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Clarinda Journal, Thursday, December 30, 1926, p. 5

Ann Sarah Adams

Ann Sarah Harris was born in Page County, Iowa, Feb. 7, 1858, and died at her home in New Market, Dec. 22, 1926.

She was married to Hiram Bennett Adams Nov. 2, 1881. To this union was born four children, Dolly Snyder who departed this life March, 1910, William and Norice of Siam and Court of Moberly, Mo. She also leaves eight grandchildren. She had five sisters and one brother. There is just one sister living, Mrs. Lillian Adleman of Greenacres, Wash.

At the age of sixteen she became a member of the Church of Christ and has been a faithful worker in all departments of the church.

Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in New Market Dec 24, 1926, at 2 o’clock, conducted by B F Hall, pastor of the Church of Christ of Clarinda, and interment was in Old Memory cemetery.


Clarinda Journal, Friday, November 20, 1903, p. 6


Our community was shocked and hearts pained last Saturday evening when the unexpected death of Buddie Beery occurred. Clarence Aden, son of Samuel and Etta Beery, was born July 7, 1898, and died Nov. 14, 1903, age 5 years 4 months and 7 days. Little “Buddie,” as he was familiarly known, was a great favorite of all who knew him and loved by all. His sudden death is mourned by his parents and one sister, Velma, aged 10 years. He will be missed in the home. The funeral occurred Tuesday morning at the Methodist Episcopal church in Shambaugh conducted by Rev. C. W. Posten of College Springs, assisted by Rev. L. F. Brown, and was largely attended by sympathizing friends. The floral tributes were in profusion and beautiful. The parents have the sympathy of the community in this bereavement.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, November 3, 1932, p. 9


Mrs. L. Beery Dead

One of our old residents, Mrs. Laura Beery passed away last Friday. Her funeral was Sunday at the Mennonite church.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Knizely and Mr. and Mrs. Murrell Fuller of Tarkio, Mo. spent Sunday at the Abe Stemen home. They came to attend the funeral of Mrs. Knizely’s aunt, Mrs. Laura Beery.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, November 3, 1932, p. 9

Mrs. Laura Beery

Laura Zene Woods-Beery was born near La Fayette, Ind., Jan. 1, 1854 and departed this life Oct. 28, 1932, aged 78 years, 9 months and 28 days. With her parents she came to Iowa when but a child where she spent the remainder of her life.

She was married to Amos Beery October 6, 1869. To this union twelve children were born. Noah, of Davis, Okla., Enoch, of Centralia, Kans., Nancy Wolfe of Braddyville, Iowa, Bessie McClarnon, Jennie Hoskins and Luella Overholt of Shambaugh, Ia, J. A. Beery of Bradford, Ohio, Melvin Beery, of Villisca, Iowa, Gertrude Huff of Coin, Iowa.

Her husband, Amos Beery and three daughters, Nora, Leona and Myrtle preceded her in death. Besides her children she leaves to mourn their loss, 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, two brothers and four sisters of whom Mrs. Anna Elsten of Shaw, Kans was present at the funeral.

She was converted in early life and was true to her redeemer, dying in the triumph of Christian Faith. She was a member of the M. B. C. Church of Shambaugh, and remained loyal to the day of her death. She was a faithful, devoted companion and mother who patiently endured the trials and toils of life and entered into the joys and sorrows of her family, neighbors and friends. Our loss is her gain.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Mennonite Church in Shambaugh by E. D. Young. Interment in Butler cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, September 8, 1969, [p. 1]

Mrs. Frances Duncan, 91, died, last Civil widow in Clarinda

Mrs. Frances Duncan, 91, last Civil War widow in Clarinda, died Sunday at 5 am at her home and services are planned for Wednesday.

Mrs. Duncan has been failing during recent months, but had had an unusually active life at her home in Shambaugh and Clarinda. She was the wife of Thomas Duncan, married to him April 15, 1893.

Her funeral service is to be held at 2 pm Wednesday at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda. The Rev. Don Comstock of the Church of the Nazarene will officiate with Mrs. Leslie Forbes and Miss Aletha Hutchings furnishing the music.

Her family was that of Jacob and Sarah Hardee Ridgely, Civil War Veteran who settled in the Siam vicinity. She was married to Thomas Duncan, also a Civil War veteran. They started housekeeping in the same farming area. He died in 1918 while living at Shambaugh.

She is the mother of Ted Duncan who lived with her at 521 E Main St, Mrs. Virgil (Decama) Bradley and Mrs Don (Leah) McKinnon of Clarinda, and Mrs. Artie Eastman of Burlington Junction. She has 11 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and one great great grandson, Lance Erin Eastman.
[Note: Correct marriage date is April 15, 1903.  Source: Declaration for Widow’s Pension, December 30, 1918, signed by Frances.]


Clarinda Herald, Thursday, December 19, 1918, p. 6


Mr. Thomas Duncan died at his home Sunday evening, his death being caused by a paralytic stroke following the Influenza. The funeral was held at the Shearer Graveyard Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. G. W. Wyatt pastor of the Church of God at Shambaugh officiating.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, December 19, 1918, p. 4


Thomas Duncan died at his home in Shambaugh, Sunday night, Dec. 15, 1918, of paralysis, at the age of about 72 years. From the time he was a small boy until he moved to Shambaugh in recent years he lived in Buchanan Township, Page County, and near Siam. He was a farmer by occupation. He is survived by his wife and two sons and two daughters. The funeral was held at the grave conducted by Rev. G. W. Wyatt, pastor of the Church of God, and interment was in the Shearer cemetery.


Hopkins Journal, Thursday, August 8, 1895, [p. 1]

Mrs. Alexander Davis [Susan Perry] died at her home three miles east of Clarinda on August 1stt, aged 63 years. The funeral was preached by her pastor, Elder Simmons, of this city, at the Union church and the remains were interred in the Shearer cemetery. She leaves a husband and nine children, all but two of whom were present at her funeral. Deceased was a member of the Old School Baptist church, having united with it in Illinois, when she was seventeen years of age. Her Christian character was unimpeachable and she died happy in the thought of a well-spent life and an eternal home in Heaven.


Clarinda Journal, Friday, August 2, 1895, [p. 1]

Mrs. A. [lexander] B. Davis died yesterday morning at her home three miles south of Clarinda, from paralysis, of which disease she received a stroke Monday of last week. Her husband nine children survive her. The funeral is held today at the Union church in Buchanan Township, and the burial will be in the Shearer cemetery, that township.



Maryville Daily Forum, Wednesday, March 18, 1998

Artie Eastman

Services for Artie O. [la] Eastman, 100, Burlington Junction, were held Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, at Barr-Merrick Funeral Chapel, Burlington Junction, with the Rev. Daniel Brakhage officiating.

Mr. [Mrs.] Eastman died Feb. 22, 1998, in Maryville.

Organist and vocalist was Donna Wilmes.

Burial was at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.

Services were under the direction of Barr-Merrick Funeral chapel, Burlington Junction.


Maryville Daily Forum, Saturday, February 24, 1998

Artie Eastman

Artie O. [la] Eastman, 100, Burlington Junction, died Sunday, Feb. 22,1998, at Maryville Health Care Center, Maryville.  

Born May 15, 1897, in Siam, Iowa, to Thomas Duncan and Frances Ridgley Johnson, she had worked for the State Mental Hospital, Clarinda, Iowa, for many years before retiring.

She   married   Alfred   "Allie" Eastman, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Eastman had lived for many years in the Northwest Missouri area. Survivors include a daughter, Ruth VanDeWege of Holland, Mich.; three grandchildren; a granddaughter, Linda Schroeder, who she helped raise; and several great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, at Barr-Merrick Funeral Chapel, Burlington Junction.

Burial will be at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.

Arrangements are under the direction of Barr-Merrick Funeral Chapel, Burlington Junction.


Hopkins Journal

Thursday     April 16, 1896


Hannah Market was born November 1, 1809, and died April 10, 1896. Was born in North Carolina, moved to Ohio where she was married to Samuel Emerick [Emrick]. They moved from Ohio to Indiana, thence to Iowa and Kansas and back to Iowa, where Mr. Emerick [Emrick] died about fifteen years ago. Grandma Emerick [Emrick] joined the M. E. church in ’67 and lived a devoted Christian life to the time of her death. A few days ago she told her daughter, Mrs. John Fine, that she had been waiting for years for the Lord to call here where she would rest forever. She leaves ten children to mourn her loss.

The funeral was preached by the writer from the latter clause of Matthew 13:3. May our dear Father in heaven bless and comfort the bereaved friends who are still lingering on the shores of time, and help each one to live consistent Christian lives and finally all meet around God’s throne.

Where no chilling winds nor poison breath

Can reach that healthful shore;

sickness, sorrow, pain and death

Are feared and felt no more.
Siam, Iowa           H. H. Roush


Clarinda Journal, July 18, 1902, p. 5

Early Settler Dead

Had Lived In Page County Since The Early Forties

George Wesley Farrens, Known as the First Settler, Dies in Buchanan Township—Had Lived There About Sixty Years—A Pioneer and Historic Figure Gone to His Reward

George Wesley Farrens

The death of George Wesley Farrens, which took place the morning of July 4, 1902, at his home in Buchanan Township, Page County, removed an Iowa pioneer. Authorities disagree as to whether he became a resident of Buchanan Township in 1841, 1842, or 1843. Lewis & Dunbar’s “History of Page County” relates that Mr. Farrens came to this county in 1842, and settled in Buchanan creek, in Buchanan Township, he having come there with his brother, Henry D. Farrens, from Clay County, Mo., with a yoke of oxen and a wagon. This history says that the Farrens brothers came to Missouri in 1841. Their birthplace was Greene County, Tenn. George Wesley Farrens lived in Indiana before moving to Missouri and Iowa. The history previously quoted records that George Wesley Farrens was one of the first settlers, as follows: “First settlers—1841: George W. Farrens, David Farrens, Henry Farrens, who settled on section 27, township 67, range 36, west.” Further the history recites that “The honor of the first settlement of Page County belongs to Buchanan Township and belongs to the Farrens family. D. M. claims G. W. and H. D. came in 1841, and that he, David, came in 1842, but records in the hands of H. D. show that settlement was made in 1842.” The history also says that the first post office in Page County was established in 1851, and was named Center. George Wesley Farrens was the postmaster, and according to this the first in Page County. “The first trail ever broken by a white man was in 1843,” says the history in reference to Buchanan township, “when G. W. Farrens, one wet season, hitched four yoke of oxen to a tree-top and dragged it over hill and dale to Maryville, Mo. Mr. Farrens is peculiarly situated, as he has lived in two states, three counties and two townships, and yet never removed. It has come about on account of the Iowa-Missouri boundary line trouble and reorganization of townships.”

In Elijah Miller’s “History of Page County,” is the following: “The first settlements were made prior to any of the surveys, and were about as follows: In what is now known as Buchanan township, in 1843, by G. W. Farrens, Henry D. Farrens and David M. Farrens, near the spot where G. W. Farrens now lives.” Mr. Miller’s history was published in 1876.

The late Mr. Farrens was 86 years of age at the time of his death. His brother, Henry, who lives at Clarinda, is 88 years of age, and another brother, John, in Nodaway County, Mo., is 90 years of age. There were six of the brothers. One of them was Dr. A. H. Farrens, who died in Clarinda, in 1859, age 39 years. The doctor was the father of Dr. E. T. Farrens of this city.

George Wesley Farrens remained where he located when he came to Page County, about three miles east of where Braddyville now is. He had a large farm. Some of his real estate was in Nodaway County, Mo.

It is related of Mr. Farrens that his farmhouse was once destroyed. In it he had a lot of money---paper and gold. The paper money was lost in the flames. The gold melted, but he got its value back from the United States treasury. After that he would keep nothing but gold about his place, one tells the Journal who knew him well. In addition to his other property the Braddyville times says that Mr. Farrens left “several thousand dollars in cash, most of which he had concealed about the premises, but his daughter, Mrs. Livengood, who has lived with him for the past ten years, knew its whereabouts.”

Mr. Farrens was twice married, first, in 1845, to Martha Ann Holland. Four children were born to this union. The eldest of these, Mrs. Irene F. Hiles of Mount Pisgah, Ia., it is claimed, was the first white child born in Page County. This claim is contested by Elijah Miller’s “History of Page County,” which says: “The first white child born in the county was Perry Hardee. “The three other children born to the Farrens-Holland union were Mrs. Elizabeth Livingood, residing at her father’s home; Mrs. Nancy Braddy of Axtell, Kan., and S. W. Farrens of Braddyville. The death of the first Mrs. Farrens took place in 1853. The next year Mr. Farrens married Mrs. Elizabeth C. Thompson, who had four children---Mary, Martha, Addison and Emma. Two children were born to the last union, one dying. The survivor of the two is Mrs. Lydia Davison of Norton, Kan. The second wife also preceded her husband to the grave.

Mr. Farrens, toward the close of his life, was an invalid. He died of heart trouble.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, July 6, at the Methodist Episcopal church, conducted by Rev. Edward Pruitt. The burial was in the Braddyville cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal, February 18, 1954, p. 3

Mrs. Clem Fine of Siam Died Tuesday; Funeral Held Feb 19

Mrs. Clem Fine, 66, died at her home two miles southwest of Siam, Tuesday, Feb 16, after an illness of five years. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church in Siam, conducted by the Rev Earl Streyffeler of New Market. The Swanson Funeral Home of Hopkins was in charge. Burial was in Shearer cemetery.

Mrs. Fine is survived by her husband, Clem; two daughters, Mrs. Irene Vardaman of Shambaugh and Mrs. Doris Carter of Graham, Mo; two sons, Harold and Roy of Braddyville; one brother, Client [Clint] McMullin of Sacramento, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Lela Bell of Clarinda.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, April 26, 1954, p. 5

Della McMullen Fine

Della McMullen, daughter of William and Emma McMullen, was born November 26, 1887 in Page County near Clarinda, and departed this life at her home northeast of Braddyville, Iowa, February 16, 1954, at the age of 67 years, two months, 16 days.

She moved with her parents to Taylor County where she spent most of her life with the exception of a few years near Pickering, Mo.

She was united in marriage to Clem Fine, September 29, 1917. To this union five children came to bless the home. One daughter, Naomi, died at the age of two. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Harold and Roy Fine of Braddyville, Iowa; Irene Vardaman of Shambaugh, Iowa; Doris Carter of Graham, Mo. She leaves one sister, Lila Belle of Clarinda, Iowa, and one brother, Clint McMullen of Sacramento, Calif.

One twin sister, Emma; one brother, Roy McMullen, father and mother preceded her in death.

In early life she united with the Christian church and continued in that faith till death.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Methodist church in Siam, with Rev. Earl Streyffeler in charge. Mr. and Mrs. Horace Stone sang, accompanied by Mrs. Roy Starkey. Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Harlan Howes, Mrs. Harry Kellogg, Mrs. Andrew Miller, Mrs. Preston Billings and Miss Margaret Russell. Casket bearers were Theodore Bix, Clarence Fine, Edward Morehouse, Harlan Howes, Homer Foster and Andrew Miller. Burial was in Shearer cemetery.


Hopkins Journal

Thursday     Feb 6, 1896


Rhoda Belle Fine was born March 27, 1877, and died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Fine, eight miles northwest of Hopkins, on Feb. 3, 1896.

The funeral was preached by the writer and attended by a large concourse of bereaved friends and relatives. She was laid to rest in the Shearer cemetery to await the awakening of the resurrection morn. Among her last words were “The Lord be with me.” Her bereaved parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.      E. Downs

Our Belle has from us gone,

  Silently she stole away,

God called her for his own

  To dwell in a sweet eternity.

God in his wisdom

  Has taken her away,

The flower of our garden—

  Why couldn’t she stay.

Now since she is gone,

  And we are left alone,

Our hearts are filled with sorrow

  As silently we mourn.     H. H.  F.


Graff, Mrs Joe

Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, April 21, 1952, p. 2

Mrs. Joe Graff Burial At Guss

Guss, April 18---Mrs. Joe Groff [Graff] of Nodaway died at the Municipal hospital in Clarinda Wednesday morning, following a short illness. Her funeral was held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church in Nodaway and burial in Guss cemetery. Mrs. Graff lived many years on a farm northeast of Guss, and moved to Nodaway when her and her husband’s health failed. She is the mother of Mrs. Wayne Rock of this vicinity. Other survivors are her invalid husband, two sons, Clifford, who resides on the home place, John of near Bushville, and her daughter, Mrs. Marion Hendrickson of Nodaway.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, July 9, 1936, [p. 1]

John Horning Answers the Death Summons

Burial at Shambaugh Where Held Farming Interests Before Moving to Clarinda

John H. Horning, who would have been 84 years within the week, passed away Monday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at his home at 323 east Willow Street. While he had not been well for 3 ½ years, he continued to enjoy his happy life with his wife and many friends. He was buried in Butler cemetery Wednesday afternoon following services at the Methodist church in Shambaugh, conducted by Rev. Lulu ad T. J. Overholt.

Mr. and Mrs. Horning only a year ago passed their 60th wedding anniversary. They had lived in the Shambaugh vicinity until 35 years ago, when they took up their home in Clarinda. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Pallbearers for his funeral were his grandsons and nephews.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, April 26, 1954, p. 5

Edith Long Lines

Edith Mary Long was born in Webster County near Fort Dodge on April 1, 1862 to Hannah and Reuben Long. She died on March 17, 1954, at Villisca, Iowa.

She was baptized in early childhood in the Christian church.

On January 12, 1887, she was united in marriage to Alonzo Grant Lines and to this union eight children were born. Her husband and four children preceded her in death. She leaves four children to mourn their loss, Violet Snow of Villisca, Doug of Hepburn, Nell Hurst of Clarinda and Emma Reals of Davenport, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev J A Hunter at the Walker Funeral home on Saturday, March 20. Miss Aletha Hutchings was at the console.

Casket bearers were Floyd Miller, Rol Jeffers, Frank Kent, Warren Hartman, Don Hartman, Carrol Keller. Burial was at the Oak Grove cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, April 21, 1952, p. 6

Anna Irene McColm

Anna Irene McColm, daughter of Kendall and Amanda Cameron, was born August 4, 1868 in Van Buren County, Iowa, and died at the Municipal hospital in Clarinda, March 30, 1952, at the age of 83 years, 7 months and 26 days. Her parents moved to Dallas County when she was a small child. In 1892 they moved to a farm near New Market.

She followed the profession of teaching until she was married to Dr. Charles W McColm, April 11, 1895. They established their home in New Market where she lived the remainder of her life. Her husband preceded her in death, Feb 4, 1941. No children were born to this union, but James McDonald was taken into their home and reared as their own.

Mrs McColm was a member of the Eastern Star and helped to organized the OES in New Market and was elected the first worthy matron.

She was one of the oldest members in the M E church and always was ready to do her part as long as health permitted. She was a good neighbor and counted her friends by her acquaintances.

Those who survive are: a sister, Mrs. Charles Lathrop of New Market; three brothers, Ray of Bedford, W K of Omaha and Phillip of Bakersfield, Calif; James McDonald of New Market and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Clarence Moore of Truro, Iowa, a former pastor, and burial was in the Dallas Center cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, February 6, 1941, [p. 1]

Dr. C W McColm, 75, Dies At New Market

Funeral Held this Thursday at Methodist Church in N Market

New Market (Special)---Dr C W McColm, aged 75 years, passed away at his home in New Market at 10:30 Tuesday, after several weeks’ illness.

Dr McColm had been in continual practice of medicine in New Market since September, 1892, also a registered pharmacist. He operated a drug store in connection with his practice for the first 15 years. He was a member of the Iowa State Medical Society and of the Taylor County Medical Society.

Mr. McColm was a charter member of the Masonic lodge and the O E S of New Market, and was a Shriner.

He is the last one of eight brothers, five of whom were practicing physicians.

The cause of the doctor’s death was Bright’s disease and serious heart ailment.

Funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church in New Market with Rev Douglas in charge.


Clarinda Herald Journal, February 13, 1941, p. 4

Dr C W McColm

Charles Wesley McColm, son of William Q and Mary McColm, was born in Wayne County, Iowa, April 15, 1865, and died at his home in New Market, Iowa, Feb 4, 1941, aged 75 years, 9 months and 19 days.

In 1877 he moved with his parents to Rooks Co. Kansas, where he was educated and later taught in the public schools. In 1889 he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Keokuk, Iowa, where he graduated in medicine in 1892. He had done his intern work with his brother, Dr J T McColm, in Gravity, Iowa. He located in New Market in September 1892 and continued in the active practice of his profession until his recent illness, which began the first week in December.

He was married April 11, 1895 to Anna I [rene] Cameron, daughter of Mr and Mrs K [endall] Cameron of New Market.

He was the youngest and last remaining member of a family of ten children. Those who preceded him in death were Mrs Eliza Fleury, Dr G W McColm, Mrs Addie Tufts, Dr J T McColm, Dr C B McColm, Frank McColm, Jasper L McColm, Dr J R McColm and Sherman T McColm.

He was an active member of the Masonic lodge for over 53 years, also a Shriner and a member of the O E S, had been a member of the Iowa State Medical and the Taylor County Medical society for years, was also a registered pharmacist and had operated a drug store in connection with his practice for the first 15 years in New Market.

He united with the Methodist church in 1896 and remained a faithful believer in the existence of a Living God. He was modest and unassuming, of a kindly disposition, ever ready to assist the distressed and unfortunate. He leaves a wife and a host of relatives and admiring friends to mourn his death.

The funeral was held at the Methodist church in New Market Thursday Feb 6 at 2 30 p m, conducted by Rev Douglas of Randolph, Iowa, a former pastor here, assisted by Rev Overholt pastor of the Mennonite church. Burial was in Dallas cemetery where the last rites were performed by his Masonic brothers of Covenant Lodge No. 54 A I and A M. The funeral oration was ably delivered by Dr J H Malony of Corydon, Iowa, an old time friend of Dr McColm. Music was furnished by Opal Wallace, Bessie Godfrey, Harmon Martin and Robert McDonald, Leafy Pace at the piano. Pall bearers were Karl Johnson, James McDonald, Ralph Pratt, Thos A Harris , Ora Cade and Ora Thompson. The eight flower girls were members of Mrs McColm’s club.

Composed and dedicated to my friend Dr C W McColm by Marian G Kornbleer, 2001 East Eighty-Seventh street, Kansas City, Mo.

Softly the evening shadows closed

  The light

Upon my friend who by nature was

   Calm and quiet

He who never sought for fame

  But by a tender name

Was known as---friend Doctor

Reckoning with life his ways were

  Calm and quiet

He trusted and was trusted and

  With a generous will

Would go to any length

  To give his earthly strength

To man—friend Doctor

They who suffered sought his

  Healing power

Yet gently and with tender voice

  Through darkened hour

He would quench the fear

When death was near

Within a home—our Doctor

This friend to know and know him


That within his quiet and inner

  Self his faith was strong,

Not for earthly gains

But for higher things

He lived—our kind Doctor

People from a distance who attended were Mr and Mrs Phil Cameron and son Phillip, Casper, Wyo; Mr and Mrs W K Cameron of Omaha, Nebr, Ray Cameron of Bedford, Iowa, Mr and Mrs K Cameron and son Stanton of Omaha, Nebr, Mrs Lorena Stanton of Lincoln, Nebr, Mrs. Gertrude Knodle from Shenandoah, Iowa, C B McColm from Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs Dan Kroeger, Neola, Iowa, Mrs Crystal Schneckloth, Persia, Iowa, Mrs. Bethel Conkling, St Joseph, Mo, Mrs. Lottie McColm, Mrs. Carrie McColm, Mr and Mrs Lee Berry and Mrs Dora Salliards, all of Gravity, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Rogers, Mrs Hubert Corbin, Mrs Max Kendrick, all of Clarinda, Dr and Mrs J H Maloney and Mrs Kathryn Roush of Corydon, Mr and Mrs Howard McColm of Gravity, and Mrs Gertrude Dougherty of Clarinda, Mrs Max Mowery, Shenandoah, Iowa, Mrs Edna Hipsley, Hopkins, Mo, Mrs Mattie Harkless, Mrs Jessie Pullan and Mr and Mrs Warren Baker of Clarinda, Doctors Johnson, West, Matthews, Clark, Newport, Bossingham, Frenkel and Parrott, all of Clarinda, attended in a body.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, September 8, 1932, [p. 1]

L. McFarland Dead

Lon McFarland died Wednesday at the home of John Clowser near Clarinda. The funeral services have been set for 2:30 o’clock Friday from the Walker Funeral Home.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, April 21, 1952, [p. 1]

Braddyville Lady, 94, Died Saturday

Rites Wednesday Afternoon For Mrs. Mary McFarland

Braddyville (Special): Mary McFarland, 94, lifetime resident of the Shearer community northeast of Braddyville, died Saturday at a Clarinda hospital, where she had been cared for for two days.

Mrs McFarland was born in Buchanan Township. She was the wife of Orlando McFarland, who preceded her in death many years ago. Since the death of her daughter, Mrs. Herb Damewood, she had made her home with her son-in-law in the Shearer community.

Mrs. McFarland had been bedfast for the past three years and was cared for by her elderly son-in-law until he could do so no longer. She had been in failing health since breaking her hip 13 years ago.

Funeral service will be held at the Shearer church northeast of Braddyville Wednesday at 2 p m. The Rev Clarence Woollard is expected to officiate. Burial will be in Shearer cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, April 16, 1936, p. 2

Mrs. J. A. McFerrin

Laura May Nixon was born Dec 28, 1855, in Page County, Iowa, and departed this lie at one-thirty Monday afternoon, April 6, 1936, aged eighty years, three months, and nine days.

She was married to James Asbury McFerrin October 21, 1885. To this union were born eight children, Alta, Velma, and Mrs. Opal Fox, of Indianola; Mrs. Eunice Hockman, Clearmont, Mo.; Verna, Great Falls, Montana; Emmett N., San Jose, Calif; Mrs. Besse Sipherd, Lancaster, Calif.; Agnes preceded her in death at the age of nine months in 1888. Also surviving her are eight grandchildren.

Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Nixon, were pioneer settlers in Page County where they reared a large family, the deceased being the second in age. Her parents died in 1909. Four brothers and three sisters are living: William of Page County; Sherman of Bagley, Iowa; Robert of Tampa, Florida; Ross of Elliot, Iowa; Mrs. Alta McClimans of Burwell, Nebr.; Mrs. Florence Thompson of St. Joseph, Mo., and Mrs. Faye Speer of Indianola. A. A. Nixon, Mrs. Ella Boyes, and Mary Nixon have passed away.

Mrs. McFerrin was converted in evangelistic meetings held in Nixon schoolhouse in February 1885, and united with the Methodist church. She remained a true and devoted member throughout her life. Her first thought was always for her family, home, and church. Throughout her long illness she was always patient and appreciative of any service rendered her. She was a devoted, loving wife and mother, whose family “rise up to call her blessed.”

Funeral services were held April 9, at two o’clock at the Overton Funeral Home, conducted by Dr. Merle A. Gable. Miss Bertha Legge sang “It Is Well With My Soul,” and “Sweet Bye and Bye.” Interment was in the Indianola cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, February 27, 1941, p. 2

Mrs. Mary McMahan

Mary Matilda Huntsman was born Jan 25, 1860, at Alexandria, Scotland County, Missouri, and died at the age of 81 years and 27 days, after a three weeks’ illness at Clarinda, Ia.

In the spring of 1861 she moved to Siam, Ia with her parents, Dr and Mrs Charles Huntsman.

She was united in marriage on Nov 2, 1876 to Robert L McMahan, who passed away Nov 14, 1928. To this union was born five children, Rolla Seth and Maude Ethel who preceded her in death, and three left to mourn the loss of a loving mother, Leonard McMahan of Monroe, Wash., Karl R McMahan of Tacoma, Wash. and Mrs. E B Crain of Clearmont, Mo.

Besides her three children, she is survived by two sisters, Mattie and Gertrude and two brothers, Charles and Perry, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She was converted at the age of 10 years and united with the Baptist church, of which she was a faithful member. In 1884 she and her husband joined the Methodist church at Blanchard, later transferring their membership to Braddyville.

She was a devoted mother, kind and loving, and the family will miss her, but her memory will be a blessing and benediction to them.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, February 23, at the Methodist church in Braddyville, conducted by Rev T A Hansen, pastor of the church. Music was furnished by a male quartet, composed of Omar Cook of College Springs, Claud Apple, Paul Stickelman and Mose Burch, with Mrs. Paul Stickelman at the piano.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, December 30, 1926, p. 5

Mrs. Chas. G. Maxwell

Cynthia Anna [Anne] Shearer, daughter of John F and Emeline C Shearer, was born Feb. 3, 1863, in Taylor County, Iowa, near where the present town of New Market now stands, and died at her home near Braddyville, Iowa, De. 15, 1926, aged 63 years, 10 months and 12 days.

Her parents were among the early pioneer settlers of southwestern Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in Taylor and Page counties of Iowa, and later she moved with her parents to Clark County, Iowa, where they lived until their return to Page County in 1884 in which county she has since made her home.

On Feb. 13, 1887, she was united in marriage to Charles G. [ibson] Maxwell of Braddyville, Ia., a son of Robert and Charlotte Maxwell, another of the early families of Page County. To this union were born three children, Dr. Herbert S. Maxwell of Hopkins, mo., Mrs. Merrill D. Cox of Clearmont, Mo., and Mrs. Elmer Gallatan of Clarinda, Iowa.

Many years ago she united with the Christian church of Braddyville, Ia., and a few years later when the family moved to Clarinda, she transferred her membership to the Christian church of that city. Mrs. Maxwell was a member of the Braddyville Camp of the Royal Neighbors of America, being one of the charter members of the Camp, and served as its presiding officer for one or two terms.

She is survived by her husband and three children, a brother, J. D. Shearer of Braddyville, a sister, Mrs. W. [illiam] S. [herman] Burge of Clarinda, and a large circle of relatives and friends who mourn her death. She was a woman who was devoted to her home and family, ever ready to help and serve when and where her services were needed.

The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at one thirty at the Union church in Buchanan Township, conducted by Rev W. C. Harper, pastor of the Methodist church of Hopkins, Mo. Burial was in the Shearer cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, April 21, 1952, p. 6

Irene Levis Miller

Irene Levis Miller, daughter of Simon and Cornelia Levis, was born at Bryan, Ohio, Jan 23, 1869, and died at her home northeast of Grundy Center Sunday, April 13, 1952.

At a very early age she learned the dressmaking trade and later opened a shop at Red Oak. She continued this trade until October 18, 1898 when she was married to Geary Miller.

She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters, Athella Oates, Susan Heller and Alice Cavender; and brothers, Richard and George Emmet Levis.

Those surviving are three sons, George T of Lenox, Harry C and William G of Grundy Center; one sister, Mrs Mary Fuller of New Market; one grandson, one granddaughter and one great grandson. Burial was in Old Memory cemetery.


Clarinda Journal, Friday, October 16, 1903, p. 2

Bessie Phipps, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Phipps, died of spinal disease at the home of her parents in Shambaugh, Friday, Oct. 9, 1903. The funeral services were conducted by Will O. Hutchings of Clarinda, at the church near the Shearer cemetery, Saturday, at 2 p. m., and the burial was at that cemetery. Bessie was 1 year 6 months and 22 days old. Besides her parents she is survived by one sister and four brothers.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, December 31, 1984

Charley Phipps funeral Tuesday

Funeral services for Charley R. [ay] Phipps, 87 of Clarinda will be at 1:30 pm, Tuesday at Walker-Merrick Funeral home with Rev. John Clark officiating.

Mr. Phipps died Dec. 30, 1984 at Municipal Hospital where he had been for the past three weeks.

He was born March 11, 1897 at Siam, Ia, the son of Henry and Ella   Phipps.   In   1916   he   was married   to   Nelli[e]   Carlton   who survives.

Mr. Phipps was a carpenter and roofer before his retirement.

Besides his wife of the home he is survived by five children: Mrs. Juanita Rucker of Hillsboro, Or, Melvin Phipps of Newberg, Or, Rex Phipps of Carlton, Or, Virgil Phipps of Salem, Or, and Mrs. Hilton (Margaret) Grimes of Harlan, Ia. There are 27 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sons, Jack, Arlo, Charley Jr. and a daughter, Pauline.

Burial will be in Clarinda cemetery.


Clarinda Journal, Friday, November 13, 1908, p. 2


Mrs. Henry Phipps who has been ill with consumption the past year died last Thursday evening. Mrs. Phipps is survived by her husband, four sons and one little daughter. The funeral services were held at the Shearer church on Saturday, conducted by Rev. E. J. Menaugh of the Mennonite church. Interment was in the Shearer cemetery.
[Note: Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992 gives her name as Nevada E. J. Parker.  Iowa, County Birth, 1880-1935, gives her name as Levada Jane Parker.]


Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, April 16, 1936, p. 2

Henry Phipps

Henry Phipps, son of Willis and Caroline Phipps, was born in Darke County, Ohio, March 22, 1863, and departed this life at the home of his son Ray near New Market, Ia., April 8, 1936, at the age of 73 years and 16 days. He was the son of a family of 13 children. When a small boy he came with his parents to Page County, Iowa in the fall of 1879.

On Oct. 1, 1885, he was united in marriage to Ella Levada Parker. To this union seven children were born, Minnie Alice, Thomas Lewis of Pillager, Minn., John Willis of Braymer, Mo., Orlando Alfred of Carrolton, Mo., Charley Ray of New Market, Bessie Annie, and Velma Fern Rucker of Nodaway, Ia. All are left to mourn his departure except his wife who passed away 28 years ago, Minnie at the age of 16 years, and Bessie at the age of 2 years. He also leaves 33 grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters and many friends.

Funeral services were held at the Mennonite church Friday at 2 00 p m, conducted by Mrs. T. J. Overholt, text James 4-14. Interment was made in the Shearer cemetery.


Clarinda Journal, Friday, November 20, 1903, p. 6


Miss Minnie Phipps, whose illness has been previously mentioned in The Journal, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Phipps, Wednesday, Nov. 18, after a lingering illness with that dread disease, consumption. Miss Phipps was 17 years old and her death takes the last daughter from the home, a little sister, Bessie, having died several weeks ago. The parents and four brothers all have the sympathy of the community in this affliction. The funeral services were held Thursday morning at the Methodist Episcopal church in Shambaugh, conducted by Rev. L. F. Brown. The interment was at the Shearer cemetery east of town.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, February 10, 1986, p. 11

Burial in Clarinda cemetery

Mrs. Nellie P. [ermelia] Phipps, 86, of Clarinda died Feb. 8, 1986 in the morning at Municipal Hospital where she had been admitted Monday.

She was born June 9, 1899, in Osborne, Ks, the daughter of James [Lincoln] and Armada (Smith) Carlton.

She was married to Charley Phipps in 1916. Mr. Phipps preceded her in death Dec. 30, 1984.

She is survived by five children, Juanita Rucker, Hillsboro, Or, Melvin Phipps, Newberg, Or, Rex Phipps, Carlson, Or, Virgil Phipps, Moberly, Mo, and Mrs. Hilton (Margaret) Grimes, Harlan, Ia. there are 27 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four children, Jac[k], Arlo, Charley Jr, Pauline; and a son-in-law, Roy Rucker.

Funeral services were held this Monday afternoon at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, with Rev. John Clark officiating.

Burial was in Clarinda cemetery.


Clarinda Journal, Friday, March 6, 1903, p. 7


Willis Phipps died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Parker, Friday morning the 21st inst., at 5 o’clock. He was an old soldier, 73 years old.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, March 12, 1903, p. 3


Willis Phipps was born in North Carolina, October 14, 1822, and died in Page County, Iowa, February 27, 1903.

When seven years of age he moved with his parents from North Carolina to Ohio.

In 1850 he was married to Caroline Hines and to this union were born 13 children, only 6 of whom survive their parents. During the civil war Mr. Phillips was a member of and served his country a short time with the Ohio Home Guards. He came to Iowa in 1866. When a young man he united with the Christian church and lived a faithful and died believing in Christ as the savior.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Martin, of Braddyville, were held Feb. 28, at the Shearer church, and his remains were interred in the Shearer graveyard.

His children wish to thank the old soldiers and friends for the kindness and assistance which were given them during the sickness and death of their father. C.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, April 26, 1954, p. 5

Hannah Mary Pullan

Hannah Mary Anderson, daughter of Benjamin and Harriett Anderson, was born in Ravensthorpe, England, August 3, 1863 and passed to her eternal reward at her home in New Market, Iowa on April 9, 1954, at the age of 90 years, eight months and six days.

She came to America with her parents at the age of 18 years. She was united in marriage to John Pullen [Pullan] in Des Moines, Iowa in 1881. To this union were born six children, three sons and three daughters. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter and her husband. Those surviving their mother’s passing are: Rhoda Updike, New Market; Clara Leopold, Des Moines; Ben, New Market, and Jim and Lawrence of Clarinda. She is also survived by one sister, Harriett Whitted of Pasadena, Calif, 15 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, also many nieces and nephews.

She united with the Church of Christ of New Market, Iowa, thirty-eight years ago and remained in that fellowship until the end. Although a semi-invalid for years she bore her suffering patiently and appreciated the kind administrations of those who cared for her.

Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral home at 4 00 p m Monday, April 12, 1954, with the Rev I E Stickelman in charge. Music was by Aletha Hutchings and Doris Forbes who san “In The Garden of Tomorrow” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Organist was Aletha Hutchings. Casket bearers who carried her to her final resting place in the Old Memory cemetery were: Joe Journey, Bud Parsons, Jay Smith, Elmer Eighmy, Max Kendrick and Perry Hurdle.



Clarinda Herald Journal, July 9, 1936, [p. 1]

Daniel Teeters Dies Near Siam

Passes Away at Daughter’s at Age of 73 years Funeral Friday

New Market (Special)---Daniel Teeters, age 73, passed away at 1:40 Wednesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Drew Hoffman, near Siam following a stroke which he suffered Sunday morning at 6:30. He never regained consciousness. Mr. Teeters has lived all his life in and around New Market and is the last of a family of 12 children to pass to the Great Beyond. He leaves his wife, Emma, two sons, John of New Market and Frank of Clarinda, and one daughter, Mrs. Hoffman, also 10 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Friday morning at the Baptist church, Rev. Shackelford in charge. Burial in Memory cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, July 4, 1935, [p. 1]

Mrs. Woldruff, Mother of 11, Buried Friday

Braddyville (Special)---Mrs. Jas. Woldruff passed away at her home northeast of Braddyville Wednesday morning, July 3, at one o’clock, at the age of 62 years. She had been ill for several months.

She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, eleven children, Geo. And Marvin at home; Loy Woldruff at Clarinda; Glenn Woldruff, Hopkins, Mo.; Lois Orme, Bedford, Mrs. Floyd Clayton, Cecil and Loren Woldruff, Siam; Orie Woldruff, Braddyville; Elbert Woldruff, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mrs. Ethel Neil, Greeley, Colo.

Funeral services are being held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Methodist church in Siam. Burial in Shearer cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, July 8, 1935, p. 6

Mrs. J. R. Woldruff

Amanda Florence Fine Woldruff, daughter of A [aron] C [olumbus] and Armina Fine, was born August 15, 1873, near Siam, Iowa, and departed this life July 3, 1935, at her home six miles east of Braddyville at the age of sixty-two years, ten months and eighteen days. All her life except four years spent in Colorado, was spent in this vicinity.

April 9, 1892, she was united in marriage to James R [ussell] Woldruff. She was the proud mother of thirteen children, two of whom have preceded her in death. The living children are Loy, of Clarinda; Orie, of Braddyville; Glen, of Hopkins, Mo.; Elbert of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mrs. Ethel Neal, of Greeley, Colo.; Cecil, Loren, Mrs. Vera Clayton and Mrs. Lois Orme, of Siam, George and Marvin still at home.

She is also survived by her stepmother, Mrs. Harriet Fine, of Hopkins, Mo.; 26 grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Cora Bradley of Bedford, Ia., and Mrs. Flovia Cavner of Hopkins; three brothers, Dell and Perry Fine of Hopkins, and Roy Fine of Raymond, S. Dak., also a number of other relatives and many friends. One brother, Benton Fine, and two sisters, Ellen Maxwell and Laura Shearer, preceded her in death.

She united with the Methodist Episcopal church of Siam in 1915 and was a faithful member until the end. She was a faithful worker in the Ladies Aid Society as long as her health permitted, and was also a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.

During her last illness she was a very patient sufferer and never wanted anyone to do anything for her that she could do herself. Her husband and all of her children living near were with her at the time of her departure. Some of them were constantly at her bedside during the last few weeks of her illness. All that loving hands could do to relieve her intense suffering was done, but when the time came for her departure she was willing and ready to go.

All of the children were present at the funeral except Mrs. Ethel Neal, who was hindered by sickness. A large number of relatives and friends were present to pay their respects.

The funeral services for the fine mother were at the Methodist church in Siam Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. L. M. Kirby being in charge. Her eight sons were pallbearers, including Loy, Orie, Glenn, Cecil, Elbert, Loren, George and Marvin. The body was laid to rest in the Shearer cemetery in the community where the family had been reared.

Flowers girls were Marian Belle King, Ruth Lavonne Bebout, Faye Stewart, Frances Clayton, Mary Fine, Elsie Rose Fine, Doris Woldruff, Darleen Woldruff.

Those who furnished the music were Will Miller, Ed Owens, Mrs. Floyd Farlow, Mrs. Harry Blessman, Mrs. Dell Miller, Mrs. Leo Humphrey, Mrs. Frank Bordner and Mrs. Lola Stewart, with Mrs. Lola Reed at the piano.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, September 29, 1932, p. 4

Mrs. Amos Younkin

Mrs. Rachael Younkin passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 1932, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. May Jones, in New Market. She has been in poor health for several years.

Rachael Lucretia Younkin was born in Washington County, Iowa, Nov. 17, 1857. She passed away in New Market, Iowa, Sept. 23, 1932, aged 74 years, 10 months and 6 days. She was the oldest daughter of John and Almyra Benson.

On Aug. 18, 1874, she was united in marriage to Amos Younkin, who preceded her in death March 22, 1918. To this union two sons and two daughters were born, John dying in infancy. The surviving children are: Harve, of Huron, S. Dak.; Mrs. May Jones of New Market, Ia.; and Mrs. Luella Bix of Clarinda, Ia.

She moved with her family from Washington County, Iowa, to Page County, Iowa, in the spring of 1880, where they were engaged in farming until 1916, when they moved to New Market. She is survived by two sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Bird Brooks and Mrs. Eloise Davis of New Market, Ia., John Benson of Appleton City, Mo., Lee Benson of St. Joseph, Mo., and George Benson of Hemet, Calf.; also eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She united with the Methodist church early in life. She was in poor health for several years and was a constant sufferer for the past year.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist church, Sunday, September 25, at 2:30 p. m., Rev. Osborn officiating. Interment in the Memory cemetery.