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BENTLEY, Solomon M. 1854-1933


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 12/31/2014 at 00:33:05

[Waterloo Daily Courier, Tuesday, August 22, 1933, Waterloo, Iowa]


Prominent for Many Years in Social, Official and Business Circles.

S. M. Bentley, 79, formerly for 12 years Black Hawk County clerk of court, died at 1:30 p. in. Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. D. Cass, 205 Prospect Avenue. He had been ill for several months, the immediate cause of death being pneumonia. For many years he had been prominent in social, official, church, and business circles of Waterloo.

On Dec. 24, 1878, Mr. Bentley married Ida J. Stewart* at New Athens, O. Two daughters were born to the couple, who survive, together with the widow. They are Mrs. Cass and Mrs. Arta M. McCune, 516 Fourth Street East.

For several years after leaving the clerkship Mr. Bentley was connected with the construction and operation of the Cedar Valley Railway lines (W., C. F. & N.), and for several years he was secretary-treasurer of National Safety Devices company. He was vice president of Perpetual Building & Loan Co. for many years and president for the last two years.

Mr. Bentley had been deputy clerk of the courts of Black Hawk County from. June 1, 1892, until Jan. 1, 1904, when he became clerk, after being elected to that office. He served as clerk for 12 years. His deputyship was under the late Henry D. Williams. Fred S. Pettit followed Mr. Bentley in the clerkship.

He was a member of Grace Methodist Episcopal church ever since coming to Waterloo. For many years he sang tenor in the choir, possessing a fine voice.

Solomon M. Bentley was born June 22, 1854, in St. Clairsville, O., a son of Solomon and Ellen (Thompson) Bentley. There were 11 children in the family. Solomon M. completed the common and high school courses in St. Clairsville and in June, 1878, was graduated from Franklin College at New Athens, O.

His entrance as a merchant was at New Athens, where he was located for six years. Afterwards he moved to Waterloo and for five years was engaged in mercantile pursuits in this city. For two and a half years he was teller in the First National bank.

Mr. Bentley is survived also by three grandchildren and two great grandchildren, all of Waterloo; three brothers, Frank T. Bentley, 117 Lafayette Street; S. E. Bentley, 1310 Second Street West, and Ross Bentley, Canton, O., and four sisters: Mrs. Anna Giffin, Mrs. Elizabeth Ferguson and Mrs. Sarah Merritt, all of St. Clairsville, O., and Mrs. Agnes McCleary, Crawfordsville, Ia.

Another brother, James died three years ago at St. Clairsville, and a son of Mr. Bentley died in infancy.

The body was taken to the O'Keefe & Towne Funeral Home.

*Researcher Chuck S. has Ida's maiden name as "Stuart"
Ida J. Stuart Bentley

Burial at Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa


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