaret [Sorenson] Fabricius, was born in Audubon, Iowa, on June 28th, 1904 and passed away at his home south-east of Clearfield, Iowa, on Friday night, January 31st, 1969, of a heart condition. He had by the time of his death attained the age of 64 years, 7 months and 3 days.

He lived part of his life in Irwin, Iowa, and [the] Lenox community. He lived near Lenox, Iowa, during his early school life and attended the Lenox High School, graduating from there in 1923.

He life was spent in farming and [he] farmed for a number of years south-east of Clearfield and here is where he passed away in his farm home. Due to ill health he was forced to quit farming a little over a year ago.

He enjoyed hunting as a sport and pastime in his life.

On April 30, 1933, in the Church Parsonage in Creston Iowa, he was united in marriage to Miss Orda Baughman of Diagonal, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Orda; one brother, George Fabricius of Oregon state; one sister, Mrs. Anna McMurphy of Kidder, Missouri; nieces, nephews, cousins and many neighbors and a host of friends.

He will be missed by his wife and all who knew him. He was kind and a considerate person, and a fine farmer of the Community.

Last rites were held on Monday, February 3, 1969, at 1:30 P.M. in the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, Iowa and was conducted by Rev. Clarence H. Landis of Blockton, Iowa. Burial was in the Diagonal Cemetery.

The casket bearers were Burl Mobley; Fred Siverly; Hilding Shum; Jesse Stephens, Gene Gunsolley and Jim George.


[Widner, Amelia Brown]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 6, 1937    [p. 1]

Former Resident Dies At   Adrian, Missouri

Mrs. Al [len] H. Widner, a former resident of Bedford, died at her home in Adrian, Mo., Friday, April 30. The funeral services were held at Adrian Sunday afternoon and burial was also made at that place.

Mrs. Widner will be remembered in Bedford as Miss Amelia Brown. Mr. Widner died several years ago. She is survived by a daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Rexroad of Adrian, and by one grandson, Perry Allen Rexroad.


[Barks, Ethel Effie Annette Churchill]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 6, 1937    [p. 1]

Mrs. Noah Barks, 68, died at her home in Bedford Friday, Apr. 30, after an illness of several months.

The funeral services were held at the Church of Christ Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck.    Burial was   in   the Hopkins cemetery.

[Ethel] Effie Annette Churchill, daughter of Andrew H. [arvey] and Nancy Jane [Routh] Churchill, was born on a farm near Galesburg, Ill., Dec. 18, 1868. When about twelve years of age she moved with her parents to Nodaway County, Mo., locating near Hopkins.

Sept. 19, 1888 she was married to Noah Barks at Bedford, Iowa To them were born three children, Myrtle M. Barks of Bedford, Guy R. [ex] Barks of Creston and Kenneth E. [stel] Barks of Sheridan, Mo.

Surviving with    the    husband and three children are two sisters, Mrs. George Ray [Pearl Wray] of Sierra Madre, Calif., and    Mrs.    Harry Cowen of   Sheridan, Mo.; three brothers, Dallas    Churchill    and Seldon    Churchill    of    Sheridan, Mo., and L. [loyd] M. [elvin] Churchill of Fort Morgan, Colo. ;  also three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Mrs. Barks made her confession of faith with the Church of Christ more than forty-four years ago. In 1919 she placed her membership with the Bedford Church of Christ and remained a devoted and faithful member   until   her death.


[Churchill, Andrew Harvey]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    March 11, 1926    p. 8

Obituary—A. H. Churchill.

Andrew Harvey Churchill was born September 12, 1842, in Oneida county,

New York, and departed this life February 21, 1926, at Hopkins, Mo., aged 83 years, 5 months and 9 days. He was married to [Frances] Millie Churchill in 1864 near Galesburg, Ill. To this union was born one son, Ishmal [Ishmael] E. The wife departed this life in 1866, and on February 26, 1868, he was married to Nancy J. [ane] Routh, near Shanghai, Warren Co., Ill., and resided near Galesburg, Ill., until 1882 when he moved with his family to a farm near Hopkins, where he lived 28 years. In 1896 he united with the Adventist church of which he remained a consistent member. He left the farm and moved to Sheridan, Mo., where he lived 12 years, leaving there in 1922 to move to Hopkins where he lived till his death. He leaves to mourn his departure eight children, four sons and four daughters. One preceded him to the great beyond. The living children were here to help care for him during his last sickness. The children are: E. [stal], D. [allas] L. [udelbert] and S. [eldon] M. [arion] of Sheridan; Mrs. Pearl Wray and Mrs. Gladys Cowen, of Hopkins; L. [loyd] M. [elvin] of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; Mrs. Bertha [Alma] Hunt, Neville, Canada, and Mrs. Effie Barks, Bedford, Iowa. He has 25 grandchildren and two great grandchildren and two sisters living in Galesburg, Ill. During his sickness and suffering he was always thinking and asking for his wife and family. He was a loving husband and father, a good neighbor and was always honest and upright in all his business affairs.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon by Rev. Harman, pastor of the Christian church and burial took place in Hopkins cemetery. —Hopkins Journal.


[Smith, Elmedia “Media” Harris]

Clearfield Enterprise

Thursday    April 29, 1926    p. 5

Mrs. Bessie Abarr only reached Centerville last week a short time before her sister died. Mrs. Media [Elmedia Harris] Smith lived at Mystic and was a widow. The funeral was on Monday and Mrs. Abarr returned that evening to Diagonal with her sister, Mrs. [Adam] Woods [Martha Louise Harris].


[Kauble, Dorothy Brown]

Blockton News

Thursday    June 23, 1927    [p. 1]

Mrs. Dorothy Kauble Dead

Mrs. Dorothy [Brown] Kauble, widow of the late B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Kauble, passed away at her home near Athelstan Monday about noon after a several weeks illness. She was about 83 years of age. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

[Kauble, Dorothy Brown]

Blockton News

Thursday    June 30, 1927    p. 5


Dorothy Brown was born in Johnson County, Indiana, Feb. 11, 1844, and departed this life June 20, 1927, at her home near Athelstan, Iowa, aged 83 years, 4 months and 9 days.

In 1855 she moved to Iowa with her parents, who located in Jackson Township, Taylor County, where she grew to womanhood.

On June 17, 1866, she was married to B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Kauble at the home of her parents, Elias and Margaret [Messersmith] Brown, near Platteville and moved to their home near Athelstan where she lived the remainder of her life—61 years. To this union 11 children were born. Four children died in their infancy and Smith E. [lias] at the age of 21 years. The following children survive her: Mrs. J. W. Kobbe [Hannah Ada], of Livingston, Montana; Mrs. Frank Campbell [Mary Elizabeth] and [Olive] Anna Kauble, of Athelstan, Mrs. C.[harles] E. Williams [Dorothy Margaret], of Olmitz, Kansas; Frank Kauble, Jr., of Worthington, Minnesota, and William [Andrew] Kauble, of Denver, Colorado. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, and one sister and brother, Mrs. E. [dward] B. [ristow] Johnston [Nancy Ellen] of Blockton and William Brown of Cody, Wyoming. Her husband, B. [enjamin] F.[ranklin] Kauble, preceded her in death March 26, 1925.

On June 17, 1916, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and received the congratulations of their numerous friends on this occasion.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. B. Osborne of New Market, an old friend of the family, June 22, 1927, after which the remains were laid to rest in Platteville cemetery.

A large host of friends and neighbors were in attendance to pay their tribute of respect and esteem to her whom they had known so long and well. The music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Watson, Mrs. S. M. Churchill and Arthur Young, with Mrs. Glee Bainum at the piano. The hymns sung were "It is Well With My Soul," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and "When My Soul Reaches Home." Scripture reading was from Rev. 21:2. The floral offerings, which were very beautiful, were borne by four cousins of the deceased---Clara, Lydia and Elzava Kauble and Hazel Wells. The pallbearers were S. M. Raper, M. M. Hennegin, M. A. Jenkins, A. J. Rusco, F. W. Osmond and J. H. Freemyer.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved ones in this their time of sorrow. We commend them to the kind loving Father who will never leave nor forsake them.

[Kauble, Dorothy Brown]

Blockton News

Thursday      June 30, 1927     p. 4

Frank Kauble returned to his home at Worthington, Minnesota, Saturday, having been called here by the illness and death of his mother, Mrs. Dorothy [Brown] Kauble.

[Cooksey, Jonathan]

Blockton News

Thursday    June 23, 1927    [p. 1]

In Memory of

The Blockton Rose Hill Cemetery board recently had a neat marker placed at the graves of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Cooksey with the following inscription: "In

Honor of Grandfather and Grandmother Cooksey." As we understand it the original Rose Hill cemetery plot of one acre was given for cemetery purposes by Mr. and Mrs., Jonathan Cooksey, who were among the early settlers of Mormontown, now Blockton.


[Johnston, Sarah Elizabeth Flick]

Blockton News

Thursday    June 23, 1927    [p. 1]

Mrs. W. F. Johnston Dead

Arthur Flick, of Redding, was called to Oswego, Kansas, the last of the week by the death of his aunt, Mrs. W. [illiam] F. [rancis] Johnston, who passed away at her home in that city, Thursday, June 16. Mrs. Johnston was formerly Mrs. Sarah [Elizabeth] Flick and a sister of Hon. J. [ames] P. [atton] Flick of Bedford, and the late John Flick, Mrs. W. [yatt] D.  Blakemore [Mary Flick] and William H.[erron] Flick. Mrs. Johnston had been a subscriber on this paper for the past twenty-seven years.


[Downing, Frank]

Blockton News

Thursday    June 23, 1927    [p. 1]

Frank Downing Dead.

A telegram was received by M. E. Roof, of the First National Bank, yesterday morning from Mrs. Frank Downing of Aberdeen, South Dakota, stating that her husband passed away Tuesday evening at 9 o'clock, and that funeral services would be held at Sheridan, Mo. Mr. Downing became ill about six weeks ago while at Ellendale, North Dakota, and went to the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. J. Johansen, at 913 7th Avenue, S. E., Aberdeen, South Dakota, and later was taken to the hospital.


[Downing, Frank]

Blockton News

Thursday    June 30, 1927    p. 8


Frank Downing was born in Taylor County, Iowa, March 18, 1866, and died June 21, 1927, at the St. Luke's Hospital, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, aged 61 years, 3 months and 3 days.

He was united in marriage to Emma Siddens October 3, 1894. To this union one child was born, Ocle Fern Johansen, of Aberdeen, South Dakota. His wife died Jan. 1, 1868. He was again united in marriage to Birdella Messman, July 3, 1901. He leaves to mourn his departure, his beloved wife, one daughter, his aged father, J. W. Downing, and two brothers, Alfred and Joseph Downing, all of Sheridan, Mo., his mother, four sisters, and two brothers having gone on before him. He also leaves a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

He and his wife left their home near Blockton a year ago last March to go to the bedside of his sick daughter, and never returned to his home.  He was taken sick with heart trouble, and was taken to the home of his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Johansen, and was then taken to St. Luke's Hospital five days before his death, being ill seven weeks. The best physicians that could be had at Aberdeen attended him, and everything was done that loving hands could do. He was a kind husband, loving father, and loved and respected by all who knew him. He had a friendly hand and cheerful word for all.

The funeral services were held in the Christian church in Sheridan June 24, 1927, conducted by Challie E. Graham, assisted Earl B. Clark, the minister of the church. A large number of friends and old neighbors were present to pay their tribute of respect. The remains were laid to rest in the Luteston cemetery beside his departed companion. The music was furnished by A. N. Young, Mrs. Florence Churchill, and Willis C. Watson and wife, Mrs. Glee Bainum presiding at the piano. The hymns sang were 'Does Jesus Care," "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder," and “Face to Face." The pallbearers were Beryl, Earl and Johnnie Downing, and Victor Boring, Joe Copple and Raleigh Cooper.

The many friends extend their loving sympathy to all the bereaved ones. May the Lord richly comfort and bless them, and guide them safely home to Him, where there are no tears and bereavements, but joy and life eternal.