Tabor Beacon, Tabor, Mills County Iowa

Death Notices and Obituaries, 1906

Transcribed and Submitted Cay Merryman

Gordon, Mrs. George, of Prairie Township, went to Farragut to attend the funeral of a friend Wednesday of last week, and just before entering the church dropped to the sidewalk unconscious.  She was carried to a house nearby and died in a few minutes.  The attending physician states that her death was caused by the bursting of a blood vessel.  Mrs. Gordon was about 30 years of age.  She was the youngest daughter of John M. Kingsolver.  She was born and lived all her live in Prairie Twp. where she was married to George Gordon about 7 years ago.  The funeral services were held Friday forenoon in the M. E. church at Farragut, conducted by J. E. Matheney.  Interment was made in the Farragut cemetery. (Jan 5, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Garrean, Jacob, a prominent farmer of Fremont County died Friday at his home in Bartlett, of inflammation of the brain.  He leaves a wife and 6 children.  The funeral was held under the direction of the K of P Lodge and interment was made in the Thurman cemetery. (Jan 6, 1905 Tabor Beacon) 


Smith, Mr., while driving south of town (Hamburg) Tuesday evening, his team started to run away with him and in some manner he was thrown out over the dashboard upon the tongue of the wagon.  He was known to have been hurt some but we understand it was not thought to be serious.  Wednesday morning, however, he was taken suddenly worse and in a short time died.  Mr. Smith as been living sometime in Militia Hollow and leaves a family.  (Jan 19, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


McIntosh, Uncle James,  died in Riverton last week at the ripe old age of eighty years.  Mr. McIntosh was a pioneer in this county and at one time a resident of Hamburg.  For several years past, he was engaged in the milling business at Rockport.  Uncle Jimmy was a good man and a good citizen. (Jan 26, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Cowles, Mrs. Giles,  died Wednesday of last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Samuels in Riverton, at the age of 83 years.  The funeral was held Thursday at the residence, also at the Presbyterian church in Sidney, conducted by Rev. Matheny.  Interment was in Sidney cemetery. (Feb 23, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Durrette, Mrs. James H., who had been in failing health for many months passed away last Monday afternoon, a few minutes before 1 o’clock, and though her death had been expected for some time, it cast a gloom over the community as Aunty Durrette was loved and respected by everyone.

      Jane A. French was born in Huron County Ohio, Mar 22, 1834 and while still quite young, her parents moved to Wisconsin, thence to Macomb, McDonough County Illinois, where she was married to James H. Durrette, Mar 4, 1855.  To this union were born two children, Conrad W. and Ralph G, the former preceding her to the better country about four years ago.  In 1858, Mr. and Mrs. Durrette came to Iowa but did not remain a great while, returning the same winter to Illinois, settling at Lewiston.  In 1880 they came to Randolph and for 26 years have been residents of this place.  Mrs. Durrette joined the Presbyterian church in 1860, and on moving to Avon, Illinois, she became a charter member of the Congregational church.  Coming to Randolph, she united with the M.E. church and to the day of her death was a consistent member.  At the time of her death she was 71y 10m and 27d old.  Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Mercer, assisted by Rev. Wyse of the Presbyterian church.  The services were largely attended, and at their close the remains were laid to rest in the Randolph cemetery.  (Mar 2, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Sumpter, Johndied at his home in Sidney about 3 o’clock this morning from a self-inflicted pistol shot in his right temple.  Wednesday morning Sumpter and his wife had some trouble and he left home.  After brooding over the matter all day, he finally borrowed a 22-caliber revolver from a friend and returned to his home about 9 o’clock.  Entering the house, he found his wife, her sister and another person there, and without warning, shot himself in the right temple, falling unconscious at the feet of his wife.  He lived about 5 hours after the shooting but did not regain consciousness.  Sumpter was about 25 years of age and had been employed in a livery barn. (Mar 9, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Coster, Mrs. Orissa E., died at her home in Bartlett, Tuesday April 3rd at 8:15 PM, aged 64y 11m 3d.  Miss Orissa E. Harrington was born Apr 30, 1841 in Oswego County New York.  She came to this part of the country when very small.  At this time she was only 7 years old and has resided within a radius of two miles of this place ever since, so it may be said that she was one of Iowa’s earliest settlers. It is stated by her children that she oftentimes spoke of the ravages of the Indians, they doing such tricks as taking the white people’s feather beds, cutting them open and watching the feathers go with the wind.  She knew the Indian agent Sarpy and was also well acquainted with Sarpy’s wife, who was a half breed Indian.  She could locate the burial place of old Chief Waubonsie.  In the years of the Mormon immigration from Illinois to Utah, she was in this vicinity and could recall many incidents of Mormon hardships although she didn’t cross the plains.  She was well known throughout that part of Fremont County and well liked by all.  She will be greatly missed in the way of sickness, as she was known as a faithful one to all whom she assisted when on the bed of affliction.

      On Dec 10, 1857, Miss Harrington was married to Robert H. Coster on a farm just over the line in Mills County.  To this union nine children were born, eight of whom are not living.  A daughter, Effie, died when 10 years old.  The other children are Mrs. Julia E. Eyler of this place, Mrs. Lydia Perkins of this place, Mrs. Ella C. Hindman of near Tabor, Mrs. Ida O. Proudfit of Percival, Miss Ossa O. Coster who lived with her mother, Daniel E. Coster of Percival, Robert B. and Guy J. of this place (Bartlett).  All of these were in attendance at the funeral.  Her husband died Jan 7, 1896 from cancer of the face.  Mr. and Mrs. Coster were born near the same place in New York, were reared together and both came to Iowa about the same year.  Mrs. Coster and her husband were members of the Re-organized church of LDS, having become identified with that body in the year 18609.  Besides the surviving children is one sister, Mrs. Ophelia Epperson of Pacific Junction, and a brother, John in Utah, to mourn her loss, also many other relatives.  Heart trouble was given as the cause of her death, having been taken to her bed about a month ago.  Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 11 o’clock at her late residence by Elder G. F. Walling of Glenwood, of the faith of the deceased.  The interment was made in the old VanEaton cemetery five miles NE of this place.  It was her request that she be buried beside her husband, who is buried in this cemetery. (Apr 13, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Hall, Mrs. E. E., Evaline Eliza Bristol Hall was born Jul 12, 1817, in New Marlboro, Berkshire County Massachusettes.  Died Apr 26, 1906 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. A. Latorett.  Had Mrs. Jall lived until the 12th of next July, she would have reached the advanced age of 89 years.  She was married Nov 25, 1843, to Benjamin Franklin Hall, to whom but one child was born, Mrs. A. A. Latorett, who alone survives her parents and who so faithfully has taken care of her mother in these last years of helplessness.  Mrs. Hall was adopted into the family of John L. Hunter at the age of 13.  This was the father of John and Henry Hunter of Tabor.  How suggestive it all is that as we come into this world and as we go out of it in old age, we are conspicuously dependent on others.  Mrs. Hall was fond of singing all her life time, and a good part of her last years were spent in song.  She remembered and sang some of the hymns of her younger days.  Funeral services were held Saturday Apr 28, 1906 at her daughter’s home, conducted by Rev. J. W. Ferner. Interment was made in the Tabor cemetery. (May 4, 1906 Tabor Beacon)
Dilts, William,  In the death of William Dilts, familiarly known by everyone as “Uncle Billy,” which occurred Friday Jan 12, 1906, there is removed from our midst a much respected old gentleman, who had braved the hardships of the pioneer for nearly forty years, and had done his share toward building up a country which was new at the time of his locating here.  The funeral services were held in the Methodist church (Randolph) Sunday morning, conducted by Rev. Mercer, assisted by Rev. Wyse, after which burial took place in the Randolph cemetery. (Jan 26, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Gray, James A., one of the oldest and best known citizens of the county, died Friday at his home west of town.  He was 75 years and 10 months old.  He came to Sidney when it was yet in its infancy and has lived here ever since.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon conducted by the Masons, and the interment made in the Sidney cemetery.  Mr. Gray was always a respected citizen.  He leaves a wife and an adopted daughter, besides numerous other relatives. (Jan 19, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


McClure, Hiram Hunter,  the subject of this sketch was  born in Gentry County Missouri, Jun 9, 1868, being the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Elisha McClure.  He was converted to the Christian faith when a mere boy, uniting with the Presbyterian church.  When about 18 years of age, he united with the Disciples of Christ, and was baptized in the Missouri River near Bartlett by Rufus Purdle.  Mr. McClure came to Iowa in 1865 and lived in and near Tabor until his death Feb 15, 1906, excepting a few years.  He was married to Corda B. Greenlee on July 1, 1883, at Tabor, Iowa.  To this union were born eight children, seven of whom with his widow and aged mother survive him.  The mother makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Richard Cox, in Tabor.  The funeral services were held Friday Feb 16, 1906 at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. E. V. McCormick. Interment in the Tabor cemetery. (Feb 23, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


McKissick, James F., died at his home 3 miles east of Hamburg, Tuesday Apr 17, 1906 from asthma, aged 53y 7m 22d.  He was the inventor of the McKissick cultivator. (Apr 27, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Estes, Gilbert B., one of the pioneer citizens of this portion of Fremont County died at his home west of McPaul, Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock of heart failure.  Mr. Estes death was sudden and came as a great surprise to the people of this vicinity, many not being aware that he had been sick.  Saturday the writer met and conversed with him at McPaul, and at that time he was apparently enjoying his usual good health. (May 4, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Allely, Mrs. H. O., died Sunday morning at her home in the west part of town.  Death resulted from blood poisoning, she having given birth several days before to a child whose little life was also snuffed out.  The funeral services were held Tuesday at the home at one o’clock, conducted by Rev. Peter Jacobs, who was assisted by Rev. J. W. Ferner.  Interment was made in the Tabor cemetery.

       Eva D. Fichter was born Sep 3, 1878 on a farm SE of Randolph, near Farmer City, and has lived in this county ever since.  In 1890, she united with the M. E. church at Farmer City.  Mar 24, 1898, she was married to Harry O. Allely.  They lived on a farm in the same neighborhood until a year ago last December when they moved to Tabor.  Five children were born to this union, three of whom survive their mother, Lisle, aged 7; Lillian, aged 5; and Erma, aged 3.  The other near relatives who mourn her death are a grandmother, Mrs. Monroe; brother Harry Fichter; and sister, Mrs. A. McMahill, all of Tabor; two half sisters, Mrs. George Goodman, Sidney, Iowa, and Mrs. W. H. Cadwell; also four half brothers, Chas. H., Edmund and Joe Fichter, of Randolph and Fred Woodward of Anderson. (May 11, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Bowen, Capt. Henrydied in his rooms over the Goode & Esden hardware store Thursday evening about 9 o’clock.  Mr. Bowen has been confined to his bed for a number of weeks, but until the last few daays before his death he was not thought to be in any danger.  The end came easily and quietly, so much so that the watchers scarcely noticed his breathing had quit.  Mr. Bowen was born in PA on May 24, 1834, and came to this country in 1858 and engaged in the carpenter business for a number of years.  In 1860 he joined Co. E, 29th Iowa Volunteers, which was organized in Council Bluffs.  The company was ordered to St. Louis and then to Helena, Arkansas, and saw considerable fighting in the Gorman’s expedition up White River.  After the war, Mr. Bowen engaged in the furniture business in Sidney, which enterprise seems to have been a failure.  He then entered the grocery business with Mr. Loose and continued in that business until about six years ago when he retired from active life.  Mr. Bowen has always been an active public worker and has held many offices of trust and importance, being elected sheriff of this county in 1866 and member of the board of supervisors, township trustee, city councilman, treasurer and secretary of the school board for over a quarter of a century.  He was a strong Christian, being one of the leading members of the Presbyterian church and elder for a number of years.  He was a Royal Arch Mason, a member of IOOF Lodge and a charter member of Joe Ross Post, GAR. “Captain”, as he was commonly known by his host of friends throughout the county, was an honest, straightforward Christian gentleman of the highest type, beloved by many and a special favorite among the children.  Funeral services were held Sunday in the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. Marshall and Dr. Dickison.  Interment in the Sidney graveyard.  (Oct 26, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Sewell, Lee, the world famous jockey, who was born at Sidney, and is a nephew of Mrs. David Kilpatrick of Randolph, was killed last week by being thrown from his horse in a race at New York.  He was but 18 years  of age and had cleared up $30,000 in his profession, having been riding for the last three years. (Nov 30, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Weatherhead, Mrs. John,  In the death of Mrs. John Weatherhead, which occurred Thursday evening, Nov 23, Tabor is called upon to mourn the loss of one of her oldest and most honored citizens.  Mrs. Weatherhead had been in failing health for the past year, but not until recently was her condition considered serious.  A couple of weeks ago all the children were called home.  Funeral services were held Saturday conducted by Rev. J. W. Ferner, and interment was made in Tabor cemetery.  One by one our loved ones are passing away.  A little over a year ago we gathered here to speak the last words over a sister who died in the far west and was brought here for interment; and not many months after we were gathered in another home to memorialize the departure of another sister.  Five sisters and brothers and the mother have been called home within a little over two years.

      Charlotte Ann Good was born in London, England, Jan 11th 1841.  When 11 years of age she came with her parents to Ohio.  She was married in Rock Island, Illinois, pr 4, 1859, to Mr. John Weatherhead.  The first nine years of this wedded life was spent in Clinton, Iowa.  In 1868 Mr. and Mrs. Weatherhead moved to Tabor, which has been their home ever since.  The result of this marriage has been nine children, four girls and five boys.  There are eleven altogether, but two are in heaven, having died in infancy.  Mrs. Weatherhead united with the Congregational church in Tabor about the year 1883, of which church she was an honored member up to the time of her death.  One of her last words was, “I want my boys to be good and useful men.” (Nov 30, 1906 Tabor Beacon)


Throckmorton, Mrs., widow of Job Throckmorton, died last Thursday on the 1st anniversary of the death of her husband.  She was 83 years of age and has lived in Sidney for 50 years.  Her husband was a captain in the civil war and was a prominent Odd Fellow for half a century.  For many years he was engaged in the furniture and undertaking business in Sidney.  (Mar 9 1906 Tabor Beacon)