Page County, Iowa Obituaries
from: Jerry Hamm -

Letha Fay Houliah (Tyler).

Letha Fay Houlihan, the daughter of Laura (Cady) and Charles Tyler was born on June 17, 1912 in Guss, Iowa. Letha entered eternal rest on Monday, February 6, 2006 at Corning Nursing and Rehab Center, Corning, Iowa at the age of ninety-three years, seven months and twenty-two days.

She attended school in Carbon, Iowa. She married Mahlon Squires and they lived in Clarinda, Iowa, where three children were born to them, Lois, Laura and Mahlon, Jr. Later Letha moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she married John Daniel "Jackie" Houlihan.

Letha was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, one infant daughter Laura Squires; son Mahlon Squires, Jr. and his wife Marie Squires, five brothers, Vernon, Edward, George, Marion and Paul Tyler and 5 sisters-in-law, and grandson Gerald Squires.

She is survived by one daughter Lois Jean Squires(Brown) of California, six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.


Leroy Rope Service Sunday

Funeral services for Leroy Rope will be Sunday at 2 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Yorktown with Rev Robert Barth officiating.  Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery.  Prayer services will be at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home this Saturday at 7 pm.

Mrs. Rope died at his home west of Clarinda this Thursday morning, November 15, 1979.

Leroy Rope, son of Henry and Emma Muller Rope was born August 29, 1905.  He married Edna Herzberg April 20, 1927 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  Mr. Rope was a longtime farmer in Page County.

He is survived by his wife Edna, children Wendell Rope of Clarinda, Mrs. Emmett (Marcene) Von Dielingen of Clarinda, Mrs. Elmer (Edith) Kamprath of Eagle Grove, Mrs Eldon (Viola) Buesing of Burlington Junction.  Clifford Goecker of Clarinda is a son-in-law.  There are also 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, and two brothers, Herman Rope of Sun City, Arizona and Rudolph Rope of Clarinda.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Violet Goecker.




LeRoy Ropp died Sunday

LeRoy Ropp, 87, of Clarinda died Sunday morning at Municipal Hospital where he had been admitted the night before.

Funeral service will be at 1 pm Tuesday at the Church of God at Shambaugh with Rev Ray Draper officiating.  Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery.

The family will meet with friends at the Walker Funeral Home from 7:30 to 8:30 pm this Monday evening.

Besides his wife of the home Mrs. Ropp is survived by five children, Clifford of the home, Mrs. Ernest (Leone) Winger of Clarinda, Mrs. Bernard (Mildred) Holste of Brainerd, Minnesota, Mrs. Leo (Nola Grace) Campbell of Waukesha, Minnesota, and Wayne LeRoy Ropp of Fremont, Nebraska. There are 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Wesley L Ropp of Lemon Grove, California is a brother.

He was born November 7, 1887, at Avoca, the son of William H and Mary Catherine Wineland Ropp. He was married to Grace Cabbage on October 7, 1912.

Mr. and Mrs. Ropp had lived at 110 N 17th in Clarinda for the past 5 years.  Before that they had lived in Shambaugh since 1924.  Mr.. Ropp had worked at Municipal Hospital before his retirement.



Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Journey


Shambaugh - (Special Correspondence of The Journal) - Sarah Elizabeth Hamm was born in Ohio June 22, 1833, and died at the home of her son-in-law Alfred Griffith, in Page County, Iowa, February 7, 1913, at the age of 79 years, 7 months, and 15 days.  In about the year 1852, she ws married to William T. Journey in Ohio, later moving to Indian, and coming to Page county, Iowa about the year 1860.  Nine children were born to this union, six of whom are still living:  Mrs. Mary Berry, Minden, Idaho; Joseph Journey, Arapahoe, Nebraska; Solomon Journey, Maxwell, Nebraska; Peter Journey of Wray Colorado; Mrs. Alfred Griffith, Page County, Iowa.  Her husband William Journey preceded her in death about two years.  She was converted in early life, first united with Brethren in Christ and later with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ, of which church she remained a member until her death.  Besides the children, she leaves fifteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a large number of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss, yet to rejoice in her final and eternal rest in her Savior.


Seth J Clark

Seth J. Clark was born September 23, 1840 in Massachusetts and came to East River Township, Page County, Iowa with his parents who formerly lived in Illinois in 1859 and died January 20, 1914 in Clarinda, Iowa leaving five children:  Walter, Wilber. Bert, Myrtle, and Edna, all of whom were with in the last days except Myrtle, who lives in California.  George W. Clark and Mary Ann Cook of New Market were a brother and sister of Mr. Clark

and his youngest sister, Susan died at Colorado Springs July 14, last.  Emma T. Taylor, a young daughter of his sister, Susan, was also with him in his last days assisting much in making them pleasanter and easier for him.

In early life, Mr. Clark was actively engaged in the business of freighting for the government, have a contract to haul goods and military supplies from St.. Joseph, Leavenworth and Kansas City to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The country he passed through was full of hostile Indians who every much resented the advancements of civilization and were capturing and destroying wherever they could.  Mr. Clark’s contract called for government protection with scouts and a guard.  Col. Cody was then a government scout and traveled with Mr. Clark’s company on several trips, they becoming well acquainted.

It was his delight to tell of those exciting and troublesome times when they were constantly on the lookout for Indians.  In telling of these experiences he said he did not know of killing a single Indian, but if he had not it was because he had not shot at them often enough as there were many times when they were attacked by them.  In fact, his teaming was brought to a sudden end by an overwhelming force of Indians swooping down on them and capturing their entire outfit, they only escaping with their lives. Mr. Clark lost about $40,000 in this raid and made claim against the government for his loss because they did not furnish adequate protection as agreed, but finding that the claim could not be completed without allowing some politician at least half of it for getting it through, he never made further attempt to collect his claim.  It may have been this event which started him t thinking of social and governmental evils.  At any rate he gave much time and study to this subject and although he was a man of much property, owning over 800 acres of Page county land, yet he had vision of a time not far distant when the principles of Christianity would be carried out in politics, religion and all material things as well as spiritual things.

Mr. Clark love to be out of doors, spent much of this time riding horseback, and was especially fond of horses.

This active life has finally ended but he will be long remembered especially by those who knew him best. 

The remains were taken to New Market Thursday noon for burial.


Ira Walter Clark

Ira Walter Clark, eldest son of Seth J. Clark and Martha Ellen Carpenter Clark, was born in Page County near Clarinda Jan. 8, 1877.

He was united in marriage in 1901 to Martha Davis.  To this union one daughter was born, Violet Douglass of Shenandoah.  His first wife preceded him in death on May 12, 1902.

In 1910 he was united in marriage to Helen Abell.  To this union four children were born: Seth of Clarinda, Donald of Whittier, Calif., Nita Douthit of Des Moines and Frank of Bedford, all of whom survive.

Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Darwin Clark of Kansas City, Marvin Clark with the armed forces at Nancy, France, Allene Newburg and Janice Clark of Clarinda, Quinton and Barbara Douthit of Des Moines, Donald Clark, Jr. of Whittier, Calif., Clayton Jr. and Martha Jeanne Douglass of Wichita, Kan., and 12 great grandchildren; two brothers, Wilbur Clark of Nebraska and Robert Smith of Flint, Mich.; three sisters, Myrtle Mock of Clarinda, Edna Smith of Nampa, Idaho, and Mabel Martin of Norfolk, Neb.

He was a well-known farmer in the Pleasant Ridge community in Page County. He was active in school and community affairs and always willing to give his time to anyone in need.

He farmed in Iowa until 1935 when he moved to Missouri and continued farming until ill health made it necessary for him to retire.  He was in the Wallin nursing home of Clearmont, Mo., from Jan. 23, 1958, and passed away there Sept. 28, 1958, at 11 o'clock at the age of 80 years, eight months and 20 days.

Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral Home at 2 p. m. Wednesday Oct. 1, 1958, with the Rev. Ralph G. Allen in charge.  Soloist was Horace Richardson, who sang "God Will Take Care of You" and "I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone."  Organist was Grace Perry.  Casket bearers who carried him to his final resting place in Old Memory Cemetery were George Wolduff, Junior Hardee, Ora McMullin, Durward Jackson, Max Jackson and Ray Jackson.


George F. Mendenhall

George F. Mendenhall, 84, of Clarinda, died Wednesday night, January 10, 1990, at Bethesda Care Center in Clarinda.

He was born September 13, 1905 at College Springs, Iowa, the son of Walter and Della Knox Mendenhall.

He was married to Verna Squires, who preceded him in death.  Mr. Mendenhall was a taxi driver before his retirement. 

He is survived by nieces.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 am, Saturday at Maple Hill Cemetery with Rev Charles Bulger officiating.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Mabel Dalrymple services Sunday

Funeral services of Mrs. Mabel Dalrymple, 83, are to be held Sunday , her death coming at 4 am. Thursday, January 9, 1969 to end a life-long resident in the Shambaugh and Clarinda area.

The funeral will at the Walker Funeral Home at 2 pm Sunday, and burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery.  Her son, Beryl Good and wife are to come from Painesville, Ohio.  They had been here only a few weeks ago to visit.

Mrs. Dalrymple was the daughter of the late William Ellis Hamm, born near Shambaugh.  She married Bert Good, and later to William Dalrymple.  In Recent years she had been employed at the Mental Health Institute, but ill health had confined her to her home at 414 S 12th street.  She was taken to West Heights Manor two days before her death. 

Two brothers are Jim and Irvin Hamm.


Helen Z Hamm

Helen Zipha (Shepherd) Hamm, 88, of Kelso, died June 11, 2004 in Longview, Washington.

She was born March 24, 1916 in Villisca, Iowa and graduated from High school there.  She was the daughter of Russell and Lela Belle Stallings Shepherd. 

She moved to the local area in 1957 from Salem, Oregon.  She was a member of the Kelso First United Methodist Church.

On March 19, 1943, she married Harold Dean Hamm in Pittsburg, California and became a homemaker.  He preceded her in death November 2, 1985.

Mrs. Hamm is survived by three sons, Jarold D and wife Marcia of Kelso; Clarke R and wife Wilma of Camino Island, and Roger A and wife Sandy of Kelso; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a brother, Donald Shepherd.

A memorial service well be held at 2 pm Friday at the Kelso First United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made the First United Methodist Church, 206 Cowlitz way, Kelso, Washington. 



Lois Mae Hamm

Lois Mae Hulse Hamm was born Oct 11, 1927 in Bedford, Iowa to William E and Bessie White Hulse.  Lois had seven brothers and sisters:  Mable, Beulah, Darrel, Doris, Betty, Mary, and Marvin.

Lois married Harley D. Hamm in 1947 in Medford, Oregon and together they had two sons, James and Robert.  Lois and Harley resided in Medford, Oregon until Harley’s death in 1969.

Lois later met and married Robert L Cooper.  They retired to the Crooked River Ranch in Terrebonne, Oregon until Bob’s death in 1991.  Lois moved back to Medford, Oregon to be nearer her family.  In 2001, Lois moved to Northridge Assisted Living Community were she lived until her passing on June 19, 2009.

Lois made many friends and enjoyed her social life with peers at Northridge.  Lois participated in activities and became the longest residing resident at Northridge, having lived there over eight years.  Lois found a lot of purpose and happiness caring for her friends and neighbors.  She was very active in the activity programs, calling Bingo and helping set up and participated in most of the activities.

Lois enjoyed visits from her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

She was interred in the Terrabonne Pioneer Cemetery, Terrabonne, Oregon.





Chester Olenius

Funeral services for Chester E. Olenius, 77, of Clarinda were held Saturday afternoon at Trinity United Presbyterian Church with Rev Wayne Fisher and Dr. J. D. Almes officiating.

Mr. Olenius died Thursday afternoon at Municipal hospital after he was admitted.

He was born October 22, 1899, at Cambridge, Illinois, the son of Peter and Elizabeth Hardyman Olenius.

Mr. Olenius was a farmer in Lincoln Township and had lived in Clarinda the past 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Whipp Olenius, and a son Robert Olenius of Coin.  There are four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Brothers are James Olenius of Villisca and Loyd Olenius of Stanton and sisters are Bessie Warne of Pittsburg, California, Laura Kunkel of Concord, California, Gladys Shepherd, and Irene Olenius of Pittsburg, California.

Mrs. Helen Hall was organist and Mrs. Wayne Fisher, pianist.  Mrs. Mildred Swanson was at the register, Darrel Driftmier and Robert Hamm were ushers.

Casket Bearers were Kenneth Erickson, Charles Whipp, Jr., James Olenius Jr., Curtis Olenius, and Richard Olenius.  Burial was in Clarinda Cemetery with Walker Funeral Home in charge.



P. O. Olenius

Peter Olaf Olenius was born near Stockholm, Sweden, March 5, 1886, and died in the Clarinda Municipal hospital July 29, 1950, at the age of 84 years.  He was the eldest of five children of Peter and Margaret Olenius, all of whom preceded him in death.

At the age of 10 years he came with his parents to a farm near Cambridge, Illinois, were he became a member of the Swedish Methodist Church.

On September 4, 1895, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Hardyman of Cambridge.  To this union were born nine children, eight of whom survive.  He was preceded in death by a 16-year-old son, Reuben, on September 8, 1934.

In the spring of 1902, he and his family moved to a farm near Essex, Iowa, where they resided until 1915.  That year they came to live near Villisca.  In 1924, Mrs. Olenius retired from farming and came to Villisca  to make his home.

He is survived by his wife and the following children:  Brian of Omaha, Nebraska; James of Villisca; Chester of Coin, Lloyd of Stanton, Bessie Warne of Villisca, Laura Kunkel of Denver, Colorado, Irene of Villisca, and Gladys Shepherd of Pittsburg, California.

Besides his wife and children, he leaves 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Wolf funeral home, conducted by Rev. L. H. Athey.  The singing was by Cecil Weaver, accompanied by Martin Hentach, and the flower bearers were Mrs. Verna Means and Mrs. Nellie Scott. 

Pallbearers were Adolph Mainquist, Ernie Hanson, Roy B. Means, Elmer Isaacson, Louis Enarson, and Willard Forsythe.  Interment was in the Villisca cemetery.



Mrs. Lewis Carver dies Tuesday AM

Funeral held for Braddyville Woman; ill for some time

Braddyville (Special) - Mrs. Lewis Carver, 76 died at her home in Braddyville at 6:30 am June 7, 1949 after a long illness.  Funeral services were held at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda this Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock and interment was made beside her husband in the Clarinda Cemetery.

She is survived by five children, Mrs. Mose Burch and Vinton Carver of Braddyville, Mrs. Ethel Brownfeld of Clarinda, Mrs. Blanche Johnson of Omaha, and Orville Carver of Medford, Oregon.  One child died in infancy.


Services Sept. 27 for Anne Guenther

Services for Anne Marthelia Guenther, 74, were held September 27 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, Iowa.  Mrs. Guenther died at her home September 25, 1984.  Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Ann Marthelia Guenther, daughter or Robert and Lenna Twaddle Guenther was born at Cambridge, Nebraska, March 11, 1910.  She lived in College Springs and grew to maturity there where she attended school and the Presbyterian Church.

On September 24, 1935, she was united in marriage to Harold A. Guenther in Maryville, Missouri and they lived in Bedford.

To this union two children were born, John E. Guenther and Gregory V Guenther.

She was employed by the Taylor County Recorders office for twenty years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Irene Marshall and Opal Calhoun.

Let to cherish her memory are her husband, Harold, son John, Lawrence Kansas, and Greg, Kansas City, Missouri,; two sisters, Evelyn Bain, Elmo, Missouri, and Esther denney, Burlington Junction, Missouri, granddaughters, Lynn, Jane, Susan, Anne, and Megan, and one grandson, Daniel.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

She was a kind and considerate wife, mother, grandmother and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.



Clement Guenther, 68, died Saturday

Clement E. Guenther, 68, longtime resident of Clinton County, Iowa, died Saturday night, May 27, 1988, at Clinton County Care Facility at Charlotte, Iowa.

He was born June 19, 1909 at Clarinda, the son of Clarence and Effie Good Guenther.  He had lived in Clinton for many years.

He is survived by a brother, Henry L. Guenther, Sr. of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Mrs. Netha Davison of Clarinda is an aunt.

Funeral services were held this Tuesday morning at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev Jerold Irvin officiating.  Helen Hall Hoskinson was the organist.

Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery.



Jean Margaret Woodruff

Ardmore, OK —

Funeral services for Jean Margaret Woodruff, 88, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel with Dr., Alton Fannin officiating. Private family graveside will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery.

 The daughter of Walter J. and Altheria Rebecca Richards Smith, Jean was born November 13, 1921, in Spokane, Washington, and passed away surrounded by family at her residence late Sunday evening.

 She and Howard Leonard Woodruff were married August 22, 1940, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he preceded her in death May 5, 1985.

 Her parents; two brothers, Bud and Bob Smith; a granddaughter, Brandi; and great-granddaughter, Bailey, also preceded her in death.

 Jean had lived in Ardmore since 1943. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, and was very active with the YWCA. She was a homemaker.

 Jean is survived by seven children, Jim Woodruff and wife, Walda, Bill Woodruff and Stephen Woodruff all of Wilson, Howard L. Woodruff II and wife, Barbara of Norman, Rebecca Sovo and husband, Linn of Elgin, Okla., Margaret Jean Deere and husband, John of Ardmore, and Kimberly Woodruff of New Zealand; 12 grandchildren, Stephanie Ross, Teresa Lucas, Rebecca Whisenhunt, Jami Woodruff, Donna Elliott, Timothy Woodruff, Cortlan Woodruff, Hailey Woodruff, Carson Woodruff, Jody Deere, John Howard Deere and Kristi Deere; and 13 great-grandchildren.

 Serving as bearers will be Jody Deere, John Deere, Timothy Woodruff, Josh Boyd, Chance Gage, and Logan Lucas. Honorary bearers will be her sons and great-grandsons.

 A time of visitation and support for the family will be held Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

 Memorials may be made to the Ardmore Animal Shelter.

 Memorial condolences may be made online at

 Services are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory.


Hildred F Diggs

Mr. Hildred F. Diggs, 80, of Bedford, died Sunday afternoon July 14, 1991 at municipal hospital after suffering a stroke four days earlier.

He was born November 10, 1910, in Taylor County the son of Frank and Alta Huffman Diggs.  He was married to Phyllis Pershing on October 22, 1931.

Mr. and Mrs. Diggs farmed in the New Market area until moving to Bedford six years ago.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis of the home, and one daughter, Mrs. Elvis (Wylene) Bix of Hopkins, Missouri.  There are 4 grandchildren and 8 grand children.

Six surviving sisters are Zella Wiley, Nodaway, Beulah Wiley, Gravity, Elma Schooling, Creston, Stella Nickell, Gravity, Lavaughn Dugan, Gravity, and Elzene Diggs, Clarinda.  Brothers are Harley Diggs, Clarinda, and Francis Diggs, Bedford.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, and one sister, Lela Wirth.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 pm, Wednesday, July 17 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Carl Cummings officiating.  Burial will be in Memory cemetery at New Market.

Visitation will be from 7-8 from Tuesday evening at the funeral home.


Mrs. Noel Carpenter

Beulah Marie Carpenter, daughter of Elbert and Olive Dougherty, was born January 14, 1904, in Page County, Iowa, and departed this life October 31, 1928, at the age of 24 years, 9 months, and 17 days, at her home five miles south of New Market.

She was united in Marriage to Noel Carpenter December 26, 1922, and to this union was born two children, Max Dean, age four years, and Freddie Jean, age two years.

Marie was united with the M. E. Church of New Market in 1920, and lived a Christian life to the time of her death.  She was a loving wife and mother, the welfare of her family being first in her work and thoughts.  She was a member of the Rebakah lodge, Rebakah Circle, and Social Hour Circle.

She leaves to mourn her death, her husband and two small sons, her mother, Mrs. Olive Dougherty, two sisters Mrs. Geneva Beery of Shambaugh, and Maxine at home; one brother, Francis at home; also her mother-in-law, Mrs. F. F. Covey of Montea, California, besides a host of relatives and friends.  Her father preceded her in death in 1918.

The funeral was held in at the M. E. Church in New Market Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev J. D. Shenton of Clarinda, and assisted by Rev C. F. Smith of New Market.  Burial was made in Memory Cemetery.

The profound sympathy of all is extended to the sorrowing ones in the hour of deem affliction.



Thursday Services for Mrs. Cavner

Mrs. Flovia Rosa Cavner, 68, of Clarinda, died Monday afternoon at St. Joseph, Missouri, after having been hospitalized there and at Municipal Hospital for over four weeks.

Funeral services were held this Thursday morning at Walker Funeral Home with the Rev Jerold Irvin officiating.  Mrs. Joan Archer was the soloist and Mrs. Grace Perry organist.

Casket bearers were Dennis Jeffers, Harold Fine, Delmar Davison, Denton Kidney, Glen I Hughes, and Floyd Jobe.  Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery at College Springs.

Mrs. Cavner was born January 19, 1906 in Taylor County, the daughter of Aaron and Harriett Morehouse Fine.  She was married to Samuel Roy Cavner who died in 1963.

Mrs. Cavner is survived by four children:  Kenneth Cavner of Maryville, Missouri; Merlyn Cavner of Ollie; Mrs. Richard (Rosealtha) Gentle of Afton; and Caryl Cavner of Waukee.  There are 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Bertha. 



Service Wednesday for Mrs. W Colvin

Mrs. Wilber (Adah “Belle”) Fine Colvin, 63, died at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital at 4 am this morning after an illness extending over five years.  She had been able to be at her home in Braddyville until two weeks ago when she entered the hospital.

Born near Braddyville, she spent her lifetime in that Community, with the exception of several years that she and her husband lived in Burlington Junction, Missouri.

Left to mourn her passing are her husband, Wilbur Colvin, Braddyville, Iowa,; a brother, Marion Fine, Salt Lake City, Utah, a sister, Mrs. Wayne (Edith) Moore, Braddyville, Iowa, and her aged parents, Dale and Jessie Fine, who are now living in Clarinda.  She was preceded in death several years ago by one sister, Mrs. Ray (Gertie) Stiverson, at Golden Colorado.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Walker Funeral Home at 2 pm Wednesday with the Rev C R Pitz of the Braddyville Methodist Church in charge.  Vocal music will be Merrill R Miller and organist for the service will be Miss Aletha Hutchings.

Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery.



C. R. (Bill) Kelley

C. R. (Bill) Kelley, 88, of Clarinda, Iowa, died December 8, 1997, at Goldenrod Care Center where he had been a resident since Friday.  He was born November 6, 1909, near Clarinda, the son of Charles Williams and Olive Davison Kelly.  He married Rae Winfred Higgins on December 19, 1928.  She preceded him in death on January 6, 979.  Mrs. Kelley was a member of the first class of the Iowa Highway Patrol an d served with the Patrol from 1937 until 1942.  He returned to Page County and farmed until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother, Floyd Kelley, and a sister, Gladys Kelly.  He is survived by three children Conrad Rae Kelley and his wife Carol, Bedford, Texas, Janice Elaine Kendrick and husband, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Karen Kay Foote and husband Robert of Beaverton, Oregon, nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 11, 1997 at 1:30 pm at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with the Rev John Clark officiating.  Visitation will be held Wednesday at the funeral home from 7 to 8 pm.  A memorial has been established to the Heart Fund.  Interment will be in the Memory Cemetery at New Market.



Harry Engstrand, 68, Leukemia Victim

Harry Engstrand, 68, passed away at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital at 12:50 pm Sunday, June 17, 1962, after suffering from leukemia for the past four years.  Mrs. Engstrand was a native of Denver, Colorado, but spent most of his life in the Braddyville community where he was a farmer, until illness made it impossible for him to work.  He retired in Braddyville and sold his home about two weeks ago.

Mr. Engstrand’s mother passed away when he was a small boy and he was reared by Mr. and Mrs. Charley Anderson, with their own two sons, Martin Anderson of Clarinda, and Ed Anderson of Braddyville.

He is survived by his wife, Zeta, four children, Orland, Wendell, and Martin Engstrand of Braddyville, and Mrs. Virgil (Ruth) Kelley of Clearmont.  Two sisters are Mrs. Ruth Swanson and Mrs. Florence Murray, both of Red Oak.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Walker Funeral Home on Tuesday, with Rev DL Roberts in charge.  Soloist at the service will be Maynard Burch, and organist Grace Perry.  Casket bearers will be Mark Goodwin, George Yaple, Harold Burch, Ross Black, Raymond Osburn, and Fred Miller, Jr.  Burial will be in the Braddyville Cemetery.


Friday Services set for Zeta Engstrand

Mrs. Zeta Mae Engstrand, 73, of Rural Braddyville died Wednesday afternoon, November 3, 1971, at Hand Community Hospital at Shenandoah after a brief illness.

Mrs. Engstrand was born August 10, 1898, at Braddyville, the daughter of Samuel and Selora Frost Mann.  Her husband Harry died in 1962.  She is survived by four children all of Braddyville, Orland, Wendell, and Martin Engstrand, and Mrs. Virgil (Ruth) Kelley.  There are 16 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Braddyville Christian Church at 2 pm, Friday, with Carl Cummings officiating.

Mrs. Maynard Burch will be the organist, Mrs. Helen Yaple will be at the resister.  Flower bears  Nancy Engstrand, Pauline McClarnon, and Carol Kelley.  Casket bearers will be Eddie Mark, Jon Engstrand, Lowell Clayton, Gary Kelley, Kent Stickelman.

Burial will be in the Braddyville Cemetery with Walker Funeral Home in Charge.    


Martin Engstrand

Martin Truman Engstrand was born on November 13, 1923, in Braddyville, Iowa to Harry Oscar and Zeta Mae Mann Engstrand.  He passed away on November 20, 1997, at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Martin attended school at the Farquar School for eight years and graduated from Braddyville in 1941.  He joined the Army on Oct 26, 1942, and served three years during WW II in the Eighth Air Force Bomb Group in England.  He was discharged on October 25, 1945.

He was united in marriage to Sharlene Joyce Davison on December 7, 1943 at Troy, Kansas.  To this union six children were born:  Paulette Sue Rusco and friend Dave Welch, Braddyville; Joyce Elaine Clayton and husband, Lowell, Braddyville, Kathy Ann Oetkin and husband, Robert, Clarinda; Jon Martin Engstrand and wife, Kathy, Braddyville, Cheryl Lynne Iske and Husband Richard, Clarinda, and Harry Randall Engstrand and fiancée Candice Gourley, Braddyville.

Martin returned to the Braddyville area after he was discharged from the service.  He loved the land and enjoyed farming for many years.  Later he did trucking in the local area for several years.  Upon retirement, he and Sharlene enjoyed camping and spent their summers in the Perham, Minnesota area and their winters in Texas.

Martin is survived by his six children, 12 grandchildren, three step grandchildren, four great grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother Harry Orland Engstrand and wife Phyllis of Braddyville, his sister Ruthe Kelly and husband Virgil Kelly of Clearmont, Missouri, and sister-in-law Lois Engstrand of Braddyville.

Marin was preceded in death by his wife, Sharlene, who passed away November 15 of this year, his parents, and brother, Wendell Engstrand. 

Graveside services will be at 11 am Monday, November 24 at the Braddyville Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 7 to 8 pm Sunday at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home.  Memorials many be directed to the Braddyville Christian Church.




Sharlene Engstrand


Mrs. Sharlene Joyce Engstrand, 72, of Braddyville, Iowa died Saturday afternoon, November 15, 1997, at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital after a long illness.  She was born March 9, 1925 to Glenn and Netha Ellen Good Davison at Clarinda, Iowa.

She attended school in Clarinda and graduated from High school in 1943.  Sharlene and her twin sister were cheerleader and very good swimmers, both being members of the Clarinda Swim Team.

Sharlene was united in marriage to Martin Truman Engstrand on December 7, 1943 in Troy Kansas.  To this union six children were born:  Paulette Sue Parrott and companion Dave Welch, Braddyville, Iowa; Joyce Elaine Clayton and her husband Lowell, Braddyville, Iowa; Kathy Ann Oetkin and husband Robert, Clarinda, Iowa; Jon Martin Engstrand and wife Kathy, Braddyville; Randall Engstrand and fiancé Candice Gourley, Braddyville.

Sharlene was a faithful wife and loving mother.  She worked at the Mental Health Institute in Clarinda.  After 18 years of work, she retired and enjoyed time with her husband traveling and camping during the summers in Minnesota and winter months were spent in Southern Texas.  Many friend were made at the campgrounds where they spent their time.

Sharlene is survived by her husband  and children, also twelve Grandchildren, and three step grandchildren, four great grandchildren and seven step-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by parents and sisters Wanda Herzberg and Shirley Searl.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, November 18 at the Braddyville Cemetery wit Rev Richard Iske and Rev Lowell Clayton in charge.  Memorials may be directed to the Braddyville Christian Church.  Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 



Harry G Dow Died Saturday at St. Joe

Harry G. Dow, retired railway mail clerk and Husband of Mrs. Fayth W. Dow, a former Hopkins resident died Saturday morning at his home 2825 Renick Street, St. Joseph after an illness of several weeks. 

Funeral services were held at the Heaton-Bowman Funeral Home in St. Joseph at 3:30 pm on Monday.  The Rev Herbert White officiated. Masonic services and Burial were at 2 pm Wednesday afternoon in Alma City Cemetery near Janesville, Minnesota.

Surviving are his wife, Fayth W. of the home, a stepson George R Maxwell of Mission, Kansas, a stepdaughter, Mrs. James J. Roberts, Sardis, Mississippi; two sisters, Mrs. Marcella Cumming of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Mrs. Lura M Merrill of Morgan Hill California; three brothers, Calvin L Dow of Olympia, Washington, Walter S. Dow of Los Angeles, California and Fred W. Dow of Sacramento, California, and one grandchild, Cynthia Roberts of Sardis, Mississippi.

Mrs. Dow was a resident of St. Joseph 30 years.  He was born in Waseca County, Minnesota.   He was a member of the First Methodist Church, Zeredatha Lodge No 189, FF and AM Mitchell Chapter No 14, RAM and Pleiades Chapter 489 OES.

Twenty of Mrs. Dow’s 30 years of service as a railway mail clerk were on the Burlington route through Hopkins, and he was well known there.  He was a most personable man and his friends here will miss him.

Mrs. Roberts (Edna Ruth), Mr. Maxwell, and Mrs. Cummings, spent a great deal of time with him during his last illness.  Mrs. H A Dalby, a close friend of the family, and Dr. and Mrs. C W Kirk all of Hopkins called at the Dow home Sunday.



Mrs. Harlan Davison

Dies in Maryville Hospital,

Monday, November 4, 1946

Mrs. Harlan Davison passed away Monday November 4 at the St. Francis Hospital after an illness of eleven days due to an infection of the kidneys.  Funeral rites were held in the Methodist Church, Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev J. Vernon Wheeler.

Mrs. Davison was the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Ed Mendenhall, and was born four miles north of Hopkins in the Valley Community.  She was 34 years old and her entire life was spent near Hopkins.  She was a graduate of the Hopkins High School I the class of 1930.  She is survived by her husband and four sons, Richard, Kenneth, Jackie and Larry; two daughters, Sharon and Sue; her parents; two sisters, Mrs. Lee Cumberlin, Bedford, Miss Helen Mendenhall, Hopkins; two brothers, Forest Mendenhall and Eliza Mendenhall, Hopkins.  Burial was in the Hopkins Cemetery.



Mrs. Birge Geer, 60, died today at hospital

Mrs. M. Ida Geer, 60, died this Thursday morning, February 11, 1965, at the Municipal Hospital where she had been hospitalized since last Friday.  She had been in failing health for the past three years.

Mrs. Geer was born February 18, 1904, at Pontiac, Illinois, the daughter of Orren G and Nancy M Pearson.  After her marriage the family moved to California where they lived until 17 years ago when they moved to Iowa, purchasing their present farm just north of Shambaugh.

She was a member of the Church of God at Shambaugh, the WSCS, and the WCTU.

She is survived by her husband, Birge Geer; one daughter, Mrs. Lora Swift of Baldwin Park, California; two sons, Wayne Geer, on a farm near Stanton, and Glenn O Geer of Duluth, Minnesota; one sister Mrs. Amos Hall of Clarinda, and eight grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 2 pm Saturday at the William Memorial Chapel, the Rev Jerry Armstrong, pastor of the Church of God, will officiate.  Interment will be in the Summit Cemetery near Yorktown.



Lola Geer Funeral Tuesday

Funeral services for Lola Geer, 76, of Villisca, will be Tuesday, at 2 pm at Wolfe Funeral Home with Rev Dennis Neal officiating.  Mrs. Geer passed away September 22, 1984 in Red Oak following a lengthy illness.

Visitation will be from 7-8 pm this Monday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Geer, daughter of Marion and Bessie Shaver Young, was born September 14, 1908, in Villisca.  She was married to Vernon Kuhn in 1932. Mr. Kuhn died in 1968.  On December 26, 1970, she was married to Birge Geer, who survives.  Also surviving are three step[children:  Laura Swift of Red Oak, Wayne Geer of Red Oak, and Glen Geer of Duluth, Minnesota, one brother Roy Young of Creston, and one sister, Mearl Young of Malvern.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Pearl Young.

Burial will be in the Villisca Cemetery.



Mrs. Chas. Shaver is Buried in Clarinda

Funeral Rites were held today (Wednesday) at Clarinda for Mrs. Chas. Shaver, who died at her home one and one-half miles west of Tripoli Monday morning.  Death was due to carcinoma.

Mrs. Shaver underwent an operation at all Memorial hospital in Waterloo, July 13.  She returned from the hospital about three weeks ago.

The family and two sons moved to his vicinity from Cresco in March of this year.  They moved onto the place known as the William Eichmann Farm.

The body was taken to Clarinda, her former home, and where her parents and other relative reside.


Beryl C Good

Beryl C Good, 86, of Braddyville, died Monday afternoon, January 2, 1995 at Clarinda municipal hospital.

? Shambaugh, the son of Bert J. and Lula Mabel Hamm Good.  On May 8, 1938, he was married to Ruth Alexander.  She preceded him in death December 19, 1994. 

Good lived in Ohio where he was superintendent of a water treatment plant.  After retirement, they lived in Florida for 25 years and spent the summers in Clarinda.  For the past one and one-half years they have lived in Braddyville.

Good is survived by cousins.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 pm on Friday, January 6 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev Dale Schoening officiating.  Burial will be in Memory Cemetery in New Market.

Memorials may be directed to the Braddyville United Methodist Church or the Braddyville Fire and Rescue Unit.



William Fred Geer

Will F. Geer, 81, of Clarinda, died Thursday evening, August 4, 1994, at Goldenrod Manor Nursing Home.

He was born July 13, 1913, at Yorktown, the son of Fred L and Meta Spangenberg Geer.  He married Doris Jean Humphrey on November 4, 1934.  She preceded him in death on January 4, 1987.  Mr. Geer had been a farmer and worked at MHI.

He is survived by two children: Daniel Geer of Boulder City, Nebraska, Joan Miller of Belfair, Washington.  There are four grandchildren.  Walter Geer is a brother.

Graveside services were Saturday, August 6, at Clarinda Cemetery, with Rev Ray Draper officiating.  Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.





Orville Penwell

Funeral services for Orville Penwell, 54, who died at a San Angelo, Texas hospital Saturday, September 29, 1962, were held at 2 pm on Tuesday from Webb Funeral Home in Meridian, Mississippi.

Mr. Penwell, a hotelier from McCamey, Texas, died after a three month illness.

The Revs Horace Welch and Mr. Luke officiated and burial was in the Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian.

Mr. Penwell was a member of the Methodist Church, a Mason and an Shriner.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary C Penwell, Villisca, Iowa; one brother Harold Penwell, Farragut, Iowa; five sisters Mrs. Mabel Hawhee, Mrs. Daisey Watson and Mrs. Betty Wells, all of New Market Iowa, Mrs. Opal Cervan, Stanton, Iowa, and Mrs. Belva Bryson, Fontanelle, Iowa and an number of other relatives.

Pall bearers were James H Sellers, Laurel; Bob Watt, Jackson, Mississippi; Earl Clay, Dick Butchee, Louis Palmer of Meridian, and Aaron Bridges, Porterville, Mississippi.

Attending services from this area were Mrs. Mary Penwell, Fred Bryson, Villisca, Mrs. Harold Cerven, Stanton, Mr. and Mrs. R R Watson, Mrs. Howard Hawhee, Mrs. Elvin Wells, New Market, Harold Penwell, Farragut.



Funeral Services for Mrs. Elizabeth Penwell,  89

Funeral services were held at the Wolfe funeral home at 2 pm Friday for Mrs. Elizabeth Erkenbrack Penwell, 89 who died (Jan 13, 1943) at the Dr. J Clark Cooper hospital rooms in Villisca, Iowa here Wednesday night.

The Rev W S Bowden was in charge of the services and Cecil Weaver sang, accompanied by Mrs. John Wheeler, Pallbearers were grandsons of Mrs. Penwell.

Elizabeth M Erkenbrack, daughter of Mary and William Erkenbrack, was born in Johnstown, N ?, on June 30, 1853.  During her girlhood she moved with her parents to Aurora, Illinois, and later travel by covered wagon to Burlington, where they bought tickets to Villisca on the Burlington railroad first train over this route.

One June 29, 1871 she was married to James M Penwell in Page County and spent over half a century in this area.  She moved to Villisca in the spring of 1927.  Her husband preceded her in death.

Mrs. Penwell is survived by five daughters and five sons:  Bert Penwell, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Mrs. Cora Elrick, Mrs. Amy Upp and Ben Penwell of Carpenter, Wyoming: Mrs. Maggie Viller, Colville, Washington; Mrs. Allie Day, Lincoln, Nebraska; Mrs. Dilla Shum, Clarinda; Dave Penwell, Morton Mills; William Penwell, Guss; and Clarence Penwell, Villisca; two sisters Mrs. Bessie McCoy of Villisca and Mrs. William Freelin of Omaha; one brother Joe Erkenbrack of Washington state; forty-three grandchildren and many great grandchildren.


Mrs. William Penwell Dead


Hepburn , may 10 -  [Special to the Journal]  Mrs. Ella Shepherd, wife of William Penwell, died at their home in Valley township today, May 17, 1901, at 2 pm of consumption.  She was about 28 years of age.  She leaves a husband and one daughter, Elvy, age 4 years.


Joe E. Penwell

Joe E. Penwell, 42, of Toronto, Iowa, who was visiting here last week with relatives and friends, died here Thursday, May 31, 1956, of a heart attack at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James English, parents of Mrs. Penwell.

Funeral services were held Sunday, june 3, at 2:30 in the Methodist Church, conducted by Rev Paul C Ellis.  The singing was by Mrs. Frances Gray, accompanied by Mrs. Frances Wheeler.

Flower bearers were Murl and Reva Greenfield, Willis and Theda Gourley, and ushers were Harold Hart and Howard Campbell.  Pallbearers were Glenn Odson, Elmer Higgins, Ed Bashaw, Lee Russell, Kenneth Berkley, and Marvin Glover, and interment was in the Morton Mills cemetery


D. C. Penwell Who Had Resided Here Many Years Dies

D. C. Penwell, a lifelong resident of the Villisca and Morton Mills vicinities, died Saturday in the Red Oak hospital where he had been a patient for fifteen days.  The body was brought to the Wolfe funeral home to await the funeral which was held Monday at 2 pm in the Morton Mills Church, with Mrs. Bertha Peters in charge.

The singing was by Cecil Weaver, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. J. L. Wheeler, and Mrs. Wesley Cooney and Miss Geneva Bashaw had charge of the flowers.  The six sons of the deceased served as pallbearers, and interment was in the Morton Mills cemetery.

David C. Penwell, son of James and Margaret Elizabeth Penwell, was born February 23, 1880 and was 63 years at hid death.  He was married November 3, 1901, at Hepburn, Iowa, to Eva Day and to them were born six sons and two daughters who with their mother survive. They are Gerald and Howard of Morton Mills, Leonard of Red Oak, Mac of Oakland, California, Mrs. Elizabeth Baker of Stennett, Jeanne at home and in the armed forces Pvt. Joe Penwell, stationed in Cuba, and Pvt. Maurice Penwell who has been at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to be assigned. 

Mr. Penwell leaves also 7 grandchildren, and four brothers and five sisters who are Bert of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ben of Carpenter, Wyoming, Will and Clarence of Villisca, Mrs. J. C. Elrick and Mrs. Lee Upp of Carpenter, Wyoming, Mrs. Bert Villers of Colville, Washington, Mrs. S. C. Day of Lincoln Nebraska, and Ms S. W. Shum of Clarinda. 


Eva Penwell

Funeral services for Mrs. Eva Penwell, 80, were held Friday, October 13, 1961 at 2:00 pm from the Villisca Methodist Church with the Rev Paul C. Ellis officiating.  Mrs. Frances Wheeler accompanied Mrs. Frances Gray in the following vocal selections, “shadows,” and “God Understands.”

Flower bearers were Mrs. Chester Mosman, Mrs. William Templeton, and Mrs. Wendell Taylor, Casket bearers were Mrs. Penwell’s four sons, Mac, Maurice Howard and Leonard and two sons-in-law, Howard Mosman and LeRoy Baker.

Interment was in Morton Mills Cemetery with Wolfe Funeral home in charge.

Eva C Penwell, daughter for Mr. and Mrs. Edward Day was born March 8, 1881 at Plainville, Kansas and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Leroy Baker in Elliott, Iowa on October 11, 1961.

On November 3, 1901, she was united in marriage to David C. Penwell, in Hepburn, Iowa.  To them were born eight children.

Mr. Penwell passed away on January 15, 1944.   One son Joe E. Penwell passed away on May 31, 1956.

She is survived by her seven children:  Gerald, Howard, Mac and Maurice of Morton Mills, Iowa; Leonard of Carbon; Jean Mosman of Creston; and Elizabeth Baker of Elliott, Iowa.  Also by one sister, Mrs. Jenny Brown of Villisca; by 15 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and a host of friends.

She had a special interest in young people, throughout her entire life.

She was a member of the Villisca Methodist Church, and attended services as song as she was able to do so.