submitted by: Julia Johnson -

Booze, America Magill Fine]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      July 20, 1939     p. 7



Aged Resident Dies After Illness—Burial In Shearer Cemetery

Mrs. America Fine Booze, 81, died Tuesday night, July 11 at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Elta Booze, after a long illness. Her husband, Albiness [Albinus] Booze and a son Curtis preceded her in death.

Besides her daughter-in-law, Mrs, Elta Booze, who has so faithfully cared for her so many years, she leaves one son Harvey [Walter] Booze; also six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Shearer church and burial was in the Shearer cemetery.

Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, July 13, 1939, p. 4
Mrs. America Booze Dies At Countryside
Countryside (Special) – Mrs. America Booze, widow of the late Alvinus [Albinus] L Booze, passed away at 10:50 o'clock Tuesday evening after suffering a stroke that afternoon. Mrs. Booze, whose maiden name was Fine, was born and reared in this community and probably the last of the old line, the Fine family pioneers, of the county. She was 82 years of age. She is survived by one son, Harve, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Elta Booze at whose home she died, and several grandchildren.

Funeral services are being held at 2 o'clock this Thursday afternoon at the Shearer church, and burial in the Shearer cemetery.


[Damewood, Hannah Bebout]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      July 20, 1939     p. 7


Former Resident Dies

Mrs. N. [athan] H. [arrison] Damewood, 86, died at College Springs Sunday July 16. She spent the greater part of her life near Siam and has many friends here who share the sorrow of her aged companion, who has traveled life's pathway with her for more than sixty-seven years. She also leaves a daughter, Mrs. Maude Townsend and three sons, Herbert Damewood of Siam, Al Damewood of Clarinda and Peter Damewood of College Springs.

[Damewood, Arilda Ann Anderson]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      September 11, 1930       p. 7


Mrs. John Damewood [Arilda Ann Anderson] passed away Tuesday at her home at Carbon, Iowa. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Shearer Church. Interment was made in the Shearer cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Damewood at one time lived in the Siam community and will be remembered by many friends.

[Damewood, Arilda Ann Anderson]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa)

Thursday      September 4, 1930      p. 5

Mrs. John Damewood died at the home of her son southwest of Corning Tuesday afternoon. Her death followed a long illness covering a period of two and a half years. The body was brought to the Hillard funeral home to await funeral arrangements, which have not been made at this time. It is possible that the body may be taken to the former home south of Clarinda for burial. An obituary will appear next week.

[Damewood, Arilda Ann Anderson]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa)

Thursday      September 11, 1930       p. 8

Arilda Ann Damewood

Arilda Ann Damewood, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth [White] Anderson, was born in Illinois, June 23, 1867, and passed away at the home of her son, Harrison, near Carbon, at the age of 63 years, 2 months and 10 days. When but a young girl she came to Iowa and, with the exception of the last ten years, which have been spent at Carbon, she lived in Page County.

On April 3, 1884, she was united in marriage to John Henderson Damewood, who survives her and mourns the loss of a life long companion. Three sons also survive, George, of Red Oak, Iowa; Sam, of Corning, and Harrison, of Carbon. Besides these there are 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and her aged father, the latter of Canton, Illinois, and three brothers, Will Anderson of Bancroft, Nebr.; John Anderson of Urbana, Mo., and Sam Anderson of Pilger, Nebr. who survive her.

Mrs. Damewood has been in failing health for the last two years and at times it seemed that death was near at hand, but she would rally again. Monday she weakened rapidly and passed away Tuesday morning at 9:30. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for over twenty years and a member of the Christian church at Siam.

[Damewood, John Henderson]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa)

Thursday     December 10, 1936      p. 7


John H. [enderson] Damewood died Sunday night at 10:30 p. m. in the home of his son Sam Damewood, following a two months illness, which was due largely to general decline and old age. The body was taken to the church at Shearer cemetery near the old home near Siam where funeral services were held at 2:30 Wednesday conducted by Rev. Volzke, pastor of the Corning Baptist church. Burial was made in the Shearer cemetery.

John H. [enderson] Damewood was born September 27, 1851 in the state of Indiana and died December 6 in Corning, aged 85 years, 2 months and 9 days. When he was ten years old he came to Iowa with his parents, locating at Siam. He was married to Arilda Anderson, April 3, 1884 and to this union three sons were born, George of Shenandoah; Sam of Corning and Harrison who died last September. He is also survived by a brother who lives at College Springs; and fifteen grandchildren. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge, having been identified with that organization for the past thirty years.

Mrs. Damewood died September 2, 1930 and since that time Mr. Damewood has made his home with his sons. Since the death of his son Harrison he has resided in the home of Sam Damewood here in Corning and his health has failed rapidly.

[Damewood, Nathan Harrison]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 11, 1948     p. 5

N. H. Damewood Buried Friday

N. [athan] H. [arrison] Damewood, a former resident of the Siam community, died Wednesday, March 3, at the home of his son, Pete Damewood in College Springs.

He would have been 94 years old in May and is the last of his family. Funeral services were held Friday at 10 o'clock at the Methodist church in College Springs and burial was in Shearer cemetery.

Plumb lodge No. 285 A. F. & A. M., of Siam had charge of the services at the grave.

Surviving are three sons, A. [braham] H. [erbert] Damewood of Siam, G. [eorge] A. [lverda] Damewood of Chicago and Pete [Peter Elbert] Damewood of College Springs; one daughter, Mrs. Maud [May] Townsend of College Springs; twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

[Damewood, Emma Collins]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday      January 30, 1917     p. 8


Mrs. Will Damewood died at her home Wednesday at eleven o’clock. The funeral services were held at the home and the remains were laid to rest in the Oak Grove cemetery Friday.

[Note: Oak Grove cemetery is now known as the Shearer cemetery.]

[Davison, Amanda Elizabeth “Manda” Parker]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     February 11, 1909      p. 4

Siam News.

Word was received here of the death of Amanda Davison, which occurred Feb. 6, 1908 [1909]. She was the wife of Douglas Davison. She was raised in this village and was well known by all in this vicinity. She leaves a husband and several small children to mourn her loss. The family have the sympathy of all who knew her in this their sad bereavement.

[Davison, Belle Margaret Lasley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 31, 1960     p. 8

Mrs. Davison, 82, Of Hopkins Dies

Mrs. Belle Margaret Davison, 82, died March 22 at a Clearmont, Mo., nursing home. Mrs. Davison, a life-long, resident of Hopkins, was a member of the Highland Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Homer Carmichael of Hopkins, Mrs. Lloyd Atha, Chillicothe, Mo.; three sons, Harvey Davison of Prescott, Archie Davison of Bedford, Harland Davison of Hopkins; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Byron Moffett of Braddyville, Mrs. Ira Chestnut of Clearmont; five stepsons, Roy Davison, Wilbur Davison, Homer Davison, Virgil Davison and Rolla Davison, all of Braddyville; two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Fine of Braddyville, Mrs. Nevada Baker of St. Joseph; three brothers, Clarence Lasley of Clarinda, Roland Lasley of Red Oak, Harland Lasley of Hopkins, 26 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday at the Baptist church in Hopkins, with Rev. Walter Cox officiating. Burial was held in Shearer cemetery.

Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Tuesday, March 22, 1960, p. 2
Mrs. Belle Davison Dies At Nursing Home
Mrs. Belle Margaret Davison, 82, Hopkins, died at 4 a. m. today at the Wallin Nursing Home, Clearmont, where she had been the past two weeks. Before that she was a patient at St. Francis Hospital. She had suffered a long illness.

Mrs. Davison was born Sept. 11, 1877, at Braddyville, Ia., the daughter of the late Eugene and Lydia Hamm Lasley. She was married Oct. 22, 1895, to Robert H. Davison, who died. She later married his brother, Rob Davison, in 1921. Mrs. Davison lived most of her life in the rural area around Hopkins, coming to Hopkins with her parents when she was only a year old. She was a member of the Highland Christian Church, formerly near Hopkins.

Her survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Homer Carmichael, Hopkins, and Mrs. Loyd Atha, Chillicothe; three sons, Harvey Davison, Prescott, Ia.; Harlan Davison, Hopkins, and Archie Davison, Bedford, Ia.; 26 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; three brothers, Harlan Lasley, Hopkins; Roland Lasley, Red Oak, Ia., and Clarence Lasley, Clarinda, Ia.; two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Fine, Braddyville, Ia., and Mrs. Nevada Baker, St. Joseph; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Byron Moffett, Braddyville, and Mrs. Ira Chesnut, Clearmont, and five stepsons, Roy, Wilbur, Homer, Virgil and Rolla Davison, all of Braddyville.

Funeral rites will be at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Hopkins Baptist Church. The Rev. Walter Cox will officiate and burial will be in the Shearer Cemetery, Page County, Ia.

The body is at the Swanson Funeral Home, Hopkins.


[Davison, Charles Leroy]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    February 24, 1916     p. 8


Charles Davison, the 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Davison west of town, died Tuesday morning, after ten days illness of brain fever. The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home, Rev. Griffith of the Baptist church officiating. Burial in Shearer cemetery.

[Davison, Charles Leroy]

New Market Herald

Thursday     March 2, 1916    p. 2

A good many from Siam and vicinity attended the funeral of Chas. LeRoy Davison at the Shearer church last Wednesday at 1 o'clock. Chas. L. Davison was born and raised until the time of his death on a farm near Hopkins, Mo. He was 19 years of age at the time of his death. He had been much with the Siam young people of late and was a general favorite with all. His death was caused by spinal meningitis. He leaves to mourn his loss a father, mother, two sisters and three brothers besides a host of other relatives and friends who have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood.

[Davison, Erastus Ross]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      January 17, 1935     p. 2

New Market

Earastus Davison Dies

Pioneer Resident Ill For Several Years

Earastus [Erastus Ross] Davison, 66, died Friday, Jan. 11, after having been in failing health for several years. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. B. F. Hall of Clarinda. Burial was at Memory cemetery.

He was born in East River Township, Page County, Iowa, in 1868. The greater part of his life had been spent in this vicinity, and for the past several years his home had been in Memory.

He was married in 1896 to Miss Nora Bland. He is survived by his wife, a sister, Mrs. Eva Smith of Omaha, and a brother, Jack Davison of Waldon, Colo.

He was a member of the Church of Christ.

[Davison, Harriet Ann Fine]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      January 17, 1935     p. 2



Mrs. Thomas Davison [Harriet Ann Fine] died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Wetsel [Elva] in Bellingham, Wash., last week. The body will be returned to Iowa and burial will be in the Shearer cemetery west of Siam.

Mrs. Davison was a sister of Jas. Fine, Doug Fine, Mrs. America Booze of Siam, and had resided here until about twelve years ago, when she left to make her home with her daughter.

[Davison, Mary Anna Laub]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday       May 4, 1915     p. 8

Mrs. Robert Davidson Dead

The funeral of Mrs. Robert Davidson [Davison], who lived southwest of Siam, was held at the Sherer [Shearer] church Monday April 19. Interment was in the Sherer [Shearer] cemetery. Mrs. Davidson [Davison] had been troubled with a small growth in her breast and physicians decided that a simple operation would fully restore her, and she was taken to Clarinda and an operation performed from which she did not successfully rally, dying the following day. Mrs. Davidson [Davison] is survived by her husband and seven children.

[Davison, Rosena Helen Laub Carr]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      May 21, 1942      p. 5


Mrs. Rosena Davison

Mrs. Rosena Davison died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Floyd Harsh in Bedford, Saturday, April 25. The funeral services were held the following Thursday, conducted by Rev. C. M. Eppard of Clarinda. Burial was in the Shearer cemetery.

Rosena Helen Laub was born November 14, 1862, on a farm in Buchanan Township, Page County, Iowa. She was the second child in the family of thirteen children born to Sarah Jane and Henry Laub.

In January 1880, she was married to James Henry Carr. A short time after their marriage, she, with her husband, united with the Church of Christ in Siam, and she remained a faithful, devoted Christian wife and mother.

Six children came to bless this home. They are Charley of Lodge Grass, Mont; Cora, deceased; Clarence of Braddyville; Claude, deceased; Clella Gibson of Buffalo, Wyo; Cuma Rosa of Princeton, Idaho. Mr. Carr died when he was only 37 years old.

On July 8, 1904, she was married to John Davison at Garfield, Wash. To this union one son was born, Doris, whose home is in Elberton, Washington. Mr. Davison died about 29 years ago.

Two sisters, three brothers, and one great-granddaughter have preceded her in death.

Besides the children Mrs. Davison is survived by four sisters, three brothers, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

All five of her children were present for the last rites. Also I. N. Gibson of Buffalo, Wyo., and Mrs. D. A. Davison of Elberton, Washington.

[Davison, Sarah Ann Ingram]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday      January 30, 1917     p. 8


Mrs. [Henry] Clay Davison [Sarah Ann Ingram] died at her home Thursday and was buried in the Oak Grove cemetery Sunday.

[Note: Oak Grove cemetery is now known as the Shearer cemetery.]

[Davison, Wilbur]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday     June 29, 1978

Wilbur Davison Page resident

Wilbur Davison, 78, lifelong resident of Page County, died Tuesday afternoon at Hand Community Hospital in Shenandoah following a four month illness.

He was born May 22, 1900, east of Braddyville, the son of Robert and [Mary] Anna Laub Davison. On Feb. 7, 1923, he married [Nell] Irene Clark, who survives. They farmed in the community where he was raised and lived near his childhood home five and one-half miles east of Braddyville.

Besides his wife of the home, he is survived by three sons, W. Wayne and Leo E. Davison of rural Braddyville and Bennie C. Davison of rural Clarinda. There are eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Brothers are Homer, Roy and Virgil Davison, all of Braddyville and sisters Bertha Moffitt of Braddyville and Dicie Chestnut of Clearmont, Mo.

He was preceded in death by a brother Rollie Davison.

Funeral services were held this Thursday morning at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Carl Cummings in charge. Joan Archer was soloist and Grace Perry organist. Casket bearers were Danny, Scott, Dennis, Curtis and Steve Davison and Bill Edwards. Mrs. Thelma Owend was at the register.

Burial was in Shearer cemetery east of Braddyville.

[Eschen, Ella Jansen]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     June 12, 1978

Clarindan's mother died Sunday

Mrs. Ella G. Eschen, 82, of Huron, S. D. died Sunday morning at Municipal hospital following a lengthy illness.

She is the mother of Mrs. Kenneth (Janelle) Farmer of Clarinda and had been in Clarinda the past two years, being cared for by her daughter.

Besides her daughter, she is survived by one grandson, Rodney Farmer of Des Moines, one brother, Anton Jansen of Alexandria, S.D. and a sister Mrs. Hattie Eschen of Forestburg, S. D.

She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer in 1951, one brother and five sisters.

The family will meet friends at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home this Monday from 7-8:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Welter Funeral Home in Huron, S.D., on Thursday with burial at Huron.

[Franks, Icyle Lillian Connell]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     June 12, 1978

Mrs Franks died June 7

The family of Mrs. Icyle (Harold) Franks have been notified of her death June 7 following a prolonged illness.

Mrs. Franks [Icyle Lillian], the daughter of E. [ugene] J. [ohn] and Ina [Lillian Hare] Connell, lived in Clarinda until 1931 when she was married to Harold Franks of Mallard, Ia.

Their home has been Lynwood, California the past 36 years. Their one son, Dennis, his wife and three children live in Torrance, California.

Three sisters live in Clarinda, Gertrude Heathertington, Bertha Lee, and Jean (Fred) Johnson.

[Ingram, Clyde, Jr.]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     June 19, 1978

Clyde Ingram died in Montana

Clyde Ingram Jr., son of Clyde and Vera Orme Ingram, died in Browning, Mont, on June 12. He had been in poor health for several years and suffered a final heart attack. He was born Aug. 13, 1912, in Taylor County, and lived his early years in and around Clarinda.

He is survived by three children, Mrs. Ronald (Janice) Lombard of Gig Harbor, Wash., David Ingram of Spokane, Wash, and Mrs. Stanley (Marla) Seguim of Richland, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Vernon (Mildred) Welch of Lacey, Wash, and Mrs. John (Pauline) Couts of Portland, Ore.

Burial was at the Browning Cemetery.

[Long, Abner Gordon]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday      January 30, 1917     p. 8


Mr. [Abner Gordon] Long died at his home Thursday and was buried in the Oak Grove cemetery Saturday.

[Note: Oak Grove cemetery is now known as the Shearer cemetery.]


Abner Long died Wednesday. Jan. 24, 1917, at his home in Braddyville of pneumonia, age 73 years and 9 months. He was born in Green county, Wis., in 1843. When 4 years old he came with his parents to Iowa. He enlisted in the Union army when he was 17 years of age. He was married to Miss Melissa L. Burch, Oct 23, 1884. Seven children --three sons and four daughters---were born to Mr and Mrs Long. The eldest child died in infancy. He is survived by his wife and six children, the latter being Fred Long, Cheyene, Wyo; Walter E. Long, Braddyville, Ia; Mrs Ada Stockton, Buchel, Ida; Mrs Anna Conley, Martin, Tenn; Sabitha Long and Clarence Long, Braddyville. The funeral was held Saturday at the Methodist Episcopal church, conducted by Rev C.C. Moore of Allendale, Mo. Burial was in the Shearer cemetery. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 1, 1917

Abner Long was born in Green county, Wisconsin in 1843, died Jan. 24th, 1917, at the age of 73 years,
and a few days of 9 months old. He moved from Wisconsin to Iowa at the age of 4 and from there to Missouri, when 14 years old, going to war at the age of eighteen, remaining in the war four years, coming back more to Illinois, in Oct. 23, 1884. He was married to Melissa L. Burch, and to this union was born seven children, three sons and four daughter, the oldest dying in infancy. Fred Long at Cheyenne, Wye, Walter E. Long of Braddyville, Mrs. Ada Stockton, Buhl, Idaho, Mrs. Anna Cohley of Martin,
Tenn, Sabetha Long and Clarence Long of Braddyville, together with his wife are left to mourn the loss. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church, Elder C. C. Moore of Clarksdale, Mo., officiating. A large concourse of people met to pay the last tribute of respect, after which the remains were taken to the Shearer cemetery. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 1, 1917


[McCurdy, Gayland]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     June 19, 1978

Gayland McCurdy died Friday

Funeral services for Gayland McCurdy, 53, of Clarinda, were conducted at 10:00 a.m. this Monday at the Clarinda Memorial Chapel. Rev. Jerold Irvin officiated. Burial was in the North Grove Cemetery.

Casket Bearers were Lloyd Carper, Carl Goldapp, Jack Krise, George Moore, John Pierce, and Loren Pierce. Mrs. Delbert Smith was in charge of the music.

Mr. McCurdy died Friday at the Municipal Hospital. He was born Sept. 25, 1924, at Conway, Iowa, the son of Max and Chloris Matheny McCurdy. He graduated from Conway High School in 1942, and was united in marriage to Dorothy Mathisen in Omaha on April 15, 1956. He had been employed at M.H.I. for the past 29 years as a vocational rehabilitation specialist. He was an artist and a member of the Clarinda Fine Arts Council, and was active in Troop 202 as a Boy Scout leader and pack leader for Cub Scouts, for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, two sons, David and Steven, his mother Mrs. Chloris Sharp of Bedford, a brother Glen Sharp of Bedford, two sisters Rachel Fitzhugh of Waterloo and Mary Anne Irvin of Bedford.

[Reed, Clyde Earl]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     June 12, 1978

Reed services

Graveside services are planned this Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Clarinda Cemetery for Clyde E. [arl] Reed, 81, of Norfolk, Neb. who passed away Sunday evening at a Norfolk hospital.

Reed, who was raised and attended school in Clarinda, is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ethel Farrens and a niece, Mrs. Calvin Luther, both of Clarinda.