Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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Barrans. Marge Van Houten

Mrs Marge Barrans, 87, a well know resident of Lenox, died at a Clarinda hospital at 1:30 am Sunday after an extended illness.

Services were held Wednesday at the Bender Funeral Home, Rev Burton C Collier, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs Marge Barrans, the daughter of Selina Abigail Jenks and George H Van Houten, was born October 16, 1871 about three miles southwest of Lenox.  Born in a pioneer county of pioneer parents, she was third in a family of twelve.

Before her marriage to William Barrans on September 6, 1893, she attended Iowa State College for a short time, and taught school. With the exception of two intervals between 1882 and 1885, when her father was a publisher at Bedford, she lived all of| her life in or near


She is survived by four sons, William of Baltimore, Md, Clifford of Chewelah, Wash, George of Lenox and James of Pasadena, Calif; a daughter, Mrs Nellie McGrath of Lincoln, Nebr; 18 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death in


She also leaves three sisters and two brothers: Abi Dawson of Sprague, Wash.; Bessie Leonard of Smartville, Cal.; Mary Bell of Walworth, Wis. Martel B. Van Houten of Bellingham Wash; Arthur W Van Houten of Davenport, Iowa.

Mrs Barrans was an active member of the Methodist Church, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Eastern Star and the W.U.T.U. She had a large stamp collection on which she had spent much time. She also was known as a musician and she had written a

number of articles which had been published in magazines. She was well versed in the history of the town and willingly told about it to school children.

In failing health these last three years, death came at 1 a m Sunday, May 3 at the age of 87 years, 6 months and 17 days.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday May 7. 1959

Baumann, Ethel Harrison -

Mrs Emery Baumann, Wellsville, Kan., died Sunday in a Kansas City hospital. She had undergone surgery recently. The former Ethel Harrison, she leaves her husband, three daughters and three sons. They are cousins of Arthur Baumann of Lenox and have visited here

often. Emery was born and grew up on a farm 8 miles east of Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 5, 1959

Bouton, Walter G. -

Walter G. Bouton, the son of Vaughn G. Bouton and Ella L. Bush, was born July 22, 1882, at Bedford, in Taylor County, Ia.

He was married January 25 1918, to Mary Nave in Bedford.  A

farmer throughout his lifetime, he farmed five miles south of Lenox after leaving Bedford. The last 28 years have been spent near Princeville, Ill.

Preceding him in death, were his mother and father, and his

wife Mary, in 1950. Also a stepdaughter, Mrs Opal Terry.

Those remaining to mourn his passing include two daughters:

Lois (Mrs James Libbey) of Spring Valley, Ill. and Luelia (Mrs Richard Barron) of Inglewood, Calif. Two sons; Cecil, of Alta, Ill. Elvin of Monica, Ill. and one sister-in-law, Mrs Mattie Reed of Lenox.

There are nine grandchildren and  seven great grandchildren.

Mr Bouton was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Princeton, Ill.  He has been hospitalized these last six months after suffering a stroke.  Death came on Friday May 15, 1959 at the age of 76 years, 9 months and 23 days.

Graveside services were held at Fairview Cemetery Tuesday May 19, the Rev. B C Collier officiating.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday May 28, 1959

Bryant, Grant A. -

Grant A Bryant, 90, a resident of this community most of his life, died Friday in a nursing home. Services were held from the Bender Funeral home Monday, Apr 20, the Rev Robert Duckett officiating. Interment was in the Lenox cemetery.


Grant A. Bryant, the son of David and Margaret Bryant, was born May 7, 1868 near Cameron, Illinois, and departed this life April 17, 1959 at Indianola at the age of ninety years, eleven months and ten days.

February 25, 1892, he and Clara Emily Brown were wed at Lenox. To this union were born four children, Glenn L of Des Moines, Clarence Walter, Emily Ann, and Nellie Ruth Mead of Port Orchard, Wash. His wife Clara, Clarence and Emily, preceded him in passing.

With the exception of four years living near Edgeley, North Dakota, his life was spent in the vicinity of or in Lenox. Most of his active life was devoted to farming. The last five years, due to failing health, he

lived with Glenn and Ethel Bryant or under nursing care in

Des Moines.

Surviving his passing besides Glenn and Ruth are his grandchildren,

Robert Bryant and family. West Des Moines, W Ernest Bryant and family, Indianola, James Mead and family, Los Angeles, California, Beverly Smith and family and Willard Dean Mead and family, both of

Port Orchard, Wash. These families include eight great grand-children, two daughters-in-law, Ethel and Nellie Bryant, one son-in-law, Harold D, Mead and several nieces and nephews in Illinois, Missouri and California. Grant has been a member of the Lenox Christian Church since marriage in 1892, serving as a deacon for several years.

He will be missed by those who knew him best. His passing

serves to remind us that our days and opportunities here are limited.

Those from out of town attending the memorial service included George Coons, Council Bluffs, Margaret Cowell, Detroit Mich., Mr and Mrs Roy Guenther, Mr and Mrs Leo Guenther, Mr and Mrs Lowell

Guenther, Fred Guenther, Mr and Mrs Harold Stinson all of Galesburg, Ill., Mr and Mrs Raymond Miller, Excelsior Springs,

Mo., Mr and Mrs Lloyd Waynick, Kansas City.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 23, 1959

Carlton, Jean R -

Funeral services for Jean Carlton, 74, of Creston will be at Bender Funeral Home Friday, May 29, 2 p m. The body will lie in state from 1 until 2. Burial will be at Clearfield.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday May 28, 1959

Carlton, Jean R. -

Jean R Carlton of 300 Division St, Creston died May 26 at the SUI hospital after a two year illness. He was born Aug. 7, 1884 in Ringgold Co., the son of David and Florence Jackson Carlton.

Dec 25, 1910 he was married at Lenox to Goldie Alderson. He

was preceded in death by a daughter Louise who died at 17,

and a son Tom who was killed in action with the Marines in


Survivors include his widow, his mother-in-law, Mrs Florence

Minor and daughter-in-law, Ethel Brady.

Mr Carlton was a farmer most of his life. He was a member of

the Methodist Church at Creston and the Masonic Lodge of


Funeral services were at Benders May 29 with burial at Clearfield.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday June 4, 1959

Gordon, R E -

R E Gordon, 90, former Lenox fanner died at his home in Los

Angeles, Calif., on Tuesday. His wife and 3 sons preceded him

in death. One brother, A L Gordon of Lenox survives.

The funeral and burial were in Los Angeles, Calif., Thursday.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 19, 1959

Gray, E. R. -

E R Gray, 65, of Des Moines suffered a heart attack Sunday morning after shoveling snow and died enroute to a hospital.  He was the father of Mrs Forrest Whipp, and a former resident of Greenfield and Corning.

He is survived by his widow, Dorothy and two daughters, Mrs

Whipp and Mrs Mildred Lobach of  Englewood, Cal.; also 3 grand- children.

Services were at the Arnold Funeral home in Des Moines

Wednesday and burial at Glidden, Iowa

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 19, 1959

Harover, G. T. -

G T Harover, 67, brother of Champ Harover, passed away at the hospital in Red Oak Friday, Feb. 13. He had suffered a stroke in October and had been bedfast since.

Surviving are his wife, a son, two sisters and two brothers. Funeral services were at Henderson Sunday; Those attending from this vicinity were Mr and Mrs Champ Harover, Mr and Mrs Bill Harover of Mt Ayr, Leland Hegwood, James Calvin, Gene Holben and Lowell Bush

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 19, 1959

Herring, Dick -

Services were held Tuesday, Apr. 28 at the Bender Funeral

home for Dick Herring, 77, who died Sunday. Rev Robert Duckett

officiated at the services.

Mr Herring was born May 15, 1880 in Mt Airy, N. Car. He had

never married. He made his home in the Geo Barrans shop and later stayed at the hotel. He worked for Barrans and for the Key and Brown families.

Survivors include several nieces in North Carolina.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 30, 1959

Hunter, Mayme Grace Christy –

Mrs Lonnie Hunter passed away Thursday morning at the Rosary hospital. The body is at the Bender Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon, Feb. 21 at

2 o'clock at the Bender Funeral Home.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 19, 1959

Hunter, Mayme Grace Christy –

Mayme Grace Christy, daughter of William and Mary Christy

was born January 18, 1883 in Lenox, Iowa and passed away

at the Rosary Hospital in Corning on the 19th day of February 1959 at the age of 76 years and one month. She suffered a stroke Tuesday, night after retiring and was taken to the hospital and passed away without regaining consciousness Thursday morning.

She was united in marriage to Lon Hunter on the 14th day of March 1907.  To this union were born one daughter Bernice and one son George. She leaves surviving of her immediate family her husband, Lonnie Hunter daughter Bernice and son-in-law Edd Ryan, one

grandson Jack Ryan and one granddaughter Virginia Ryan. George Hunter having preceded her in death, at the age of ten years. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Elrod and Edward Christie.

She was a member of the Blue Grove Church until moving to Lenox and she then moved her membership to the Christian Church where she enjoyed being active in the circles. An added enjoyment to her life were her wonderful neighbors.

She leaves to mourn her passing a number of nieces and nephews, other close relatives and a host of friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 26, 1959

Johnson, Emma Anderson -

Mrs Emma Anderson Johnson 87, of Bellingham, Wash., suffered

a stroke Feb. 12 and passed away Feb. 23. She came to Lenox with her family from Illinois in 1894, and graduated from Lenox high school in 1898.  She taught school in this vicinity and helped her father in his shoe store which was in the building where Brickers are now.

Later she went to Washington, where she continued to teach


Survivors include her husband, J T Johnson, a daughter, Mrs Esther Jacobson, a son, Paul all of Bellingham, several grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Clark Moore of Lenox is a nephew.

Mrs Johnson was here in September, 1956, attending the 58tih anniversary of her graduating class.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 5, 1959

Madden, John M. -

John M Madden, 77, died at a Creston nursing home Saturday.

Funeral services were at Creston Tuesday with burial in the Lenox cemetery.

Mr Madden was the son of Edmond and Alice Greenland Madden. He was born July 20, 1881. He had never married and spent most of 'his life on a farm.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs J E (Sarah) Hughes and a nephew James E. Hughes of Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 19, 1959

MacFarland, John -

One driver was killed instantly and the other was in Rosary

hospital with injuries after a two car collision at the Junction

of 34 and 49 at Stringtown Friday afternoon. John MacFarland,

78, who lived four miles north of Hwy 34, died instantly in the crash. He leaves his widow, a son and two daughters.

The driver of the other car, Mrs Bessie Mendenhall of Osceola,

is a teacher at Nodaway and was going home for the weekend.

The Adams county sheriff said he believed that Mr Mac-

Farland, who was going west, started to turn into a filling station driveway at Stringtown. Both cars were demolished.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 19, 1959

Mayland, Mary E. Ouderick -

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Avoca, for Mrs R E Mayland, 58. The service were it 1 pm, and graveside memorial and burial were at the Fairview Cemetery at Lenox at 3:30 pm.

Survivors include her husband, R E Mayland; two sisters Mrs Elmer Sanders of Redding and Mrs Gertrude Wilcoxson of Cameron, Mo., and one brother, Clyde Ouderkirk of Sharpsburg.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 12, 1959

Miller, Melvina Opal –

Mrs Melvina Opal Miller, 29, of Sharpsburg was fatally injured

m a two-car accident five miles southeast of Lenox Saturday

night. The accident occurred about 7:45 p. m. Mrs Miller was

taken to the Creston hospital where she died at 11:25 p. m.

Mrs Miller was riding in a car driven by her husband, James

Elvin Miller. They were going east. Duane B. Konecne of Lenox was driving north. The cars collided at the middle of the intersection.

Mr Miller suffered from shock and a cut on his right ear which

required several stitches. The Millers have three daughters,

Jayne, Cathy, and Rosie, who were not with them in the car.

Mr Konecne, who lives six miles south of Lenox, suffered bruises and cuts. He was not hospitalized. His wife and three children who were with him in the car, were not injured.

The accident occurred just south of the Cecil Wilson home on the county road which is now being used as a detour for Highway

49. Because of increased traffic on the road, stop signs have recently been changed from the north and south roads to the east-west roads.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday June 11, 1959

Nicola, Mame Maloney -

Mrs Mame Nicola, a resident of Compton, Calif., passed away

at the home of her son Ora. Services were held Friday morning

at St Philip Neri Church.

Marie Maloney was born near Sharpsburg, January 30, 1880,

and died February 18 at the age of 79 years and 18 days. She

was the daughter of Kate Roupf and John Maloney.

Survivors include two sons, Orville and Ora, two daughters Madeline McCorkle, and Patricia Helmish and six grandchildren all of Compton; two sisters, Carrie Magrath and Esther Smith of Lenox. Her husband and son Glen preceded her in death.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 12, 1959

Olds, Luther James -

Luther James Olds, son of Mr and Mrs Geo Olds was born June 14, 1900 at Gothenberg, Nebr., and passed away at the Clarinda hospital Mar. 24 1959, at the age of 58 years, 9 months and 9 days.

He suffered a severe heart attack in February, 1957, and has

been bedfast most of the time.

He was a brother of Mrs Fred Klinzman and spent some time

in her home several years ago. He was a member of the Salem

Brethren church, being baptized in the year 1931.

Luther lived most of his life in and around Corning, in 1921 he was married to Miss Madge Brown and to this union were born two sons, Homer and Luther Junior and one daughter, Irene, who preceded him in death at 9 months of age.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 2, 1959

Quinn, Dan -

Dan Quinn, 36, of 931 W 29tih St, Des Moines, died Sunday morning at Veterans hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services wore Wednesday at 11 a m, at St Patrick's church in Lenox with Father Adam Reisz officiating. Burial was in the Greenfield cemetery Wednesday at 1:30 p m. Rosary was said at the Caldwell - Brien funeral home in Des Moines at 8:15 p m, Tuesday.

Mr Quinn was born at Stuart, Iowa. He had been a farmer near Lenox until a year ago when he moved to Des Moines.  Survivors are his wife, Vada; 4 sons, Dennis, Jeffrey, Timothy, Terry; 1 daughter, Deborah, all of Des Moines. One son preceded him in death. He was a son-in-law of Mr and Mrs Dewey Evans near Lenox. One brother and 4 sisters also survive.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday May 28, 1959

Recknor, Bessie -

Mrs Etta Black has received word that her sister-in-law, Mrs

Bessie Recknor, died at her home in New Richland, Minn. Funeral

services were Saturday at 2 p. m. Mrs Recknor's husband, Ernest,

preceded her in death on March 15, 1959.

Survivors: 1 son, Lester; 1 daughter, Mrs Viroqua Krugar; a number of brothers and sisters.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 9, 1959

Reeve, Laura Elizabeth Porter -

Funeral services were held April 6 for Laura Reeve, 87, of Omaha. Burial was in Forest Lawn cemetery.

Laura Elizabeth Porter was born in Alexis, Ill., Jan. 7, 1872,

the daughter of William Louis Porter. The family, moved to

Taylor Co in the early 90's.

March 1, 1893, she was married at Lenox to Otis Sanson Reeve.

She moved to Omaha in 1897 and spent the rest of her there.

Surviving are two sons, Orta of Omaha and Glenn of Memphis,

Tenn. Her husband, one son and one daughter preceded her in death.

She has two living sister, Mrs May Shawler of Lenox and; Mrs

Eva Grimsley of Blackwell, Okla.

Mrs Reeve was past president of Garfield circle of GAR and past president of the War Mothers of Omaha.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday May 14, 1959

Richey, Ivan -

Ivan Richey died in San Antonio, Tex., Feb. 12. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Lawrence Richey of Shenandoah. His funeral was at Shenandoah Monday afternoon.

Among those attending the service were Mr and Mrs Glen Norton,

Mr and Mrg Fred Becherer and Mrs Ted Selders of Lenox, Mr and Mrs Ed Richey, Clearfield, Mr and Mrs Pearly Richey, Bill Becherer and Mrs Jake Larson of Sharpsburg.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 19, 1959

Schaffer, Debra Ann -

Debra Ann Schaffer, infant daughter of Mr and Mrs Dean Schaffer of Sharpsburg was born Sunday at the Rosary hospital in Corning and died Monday, February 16, 1959.

Surviving are her parents; 1 brother, Jimmy Dean of the home; paternal grandparents, Mr and Mrs Kenneth Schaffer; maternal grandparents, Mr and Mrs Marion Turnbull of Sharpsburg, and several great grandparents.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, February 17, at 2 p m,

at Fairview cemetery at Lenox, with Rev Robert Duckett officiating.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 19, 1959

Welch, Chester Randolph -

Chester Randolph Welch, son of Denmore and Eliza Welch, was born in Adams county on December 19, 1885 and passed from this life at his home on April 7, 1959 at the age of 73 years, 3 months and 18 days. He grew to manhood in Adams county.

On October 27, 1907 he was united in marriage to Anne Maude Blair at Gravity, la. To this union was born one son, Harold. They established their home on a farm near Sharpsburg where they resided until 1916.  They moved to their present home near Lenox, where he resided until the time of his death.

He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity and a Past Master of Tremont Lodge No. 343 at Lenox.

He leaves to mourn his departure, his devoted wife and loving son, a daughter-in-law, 2 grandchildren, Twila Shepherd and Gene Welch, two great-grandchildren Terri and Ricky Shepherd, two sisters,

Stella Franck and Annie Basher of Nodaway, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, one sister

and 2 brothers. His love for his family and his devotion to his friends will be a lasting tribute to his memory.


Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 16, 1959

West , Clarence L. -

Clarence L West, 83, died at his farm home north of Stringtown

Sunday afternoon.  Funeral services were held at the Salem Chupeh of the Brethren south of Stringtown at 2 p m Tuesday. Rev Francis

Shenafelt and Rev Lutz officiated. Burial was in the Salem cemetery.

Mr West is survived by his widow; a son Lester of Prescott;

and two daughters, Mrs Francis Shenafelt of Kansas and Mrs Hazel Stauffer in Illinois.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday May 14, 1959