Mahaska County                   




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Kiziah (Kate) Lewis Mitchell

"LONG TIME RESIDENT CALLED - Mrs. Smith Mitchell, Who Lived in the Home Farm, 54 Years Died on Last Saturday Morning.

In the death of Mrs. Kiziah Mitchell, widow of the late Smith Mitchell, another familiar figure of the earlier days has been removed. Having lived on the farm northwest of New Sharon for 54 years, Mrs. Mitchell was very widely known throughout the community as a woman who bravely endured the harshness of the early days and the cares incident to raising a large family.

Funeral services were held from the old home on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, March 2, 1925 in charge of her pastor, Rev. A. B. Cornell.

Kiziah Lewis, daughter of Jacob and Kiziah Lewis, was born near Gallatin, Davis (sic) County, Mo., April 20, 1853, and died at her home four miles northwest of New Sharon, Iowa, February 28th, 1925, age 71 years, 10 months and 8 days.

Kiziah Lewis was married to Smith Mitchell, November 16, 1871 at Gallatin, Missouri. Mr. Mitchell brought his bride to New Sharon and they went to house keeping on the farm where they were both living when death came to them.

Mr. Mitchell passed away April 29, 1922.

Mrs. Mitchell had lived on the home place 54 years, from the time of her marriage until death, with the exception of one year in Cass County, Iowa and one year in New Sharon.

She united with the Christian Church during the year of her residence in New Sharon and was ever found firm in the Christian's faith and happy in her belief. During this year of residence in New Saron, her son Curtis, came from Jerome, Idaho and remained with his mother and cared for her until death. She was a sufferer from a stroke of apoplexy for six months preceeding(sic) her death. A second stroke came, from which she did not regain consciousness and soon passed to the beyond.

Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell. Ten are living to mourn the loss of their mother, while eleven were living at the time of the father's death. The children are E. M. Mitchell of Wichita, Kan.; Mrs. Belle Wheeler of Salem, Oregon; Mrs. Minnie Quinn, Kellogg, Iowa; Mrs. Harriett Wheeler, East Ely, Nevada; J. L. Mitchell, Valley Junction, Iowa; J. C. Mitchell, New Sharon, Iowa; H. L. Mitchell, Omaha, Neb.; Mrs. Tina Gosnell, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Mrs. Ruby Van Bogart, Waterloo, Iowa, Ethel, who died in infancy and Milo Searle, who passed away, April 29, 1922. Mrs. Mitchell is the last one of a family of seven children with the father and mother preceeding(sic) her in death.

She leaves to mourn her death, the ten children, twenty-two grandchildren, neighbors and friends, numbered by her acquaintances.

Mrs. Mitchell was always interested in the welfare of her children, her grand children, her neighbors and the church.

It is God's way and we will submit in the poets words: "God called her home.
We will not grieve, for he needed her more than we;
But the vacant place she has left in our hearts
Will last through eternity."

Though we may not understand , God does understand and again as the poet says:

"We do not ask why she should go, God thought her race was run -- So We'll humbly bow our heads and pray,
"Dear Lord, Thy will be done."

Submitted by: Tom Fitch

Benjamin Frank Marks

Printed in an unknown Oskaloosa paper:

He was born February 17, 1826, and departed this life October 2, 1900.

He was united in marriage to Catherine Williams, June 23, 1853. To this union was born eight children, Mary Remington, David Marks, Lizzie Tandy, Emma Magee, Fannie Magee, Kittie Belle Marks (who died January 17, 1896) Ida Wilson and Fred Marks.

Mr. Marks was born in Harden CO., OH. He came to Iowa with his father J.G. Marks in 1847.

The funeral occurred on Thursday afternoon and services were held at the home and were conducted by Rev. Robert Wilson, of Evans and Rev. Groom and wife, of Beacon.

( Added: WPA Records; B.F. Marks, Forest Cemetery, Lincoln Township, Mahaska CO., IA, Date of death, 1900 Oct 02, 74 yrs.)

Submitted by: Evaleen Flanders Hoeller

Isaac W. Bump

"Ponca City Weekly Courier," Aug. 4, 1910, p. 4, col. 4

Death of Isaac W. Bump

The Daily Call of Longmont, Colorado, date of July 27, has the following account of the death at that place of Isaac W. Bump of this city.

Died at the home of his son, J. E. Bump, on Third avenue, Tuesday evening, July 26, 1910, of an injury, Isaac W. Bump, aged 76 years.

The deceased was a resident of Ponca City, Oklahoma, and came to this city with his wife a few weeks ago to spend the summer with their son, J. E. Bump and family. This is the first trip West the old people had ever undertaken and they had anticipated it with great pleasure and planned one of the most pleasant visits of their lives. Tuesday, July 19, Mr. J. E. Bump and father took a trip to the mountains and drove up the north fork to a point near Estes Park, where they spent the day. In making an attempt to alight from the buggy, the elder Mr. Bump fell against the wheel as the result of a slight motion of the team and broke his hip. He was removed home as quickly as possible and from that time until his death he has slowly failed.

He leaves a wife, five sons and three daughters to mourn his untimely death. Four sons, R. R. Bump, of Des Moines, Iowa, and C. C. and F. W. Bump of Rose Hill, Iowa, and J. E. Bump of this city will be present at the funeral which will be held from the home of Mr. J. E. Bump at 1117 Third avenue at two o'clock on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Bump was a Methodist, and the services which will be short, will be in charge of Rev. J. F. Porter of the Methodist church and Elder C. C. Dodds of the Christian church.

The four sons will act as pall bearers. The remains will be shipped to Ponca City, Oklahoma, where on Sunday funeral services will be held and interment made. The remains will be accompanied by the four sons and Mrs. Bump.