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William Harvey Bellows (1916)


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart (email)
Date: 12/20/2006 at 17:22:23

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
January 19, 1916


W. H. Bellows died at his home in this city about nine o'clock Monday evening after a four days' illness with erysipelas.

He was one of the best known men in the county. His kindly, never-failing happy disposition made him a favorite with young and old and no man will be more keenly missed on the streets of Winterset.

Although past 80 years old, he was unusually active and was at his place in the Mardis coal office every day until a short time before his death.

Mr. Bellows came to this county in 1863, locating in Penn township. In 1883 he moved to Winterset, where he spent an unusually active life. For a number of years he was engaged in the coal and ice business and was mayor of Winterset for two years.

On July 12, 1910, Mr. and Mrs. Bellows celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at which the children and grandchildren were all present.

Surviving members of the family are: His wife, Sarah (Cox) Bellows, three daughters: Mrs. Adda Blinka and Mrs. Florence Stark of this place, Mrs. Olive Sprinkle of Canon City, Colorado and one son, Don Bellows of Elliott, North Dakota.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Note: Burial was made at the Winterset cemetery.

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
January 26, 1916


William Harvey Bellows was born in Meggs county Ohio, July 2, 1835. Went to Indiana, where he married Miss Sarah Cox, July 12, 1860. The two came to Iowa shortly afterward and settled in Delaware county. In 1868, they removed to Madison county and settled on a farm in Penn township. Nearly all of that section was virgin soil, with few acres in cultivation; few people resided there and hardships were many. In later years that district has become the garden spot of Iowa and possibly of the whole world; the changes wrought there in a score of years were phenomenal; the transformation was the result of strenuous effort, all of which Mr. Bellows saw and in part of which he shared.

Of the children there were seven, three of whom died in infancy; there remain four, as follows: Mrs. Adda Blinka and Mrs. Florence Stark of Winterset, Mrs. Olive Sprinkle of Canon City, Colo., and Don C. Bellows of Elliott, N.D.

The original Bellows family was a numerous and interesting one of the large and harmonious company of children who once gathered around the Ohio fireside, but six remain, two brothers and four sisters of the deceased, they are as follows: C. M. Bellows of Washington, E. L. Bellows, Mrs. M. Durst and Mrs. L. Lewis of Kansas; Mrs. Lucy Armstrong of Greeley, Iowa, and Mrs. Della Cox of Penn township, this county.

In 1883, Mr. Bellows came to this city and for years, the modest dwelling immediately north of the M. E. church was his comfortable and hospitable home. Several years ago, when the attrition of cares and the burden of years began to tell on the vitality of the worthy pair, all the children having been married, they went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Stark, who had just completed a commodious and comfortable home, especially planned for the happiness and convenience of their parents. Mr. Bellows, when coming to Winterset, engaged in the coal and grain business; he also for several years handled the ice business. He was elected mayor of the city several years ago and having served one term, declined to again be a candidate.

Some time after organization of the Winterset Savings Bank, Mr. Bellows became a director of that flourishing institution, which place he held at the time of his death. For several years, realizing that he was the happiest when employed, he had assisted Fred Mardis in conducting the coal business.

Up to one week ago, he was in his usual health, but last Thursday forenoon, he became suddenly ill, and was brought home, where he passed away in great peace, just as the shadows of night had settled over the city, Monday evening, Jan. 17th, 1916.

Mr. Bellows was a member of the Methodist church from youth. The funeral services were held at the church Thursday afternoon, Rev. M. M. Cable officiating.


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