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[Kinnison, Kenneth DeHaven]

Bedford Times-Press

September 4, 1980    p. 3

Kenneth Kinnison Rites Held Aug. 24

Funeral services for Kenneth DeHaven Kinnison, 78, of Bethany, Mo., were held August 24 in the Roberson Funeral Chapel in Bethany with the Rev. Bill Briley in charge. Mr. Kinnison died August 21, 1980 in the Bethany Hospital. Interment was in South Point Cemetery, Orrick, Mo.

Kenneth DeHaven Kinnison was born at Bedford, Ia. on June 27, 1902. He was the son of Abraham and Anna Mathers Kinnison. He grew up in the Bedford area and was a 1918 graduate of Bedford High School. He had lived in Bethany for many years and was the former owner of Bethany Falls Concrete Company.

Survivors include his wife, Penny, of the home; five grandchildren, Peter, Kenneth, Michael and Dan Troy, and Mrs. Randy Prinz; a brother, Virgil Mathers Kinnison of Ottawa, Kans., other relatives and friends.


 [Carr, Frank]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 6, 1939    p. 4

Frank Carr Dies In Denver, Colo.

Frank Carr, former resident of Gravity, where he was in charge of the H & S railroad station for many years, died in Denver, Colo., Saturday, July 1.

He was reared in the vicinity of Conway, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. [ustin] Carr [Martha Ellen Silvers], pioneers in the county.

For many years Mr. Carr had been in the Denver office of the Denver & Rio Grande railroad, and was active and at his desk until within a few weeks of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Julia; sons, Paul Carr of Glendale, Calif., and Neil Carr of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Mrs. Lyle Hewitt [Mollie] of Denver; sisters, Mrs. Eva Lake of Bedford, Mrs. L. E. Phillips [Lenora] of Bartlesville, Okla., and Mrs. Irving E. [llsworth] Putnam [Icae] of Sioux Falls, S. Dak.

Mr. Carr had a host of friends in Taylor County, which locality he always called home and to which he gave an unstinted loyalty. His home in Denver was a rendezvous for many former Conwayites.

The funeral services were held in Denver Monday and burial was at Denver near his brother Ed Carr, who died three years ago.


[Bowman, Inez Holmes]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday    July 6, 1939    p. 3

Mrs. W. C. Bowman.

Inez G. Holmes was born in Virginia, December 21, 1856 and died Sunday, June 18, 1939 in Shannon City, Ia. at the age of 82 years, 5 months and 27 days.

After the Civil War ended she came with her family to Ohio and there she was married November 19, 1876 to Wilson C. [lark] Bowman.

They came to Iowa in 1885 and Blockton was their home for many years. Mr. Bowman died in October 1936 and Mrs. Bowman has spent most of her time with her children.

She is survived by three children, Mrs. C. [reston] E. [arl] Finch [Della] of Shannon City, John [Wesley] of California and Clifford [Dewey] of Blockton.

She also leaves eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A sister also resides in Baltimore, Md.

Funeral services were held in Blockton Tuesday from the Methodist church, conducted by the Rev. W. H. Warrior. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Bowman, Wilson Clark]

Blockton News

Thursday    October 15, 1936    p. 4

Among the large number from other points attending the funeral of W. [ilson] C.[lark] Bowman were H. A. Shay and wife, of Des Moines; R. O. Shay, of St. Joseph; L. E.  Shay, of Atchison, Kansas; Omar Varner and family, of Diagonal; Frank Varner and wife, Chas. and Roy Deibert and wives, and Mrs. Daisy Hoover, of Delphos; A. L. Hamblin, wife and daughter, Esther, of Sharpsburg; O. C. Hull and wife, of Kellerton; W. W. Poore and family, of Mt. Ayr; Mrs. Ruth Bruner of Conway, and Mrs. Will Keith, Mrs. Joe Keith and Mrs. Sile Keith and the numerous Keith families of Bedford.


[Bowman, Wilson Clark]

Blockton News

Thursday    October 8, 1936    [p. 1]

W. C. Bowman Dead

W. [ilson] C. [lark] Bowman, who has been bedfast for over eight years, passed away at his home here at 11 o'clock Tuesday evening. He was aged 82 years, 10 months and 19 days. He was born Nov. 17, 1853.


[Bowman, Wilson Clark]

Blockton News

Thursday    October 15, 1936    p. 5


Wilson Clark Bowman was born in Wellsville, West Virginia, Nov. 17, 1853, and passed away at his home in Blockton Oct. 6, 1936, at the age of 82 years, 10 months and 19 days.

He was one of a family of 7 children, 4 girls and 3 boys.

He came with his parents to Brownsville, Ohio, when quite young and here he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Inez Holmes Nov. 19, 1876. To this union was born 7 children, 4 of them have preceded him in death, Mrs. Gussie Marshall, Burnell at the age of 8 months, Wilson at the age of 9 years, and an infant. The ones remaining are Mrs. Della Finch of Shannon City, John [Wesley] of California, and Clifford [Dewey] of Blockton.

Mr. and Mrs. Bowman came to Iowa in 1885. They have resided in Blockton for 14 years and if death had not entered their home they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November.

When a young man he was converted and joined the Methodist church and lived a consistent Christian the remainder of his life. He was a member of the church board and an usher of the church for many years. He planted the maple tree at the corner of the Methodist church and it stands today as a memorial to him. As long as health permitted he was a regular attendant of all the church services and helped in every way possible with the church activities.

Eight years ago last April his health failed and since that time he has been a helpless invalid, but has always been a cheerful, patient sufferer, always greeting his loved ones and friends with a smile. To know him was to love him and no one could ever come away from his bedside, without being cheered and uplifted by the radiance that beamed in his eyes and face, tho not being able to speak.

During all these years he has been cared for by his faithful wife, and altho at times it was very hard for her, she stayed by him to the end and God saw fit to answer her prayer that her life might be spared to care for him. The children were also faithful in the care of their father and helped to lighten the burdens of their parents in the eight long years of affliction.

He leaves behind the loving wife and mother, the 3 children, 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Anna Morehead of Glenford, Ohio, and Mrs. Clarence Harvey of Chicago; also a host of friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior, and burial in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.


[Bowman, Clifford Dewey]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 2, 1979    p. 9

Final Rites Held In Bedford For Clifford Bowman

Funeral services for Clifford Dewey Bowman, 81, of Bedford, held July 30 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were officiated by Rev. Mel Smith. Mr. Bowman died July 27, 1979 in Bethesda Care Center in Clarinda, Iowa, where he had been staying for the past two months. Bedford American Legion Post 164 presented military honors at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Clifford Dewey Bowman, son of W. [ilson] C. [lark] Bowman and Inez Holmes, was born at Blockton, Iowa on May 7, 1898. He lived in Blockton, where he attended school and enlisted in the Armed Services after graduating from high school. After WWI Cliff was a substitute mail carrier and farmed.

On June 4, 1929, Cliff married Lorna Hamblin, and to this union two children were born. They lived on a farm near Blockton and later moved to a farm near Bedford, and in 1966 moved into Bedford.

Cliff was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a 50-year member of the Masons.

He suffered a stroke in October of 1961. Cliff lost his speech but made the best of it and enjoyed family and friends. They traveled a lot until 1976, when Cliff had a heart attack, and had been in the wheelchair and bed-fast since. He always enjoyed company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers and an infant son.

Cliff is survived by his wife, Lorna of Bedford; daughter, Beverly; son-in-law, Lewis James Stockwell; a grandson, Craig Allen and a granddaughter, Brenda Lynn all of Lakewood, Colorado; some nieces and nephews.

Cliff was kind and considerate and will be missed.


[Bowman, Lorna Hamblin]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday    July 28, 1993    p. 5


Funeral services for Lorna G. Bowman were held Tuesday, July 20, 1993 at the United Christian-Presbyterian Church in Bedford with Rev. Marcia Smith Wood officiating. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa. Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lorna Hamblin Bowman, daughter of A. [masa] L. [ewis] and Bertha [Jane Meyers] Hamblin, was born at Sharpsburg, Iowa on September 10, 1907 and departed this life July 18, 1993 at Omaha, Neb. at the age of 85.

She lived with her family on a farm outside of Sharpsburg, attended the Sharpsburg public school and the First Presbyterian Church of Sharpsburg.

She was employed as a country schoolteacher for two years southwest of Blockton. On June 4, 1929 she was united in marriage to Clifford D. [ewey] Bowman at Corning, Iowa and they farmed and raised their family outside of Blockton, Iowa.

To this union two children were born: an infant son, Russell, who passed away at birth, and a daughter, Beverly.

Lorna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clifford D. [ewey] Bowman and her sister, Esther Smith.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Beverly and her husband Jim Stockwell of Lakewood, Colo.; her grandson, Craig Stockwell of Reno, Nev.; her granddaughter Brenda Stockwell of Gurnee, Ill.; her brother Lloyd Hamblin and his wife Helen of Lenox, Iowa; and her sister, Gladys Brown of Grundy Center, Iowa.

Lorna was an elder in the United Christian-Presbyterian Church of Bedford, a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, a long-time volunteer for the Red Cross blood drive, a member of the Thursday Club, actively played in two bridge clubs, and a member of the United Christian-Presbyterian Church Women's Association.

Lorna was a positive, uncomplaining person, considerate of her husband and concerned for her family and neighbors. Her humor and love for life were gifts to all and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.


[Spriggs, Joseph]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday    March 11, 1913    [p. 1]


Joseph Spriggs, who has been very sick with pneumonia the past few weeks, died at his home south of town last Monday night at ten o'clock. Funeral services were held at the house the following Wednesday after which the remains were taken to Dallas Center cemetery for interment.


[Wickersham, Cornelia Jane “Jennie” Young]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      July 9, 1908    p. 4

Mrs. I. [saac] Wickersham [Cornelia Jane “Jennie} Young], formerly residing in this county but later of Villisca, died Sunday at her home. She was the mother of C. [ary] T. [homas] Wickersham, living northeast of Bedford.

[Brown, Elisha Samuel]

Blockton News

Thursday    February 13, 1918    p. 8


Elisha Samuel Brown was born in Jackson County, Indiana, on June 2, 1874, and passed away at St. Joseph, Mo., Friday, Feb. 8, 1918, aged 43 years, 8 months and 6 days.

He came to the vicinity of Blockton about 26 years ago. He was united in marriage to Belle Drake July 7, 1897. To this union six children were born, all of whom are living—three sons, Oral, Cecil and Gerrel and three daughters, Osle, Dorris and Vincel.

Mr. Brown was as well known as any man in Blockton, being the blacksmith of the town and doing work for people far and near. For many years Mr. Brown was chief of the local volunteer fire company. Possessing great strength and a knowledge as to how to utilize that strength to the greatest advantage he was a friend in need on a great many occasions, his time and help being freely given.

During the meetings held by Evangelists Burch and Turner last year Mr. Brown went forward and united with the Christian church and was faithful until death.

The deceased was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.

A few weeks ago it became necessary for him to submit to an operation, which was fairly successful, but he had not fully recovered. On Sunday morning, Feb. 3, he was taken suddenly with appendicitis and was taken to a hospital at St. Joseph the same afternoon. All that medical skill could do was done but it was too late. He suffered intensely but was conscious almost until the last. He realized that the end was near and said he was ready to go.  He passed away about noon, Friday, the 8th.

Besides the immediate family four brothers and four sisters are left. The brothers, J. [acob] E. [rasmus] of Blockton, and Fred, of Melbourne, were present at the funeral service; J. [ames] A. [nthony], of Cedar Falls, arrived too late for the service, and D. [avid] F. [ranklin], of Bedford, Indiana, was unable to be present. The four sisters were present: Mrs. Sarah [Ann] Scott and Mrs. Pearl Tharp, of Maloy; Mrs. Emma Swearingen, of Red Oak, and Mrs. Maude [Alice] Bean, of Lake Side, Nebraska.

The family have the sympathy of the entire community in this their sad hour of bereavement.

The funeral services were held at the Blockton Christian church, Sunday and was attended by a very large concourse of people. The funeral sermon was preached by his pastor, Rev. Jas. T. Nichols, and Evangelist Millard sang the songs he loved. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.


[Smalley, Susan Stewart]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 30, 1943    [p. 1]

Funeral of Susan Ann Smalley

Funeral services for Mrs. Susan [Stewart] Smalley, 60, who died Monday, December 10, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home on Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Archie A. Roe. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery. Obituary next week.


[Thummel, Augustus Albert]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 30, 1943    [p. 1]

A. A. Thummel, 96, Dies

A. [ugustus] A. [lbert] Thummel, 96, a retired farmer of Parnell, Missouri, died in St. Joseph Tuesday, December 21. He was the father, of Mrs. Paul Thompson [Opal Marie] of Bedford. There are also two other daughters and two sons, who survive, as well as eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


[Kemery, Frank Lamont]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 30, 1943    [p. 1]

Services for Frank L.[amont] Kemery

Funeral services for Frank L [amont] Kemery, 88, who died at his home in Jackson township Wednesday, December 22, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Friday afternoon, December 24, conducted by Rev. A A. Ross. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.    Obituary next week.

[Frank Lamont Kemery]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 23, 1943    [p. 1]

Frank L. Kemery, 64, Pioneer Resident Dies

Frank L. [amont] Kemery, 64, a resident of the Bedford community all of his life, died at his farm home in Jackson Township, Wednesday forenoon, following a heart attack.  His wife survives.

The funeral services will be held at the Wetmore Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, December 24, conducted by Rev. Archie A. Ross.  Burial will be in the Fairview cemetery.


[Frank Lamont Kemery]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 6, 1944    p. 7

Obituary - Frank L. Kemery

Frank L. [amont] Kemery, son of William and Kittie Kemery, was born April 5, 1875 and died Dec. 22, 1943, at the age of 68 years, 9 months and 22 days.

He was born in Jackson Township and had always lived on the old home place.

He was married to Daisy Nash, March 10, 1915, who survives him.  He also leaves three brothers and three sisters: Mont Kemery of Sheridan, Mrs. Mable Russell and Mrs. Bessie McCormick of Bedford, Lynn Kemery of Ravenswood, Mo., DeLay Kemery of Allendale, Mo., and Mrs. Jennie Trumbo of Bedford.  There are two half brothers and two half-sisters deceased.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Friday p.m., Dec. 24, conducted by Rev. A. A. Ross.  Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.




[Caruthers, Walter A.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 30, 1943    [p. 1]

Walter A. Caruthers Succumbs At Gravity

Walter A. Caruthers, 71, died at his home in Gravity Christmas Day, following an illness of the past two months. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Gravity on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Z. M. Bressler. Full Masonic honors were accorded by Sunlight Lodge of Gravity. Burial was in the Clarinda cemetery. Obituary next week.


[Slauson, Henry Edwin]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    October 19, 1922

Passed Over the Divide

Just as we were about to go to press, we were informed of the death of Mr. H.[enry] E. [dwin] Slauson, one of Bedford's oldest and most respected citizens, his death occurring at about the noon hour after a lingering illness of cancer of the stomach. Mr. Slauson had been a sufferer from this dread malady, but had worn a cheerful mien at all times, though knowing that death had a fast grip on his future. The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2: o'clock from the home and the remains laid to rest in Fairview cemetery. Obituary will follow next week.


[Hoxworth, James Samuel]

Bedford Times-Press

April 28, 1983    p. 4

Former Bedfordite Dies in California

James S. [amuel] Hoxworth, who was born and raised in Bedford, died April 9 in Eureka,


Mr. Hoxworth was born February 19, 1898, the son of John Milton and Jennie Hamilton Hoxworth. His father operated the C. H. Nold Lumber Co. in Bedford for many years. He was the nephew of the late Ernest Hamilton and John Hamilton, both of Bedford.

His only survivors are his sister, Janet Hoxworth Weisenreder, and a nephew, Edwin B. Weisenreder, both of 986 Wallace Dr., San Jose, Calif.


[Reynolds, Myron Thomas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 5, 1983    p. 8

Myron Reynolds, 81, Final Rites Held Here April 27

Funeral services for Myron Thomas Reynolds, 84, of Bedford, were held April 27 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings.  Military Honors were presented by Bedford American Legion Post No. 164 and Masonic Services given by Taylor Lodge No. 156 A.F. and A.M. Mr. Reynolds died April 25, 1983 in Bedford Manor. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery. Bedford.

Myron Thomas Reynolds, son of William and Genevieve Moore Reynolds, was born at Clearfield, Iowa December 11, 1898. He grew to maturity on a farm near Clearfield where he attended the public school and the Methodist Church.

On March 7, 1920 he was united in marriage to Bessie Cox in Bedford, Iowa and, with the exception of two years spent in Canada, they have resided in Bedford.

Three children were born to bless their home and to share their love: they are, Marilyn Jean, John Robert and Sharon Jane.

He was employed by Hook & Herriott Garage for several years prior to opening his own body shop which he operated until his retirement. He was the first airplane pilot to be licensed in Taylor County, in the 1920's.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church for over 50 years; a member of Taylor Lodge #156 A.F. & A.M. over 50 years, a Veteran of World War I and a member of the Bedford Gun Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Bessie of the home; three children: Marilyn and her husband, Don Newkirk; John Reynolds and his wife, Grace; Jane and her husband, Ronald Davison; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a half-brother George Reynolds; other relatives and friends.

He was a kind and considerate person to all and he will be missed by those who knew and loved him.


[Jewell, Frieda Hedge]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 5, 1983    p. 8

Fredia B. Jewell, 80, Rites Held April 12 In Fairfield, Iowa

Funeral services for Mrs. Roy M. (Fredia) Jewell, 80, of Fairfield, were held April 12 in Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield conducted by Rev. Paul Griffith. Mrs. Jewell died April 9 in Burlington Medical Center, Burlington, Iowa following a four-month illness. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield.

Fredia [Frieda] B. Jewell, daughter of David and Elizabeth Blough Hedge, was born November 18, 1902 in Fairfield, Iowa.

She married Roy M. [orris] Jewell February 20, 1927 at Ottawa, Ill. He died November 6, 1978 in Fairfield.

A former resident of Sharpsburg, Iowa, Mrs. Jewell was the mother of the late Ernest Jewell of Sharpsburg, Ottawa, Ill. and Fairfield, a sister of the late Paul Morris of Gravity, and aunt of Clara Lou Hardin of Bedford.

She is survived by two sons: Richard and Donald of Fairfield; a daughter, Erma Nelson, Burlington, Ia., and four grandchildren.

[Miller, Georgia Parker]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 5, 1983    p. 8

Final Rites Held In Bedford For Georgia Miller, 77

Funeral services for Mrs. Paul (Georgia Parker) Miller, 77, a native of Bedford, held April 29 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were officiated by Rev. Carl Cummings and Rev. Ted DeHass. Mrs. Miller died April 26, 1983 in Rosary Hospital in Corning. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Georgia Parker Miller, daughter of Thos. A.C. Parker and Mattie Fitch Parker, was born at Bedford, Iowa, May 18, 1905. She grew to maturity in Bedford where she attended the public school and was graduated from Bedford High School in 1922.

Following her graduation, she was employed by Attorney James R. Locke as legal secretary until 1925 when she attended Simpson College at Indianola, Iowa for a year. She then returned to the law office of James R. Locke until January 1929 when she was united in marriage to Paul Miller.

They resided on a farm east of Bedford following their marriage where her husband Paul was engaged in farming until his retirement. Paul died August 6, 1975.

Georgia was employed as legal secretary for Attorney James A. Lucas for 42 years, from 1933 until 1975 when she retired.

During these years she was a part of Main Street in Bedford daily and she had an opportunity to meet and make many friends.

She was active in civic affairs, community work and club work. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 50 years; she was a Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star Bedford Chapter #228; a member of the Fortnightly Club and P.E.O. Sisterhood, all in Bedford, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Left to cherish her memory are two sisters: Lois McNees of Ft. Collins, Colo, and Marie Cornell of Bedford, Iowa; a nephew, Charles Cornell and his wife Marcia of Checotah, Oklahoma; grand nieces, Sandra Carson and Krisha Hunnicutt and Marilyn Robidoux; other relatives and many friends.

She will be remembered as a kind and considerate loved one; a capable legal secretary; and a friend to everyone.


[White, Donald Charles]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 5, 1983    p. 8

Donald C. White, 74, Dies in California

Funeral services for Donald C. [harles] White, 74, of Pico Rivera, Calif., were held April 13 in Hillside Church conducted by Rev. Don McArt. Mr. White died April 8, 1983. Interment was at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Donald Smith was born in Yorktown, Iowa, in [December 16] 1908. He lived in Iowa including various places around Bedford. He was graduated from Bedford High School in 1927.

He was married to Lucille Gaddis, and they moved to California in 1943. They had two daughters: Doris Arton and Patricia Sezgrich. Both live in California.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lucille; two daughters: Doris and Patricia; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.


[Bycroft, Henry George]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 5, 1983    p. 8

Final Rites For Henry Bycroft, 74, Held In Corning

Funeral services for Henry George Bycroft, 74, of Corning were held April 28 in Goodwin-Lindsay Funeral Home in Corning officiated by Rev. Howard Wells. Mr. Bycroft died April 26, 1983 in Rosary Hospital in Corning. Interment was at Prairie Rose Cemetery in Corning.

Son of George F. [ranklin] and Minnie Groff Bycroft, Henry George Bycroft was born November 7,1908 in Taylor County, Iowa.

Henry Bycroft was married January 28, 1930 to Gladys Myrtle Hewitt in her parents' home. This union was blessed by two children: a daughter, Mary Marcia and son, Ronald.

Mr. Bycroft farmed in Taylor County his entire lifetime. He was active in Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodge for many years. He was a member of Flying Farmers of Iowa and its past president. This organization picked him International Flying Farmer in 1968. A member of Fairview Christian Church, Mr. Bycroft served on the Church Board as treasurer for many years.

Preceding him in death were his parents and an infant sister.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gladys; daughter, Mary Marcia and her husband, Dale Cerven of Corning; son, Ronald and wife, Jeannetta Bycroft, Ft. Collins, Colo.; and seven grandchildren.