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Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 31, 1923, p. 6
Funeral of W. E. Biggs
The funeral of W. E. Biggs, whose death was briefly referred to in The Journal of last week, was held at the family residence on South Sixteenth street, this city, last Friday afternoon. The service was simple and impressive—a touching tribute to the worth of Mr. Biggs.

There was a Scripture reading by Rev. A. S. Woodard, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Shenandoah, formerly pastor of the church of that denomination in Clarinda, and the former pastor of Mr. Biggs. This was followed by prayer offered by Dr. A. T. Bishop, the present pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Clarinda, after which Mr. Woodard read the following obituary:
"Willis E. [dson] Biggs was born April 16th, 1854, at Avon, Fulton county, Ill., and departed this life May 23rd, 1923, at his home in Clarinda, Iowa.

When about one year of age he moved with his parents to Troy, Ashland County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood and received his education from the country school, Sullivan academy and Oberlin College. After finishing his education he returned to Illinois where he taught school for ten years.

On Nov. 30th, 1881, he was united in marriage to Ann E. Greene of La Prairie, Marshall county, Ill. In March 1882 they moved to a farm one and one-half miles from Braddyville, Iowa, where they lived fifteen years.

Three children were born to this union, Roy dying at the age of one year, Ray  Palmer of Laramie, Wyoming and Mrs. T. [heodore] C. Samuelson of Red Oak, Iowa.

Mr. Biggs was converted when a young man and joined the Methodist church, of which he was a faithful member until death called him to his reward, of which he had talked so much and prayed to go to his rest. One of the hardships of his life was when his health would not permit of his attending church services.

When in health he took an active part in all church work. At four different times was appointed district deputy of the Odd Fellows lodge. He also took an active part in politics.

Mr. Biggs is survived by his wife, son and daughter, also one sister, Mrs. J. W. Fair, of Ashland, Ohio, and one brother, F. W. Biggs, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and many friends to mourn their loss"

Mr. Woodard spoke of the sterling character of Mr. Biggs and of how great a sufferer he had been, and told of how faithful an attendant he was at church services notwithstanding the physical torture he endured. Mr. Woodard in the days of his pastorate here had seen before him Mr. Biggs, at the church, when he was suffering so that the tears ran down his cheeks, so interested was Mr. Biggs in the service, and so faithful to the cause of religion.

Many old friends and neighbors of the deceased were at the funeral. At the close of the service at the home the remains were conveyed to the city cemetery. The pallbearers were Roscoe Applegate, G. M. McKee, W. E. Short, W. C. Weinkauf, Lorenzo Halstead, all of Clarinda and C. L. Noble of Shenandoah. Assisting as bearers at the grave were Joe Noble of Shenandoah and Jack Slocum of Clarinda.

The son, Ray P. Biggs, was in Clarinda visiting with his father a short time before his death, but because of the distance was not able to be present at the funeral. Mr. Biggs' brother-in-law, J. M. Fair of Ashland, was present at the funeral, having been here for a number of days before Mr. Biggs passed away.

The newer generation of this locality who knew W. E. Biggs were acquainted with him in the last years of his life, when he was afflicted with illness that compelled him to lead a quiet life, and during which his health required him to spend much of his time indoors. But others knew him as an active boy and young man, as a schoolteacher and farmer. Around thirty years ago Mr. Biggs was carrying on the work of a farmer near Braddyville, at that time alert and vigorous.

He was a man of good education, had been a schoolteacher, was quick to comprehend a situation and had a keen sense of humor; was excellent company; honorable in his dealings.

At the time of his death he was secretary of the Page County Mutual Aid and Benevolent Association.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, June 28, 1980
W. H. Buchleiter former veterinarian
Friends in the Braddyville area have received word of the death of Dr. W. [alter] H. [arris] Buchleiter, 87, former area veterinarian who died at his home in Hemet, CA. His wife, the former Vera Andrews, survives.

Mrs. Buchleiter was a Braddyville resident from childhood. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Al Andrews. Mrs. Andrews was of the Friend family.

Dr. Buchleiter was in Braddyville three years and Coin for over 30 years before moving to Clear Lake and later to Hemet. Burial was in Hemet.
[Note: There is a memorial headstone in Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, Nodaway County, Missouri]


Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, March 27, 1924, [p. 1]
Elias Chidester – Word comes this Thursday morning from Creston of the death of Elias Chidester, age 71 years, well known here by many of our older residents.

For many years Mr. and Mrs. Chidester resided north of Clarinda, later moving to Clearmont, where they resided until recent years when they moved to Creston. Mrs. Chidester passed away last December.

The remains will reach here on the 2 o'clock train Friday afternoon and will be taken directly to the Clarinda Cemetery where interment will be made.


Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, April 14, 1924, p. 8
Elias F. Chidester – Elias P. [Forley] Chidester was born in New Jersey Feb. 27, 1851. When two years old his parents moved to Maryland and in 1870 he came to Clinton, Illinois. On June 22nd, 1873, he was married to Sarah E. Stevens. In 1879 they came to Iowa, locating in Clarinda, and in 1891 they moved to Clearmont, Mo., which was their home until the last two years, when they resided with their daughter, Mrs. C. T. Simes at 309 South Division St., Creston, Iowa, where he died March 26, 1924.

To this union were born two children, one daughter, Anna L., having died in infancy. The wife preceded in death December 5th, 1923. He united with the Christian church of Clearmont, of which he was a very faithful worker.

Funeral services were held in Creston, March 28, after which the remains were brought to Clarinda, and interred in Clarinda Cemetery by the side of his wife who passed away last December.


Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, December 6, 1923, p. 12
Mrs. Lizzie Chidester – Mrs. Lizzie Chidester, wife of Elias Chidester, died Wednesday at the home of her daughter in Creston. The body is being brought here and will arrive Friday afternoon of this week. Burial will be in the Clarinda cemetery, Rev. Jas. A. Burns having charge of the funeral services. At the time of going to press no word as to definite arrangements had been received by undertaker Harmon. The Chidesters were residents here a number of years ago, later residing in Clearmont. Old acquaintances desiring to learn of the funeral arrangements can do so by getting in touch with Mr. Harmon.


Creston Advertiser-Gazette (Creston, Iowa), Wednesday, December 5, 1923, p. 7
Mrs. Chidester Dies Today
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Chidester, 68, died this afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. T. Simes [Sims], 309 S. Division street.

She was the wife of E. [lias] T. [Forley] Chidester, and made their home at Clearmont, Mo., for a number of years but have resided here for the past two years. Besides her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Simes [Sims], survives.

The funeral arrangements have not been made but will be announced later.


Creston Advertiser-Gazette (Creston, Iowa), Thursday, December 6, 1923, p. 12
Chidester Funeral Friday Morning
Funeral services for the late Sarah Elizabeth Chidester, who passed away Wednesday, will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock at the home, 309 South Division street.

Interment will be made at Clarinda, Ia.


Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, December 13, 1923, p. 8
Mrs. Elias F. Chedister – Sarah Elizabeth Stephens was born in Brown County, Ohio, March 5th, 1855 and when a child moved to Dewitt county, Illinois. Here is where she met Elias F. Chedister and they were married June 22nd, 1873.

They went to Cecil County, Maryland and resided about four years, moving from there to Clarinda, Iowa.

In the year 1891 they moved to Clearmont, Missouri which was their present home.

She united with the Christian Church at Clearmont of which she was a constant worker.

Two children were born to this union, Mrs. C. F. Simes and another daughter who died when seven years of age.

The last two years Mr. and Mrs. Chedister have made their home with their daughter Mrs. C. T. Simes in Creston. She passed away at the home of her daughter in Creston, Dec. 5th at the age of 68 years, nine months.

Besides the daughter there were two sisters, Mrs. Nannie Motsinger, who died three years ago and was buried at New Orleans and one sister, Mrs. Laura B. Leonard living at Williamsburg, Ohio.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon December 7th at the cemetery in Clarinda, Iowa, Rev. J. A. Burns of the Christian Church conducting the services.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, July 10, 1919, p. 5
Mrs. Thomas Evans – The funeral of Mrs. Thomas Evans, a former resident of Clarinda, was held from the Oates undertaking parlors this morning. Mr. Evans was the tinner in the J. H. Dunlap store for many years. Mrs. Evans died in Oklahoma.


Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, July 17, 1919, p. 11
Mrs. Martha E. Evans – The earthly remains of Mrs. Thomas Evans were laid to rest in Clarinda cemetery, Thursday afternoon, July 10th, beside those of her husband, who died in 1905. Mrs. Evans died in Canton, Okla., at the home of her daughter, on July 7th. Upon arrival of the remains in Clarinda, short funeral services were held at the C. H. Oates undertaking parlors, conducted by Rev. W. C. Williamson, followed by interment in Clarinda cemetery.

Martha Emily McCandless was born in Warren County, Ohio, Nov. 18, 1832. She was married to Thomas Evans May 30th, 1855, in Warren County, Ohio. The husband passed away in Hopkins, Mo., in 1905. Five children survive, Mary, James B., Charles S., Andrew M. and William T. Mrs. Evans joined the Presbyterian Church when 17 years of age and has lived a faithful Christian life until death. Those present at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. A. [lbert] C. McGuire of Canton, Okla., at whose home she passed away, also Charles S. Evans and wife of Hopkins, Mo., and William T. Evans and wife of Kansas City, Mo.


Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Tuesday, January 2, 1906, p. 4
Thomas W. Evans, who was buried here yesterday was formerly for many years a resident of Clarinda and was highly respected here. For the last ten years he has lived at Hopkins, Mo. He followed the tinner's trade and many a roof in Clarinda has been put on by "Uncle Tommy" as he was familiarly called. He was a good man and leaves a clean record.


Page County Democrat (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, January 4, 1906, p. 7
Thos. Evans died Dec. 31, 1905, at his home in Hopkins, Mo., aged 79 years, 5 months and 29 days. He had been sick only a few days, but an attack of kidney trouble with old age was more than he could endure. Mr. Evans was born July 2, 1827, in Burks county, Pa. While a child his parents removed to Defiance, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. He was married to Mary A. Cornwall, Dec. 23, 1847, at Springfield, Ohio, who died Dec. 4, 1854.  To this union three children were born, Flora, Emma and Frank. He was again married, this time to Martha E. [mily] McCandless, May 30, 1855, at Lebanon, Ohio, and to them seven children were born, Mary, James, Charles, Martha, Andrew, William and Frank, all of whom survive him except Frank and Martha. He united with the Episcopal church at Springfield, Ohio, and after removing to Union, Ohio, united with and was made an elder in the Presbyterian church until moving west and locating at Clarinda in 18 [?], where he held a membership in the Presbyterian church until his death. Mr. Evans was a tinner by trade and followed his profession through many years. He was also mayor of Clarinda a number of years ago and also held other offices of trust. He was well known to all the early settlers here. The remains were brought to this city Monday and at one p. m. laid to rest in the Clarinda cemetery, short services being held at the grave by Rev. J. N. Mclean in the presence of sympathizing friends.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Friday, January 5, 1906, p. 6
Thomas Evans, a former resident, pioneer citizen of Clarinda, died Dec. 31, 1905, at Hopkins, Mo., which place has been his home in recent years and his remains were brought here Monday where the burial took place with funeral services held at 1 o'clock that afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. N. Mclean, pastor of the Presbyterian church. The late Mr. Evans was well and favorably known in this city and Page County. He was the seventh postmaster of Clarinda, having succeeded Colonel A. R. Anderson in that position. Mr. Evans was postmaster here six years, when he turned that office over to S. F. Thompson. He was afterwards, 1879-1881, mayor of this city. He was a tinner by trade and for a time was in the employ of Dunlap & Co. in that capacity. Thirteen or fourteen years ago his health failed him and he was obliged to give up work at his trade. He was a well-informed man and useful citizen. He was a native of Berks County, Pa. where he was born July 2, 1827. He was twice married. His first wife, whose maiden name was Mary A. Cornwall, died in 1854 and he was married again, May 30, 1855, to Martha E. [mily] McCandless, who died a few years ago and whose remains were brought from the Evans Missouri home, to Clarinda, for interment. By his first marriage there were three children and by the second marriage seven children. All but two of the children, Frank and Martha, survive. The latter, better known as Mrs. Mattie Bruk [Burk], lost her life last year in a railroad accident and is also buried in Clarinda.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Friday, January 19, 1906, p. 2
Tribute to an Old Citizen
Thomas Evans, who died Dec. 31, 1905, at Hopkins, Mo., and was interred on the following Monday in Clarinda cemetery was a man of sterling worth. He was born July 2, 1826 in Pennsylvania and came to Clarinda in 1860, where he lived until a few years ago

Mr. Evans was a man who had high ideals of life. He was strictly honest in the fullest sense of the word and having good habits and great energy he soon made his influence for good felt in Clarinda. He held various places of trust. He was postmaster here for six years, mayor, for two years, president of the school board for several years. For some time, he was township clerk and for years served as county coroner.

Mr. Evans was an enthusiastic Mason and for a long while was secretary in Lodge No. 140. Soon after coming to Clarinda Mr. Evans united with the Presbyterian church in this city and remained a member until his death. At one time he was chorister, and for a long period deacon.

Mr. Evans' character was a most loveable one. Gentle, kind, conscientious, he endeared himself to all who thoroughly knew him.

He was twice married. His first wife, whose maiden name was Mary A. Cornwall died in 1854 and he was married again May 30, 1855, to Martha E. [mily] McCandliss [McCandless], who still survives him and is living in Hopkins, Mo. By his first marriage there were three children and by the second marriage seven children. All but two of the children, Frank and Martha, survive. The latter better known as Mattie Burk, lost her life last year in a railroad accident and is also buried in Clarinda. Mr. Evans was one of the makers of the early history of this city, being one of the foremost in building it up and giving tone to its morals and Christian character. His influence for good cannot be computed. The present generation cannot realize how much they owe to the pioneers of this city and community. J. A. W. Clarinda, Jan. 16


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 14, 1955, p. 7
Mrs Don Farmer – Alice Irene Abbott Farmer, daughter of Allie M and Clara S Abbott, was born July 6, 1907 at College Springs, Iowa, and departed this life October 25, 1955 in Monmouth, Ill, at the age of 48 years, three months and nineteen days.

At the age of six, Irene moved with her parents, her brother and sister, to Clarinda, Ia, which was the family home until the death of her mother and father in 1943. She attended Clarinda High School, graduating in the class of 1925. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo, for two years, later graduating from the University of Iowa in 1929. Her postgraduate work was taken in Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. She taught home economics in Oakland, Ia High School and in Nodaway, Ia.

On July 3, 1932, Irene was united in marriage to Donald C Farmer at St Paul, Minn. Together they made their home in Waupaca, Wis, where their two children were born and where they made a place for themselves in the community by their participation in civic activities. In 1953 when Mr Farmer was transferred to Monmouth, Ill, to a position in the Gambles Warehouse, they left with regret their home in Waupaca and their many friends there.

In the two short years since coming to Monmouth, Ill, Mrs Farmer endeared herself to many new friends and has constantly received the admiration of all who knew her by her almost casual acceptance of her handicap and the heroic way she lived a normal life though physically blind to all about her. She was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta National Sorority, Past Matron of the OES, a member of the AAUW, the Methodist Church of Monmouth, an active circle member and the Agenda Club which is composed of the wives of the office personnel of Gambles in Monmouth.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Donald C Farmer, a son, Donald Abbott Farmer, and a daughter, Margaret Ann Farmer, all of Monmouth, Ill, also her brother, Vern Abbott of Clarinda, a sister Sara Abbott of Baltimore, Md, three nieces and three nephews.

Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral Home at 2 p m Friday, Oct 28, 1955, with Rev Wauneita McConnell in charge. Soft organ music was played during the service by Grace Perry. Floral committee was Mrs Forest Klepinger, Mrs J R Arthur, Mrs Donald Borthwick, Mrs Joe Tunnicliff and Mrs Clyde Lawson. Casket bearers who carried her to her final resting place in the Clarinda Cemetery were Forest Klepinger, J R Arthur, Donald Borthwick, Joe Tunnicliff, Clyde Apple and Julie Isaacson.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 31, 1923, p. 6
Bethel Ann Fewson – Mr. and Mrs. P. [eter] A. [braham] Fewson have been called upon to bear the loss of their baby daughter, Bethel Ann Fewson. She was born in Clarinda, May 8, 1923, and died here May 26, at the age of 13 days. Her death was caused by whooping cough and pneumonia. Two brothers and a sister survive Bethel Ann. They are George, Robert and Marjory Ruth. The funeral service was Monday, at the grave, at Lenox, where the remains were taken for burial. The service was by Rev. F. C. McCallon, pastor of the Christian church of Lenox.


Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, June 21, 1928, p. 3
Rachel Emrich Fine – Rachel Emrich [Emrick] was born June the 9th, 1845, in Putnam County, Indiana and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Smith, in Maryville, Mo. June 15th, 1928, aged 83 years and six days.

She moved with her parents to Taylor County, Iowa when a girl, and here it was she grew to a most splendid womanhood. She was married to John Fine on January 10th, 1864, and to this union were born eight children. They are: William and Ira E., both of Hopkins; Albert H. and glen of Loveland, Colorado; Dale of Braddyville, Ia., and Mrs. Joseph Smith of Maryville, Mo. Two daughters, Mamie and Belle, having deceased while yet young. Aside from these, she leave 23 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren to mourn her death.

She spent the earlier part of her life on a farm in both Taylor and Page Counties, in Southern Iowa. Fourteen years ago she with her husband moved into Hopkins, Mo., where she continued to live until [the] death of her husband which occurred on March 13th, 1922, since which time she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Smith.

She joined the Methodist Episcopal Church when but a child and all her life she lived a consistent and true Christian life.

Her funeral was conducted by her pastor, the Rev. J. Howard Thompson, of Hopkins at the Shearer Church, ten miles northwest of Hopkins, Sunday afternoon, June 17th, assisted by the rev. A. L. Garten, the pastor of the Baptist Church of Hopkins, after which she was laid to rest by the side of her husband, to await the end of all things. The children and all have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their sorrow.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 3, 1923, p. 7
John J. Grush - A former resident of East River township, Page county, John J. Grush, died recently at Hamilton, Mont. C. G. Fulk of Shambaugh and John Fulk of East River township made a trip to Hamilton on account of the death, out of respect to his memory.

The Western News of Hamilton, the issue of April 19, 1923, contained the following:

John J. Grush, one of Hamilton's earliest residents, well known and respected, died Monday morning while working in his garden on North Fifth street. His death is attributed to heart disease.

Mr. Grush, who had been working in the garden, complained to his wife about a pain in or about his stomach and after sipping a drink which she brought him fell to the earth and died before medical attention arrived.

John Grush was 68 years of age at the time of his death and came to the Bitter Root in 1890 and has resided in Hamilton since that time. During the administration of Harry Robinson as Mayor, Mr. Grush was Chief of the Hamilton police force. He was a member of the Odd Fellows fraternity and the funeral, which was held this afternoon, was held under the auspices of the Hamilton branch of that order of which in life he always was one of the most attentive members. The services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home.

John Grush is survived by his wife, two sons, Delbert and William, four brothers, three sisters, Mrs Haggard and Ray Grush of Astoria, Ore., all of whom have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their hour of bereavement.

Mr. Grush during all of the days of his life was a hard and persistent worker, a good citizen, and his loss will be felt by the residents of Hamilton.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 3, 1923, p. 7
L. A. Harland – The following obituary has been furnished to The Journal:
"Louis Adelbert Harland was born in Page County, Iowa, on the 14th day of August, 1887, and passed from this life on the 30th day of April, 1923, age 35 years, 8 months and 14 days. He was married Feb. 20, 1907 to Clara Cade. To this union one child was born, who with his mother, aged grandfather and five brothers remain to mourn their sad loss. Brother Harland obeyed the gospel in October, 1921 at a meeting held at Hazel Dell school house by E. G. Foreman. His membership was with the Church of Christ near Villisca at the time of his death. Brother Harland was firm in his convictions for right and a better husband and father would be hard to find. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows fraternity and the Rebekah lodge at New Market. A good man has gone but we trust our loss was his gain and may we live to meet him in a better land.: Among those present at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Harland of Yorktown, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harland of Clarinda, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Harland of Braddyville and Mrs. Maud Maines of Shenandoah. About 150 Odd Fellows and Rebekahs participated in the funeral ceremonies. Burial was in the cemetery northeast of New Market.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 14, 1955, p. 7
Mrs A L Horel
Ada Alberta Spooner, daughter of Daniel and Laura Spooner, was born June 10, 1876, at Tomah, Wis. and died Friday evening, Oct 28, 1955 at the home of her daughter, Mrs Ermal Wiar, Coin, Iowa.

She spent her early life on a farm in Monroe County, near Tomah, Wis. In her girlhood, she united with the LaGrange Methodist Church near her home.

On Sept 7, 1893 she was united in marriage to Arthur Horel. The 60th anniversary of their marriage was celebrated at their home near Blanchard, Iowa. Six children were born to this union: Charles Horel, Fulton, Mo, Mrs Ermal Wiar (Vera), of Coin; Lloyd Horel, Worland, Wyo; Mrs Glenn Reed (Hattie), Coin; Harold Horel, Blanchard, Ia, and Kennard Horel in the home. She had nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

In the year 1905, the family moved from Wisconsin to a farm near Coin, and they have continued to make their home in and near Coin. During the last few years they had been in or near Blanchard. Mrs Horel was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She had been able to carry on that kindly ministry to her loved ones until four weeks before her death, when she became seriously ill, and was taken to the Clarinda Municipal Hospital, where she recovered to the extent that she could be moved to the home of her daughter a week ago.

Besides her immediate family she leaves a sister-in-law, Mrs Elsie Spooner of Tomah, Wis; and four nieces and nephews, Rev Roy Spooner, Tecumseh, Nebr; Mrs Grace Shultz, Tomah, Wis; Mrs Laura Betthauser, Tunnel City, Wis and Charles Spooner, Tomah, Wis. Preceding her in death were her father and mother, two brothers, Will and Ed, and a baby sister, Hattie.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, February 5, 1962, [p. 1]
A L Horel, 88, died at his son's home
COIN (Special) Arthur L Horel, 88, who farmed in the Coin-Blanchard vicinity for more than a half century, died at 8:45 a m this Monday at the home of his son, Harold, in Colfax Twp.

Although ill for two years, he had only been confined to the house for much of the time for six months, was critically ill for a week.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p m at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda. The Rev Herbert L Thomas of Woodbine, former Methodist minister at Coin, will be in charge, with burial in the cemetery at Coin.

Mr Horel was born at Humbird, Wis, but moved to Iowa 65 years ago, all of this time being spent in farming in Page County. He had been interested with his son in the breeding of purebred Angus cattle. His wife died six years ago last October.

Besides Harold, the children of Mr Horel are Mrs C E (Vera A) Wiar, Coin; Kennard, Blanchard; Charles E, Holts Summit, Mo; Lloyd E, Worland, Wyo; Mrs Hattie Liebfort, Berkeley, Calif. His brother is Dr C Sidney Horel at Worland, who is spending the winter in Arizona.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, September 13, 1962, [p. 1]
Olin Hutt rites Friday at church
BLANCHARD (Special) Funeral for Olin Hutt, 55, former café owner, is to be held Friday at 2 p m at the Blanchard Methodist Church with the Rev Clyde King officiating. Burial will be in the cemetery at Blanchard.

Mr. Hutt died at 1 a m Wednesday at the hospital in Shenandoah. He had been ill for several years, his death caused by respiratory illness.

He had been a restaurant man in Blanchard for 16 years prior to selling to Jim Hutt last year. Blanchard had always been his home except for service during World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Roberta; two sons, Alison and Robert of the home; one brother, Charles Hutt of Blanchard; and two sisters, Mrs Oscar Nuckolls, Hopkins, Mo, and Mrs Carl Ulmer of Blanchard.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 31, 1923, p. 6
Alfred Jordan – Alfred Jordan, father of Mrs. C. E. Barchus, died at his home in Omaha, Nebr., Monday, May 21, 1923, after a long illness. He was born in France. The late Mr. Jordan was 65 years of age. The funeral was held Wednesday, May 23, at the family home. He is survived by the wife and nine children, four daughters and five sons. Another child died in infancy. Mrs. C. E. Barchus, of near Bedford, was in attendance at the funeral.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 14, 1955, p. 7
Herbert F Martin – Herbert F [rederick] Martin, son of Fred and Mary Martin was born on a farm near Clarinda, Iowa, on Feb 16, 1886, and passed away suddenly the evening of Oct 2, 1955.

He was united in marriage to Mary Black of Clarinda, Iowa, and to them was given three children: twin girls who died at birth and Katherine, who died at the age of seven. While they were thus denied children in the home to maturity, they were father and mother to all children who knew them.

He is survived by his wife; one brother, Robert J Martin of Clarinda, three sisters: Mrs Bertha Young, Denison, Kan; Mrs Myrtle Tippen of Clarinda, and Mrs Grace Miller of Topeka, Kan.

After a time on the farm, they moved to Denver in 1925, which has continued to be their home. During the years in Denver Mr Martin was a faithful worker in several firms, and at the time of his death he was holding a responsible position at Crown Hill Cemetery.

In his youth he made a profession of his faith in Jesus Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church near Clarinda, Iowa. For many years he has been an elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church at Denver, as well as holding several other offices in the church.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 14, 1955, p. 7
Warren Miller – Warren Todd Miller, son of Mr and Mrs Webster Miller, was born in Page County, Iowa, Sept 14, 1899, and died at his home Oct 20, 1955 at the age of 56 years, one month and six days.

He was united in marriage to Alice Hosman Feb 17, 1944. He has always made his home in Page County and has resided at his home address for the past eight years. For 13 years he was fireman at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, two brothers, Fleet Miller of Shenandoah and Clark Miller of Weslaco, Texas, three sisters, Miss Daisy Miller of Omaha, Nebr, Mrs Maude Mathewson of Shenandoah and Mrs Edna Hollenback of Hanover, Kan; six nephews and two nieces, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, two brothers, Donald and Clayton, and two sisters, Mary and Elizabeth.

Funeral services were held at the Foster-Harmon-Williams Mortuary on Sunday, Oct 23, 1955, Rev Lester Greenwood, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Music was furnished by Aletha Hutchings and Mary Brummett. Bearers were Bernard Johnson, Floyd Kelley, Paul Hughes, John Sperry, Vern O'Neal and D E McCoy. The flowers were cared for by Mrs Dessie Mathews, Mrs Geneva Johnson and Mrs Clara Miller. The Memory book was in charge of Miss Delma Anderson.

Interment was in the Clarinda Cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, September 13, 1962, [p. 1]
Funeral to be Friday for E G Olmsted
Earl C Olmsted, 63, died at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital at 5:35 p m Tuesday after being hospitalized for five days with a severe heart attack. He had never been bothered with heart trouble before this time.

He had been a salesman for the Clarinda Oil Company for four years and suffered the attack while taking care of the business at the local company's station at Shenandoah Thursday about noon.

He was born and grew to manhood at Hopkins, Mo. He was married to Berniece Winters of Clarinda. They spent the early years of their marriage on a farm near Hopkins, then moved to Clarinda and Earl took over the management of the Standard Oil Station located in the building now operated as the Frosty Shoppe near the high school. He became a salesman on the road for Standard Oil, and while thus employed they lived first in Bedford and Mount Ayr. Moving to Iowa City, he operated a Mobil oil station for 11 years. At Ames he bought and operated a bulk station for two years, before moving to Denver, Colo. as salesman for the Frontier Oil Co. they were at Cedar Rapids for three years before moving back to Clarinda in June of 1958. Their home is 619 S 15th street.

He was a member of Nodaway Lodge No. 140 AF & AM in Clarinda and a member of the Elks Lodge at Alliance, Nebr.

Survivors are his wife, Berneice; son, Dr. Hal Olmsted of Cedar Rapids; four brothers, Roy Olmsted of Gooding, Ida, Maurice V Olmsted, San Mateo, Calif, Clarence H Olmsted, Denver, Colo, and Clyde Olmsted, Hopkins, Mo; two sisters, Mrs Ora (Hazel) Friend, Longmont, Colo, and Neva Edminister [Edminster] of Twin Falls, Ida; a granddaughter, Susan Olmsted of Cedar Rapids; and his mother, Mrs Elizabeth Olmsted, 95, at Longmont, Colo.

Funeral services are to be held from the Walker Funeral Home at 2 p m Friday, with the Rev John L Beebout in charge. Aletha Hutchings will furnish the organ music for the service. Casket bearers will be Darrell C Davison, Mark Goodwin, Arlo Hamm, Ronald Perry, Austin Mutz and Martin Hagedorn.

Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, June 30, 1941, p. 4
Mrs. J. W. Orme – Another one of those whose lives have been built into the very fabric of our community has been called to the Greater World beyond. Ada Alina Orme, daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth Tice, was born Dec. 9, 1858, in Page County and spent all of her more than four score years in this community. After a brief illness, she quietly passed away June 24, 1941, at her home in Clarinda, Ia. All the years of her life speak forth thoughtfulness for others, a deep desire to foster all things beautiful, a gift for seeing the bright and happy side of life and courage for the right at all times. Her personality was a marked combination of gentle kindness and wise strength.

On Dec. 6, 1881, she was married to John Wesley Orme. Together they made an attractive farm home in Valley Township, which was known for its fruitfulness and hospitality and for its leadership in all good movements. After living 37 years on this farm, they moved in 1918 to their home on north 15th street in Clarinda and it was here that her husband passed away on April 26, 1923.

To this union, two children were born, one daughter, Nellie, living at home and one son dying in infancy. Besides this daughter, she leaves three stepchildren, Albert C Orme of Nodaway, Iowa, Della H Swisher of Clarinda, and Frank W Orme of San Francisco, Calif.; four step grandchildren, Gertrude Gregg of Slater, Ia., John Swisher of St. Louis, Mo., William and Helen Orme of Nodaway, Ia., ten step great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. D C Robb of Omaha and Mrs V M Bearden of Pulaski, Ia, and several nieces and nephews.

Early in her womanhood she joined the M. E. church at North Grove, afterwards transferring her membership to the First M. E. church of Clarinda. She was a faithful and earnest worker in all the activities of her church. Her Christian life found expression, also, in the pathway of everyday living through sharing with those in need, through helpfulness to those in trouble and through an understanding and steadfastness that made her friendship very near and dear.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 3, 1923, p. 7
John W. Orme – J. W. Orme, one of Page County's oldest settlers, passed away Thursday, April 26, 1923, at 10:30 p. m., at his home on North Fifteenth street in Clarinda, surrounded by his loving dear ones.

After a lingering illness of about six months he maintained his cheerfulness to the end.

John Wesley Orme, the son of William and Elizabeth Orme, was born May 25, 1845, in Knox County, Ohio; died April 26, 1923. He was 77 years, 11 months and 1 day old at the time of his death.

He came with his parents to Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 1854, where he lived for two years. In 1856 he moved with his parents to Page County, Iowa, settling on a farm three and one-half miles north of Hawleyville. He remained a resident of Page County for sixty-seven years.

At the age of 15 years he felt that the power of his being had need of a Master that the best results of his life might be obtained. In response to this call of God he surrendered his heart to Him and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He later became a charter member of the North Grove Methodist Episcopal class, where a church building was erected near his home, and where he held his membership until the time of his death.

He was married in 1872 to Anna A. Walter, to which union two sons and a daughter were born: Albert C., now of Nodaway, Iowa; Frank W. of San Francisco, Calif., and Mrs. W. C. Swisher of Clarinda. Mrs. Orme died in 1880.

On Dec. 6, 1881, he was united in marriage to Ada A. Tice, to which union two children were born: Nellie E. Orme of Clarinda and one son, who died in infancy.

Besides the wife and children above named he leaves one brother, W. H. Orme, residing three miles north of Hawleyville.

The funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by his former pastor, Rev. E. S. Menoher of Corning, Iowa, assisted by Dr. A. T. Bishop, of the Clarinda Methodist Episcopal church.

A very large company of relatives and friends paid their last tribute to the memory of the deceased by attending the last sad rites. He was laid to his final rest in the Clarinda cemetery.

The children of Mr. Orme were all here about a week before his death, some of them coming earlier than that. Mr. Orme was extremely patient in his suffering and made arrangements for his funeral himself.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, January 16, 1969, [p. 1]
Miss Nellie Orme died at Des Moines; service Saturday
Miss Nellie Orme, 85, native of the northeast area of Page County, died at 2:30 p m Tuesday at the Mercy Hospital in Des Moines where she had been under care since early November.

Services are planned for Saturday, the funeral to be at 1 p m. at the United Methodist Church here. The Rev John Beebout and Rev Lester Greenwood will officiate. Walker Funeral Home is in charge and burial is to be in Clarinda cemetery.

Nellie Elizabeth Orme was born June 8, 1883 in the North Grove vicinity, daughter of John Wesley and Ada Tice Orme. She is last of the immediate family. Four nieces and nephews who will be here for the services are Mrs Clarence Gregg of Slater, John Swisher of Winnetka, Ill, William W Orme of Villisca and Helen M Orme of Nodaway.

She has been an outstanding lifetime teacher, retired several years from long service in the Omaha schools. She was originally a teacher in Page County rural schools and Villisca. She was given high honors when she retired from Dundee school in Omaha.

Miss Orme has been recognized for her generous contributions to the community. She was active with the First Methodist Church, several memorials being established in honor of her parents. She found pleasure in helping others who needed hospitalization, for in recent years she had spent months in Clarinda and Des Moines hospitals. She was responsible for equipping the research laboratory and several other major projects in Clarinda Municipal Hospital.

She was an avid bird lover. While in Omaha she created a bird sanctuary near her school. She made numerous trips to other parts of the United States for bird study.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, December 29, 1927, p. 7
Mrs. John Rhoades – Mary Eliza Taylor was born in 1852 at Richmond, W. Va. She was united in marriage to John Scidmore at Ottawa, Ill. To this union five children were born, Mary E., Edward E. and Hartie each died in infancy. The deceased leaves to mourn her death, a son, Fred E. Scidmore, of Kansas City, Mo., and a daughter, Lillie Rhoades, of Greely, Colo.

The son and daughter were called here a week ago by the illness of their mother, whom they took to the home of her son in Kansas City, where she passed away Christmas morning, at the age of 75 years, 9 months and 24 days.

She was united in marriage in August 1921 to James Rhoades, who has since passed away. She united with the Christian church in 1893.

Many will remember her as the pioneer florist in Clarinda. She had the first greenhouse in the north part of the city many years ago. She is an old settler in the community.

The funeral was held at the Harmon Funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with Rev. E. B. Osborne, pastor of the Baptist church at New Market officiating. Burial was in the Clarinda cemetery.

[Note: The same obituary was published in the Clarinda Herald, December 29, 1927, p. 1]

Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, December 26, 1927, p. 4
Mrs. Mary Rhoades – Mrs. Mary Rhoades died at the home of her son, Fred Scidmore, in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday morning, and the body is being brought back to the Clarinda home in the Harmon funeral hearse. Mr. Harmon left for Kansas City this morning. Funeral services will be from the funeral home at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, burial to be in the Clarinda cemetery.
Mrs. Rhoades went to Kansas City only last week to be with her son, she having been in poor health for some time. It will be remembered that Mr. Rhoades preceded his wife in death during the time of the cyclone a year and a half ago.



Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 14, 1955, p. 7
Roger Sage – Roger William Sage was born Aug 12, 1913, at Maryville, Mo and died at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital after a sudden illness Monday, Oct 31, 1955 at the age of 42.

He lived with the family in Maryville until he graduated from the high school and soon afterward the family moved to Bedford. It was there that he met Edith Grace Goff who became his life partner. To this union were born two children, Gary Laverne, 18 and Judy Ann 14.

In 1943 the family moved to Clarinda, which has since been their home. During the residence here Mr Sage was engaged as a salesman. At an early age he united with the Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alanson and Elizabeth Sage and his mother Florence.

He is survived by his wife, Edith, the son and daughter, a half sister, Mary Newton of Maryville, and two half brothers, Arthur Lee Kempf of Parnell, Mo and William of Chicago, an aunt, Neva Sage of Indianapolis, and an uncle, J W Sage of St Cloud, Fla, besides a host of friends.

Funeral srvices were conducted from the Walker Funeral Home at 2 p m Wednesday, Nov 2, 1955, with the Rev D C Davis in charge. Soft organ music was played during the entire service by Aletha Hutchings. Casket bearers were Kennard Maier, Wayne Campbell, Herman Girard, Glen Cade, Neal Rastofer and Al Gray. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 31, 1923, p. 6
Mrs. Charles L. Saum
A telegram was received in Clarinda by relatives of Charles L. Saum announcing the death of Mrs. Saum, Monday afternoon in a hospital at Boise, Ida. The body is to be taken to Mrs. Saum's old home in Ohio for burial. The adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Saum, Miss Dorothy, is to come to Leavenworth, Kans., where she will reamin with the F. J. Tallant family while Mr. Saum is in Ohio. Mrs. Saum's death was very unexpected to Clarinda relatives, although she had not been in good health since a fall a number of months ago.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, December 29, 1927, p. 7
Mrs. L. E. Shaw – Mrs. L. E. Shaw, a former resident of Clarinda a number of years ago, died at Oceanside, Calif., Dec. 24, 1927, aged 89 years of age. She was a member of the Eastern Star during her later years here. The family home was where the playground south of the Junior High School is now located. Sam Dorsey is her son.


Daily Democrat-Forum and Maryville Tribune (Maryville, Missouri), Tuesday, February 8, 1927, [p. 1]
A. P. Skeed, Editor, Dies
Had Published Clearmont News Since 1898
Stricken Last Friday Funeral Services to Be Held Tomorrow or Thursday. —A Native of Illinois
A. P. Skeed, 75 years old, editor of the Clearmont News since 1889, died at 5:25 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home in Clearmont. He sustained a third stroke of paralysis last Friday. The funeral will be held tomorrow or Thursday afternoon at the M. E. Church in Clearmont. The pastor, the Rev. William Pittker, will be assisted by the Rev. W. W. Laughlin of the Clearmont Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Clarinda, Ia., cemetery.

Mr. Skeed was born September 24, 1851, at Knoxville, Illinois. His parents were Samuel and Emily (Briggs) Skeed, both natives of Ohio. The father was a cooper by trade. He died at the age of 77 and the mother of the editor died when 87.

There were seven children in the family, three of whom grew to maturity. A. P. Skeed grew to maturity in his native city, gaining his education in the grade and high schools there. He determined when but a lad to devote his life to newspaper work and entered the office of the Knox County Republican in 1869, remaining there until 1872.

In the spring of that year he went to Leon, Ia., and became associated with the Decatur County Journal, with which he remained until the fall of 1877. Mr. Skeed then moved to Essex, Page County, Ia., and worked on the Index there until the fall of 1881, when he went to Coin, Ia., and assisted in starting the Coin Eagle, where he worked until the spring of 1884.

From there he went to Clarinda, Ia., and devoted his attention to the Clarinda Journal until the spring of 1888 when he entered the Herald job office at Clarinda and conducted it until 1898.

In the fall of that year he went to Clearmont and bought a half interest in the News. On March 1, 1901, he bought his partner's interest and has since conducted the paper.

Mr. Skeed had been married three times. He first married Eliza B. Avery in 1873, who died March, 1879. In September the following year he married Florence Lanning whose death occurred in April 1895. Mr. Skeed was married to Rebecca Tucker, who survives. He leaves two children, Claude Skeed, a farmer near Clearmont, and Mrs. John Tollinger of Greentop, Mo.

Mr. Skeed was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having joined that denomination when but 14 years of age. He belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Encampment and the Modern Woodmen of America. He has served as chairman of the town board of Clearmont, mayor of the town and as township trustee.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, July 30, 1984, p. 6
Rosa Smith service held
Mrs. Rosa Nell Smith, 91, died July 27, 1984 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Eula Warneke in Council Bluffs.

She was born Dec. 18, 1892 near Gravity, the first child of Arthur and Cora Combs Darnold.

In 1908 she was married to J. [ames] C. Smith who preceded her in death in 1982 after 74 years of marriage.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith farmed in the New Market, College Springs and Bedford areas, retiring to Clarinda.

She is survived by nine children: Mrs. Clifford (Audra F.) Davison of Clarinda, Walter A. Smith of Bedford, Mrs. Beryl (Ermol) Kelso of Clarinda, Harry G. Smith of Coin, Ernie E. Smith of Chico, Ca, Mrs. George (Hilda L.) Lymer of Wichita, Ks, Mrs. Henry (Norma M.) Hall of Clayton, La, Mrs. Lowell (Opal F.) Christensen of Iowa Falls, Ia, Mrs. Robert (Eula Lee) Warneke of Council Bluffs; 39 grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents, husband and a daughter Mrs. Verna M. Berringer.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. Ervin Ortmann officiating.

Burial was in Clarinda cemetery.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 3, 1923, p. 7
William Alexander Stewart – The Journal has been furnished the following obituary of William Alexander Stewart, who died at Hawleyville Wednesday morning, April 25, 1923:
"William Alexander Stewart was born Sept. 12, 1864, in Adams County, Iowa, at Quincy, an old town near Corning. At an early age with his parents they moved to Nodaway where his mother died in 1877. In 1880 with his father and the family he came to Hawleyville where he has lived until he passed away Wednesday morning, April 25, 1923. Alex as he was commonly called, was a kind and loving man, ever ready to help others and had many friends. Shortly after moving to Hawleyville he united with the Methodist Episcopal church and afterwards joined the Adventist church. He was janitor of the Methodist church and sexton of the Hawleyville cemetery for a great number of years and was always faithful at his work. He was one of a family of seven. His father died in 1883, a sister, Jennie in 1912. He is survived by one sister and four brothers. Mr. Stewart was 58 years, 5 months and 13 days of age at the time of his death.

The funeral was largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Owen Smith, pastor of the New Market Methodist Episcopal church, assisted by Rev. B. F. Hubbard, pastor of the A. M. E. church of Clarinda and the choir of that church.

Relatives present at the funeral were Robert J. Stewart of Nebraska City, Nebr.; Catherine Stewart of Hawleyville; Charles E. Stewart of Hawleyville; Samuel P. Stewart of Omaha, Nebr.; Albert G. Stewart of R. F. D. No. 6, Clarinda; Mrs. Anna Bell Barnes of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stewart of Red Oak, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Stewart of Nebraska City, Nebr."


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 20, 1961, p. 2
Mrs W C Swisher, 86, died at Madrid home
Mrs Will C (Della) Swisher, 86, died Sunday night at the Lutheran Home at Madrid, Ia, where she has been living fro about five years. No funeral plans were announced, except that William-Foster Mortuary will have the arrangements.

Mrs Swisher is a sister to Miss Nellie Orme, Clarinda, and mother of John Swisher of Wanetka [Winnetka], Ill, and Mrs. Clarence Gregg of Slater, Ia. She was reared in the North Grove vicinity, and the years of married life were mostly on a farm in that vicinity. Mr and Mrs Swisher moved to Clarinda to a home at northwest edge of Clarinda, then to E Lincoln St. After Mr Swisher's death she lived alone and for a short time at the Gregg home before going to Madrid.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, October 24, 1955, [p. 1]
Willis C Swisher Died Here Sunday
Retired Clarinda Farmer Had Taught Sunday School 63 Years
Willis C (Bill) Swisher, 86, of Clarinda, died Sunday morning at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital of a heart attack. He had been in the hospital since Thursday.

Mr. Swisher was born in Valley Township and had spent his entire life in Page County and the Clarinda area. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of the First Methodist Church at Clarinda and had taught the King's Daughters Sunday school class since 1918, his total Sunday school teaching service spanning 63 years.

Survivors include his wife, Della; one son, John W Swisher of Glendale, Mo; one daughter, Mrs Gertrude Swisher Gregg of Kelley, Ia; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs Sadie Swisher Patterson of Arkansas City, Kan; Mrs Ada Swisher Bentley and Miss Mary Swisher, both of Villisca.

The Swishers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb 26, 1946. They would have been married 60 years next February.

Funeral services will be held at the First Methodist Church Tuesday at 2 p m, the Rev. Lester Greenwood to officiate. Interment will be in the Clarinda Cemetery. Foster-Harmon-Williams Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Remembrances may be given to a memorial fund to the Methodist Church.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 14, 1955, p. 7
Willis C Swisher – An unusual life, one dedicated to God and his fellowmen, was ended Sunday, Oct 23, when death came to Willis Clinton Swisher. Born in Valley Township, Page County, Iowa, on Aug 25, 1869, he was the eldest son of seven children of William H and Mima Quivey Swisher.

He spent his early years in his native community where he learned to be a good farmer and started his experience in churchmanship in the North Grove Church. He assisted his father with the farming until time for him to seek higher education than his secondary work. He attend Amity College at College Springs and later taught school for several years along with his profession of farming.

He was married to Della H Orme, also a student at Amity College and a neighbor of Valley Township, in 1896. They lived for several years in Valley Township before going to a farm northwest of Nodaway, Iowa. In December 1918, Mr. and Mrs. Swisher moved to Clarinda where they had a small acreage until health caused them to give that up for their present home at 109 East Lincoln Street.

Two children came into their home, their daughter, Gertrude (Mrs Clarence Gregg of Kelley, Iowa) and John W Swisher of St Louis, Mo. The father took great pride in both the farming operation of his daughter and family and the law practice of the son, who is an attorney associated with the Aetna Casualty and Surety Co.

The grandchildren of Mr and Mrs Swisher are: Delmyr C Gregg of Montevideo, Minn; Thomas S Gregg, Mima Gregg and Charles Gregg of Kelley, Iowa; Wilfred L Gregg of Huxley, Iowa, Lieut John R Gregg of St Louis, Mo; Brenda Swisher and John W Swisher, Jr of Glendale, Mo. There are also six great grandchildren.

Mr Swisher's living sisters are: Mrs. Carl Bentley and Miss Mary Swisher of Villisca, Ia and Mrs Donald Patterson, Sr of Arkansas City, Kan. Two sisters and a brother have preceded him in death, Mrs Richard Owen, Mrs Will Reed and Harry Swisher.

His church work started early in life and by 18 he was a Sunday school teacher. He was teacher of the King's Daughters class in the Clarinda Methodist Church at the time of his death, having rounded out 64 years of teaching in the churches at North Grove, Nodaway and Clarinda.

Mr and Mrs Swisher celebrated their golden wedding in 1946 and had already started plans for their 60th anniversary next February.

Funeral services were held at the First Methodist church Tuesday, Oct 25, 1955, at 2 p m, Rev Lester Greenwood and Rev Wauneita McConnell, pastors of the church, officiating. Mrs C Bruce Grossman was organist.

Bearers were nephews and grandsons: Ned Farrens, Allan Gossett, Thomas Gregg, William Orme, Donald Patterson, Jr and Frank Reed. Honorary bearers were: T E Bayes, Harold Halder, Paul Harris, Maury Schlacter, Hal Wamsley and George Woolson. Ushers were Arthur Greenwood and Harley McCoy.

Interment was in Clarinda Cemetery.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 31, 1923, p. 6
Isaac Tillman – Essex Independent, May 25: Isaac Tillman passed from this life at his home east of Essex Saturday morning, May 19, at 11:30 at the age of 92 years, 1 month and 26 days.

Mr. Tillman was truly one of the early pioneers of Page County. He was born in Navelsjo congregation, Sweden, March 24, 1831. He grew to manhood in the country of his birth and was married to Miss Ann Tillman in 1862. In the year 1869 they left their country in search of a new home and setting their faces westward they came to America, then a new country, rich in opportunities and possibilities. They settled first in Henry county, Ill. where they lived till in 1871 they wended their way farther west and settled in Page County, where they have since made their home.

That same year Mr. Tillman united with the Lutheran church at Nyman and continued a true and faithful member until his death.

When he became old and was forced to retire from the heavy responsibilities of the farm his sons wanted him to [words missing] better enabled to enjoy his declining years, but he said: "No, I like the home nest that has been mine so long the best," so he continued to live on the same place that he came to when he first settled in Page county, but what a change he witnessed in all those years. He saw a country that was a vast expanse of raw prairie made to blossom like the rose. He saw a sparsely settled country turned into a place of beautiful farm homes with convenient surroundings. And he had a part in it all and he lay down to his last sleep in the full consciousness that he had concluded a well-spent life and was ready to enter that place where rest awaits those who have been faithful here.

Mr. Tillman was the father of eight children, all boys. Two of them died when children and one, August, passed from this life about eight years ago. The five who with the aged mother are left to mourn are: Albert, Gus, Emil and Otto, all of this community, and Edwin of Red Oak. All were present at the funeral, which was held on Tuesday afternoon from the family residence at 2:15 and from the Nyman church at 3 o'clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Mr. Bloomstrand, and the remains tenderly laid to rest in Mt. Hope cemetery, Nyman.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, March 11, 1915, p. 6
John August Tillman – Nyman, March 8 – [Special Correspondent of The Journal]—John August Tillman was born in Horenda, Jonhopings lan, Sweden, on the 25th of July 1866. In company with his parents he arrived in this country at an early age. His parents settled first at Swedona, Ill., and after two years moved to Page county, Ia. Mr. Tillman has consequently lived in this county practically all his life. He was confirmed in the Fremont Lutheran congregation on the 30thof April 1882. He was joined in marriage to Anna Ericson on the 31st of October 1900. Three children were born in this union, namely, Hilding Olof, Elvira Henrietta and Hilda Victoria. Mr. Tillman has been seriously ill on several occasions but of late years seemed to enjoy good health. He contracted a cold some time ago, which developed into pneumonia, from which cause he died Wednesday, the 3d of March, at 3:30 a. m., his age being 48 years, 7 months and 8 days. He leaves to mourn him his beloved wife and the three children, his aged parents, and five brothers, four of them having families, other relatives in this country and in Sweden, and a host of friends. The funeral occurred on Sunday, March 7. A short service was held at the home at 10:30 a. m. The services at the Swedish Lutheran church at Nyman was held at 1:30 p. m. A large multitude had, regardless of the bad roads, assembled both at the home and at the church, to pay their last respects to the departed one and to his family. August Tillman was a loving husband and a kind father. He was a kind, helpful, sympathetic neighbor. He had a good will to everybody and spoke well of all his fellow men. He was a thrifty, prosperous farmer, enjoying the respect and esteem of the whole community. He was a regular attendant at the Lord's service. His several trials in life had taught him to put his trust in God. During his last illness he cheerfully confessed his faith in Christ, whose blood cleanseth from all sin. He died with the blessed assurance that his soul was saved by the blood of the Lamb of God. The text for his funeral sermon were the words of Isaiah, 53:5. "With his stripes we are healed." May he rest in peace!


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 3, 1923, p. 7
Mrs. W. N. Worrell – Mrs Janette Rosbrook Worrell passed away April 27, 1923, at her home southwest of Shambaugh, surrounded by watching and loving dear ones, after a long period during which she was an invalid, but maintained her cheerfulness all the time. To the loved ones she expressed a desire to go to that happy home, and that she did not fear death.

The funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. C. C. Smith of College Springs, with interment in Butler cemetery, beside the grave of her son, as she had requested. The music at the funeral was furnished by a choir composed of Mrs C. C. Smith, Mrs. Lisle Smith, Mrs. Grace Fleming and Miss Effie Reed and by James Davidson as soloist.

Janette P. Rosbrook was born May 9, 1846, at Sherburn[e], N. Y., her parents being Edmond and Julia Rosbrook. She had one brother and one sister, her brother serving his country during the Civil War and dying later at Watertown, N. Y. The sister was unable to come to the funeral.

Moving with her parents to Cedar Rapids in 1866, she was united in marriage to William N. Worrell, March 18, 1867, and they have lived their married life for over fifty-six years. Of their ten children, six survive, as does the father, the living children being Mrs. Grace Hoffman of Oregon, Mo., Edwin E. of Clarinda, Mrs. Elmira Murren living east of Shambaugh, Ernest O. of Clarinda, Lawrence K., north of New Market and Mrs. Elizabeth Willits, of Amity township, twenty-one grandchildren and nine great grandchildren also survive.

Mr. and Mrs. Worrell have lived on their home farm for twenty-six years, exception one year spent on the coast. They united with the Methodist church soon after being married but as the mother grew more frail and afflicted they have of late[been] deprived of church services, but her faith has remained firm to the end.