Tabor, Fremont County, Iowa Obituaries

Transcribe and submitted by Cay Merryman



     A few years ago Leland Smith of Tabor, Fremont County, Iowa, abstracted obituaries from the Tabor Beacon newspaper. Tabor is on the county line between Mills and Fremont County, therefore the paper printed obituaries from both  counties. These were later microfilmed by the LDS Church on microfilm #1491976.  The obituaries start with a few in 1887 when not much was said.
    I have attempted to separate items from the two counties but perhaps was not always successful at that.  These pages contain obits pertaining primarily to Fremont County residents.  They  are by year but dates within the year are not necessarily in chronological order.

       Cay Merryman




Shields, Mrs. has passed away.  She leaves a son and husband to mourn her loss. (Plum Hollow News)  Tabor Beacon 16 Dec 1887

Snow, Miss Nettie of Kansas, formerly of this place (Plum Hollow) died last week.  The announcement brought sorrow to many a home here, as she had a multitude of friends.  Tabor Beacon - 1887

Hatcher, Mr. Thomas died 25 Jul 1887 of blood poisoning.  He was a member of the N.B. Church.  He said he was willing to die, as he was sure of a better home than this. (Plum Hollow News)




Gardner, Benjamin F., died at the home of his oldest daughter, Mrs. Sarah Pearse, Saturday evening,  26 Nov 1895, age 85 years 11 months 21 days.  Born at Lee, Berkshire Co MA, 5 Dec 1809.  Left an orphan at the early age of 9.  At the age of 25 he was joined in marriage to Miss Abigail Dibble of Lee.  Their oldest child was born near Stockbridge.  He then removed in 1838 to Ohio and resided at Williamsfield and Gustovis (Trumble Co.).  From thence he removed to Clog, Washington Co IA in 1849.  Removed to Galesburg IL where he resided 6 years.  Joined a colony going to College Springs IA then decided to go on to Tabor where he arrived in 1856.  Injured in a severe accident while quarrying rock for a barn which permanently crippled him. He retired from farming in 1881.  Three years ago while residing with oldest daughter at Beatrice NE, he was stricken with paralysis.  He wanted to spend his last days in Tabor so returned a month before he died.  An aged invalid wife, 2 daughters and son-in-law and 10 grandchildren survive.  Funeral services held at the Congregational Church conducted by Rev. Q.C.Todd who had formerly made his home in their family.  Tabor Beacon - 29 Nov 1895

Baylor, Josie, s/o Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Baylor, died 3 Nov 1894. Funeral at Sidney.  Tabor Beacon - 15 Nov 1895

Ross, Hartford, a well known resident of this county, died of consumption Friday morning 8 Nov 1895 at his home near Tabor.  He was born in Brown County Ohio, 18 Mar 1834.  He came to Iowa in 1850 when he was 16 years of age, stopping in Council Bluffs, and was connected with the first Post Office in that place.  From thence he removed to Tabor and made a permanent home during his lifetime. He helped erect the first dwelling in Tabor, and witnessed the growth of this beautiful town on what was then a wild, open prairie.  29 Apr 1858, he was united in marriage with Margaret Penny, who, with two children and one sister, remain to mourn his departure.  He was a member of the Baptist Church of Tabor.  Services held at his home Sunday 10 Nov at 11 A.M.  His remains were then laid to rest in the family burying grounds.  Services conducted by Rev. W. H. Curtis.  Tabor Beacon - 15 Nov 1895 (Buried in Tabor Cemetery b. 18 Mar 1834  d. 8  Nov 1895 father)

Cook, Mortimer Anderson, infant son of F. N. & Viola Cook, aged 1 year 11 months 15 days died 5 Nov 1895.  Services conducted Wednesday at 2 P.M.. Died of cholera infantum.  Tabor Beacon - 8 Nov 1895

Johnson, Mrs. Rebecca,  Last  Sunday  occurred the funeral of Mrs. R. Johnson.  The  three daughters,  Mamie,  Maud & Abbie were present.  Their  brother Alpha  was too far away to get here in time. (Note: also another  news article:  Will  Johnson of Dunlap  attended  the  funeral of his sister-in-law,  Mrs. Johnson, last  Sunday.  (Percival news item)  Tabor Beacon - 8  Nov 1895  (Buried in  Blanchard Cemetery  Rebecca  Blanchard Johnson  1843 - 1894? daughter of  Ira Blanchard)

Van Eaton, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Van Eaton died last Friday evening, 25 Aug 1895, after a short illness with cholera infantum.  The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Congregational Church.  Dr. A. R. Thain in charge.  This being an only child, its loss is keenly felt by the afflicted parents, who have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.  Tabor Beacon - 6 Sep 1895.

Kelsy, Father, died Friday morning.  The funeral services were held in the U.B. Church, after which his remains were carried to the Thurman Cemetery for burial. (Hillsdale news item) Tabor Beacon - 13 Sep 1895

Bosworth,  Lucy Jane (Warren) was born in Elizabethtown, Essex Co. NY on 18 May 1824.  She united with the Congregational Church at an early age.  She married Franklin Bosworth on 8 Nov 1840 in Bloomfield OH and removed with her husband to Gustavas where the two older children were born.  In the fall of 1845, the family removed to Clay IA, where the Congregational Church of Clay was organized in their house, Mr. Bosworth being chosen as one of the two Deacons.  After 9 years, another move was made to Madison Co IA, and in 1864, the family came to Tabor and united with the Congregational Church.  Mr. Bosworth was a deacon of the church at the time of his death in 1879.  Mrs. Bosworth was also a member of the Tabor Congregational Church until on Sunday 8 Sep 1895, she died.  3 sons and 2 daughters mourn her departure, and 3 children are "on the other side."  Tabor Beacon - 13 Sep 1895

Crose, Mrs. R. B., died Tuesday of this week at the home of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Penn, Sidney IA.  Mrs. Crose's home is at Shenandoah and she had been in Sidney only a week, having been called here to attend her sick mother.  She was taken sick on Friday of last week with appendicitis, which resulted in her death.  Funeral Thursday at Shenandoah.  Tabor Beacon - Sep 1895.

Jungquist, John, who moved from Sweden 20 years ago, during which time he has lived near Riverton, died 22 Sep 1895?, of cancer of the rectum. Tabor Beacon - 27 Sep 1895. (Buried in Riverton Cemetery b. 11 Jun 1849 - d. 15 Sep 1895?)

Hansel, Charles, father of W. L. Hansel of Farragut, hanged himself Tuesday, north of Malvern.  His remains were interred in Malvern Cemetery.  Tabor Beacon - 4 Oct 1895

Page, Si, died last Saturday morning from typhoid fever. (Sidney news item) Tabor Beacon - 2 Aug 1895

Ward, Sterling, died Sunday morning and was buried at Sidney Monday. Died 28 Jul 1895 (Sidney Cemetery shows Sterling G. Ward s/o B. W. & S. A. b. 24 Jan 1863  d. 28 Jul 1895

Chambers, May, d/o C. M. Chambers, age 10 years, drowned in the Missouri River and body found 30 miles south of Oregon MO.  Tabor Beacon - May 1895


1895 Continued


Strait, Sherman P. accidentally shot at Riverton Monday night by his stepson, Jack Marvin.  Died 29 Jul 1895, age 31 years 8 month 18 days. Tabor Beacon - 2 Aug 1895  (Utterback Cemetery stone reads: Sherman P. Stone, s/o J. H. and R. E. died 29 Jul 1895, age 31 years 8 months 18 days.)

Williams, Frank, struck by lightning at home of Wm. Stattler Thursday, 1 1/2 miles northwest of Bartlett. Died 25 Jul 1895.  Buried 26 Jul at Thurman Cemetery (no stone)  (Bartlett news item) Tabor Beacon - 2 Aug 1895

Hilger, Mrs. Michael (Elizabeth) of Riverton, died 5 Jul 1895 of strangulated hernia. Tabor Beacon - 19 Jul 1895 (St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Elizabeth Hilger, 1836 - 1895, w/o Michael.

Fletcher, Eliza (Burt), was born 17 Sep 1809 in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co MA, of New England parentage.  She was married in 1830 to William Thomas and moved to Cambridge PA.  From there in 1838 they removed to Michigan where Mr. Thomas died in 1841.  In 1849 she was married to Charles Fletcher, who died in Dec 1879.  Since that time Mrs. Fletcher has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Stewart.  She had 5 children, 4 of whom are living and are present today: W. A. Thomas, of North Bend WI;  Mrs. John Stewart, Elburn IL; D. T. Thomas, Oskaloosa IA and H. B. Thomas of Tabor IA.  Mrs. Fletcher was the third child of a family of 9, of whom the oldest alone survives her, Mrs. Zenos Burt of Cambridge PA, age 88 years.  The remains were taken to Cambridge PA for interment.  Tabor Beacon - 16 Apr 1895

Chambers, Charlotte Ada, aged 17, d/o C. M. Chambers, drowned in the Missouri River and the body was found near St. Joseph MO.  Tabor Beacon - May 1895

Penney, Mrs. Lucinda R., died at her home near Tabor, 18 May 1895 at 10 P.M.  She was the wife of John C. Penney in the 52nd year of her life.  The only tie that bound her here was the love of her little family and friends.  Tabor Beacon - May 1895

Copeland, Grover, age 6 years, only child of Sterling and Jenny Copeland became suddenly ill about a week ago and died Tuesday morning.   Tabor Beacon - 3 May 1895 (Buried Blanchard Cemetery no date, died from eating poisoned weeds..(Leland's note says d. 30 Apr 1895.)

Hobson, Mary, wf /o Isaac Hobson, aged 81 years, died quite suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Baulkey.  The remains were taken to Glenwood for interment Tuesday.  Mrs. Hobson was one of the first settlers in Fremont Co.  Tabor Beacon - 31 May 1895 (Buried in Glenwood Cemetery d. 27 May 1895 82 years 7 months) 

Billings, A young man named Billings who lived near Farragut shot and killed himself last week.  He was recently married and was living on Mr. Sniders west farm south of town. The circumstances are such as gave the coroners jury grounds for a verdict of suicide.  He went to his neighbor, P. Feil, borrowed a revolver with which he killed a dog, and a few hours afterward, shot himself.  Tabor Beacon - 15 Feb 1895

Weatherhead, Mrs. Bessy (Penny) who died at her home in Tabor IA, 7 Mar 1895 of peritonitis, was born 12 Nov 1872.  Her girlhood was spent near Tabor.  In the spring of 1890, she moved with her parents to Tilden NE.  While there, the first great sorrow of her life came to her by the death of her devoted mother.  She was married to George Weatherhead on 20 Dec 1893 and removed to Tabor IA, to make there a permanent home.  She passed away, leaving behind a father, sister, brother, husband and infant son, 7 days old.  Tabor Beacon - 15 Mar 1895

West, Marie, mother of H. W. West (formerly a school teacher in these parts).  He visited with his mother, who was very sick with cancer of the stomach, last week.  Mrs. West died Tuesday evening.  (Randolph news item)  Tabor Beacon - 5 Apr 1895 (Buried Sidney Cemetery  wf /o C. H., b. 13 Dec 1821  d. 2 Apr 1895)

Smith, George A., died 5 Apr 1895.  Buried Sidney Cemetery. 60 Masons in funeral procession. Sermon by Rev. E. E. Goodrich.  Tabor Beacon - 12 Apr 1895  (Sidney Cemetery  b. 14 Dec 1817  d. 5 Apr 1895)

Cobb, William, died at the home of his son Thomas Cobb on Sunday night, 7 Apr 1895 about 11 o'clock, lacking but a few months of being 90 years old.  His exact age is 89 years 9 months 14 days.  He was married to Alice Rhode 63 years ago.  This was a happy marriage, and lasted until about 7 years ago when the wife died.  To this union 9 children were born, 3 of whom survive: Thomas, at whose home the aged father died, Pine Valley IN; John, who lives near Rainsville IN and Elizabeth Williams, who lives at Tabor IA.  John and Thomas were at the bedside constantly during the last illness of their father.  Rev. D. A. Rogers had the services at his residence, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Quaker Cemetery, 4 miles south of Pine Valley IN.  Tabor Beacon - 19 Apr 1895

Hendrickson, Charles Albert, s/o Mr. W. F. Hendrickson of Sidney, died in Trinidad CO, 9 Dec 1895 of lung fever.  He was born in Sidney 26 Nov 1868.  He was united with the Presbyterian Church in Apr 1882.  After graduating from high school, he went into business in Sedgwick KS in 1889, removing to Trinidad CO in 1892.  His father brought the body to Tabor Wednesday and the funeral services were held at the residence of H. R. Laird at 2 P.M. Interment in Tabor Cemetery.  Tabor Beacon - 13 Dec 1895 

Addy, Isaac died at his home 6 miles northeast of Randolph Sunday night at 9 o'clock.  He was about 71 years old.  He had been sickly for nearly a year, and his death was expected several times, but each time he improved.  All his children were present except one daughter, who had just left, but was sent for and came a few minutes after his death. (Randolph news item)  Tabor Beacon - 13 Dec 1895 (Monroe Township and Old Lutheran Cemetery Isaac Addy - d. 8 Dec 1895, age 70 years 9 months 1 day)

Brockie, Grandma (Jane) funeral was last Saturday.  The services were held in the Baptist Church, Rev. Boyd being in charge.  She was 82 years old.  Tabor Beacon - 13 Dec 1895 (Grandview Cemetery, Jane Brockie, wf/o Henry d. 5 Dec 1895 age 82 years)

Walker, Minerva, died Sunday night 15 Dec 1895 at her home one mile east of town at the age of 23.  She united with the M. E. Church last summer.  Her life was bright and happy until about 2 years ago when she contracted consumption, which caused her death. (Randolph new item)  Tabor Beacon - 20 Dec 1895

Holland, R. C., Word was received here this week that R. C. Rolland, who was formerly a resident of Sidney and in the blacksmithing business here, died of typhoid fever in Oklahoma last week.  Tabor Beacon - 20 Dec 1895

Fisher, Mrs. A. G. (Euphane), died at her home 1 and 1/2 miles west of town (Randolph) Sunday morning Dec 22, 1895, age about 50. We are sorry to say the particulars we did not learn.  Tabor Beacon - 27 Dec 1895 (Randolph Cemetery, Euphane wife of A. G., d. 23 Dec 1895, aged 62 years.

Racobs, Dennis, the 7 year old s/o W. W. Racobs, died on Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock of typhoid fever.  This dread disease has been raging thru the whole list of Mr. Racobs family and has at last succeeded in wresting this boy from his parents who have made such a long fight for his life (Sidney news item)  Tabor Beacon - 27 Dec 1895


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