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Clarinda Herald-Journal, Thursday, July 29, 1954, [p. 1]

Harvey Booze Died At Home Thursday

Braddyville Man dies of Heart Attack; Services Sunday

Harvey Walter Booze, 61, died at his home in Braddyville this Thursday morning at 7 o’clock of a heart attack.

Mr. Booze has been in ill health for the past year. He was born at Clearmont, Mo., and had lived in the Clearmont-Siam-Braddyville area all his life. He was a mechanic and welder for the Clem Fine Implement company.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary McClure Booze; one son, Charles Larry of Braddyville, and one daughter, Mrs. Idna Irene Schockey of Sweet Home, Ore., and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Foster-Harmon-Williams mortuary at 2:30 p. m. Sunday. The Rev. Ross Keyt, pastor of the Shambaugh Free Methodist church will officiate. Burial will be in the Shearer cemetery.


Clarinda Journal, Friday, July 26, 1895, p. 4

Morsman Valley

Miss Fay Nixon returned home from Oklahoma Saturday night on the 8:30 train with the remains of the infant daughter of the late Mrs. Boyes. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Posten at the home of Mrs. Nixon at 10 o’clock, and the little one was laid by the side of its mother in the Shearer grave yard.


Clarinda Herald, Friday, July 5, 1895, [p. 1]

Mrs. Ella Nixon Boyes was born in Sept. 1865, died June 27, 1895, aged 29 years, 8 months and 18 days. She was united in marriage to Hiram Boyes, of Perry, Oklahoma, in Sept. 1894. She was a graduate of Amity College in the scientific course, a member of the class of 85. She was converted in a series of meetings conducted by Rev. Buckner, in 1891, since which time her faith in Christ has been unswerving. Mr. Boyes arrived at Shambaugh Friday night with the remains and was met by about fifty sympathizing friends. The husband and friends have great sympathy in these their dark hours of sorrow, and yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. She was not aware that death to her would come so soon, therefore left no request, but the life she lived is a living testimony, and her friends feel  sure that she is safe with Jesus. Her married life was not of long duration, but was spent very pleasantly, and their prospects for the future were bright. Mr. Boyes feels his crushing loss greatly, and realizes that home will never be to him what it once was. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Posten, who tried to console the weeping friends with some of God’s blessed promises. The deceased leaves an aged father and mother, four sisters, five brothers and her husband to mourn. She also leaves a lovely little girl baby who will never know the tenderness of a mother’s love.

“Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep

From which none ever wake to weep.”


Clarinda Journal, Friday, July 5, 1895, p. 3

Died at her home in Perry, O. T., Mrs. Ella Nixon Boyes, June 27, 1895, age 29 years, 8 months and 18 days. The body was brought here Friday evening and the funeral was preached at the home of her father, Samuel Nixon, by Rev. C. W. Posten, after which it was laid to rest in the Shearer cemetery. Mrs. Boyes had many friends at this place, having taught school here for three years, and was loved by all. She was converted at the M. E. church, Feb. 16, 1891, under the labors of Rev. Buckner, and has lived a noble Christian life ever since. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the whole community but their loss is her eternal gain.


Clarinda Journal, Friday, July 5, 1895, p. 3

Morsman Valley

Thursday morning, June 27, Mr. Nixon’s family received a telegram announcing to them the death of Mrs. Hiram Boyes. It will be remembered by The Journal readers that Mrs. Boyes (formerly Miss Ella Nixon) was a successful teacher in Page County for several years. Last September she was united in marriage with Mr. Boyes of Perry, O. T., who is president of the bank at that place, and the short time they have been together has been very pleasant. The loss Mr. Boyes sustains is very heavy and he has the sympathy of all in this great sorrow. He arrived with the remains at Shambaugh Friday night of last week. He was met by about fifty friends. The funeral services were held Saturday morning at Mr. Nixon’s, by Rev. Posten, who selected his Scriptural text from the fourteenth chapter of John. He spoke words of comfort to the sorrowing husband and family. They mourn their loss but as those who have no hope. Mrs. Boyes was converted a little more than four years ago at Shambaugh, in a meeting conducted by A. B. Buckner. Since that time her faith has been steadfast. The last testimony she gave before she left us were these words, “I am so glad that Jesus came to save and he saves me.” The deceased was 29 years, 8 months and 18 days of age.

“There is one of our number, a youth in early


Who was called away by death, and is laid

    in the tomb.

Oh, little did we think she’d be called away

    so soon,

But oh! Her morning sun, it had gone down at noon.”


Clarinda Herald, Friday, July 5, 1895, [p. 1]


Fred Nixon, of South Omaha, came down to the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Boyes, going back next day. But few of our people went to the funeral, owing to the rain and muddy roads.


Clarinda Journal, Friday, June 14, 1907, p. 3


George Brockhart was born in Germany, Dec. 10, 1839 and died in Braddyville, Ia., June 9, 1907. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church, Tuesday afternoon. He was buried at the Shearer cemetery.


Maryville Daily Forum, Saturday, April 5, 1947, [p. 1]

James A. Burch Dies; Funeral to Be Monday

James Albert (Dick) Burch, 79-year old Pickering resident, died at 4:20 o’clock Friday afternoon at the St. Francis hospital where he had been a patient one day. He had been ill the last three weeks. He was a laborer and made his home with his brother, John Burch, in Pickering.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Monday in the Pickering Christian church. The Rev. L. B. Day will conduct the services. Burial will be in the Shearer cemetery in Braddyville, Ia.

He was born May 23, 1867, three miles northwest of Wilcox, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John H. [ancock] Burch.

Besides his brother at Pickering he is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Wetzler, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Abbie Apple, Braddyville, Ia.; and Mrs. Sabitha Moon of Pickering.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Monday, April 7, 1947, [p. 1]

Dick Burch Dies At Pickering, Mo.

Former Braddyville Man is Buried Following A Stroke

Braddyville (Special)---Dick Burch, 79, died Friday evening at the St. Francis hospital in Maryville, suffering a stroke about a month ago. His home has been at Pickering, Mo. but he spent most of his life in and near Braddyville.

He is survived by three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Sabathia Moon of Pickering, Mrs. Sally Wentzel of Oklahoma, Mrs. Abbie Apple of Braddyville and Jack Burch of Pickering.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Pickering Monday afternoon at one o’clock. Burial was in the Shearer cemetery near Braddyville.


Maryville Daily Forum, Tuesday, April 8, 1947, p. 3

Dick Burch Rites Held

Funeral services were held for James A. (Dick) Burch of Pickering at 1:30 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Pickering Christian church. Mr. Burch died Friday at the St. Francis hospital. The Rev. L. B. Day conducted the sermon.

A quartet composed of Mrs. Lola Berkey, Mrs. Lester Hood and Dennis and John Hood sang, “Have Thine Own Way” and “Does Jesus Care.” John Hood sang a solo, “When I Shall Fall Asleep,” accompanied by Mrs. Alva Lett.

Pallbearers were Floyd Alexander, Ira Thompson, Forrest Lett, Floyd Allen, Claude Loch and Champ Rice.

Flowers were in charge of Mrs. Loren Hackett, Mrs. Arthur Wray, Mrs. Forrest Lett, Mrs. Floyd Alexander and Mrs. Champ Rice.

Burial was in the Shearer cemetery near Braddyville.


Maryville Daily Forum, Thursday, July 1, 1954, p. 2

Final Rites Wednesday For John S. (Jack) Burch

Final rites for John S. [olomon] (Jack) Burch, who died Monday in St. Joseph, were conducted at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Christian church, Pickering, by the Rev. L. B. Day, Maryville. Burial was in the Shearer cemetery at Braddyville in charge of the Price funeral directors.

Danny Evans, accompanied by Mrs. Alva Lett, sang “Does Jesus Care?,” and “When I Shall Fall Asleep.”

Pallbearers were Floyd Alexander, Ira Thompson, Forrest Lett, Ab Simmons, Clark Lock, and C. C. Rice.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Monday, October 17, 1938, [p. 1]

Grandma Burch Neared 90 Years At Death Sunday

Had Lived Over 80 Years in Page and Nodaway Counties

Braddyville (Special)---Death came as a blessed relief to Mrs. Sarah Jane “Grandmother” Burch Sunday night at 11:30 o’clock after nearly 18 months of suffering from an incurable disease.

Mrs. Burch was cared for during her illness in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arch Moore, for the first months, and later in the home of her son, Mose Burch, where she passed away. Mrs. Burch would have been 90 years of age next March 3rd. Her husband, James A. Burch, passed away in December, 1918.

Mrs. Burch was almost a life long resident of Page County, Iowa, and Nodaway County, Missouri. She was born in Ohio and came with the family to Nodaway County when 8 years old. Except for one year spent in Texas, more than 50 years ago, she has lived in this locality and is the last of a family of four children. Mrs. Harriet Maxwell, a sister of New Market, passed away last April and two brothers died long ago.

She was the mother of nine children, all of whom are living, except one daughter, who died when a small child. Those living are Lewis Burch of Kearney, Nebr., Mrs. Grace Garman of Liberty, Nebr., Alvis Burch of St. Joseph, Mo., Mrs. Carrie Gragg of Burlington Junction, Mo. and Mrs. Stacy Reed, Mrs. Arch Moore and Harve and Mose Burch, all of Braddyville. She also leaves 26 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 at the Christian church in Braddyville.

[COLE, William A.]

Clarinda Journal, Thursday, September 17, 1914, p. 8

W. A. Cole

W. [illiam] A. Cole died at the Clarinda State Hospital, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1914, where he had been a patient for nearly ten years. He was a victim of typhoid fever. He was born July 22, 1878, in Nebraska. He was married March 14, 1900 [1901], to Miss Effa Davis, at Shannon City, Ia. One child, a daughter, Lexene, age 12 years, and the wife, in Clarinda, survive. The remains were taken to Shannon City, today, for the funeral and burial, which will be tomorrow. Mrs. Cole accompanied the remains to Shannon City.


Clarinda Herald, Thursday, August 16, 1923, p. 10

Donald Albert Damewood

Donald Albert Damewood, the infant son of Clyde and Edna Damewood, died Monday, Aug. 13, 1923 at the home of his parents in this city. He was one month and twenty-three days old. He leaves to mourn his loss the parents and twin brother, Ronald Elbert, besides a host of other friends and relatives.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday morning conducted by Rev. E. A. Moore. Burial was in Clarinda cemetery.

We had a little treasure once,

  He was our joy and pride.

We loved him, ah, perhaps too well

  For soon he slept and died.

All is dark within our dwelling;

  Lonely are our hearts today,

For the one we loved so dearly

  Has forever passed away.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Thursday, November 12, 1936, p. 4

E. M. Damewood

Elbert M. [elvin] Damewood, youngest son of Elbert H. and Jane Seymour Damewood, was born July 10, 1862, in Taylor County, Iowa, and departed this life at his home south of Braddyville on October 31, 1936. He was 74 years, 3 months and 21 days of age at the time of his departure.

As his father passed to the Great Beyond before returning from service in the Civil War, Elbert, or “Mel,” as he was familiarly known, grew to manhood without a father’s companionship.

Most of his life was spent in Page County, Iowa, except the past 22 years in the present Missouri home of the family.

Elbert was united in marriage to Miss Sarah A. [nn] Phipps on August 20, 1881. Eight children were born to this union. Four of these are deceased, namely: Iva Pearl, Carrie Jane, Willis A. and Ora A. the surviving children are Harley in the parental home, Edna Griffith of near Braddyville, Lesta Crawford of near Clarinda, and Burch of Fillmore, Mo.

Besides his wife, a companion of more than 55 years, his two sons and two daughters, there remains to mourn their loss, four grandchildren, Harold, Eldon, Perry and Evelyn Griffith; two brothers, John of Corning and N. H. of College Springs, also a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. W. Proctor, pastor of the Methodist church, and interment was made in Shearer cemetery east of Braddyville.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, June 11, 1931, [p. 1]

Honors to Civil War Veteran; Laid to Rest in Home Cemetery

F. A. Damewood Closes Active Life, Age over 85 Years

At Clarinda Methodist church Saturday afternoon was held the final rites for F.[rancis] A. [sbury] Damewood, following funeral services the same morning from the Methodist church in Lincoln, he having passed away at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, where he was taken from the Lindell hotel where he had been making his home.

Mr. Damewood was 85 years, 9 months and 22 days of age at the time of death, which occurred June 4th. The funeral cortege motored here from Lincoln, going directly to the Methodist church, where the pastor, Dr. D. J. Shenton conducted the services, the funeral being attended by many who had known the deceased man when he lived here, and with whom he had kept up a constant acquaintance and friendship through coming here frequently, being careful to call on his friends when he came. Music was furnished by a male quartet, composed of Tom Tomlinson, Roscoe Applegate, Walter Cramer and Rudolph Swanson, with Margaret Tomlinson at the pipe organ. In accordance with Mr. Damewood’s request, sons of veterans acted as pallbearers, Fred Fisher, Ed Klise, Homer Woods, Stanley Glasgow, Gerald G. Graff and J. B. M. Pruitt.

Three things are outstanding in Mr. Damewood’s career that he was a Methodist, a Civil War veteran, and a mail clerk during his active working years.

Being a Methodist started when he was named, his middle name being Asbury, after the noted preacher, whose fame was great at the time Mr. Damewood was born, Aug. 12, 1845, at Knoxville, Tenn., his father’s name being Isaac Damewood.

The family moved to Page County, Iowa, resident in Hawleyville, where opening of the Civil War witnessed the enlisting in the Union cause of F. A. Damewood, age only 14, but large for his age. He joined Co. A, 4th Ia. cavalry, of which the captain was a presiding elder of the Methodist church, the two other officers of the company, to start with, being Methodist preachers. The boy, F. A., and his folks, thought it would be all right to join a company officered that way, so he went through the war of active service while still under age.

Returning home, he acted as deputy sheriff under his father, who for eight years was sheriff of Page County. Later the young man was deputy under his father’s successor, Sheriff Mahlon Johnson.

He then entered the railway mail service at the age of probably 36 years, having the run at first between Villisca and St. Joseph, then east and west on what was then the H & S (Humeston and Shenandoah), then was transferred to Council Bluffs for the mail run eastward; then had a run for a time out of Lincoln, and finally was handling mail between Red Oak and Nebraska City when retired.

Mr. Damewood has three brothers and two sisters living, U. G. Damewood of Clarinda, E. C. Damewood of Coin, and W. A. Damewood of Denver, Mrs. J. W. Hoskins of Clarinda and Mrs. M. E. Riggles of Laurel, Neb. Three sons are living, Ivan at Lincoln, Emmett who recently moved to Oregon but was here for the funeral services, and the third son, Charles E. Damewood, near Yuma, Calif. After an extremely active life, he was laid to rest beside the grave of his wife in the Clarinda cemetery.

In recent years Mr. Damewood has been active as commander of the G. A. R. of Nebraska, having an office in Lincoln. He attended the recent annual encampment of Nebraska veterans, taking great interest and pride in the work of the Grand Army of the Republic.


Clarinda Herald, Thursday, September 27, 1923, p. 8

Ronald Damewood

Ronald Elbert Damewood was born June 20, 1923, and died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Damewood, Sept. 19, 1923, at the age of two months and twenty-nine days.

He was preceded to the Better world by two baby brothers, William Charles, who died July 7, 1922 and Donald Albert, who died Aug. 13, 1923.

He leaves to mourn his loss his father and mother and lots of relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Rev. Jas. A. Burns. Burial was in Clarinda cemetery.

We had a little treasure once,

  He was our joy and pride.

We loved him, ah, perhaps too well

  For soon he slept and died.

All is dark within our dwelling;

  Lonely are our hearts today,

For the one we loved so dearly

  Has forever passed away.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Thursday, July 5, 1951, p. 3

Sarah Ann Damewood

Sarah Ann, the second child in a family of thirteen children of Willis and Caroline Hines Phipps, was born near Palestine in Darke County, Ohio, March 15, 1855. She died June 26, 1951, at the home of her daughter, Lesta, near New Market, Ia. She was 96 years, 3 months and 11 days of age at the time of her departure.

She with her parents moved from Ohio to Warren County, Ia. then to Indiana and finally settled in Page County in 1879, after which she lived in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri.

On Aug. 20, 1881, she was united in marriage to Elbert M. Damewood. Eight children blessed their union. Iva Pearl, Willis A., Carrie Jane and Ora preceded her from this life. Her husband passed away Oct. 31, 1936. Surviving her are two sons, Charley H. of Pumpkin Center, Mo., with whom the mother lived; Burch near Burlington Junction, Mo.; two daughters, Edna E. (Mrs. Douglas Griffith) near Braddyville, and Lesta L. (Mrs. Alfred Crawford) near New Market; one sister, Mrs. John Parker, Clarinda; four grandchildren: Harold Griffith, Kansas City, Mo.; Eldon and Perry Griffith, College Springs; and Mrs. Evelyn DeVore, Wilmore, Ky.; and one step-grandson, Truman Eels, Burlington Junction, Mo., and six great grandchildren.

Although only a child during the Civil War she had vivid memories of those trying times and the many changes. She often told her family and friends about life in the covered wagon days and of the enjoyment and contentment of the simple life of near-pioneer days.

Sarah was raised in a Christian home and early in life she had a personal realization of salvation. She was an optimistic person, always interested in her friends and devoted to her family. She usually surrounded with flowers, which were her hobby.

Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church in Braddyville, Thursday, June 28, 1951, at 2:30 p. m. by Rev. Clarence Moore. Music was furnished by a Braddyville mixed quartette. Pallbearers were: Harold Griffith, Eldon Griffith, Perry Griffith, Will Phipps, Sam Damewood and Lawrence Bennett. Flower bearers were Virginia Bird, Juanita Weir, Betty Bennett and Nina Jo Noellfsch. Interment was in the Shearer cemetery.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, December 10, 1931, p. 6

Wm. Damewood, Old Time Citizen, Dead

Coin, (Special—E. C. Damewood received a telegram Friday of last week telling him of the death of his brother, William Damewood, at his home in Pueblo, Colo., Thursday evening. His death was caused from cancer, from which he had suffered many months. He was 72 years old at the time of his death and leaves a wife and two daughters.

He was a former resident of Clarinda, leaving there about 20 years ago. He was known to many of the old residents as “Bill” Damewood, son of Isaac Damewood. On account of poor health, Mr. Damewood was not able to attend the funeral of his brother.


Clarinda Herald, Monday, October 17, 1927, p. 9

The sudden death of Mrs. John Drace occurred Saturday morning at about 4 o’clock. She had arisen to get a drink, and Mr. Drace, when he observed that she did not return, found her collapsed. Funeral services are being held at 2 o’clock this Monday, Rev. Bahr and Rev. Vogel having charge, with burial in Clarinda cemetery. She was 82 years of age at the time of her death, the death being caused by heart failure as the result of tuberculosis.


Clarinda Herald, Monday, October 17, 1927, [p. 1]

Mrs. John Drace

Mrs. John Drace died very suddenly and unexpectedly Saturday morning at 4 o’clock at her home in Yorktown. She had been weakened by tuberculosis and while she was in the kitchen getting a drink of water she collapsed, being thus found by her husband when he investigated to see where she had gone. Funeral services are being held this Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock under the charge of Rev. O. Bahr of the St. Paul’s Lutheran church of which she was a member and assisted by Rev. T. J. Vogel of the St. Johns Church. She was 82 years of age at the time of her death.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, October 20, 1927, p. 3


The friends of Mrs. John Drace were shocked to hear of her sudden death Saturday morning. Although she has not been very well for the past few years, no one thought the end was so near. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the St. Paul’s Lutheran church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. O. Bahr, assisted by Rev. T. J. Vogel of the St. John’s church of Clarinda. Mrs. Drace was 82 years old and leaves to mourn her departure, her aged husband and a large number of nephews and nieces. Her daughter, Mrs. Martin Thompson, died several years ago, and was buried in the Clarinda cemetery. Mrs. Drace was also taken there for burial.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, October 20, 1927, p. 6

Mrs. Catherine Marie Elizabeth Drace Nee Handorf

The departed sister in Christ was born June 18, 1845, in Oldenburg, Germany. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on March 1, 1859. She came to Page County, Iowa, July 4, 1866. She was the youngest child of a large family and lost her parents before she was confirmed, her father dying just two weeks before her confirmation. All her brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

She was married to John Drace on March 26, 1870. They made their home on a farm south and east of Yorktown, Iowa. Some twenty-seven years ago Mr. and Mrs. Drace retired and moved to Yorktown, where they lived until Mrs. Drace died. But one child was born to this union, namely Anna Elizabeth, the wife of M. [artin] Thompson, who also preceded her mother in death, dying Jan. 30, 1924.

Mrs. Drace attained the age of 82 years, four months, and twenty-seven days. She leaves no descendants, but is mourned by her aged husband, John Drace, by one nephew in the old country, Henry Annan, and by the following nieces and nephews in this country: Mrs. H. H. Brockmann, Mrs. John Driftmeier, Herman Handorf, Mrs. Ed Driftmeier, Henry Mueller, Mrs. Henry Rope, Miss Elizabeth Handorf, Mrs. Jennie Lawson and Fred Handorf.

The departed was a member of the Lutheran church all her life and one of the charter members of the St. Paul Evangelical church of Yorktown. God granted her a long married life, Mr. and Mrs. Drace celebrating their golden wedding day on the first day of March 1920; so God granted them the extraordinary privilege of spending more than 57 years of their lives together. She died at about four o’clock Saturday morning and was buried by her pastor O. Bahr, Monday afternoon Oct. 17. A short service at the home at 1:45 p. m. was followed by a service in St. Paul’s church of Yorktown. In this service two sermons were preached, Pastor O. Bahr of Yorktown preaching the sermon in the English language. His sermon was based on Philippians 1, 23, the text which the departed had herself chosen for the occasion. The English sermon delivered by Pastor Vogel of St. Johns’ Lutheran church of Clarinda. Appropriate hymns were sung by the congregation, the Walther League and the Church School, with Prof. H. A. Stahlecker at the organ. Interment was made at the cemetery of Clarinda, Iowa. Pallbearers were Harmon Handorf, Fred Handorf, Ed Driftmier, John Driftmier, Henry Rope, Henry Mueller, H. H. Brockmann.


Clarinda Journal, Monday, December 2, 1929, p. 5

John Drace

John Drace, aged 90, died at his home in Yorktown yesterday morning, after a lingering illness.

The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at the home at 1 o’clock, followed by services at the St. Paul’s Lutheran church. Rev. O. Bahr, pastor of the church, and Rev. T. J. Vogel, pastor of the St. John’s Lutheran church of Clarinda, will be the officiating ministers. Burial will be in Clarinda cemetery.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, December 5, 1929, p. 6

John G. [eorge] Drace, son of John G. and Catherine Elizabeth Drace, was born at Flatter Lo Hausen, Oldenburg, Germany, Sept. 20, 1840. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. At the age of 24 he immigrated to this country, and at first located in Mason County, Ill., where he resided three and a half years. He then located in Page County, Iowa, on a farm two and one-half miles southeast of Yorktown. He had been married to Mary Elizabeth Handorf on the 24th day of March 1869. She preceded him in death a little more than two years ago, dying on the 15th of October 1927.

The Lord had blessed Mr. and Mrs. Drace with one daughter, Anna Elizabeth, who was the wife of M. M. Thompson, but she preceded her parents in death, passing away Jan. 30, 1924.

Mr. and Mrs. John G. Drace were charter members of the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran church.

Mr. Drace died Sunday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 a. m., at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 11 days. He had two brothers and two sisters in Germany. They were Prof. Henry Dreehs of Oldenburg, Germany, Catherine Brockmann, Herman and Elizabeth Dreehs. All of these, however, preceded him into death. He leaves no direct heirs, but a number of nephews and nieces and their families.

The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 3, at 1:15 at the house and at 1:30 at St. Paul’s Lutheran church of Yorktown. The service was in charge of Pastor O. Bahr, who delivered a sermon in the English language on Psalms 16, 9-11. A German sermon was delivered by Pastor T. J. Vogel of St. John’s Lutheran church of Clarinda. Interment was made at Clarinda, Iowa. “Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord.” Pall bearers were: Herman Brockman, Herman Handorf, Henry Mueller, Henry Rope, Ed Driftmier, Fred Handorf.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Wednesday, July 1, 1998, p. 5

C. Paul Fishell

[Cecil] Paul Fishell, 66, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died Sunday, June 14, 1998, at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital. Paul was born December 20, 1931, near Shenandoah, Iowa, to Myrle W. [illiam] Fishell and Sabitha Long Fishell.

He lived in Southwest Iowa, St. Joseph, Missouri and Raytown, Missouri, before moving to Scottsdale in 1983. He worked as an auto body craftsman and mechanic, restoring antique and classic cars.

Services were held at North Scottsdale Methodist Church, June 16, with Rev. Jim O’Neal officiating. Burial of the cremated remains was at Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Eric Lee Fishell in October, 1995.

Paul is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mid Naven Fishell (Mildred); sons, P. Allen Fishell and wife Linda, Kansas City, Missouri, Monte L. Fishell and wife Brenda, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Aaron N. Fishell, Scottsdale; three grandchildren: Alana Fishell, Kansas City, Missouri; and Courtney and Taylor Fishell, Las Vegas; two brothers: Ralph Fishell, Braddyville, Iowa; and Wayne Fishell, Loveland, Colorado; two sisters: Clara Mae Rawlings, Phoenix, Arizona; and Phyllis Hellman, Beverly Hills, California; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Messinger Mortuary and Chapel, Scottsdale, was in charge of arrangements.



Clarinda Journal, Thursday, December 5, 1929, p. 6

Robert Gene Forbes

Little Robert Gene Forbes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Forbes of Yorktown, was born Sunday morning, Nov. 17. As he was not doing well he was taken to the hospital at Iowa City Monday, Nov. 25, but died that evening. The little body was brought back to the home Wednesday, where the funeral was held Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Cunningham, pastor of the Yorktown Methodist church. Burial was in the Polsley cemetery. Although allowed to remain but the few days, he endeared himself to all who aided in his care. The parents have the sympathy of all in their sorrow.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Thursday, July 9, 1936, p. 2

Enoch Carl Freeman was born September 21st, 1888, at Essex, Ia., and passed away on Monday, June 29th, 1936, on the Chas. Mier farm, east of Yorktown, at the age of 48 years, 9 months and 8 days.

Enoch Freeman was the youngest child in a family of four children. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Freeman, have both preceded him in death. He came into manhood in the county of Page, where he also spent his entire life. He was united in marriage to Miss Ella Mary Geer on February 23rd, 1916. Their union has been a very happy family life. To this union were born three children, Orville, Louise and Donald, all living.

Left to deeply miss the husband and father’s early going are: his faithful wife and the three children, one brother, Arthur Freeman, of Essex, one sister, Miss Minnie Freeman of Minneapolis, Minn. One sister, Mrs. Hilma Olson, of Shenandoah, preceded him in death only a few months ago.

Mr. Freeman was associated with the mission church of Essex until the year of 1916, when he and his wife joined the M. E. church of Norwich, Ia.

Freeman was a man of rather a quiet disposition, who by his friendly association with fellow men gained for himself many friends and will be deeply missed within his circle of friendship.

His funeral took place July 2, from the family residence, at 1:30 p. m., conducted by Rev. H. Hultman of the Essex Mission church, and at 2 p. m. at the M. E. church of Clarinda, conducted by the Rev. W. H. Meredith, assisted by Rev. H. Hultman of Essex. The music was furnished by Mesdames Albert Ehnes, John Snyder, Elmer King and Carl Berg, accompanied by Mrs. S. A. King, who sang at the home, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and at the church, “Going Down the Valley,” “Nearer My God to Thee” and “Abide With Me.” Interment was had in the cemetery of Clarinda. The following served as casket bearers, Carl Freeman, Arnold Freeman, Walter Geer, Charley Geer, Willie Geer and Lorenzo Geer.


Clarinda Journal, Monday, December 2, 1929, p. 5

Samuel Hollis

Samuel Hollis, son of Edward and Elizabeth Hollis, was born in Page County, Iowa, on Feb. 22, 1856, and died at his home in Nodaway on Nov. 14, 1929, at the age of 73 years.

In 1880 he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Chamberlain and to them were born eight children, seven of whom are living and were at the bedside of the father at the time of his death. One son died in infancy. The surviving children are: Mrs. Harry Swisher, Villisca; Fred Hollis, Huron, S. Dak.; Mrs. Clarence Swisher, Villisca; Mrs. Hugh Burnside, Pablo, Mont.; James Hollis, Omaha; Mrs. Lonnie Ruben, Corning; Frank Hollis, Omaha.

There are also besides his wife, ten grandchildren, and one brother of Burlington Junction, Mo. Three brothers and three sisters preceded Mr. Hollis in death.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Methodist church in Nodaway, with the pastor, Rev. C. S. Dayhoff, in charge, assisted by Rev. W. R. Oursler of the Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the North Grove cemetery in the community where the deceased spent his youth and early manhood until he moved to the Nodaway community in 1908. The singing was by Mrs. Harold Everett, Mrs. Glea McCoy, Martin Taylor and Leslie Cronwall. The pallbearers were J. V. Nicholson, Bert Kernen and Harold Everett from Nodaway, Wm Reed and John Swan of the North Grove community and A. J. Beavers of Clarinda.

Those coming from a distance to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hollis and two daughters of Burlington Junction, Mo., Geo. Sinn and son, Frank, Chas. Chamberlain, and Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Beavers of Clarinda. ---Villisca Review


Clarinda Journal, Friday, September 6, 1907, p. 6

[Albert] Hiram Ingram, a farmer by occupation, who had lived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Davison, in the southeastern part of Buchanan township, for about six years, died at their residence, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1907, at 11:45 a. m., age about 75 years. He had been an invalid for about four years immediately preceding his death. His wife died six years ago. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. H. C. Davison, and three brothers, Wayne, at Hopkins, Mo.; Elihu, at Trimble, Nebr., and Jasper, at Smith, Mo.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, December 5, 1929, p. 6

Maud Ingram

Maud Ingram, daughter of Labe and Mary Ingram, was born in Page County, Dec. 31, 1879, and departed this life Nov. 30, 1929, at the age of 49 years, 11 months. Her mother, three sisters and one brother preceded her in death. She leaves her father Labe Ingram, two sisters, Mrs. Ira Long and Mrs. Ollie Spellman; four brothers, Hugh of gravity, Tait of Shambaugh, Clyde of New Market, and Clythe of Long Beach, Calif. She united with the Methodist church in her early life. She had a kind and loving disposition, and was loved by all who knew her.

The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Walker Funeral Home, the sermon being by Rev. D. J. Shenton. Burial was at Oak Grove cemetery.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Thursday, July 9, 1936, p. 2

Frank Kelso

Frank Kelso, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Kelso, was born August 25, 1871, near New Market, and passed to the great beyond at the Brown hospital in Clarinda Wednesday, July 1, 1936, age 64 years, 11 months and 24 days.

On February 12, 1895, he was united in marriage to Miss Dora Jobbins, who preceded him in death. To this union six children were born, all of whom survive their father. At an early age Mr. Kelso was converted and joined the Methodist church in Siam. He was of a quiet, kindly disposition and numbered his friends by his acquaintances; was ever ready to help those in sickness or distress. Those left to mourn their loss are his 6 children, Mrs. Harve Thompson, Siam; Dale, of Des Moines; Ralph and Glade, of Fairfield, Ida.; Clarence and Burl of the Siam community; one sister, Mrs. Elfie McAlpin, Clarinda, three brothers, Sanford Kelso, of Florence, Colo.; John Kelso, Harrisonville, Mo., and Bert Kelso of Tacoma, Wash.; and 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. All were present at funeral services except the two sons in Idaho and the two brothers, John and Bert.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Siam Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Charles Arnold. Interment in the cemetery at Bedford, Ia.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Wednesday, August 10, 2005, p. 3

Ermol Lorene Smith Kelso

Ermol Kelso, a southwest Iowa resident for most of her 93 years, died August 4, 2005, at her son’s home in Tucson, Arizona. Ermol was born in Malvern, Iowa, July 28, 1912, the third child of James and Rosa Nell Smith. Ermol married Beryl Kelso, son of Frank and Dora Kelso on November 13, 1929. They had two children, Donna Lee and Beryl, Jr. Ermol spent most of her life on the Kelso farm south of New Market, Iowa. A typical farm wife, Ermol was known for her green thumb having a large garden and many beautiful flowers. She especially enjoyed raising chickens and grandchildren. Ermol always commented on the fact that she wanted to be a grandmother more than anything and her wish was granted in 1959 when her first grandson Kirk was born. Ermol was known as someone whose home was open to anyone who wanted to stop by. She loved to host family and friends and was a wonderful cook and baker. Everyone felt welcome at the Kelso farm and nobody left empty-handed because Ermol was generous with whatever she grew in her beloved gardens. A good Christian lady, Ermol loved to read her Bible, Daily Bread and other Christian literature. Ermol and Beryl traveled often and spent time in missionary work. Ermol spent many years contributing to World Vision, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of poor orphaned children around the world. Her family and friends remember her as a woman of deep faith and an uncompromising love for Jesus Christ.

Ermol was preceded in death by her husband Beryl in 1992; her parents James and Rosa Smith; two sisters, Audra Davidson and Verna Berringer; and two brothers, Walter and Harry Smith. She is survived by four sisters, Hilda Lymer, Norma Hall, Opal Christensen and Eula Lea Warneke; one brother, Ernie Smith; her two children, Donna Lee Langer of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, and Beryl Kelso, Jr. of Tucson, Kent Kelso and wife Tamara of Independence, Kentucky, Brian Langer and wife Mary Ellen of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, Kendall Kelso and wife Terri of Granby, Missouri, Keaton Kelso and wife Karen of Mulberry, Kansas, and Nana Kate Kelso Higdon and husband Jason of Owensboro, Kentucky; sixteen great grandchildren, Rebecca, Kandice, Kourtney, Lindsey, Kyle, Kody, Natalie, Kacey, Kaylee, Herbie, Kaeden, Nolan, Jillian, Kellan, Jaxon, and Kaitlyn; and three great great grandchildren, Daniel, Kaleb, and Kinna due August 11, 2005.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a. m. Thursday, August 11, 2005 at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home located at 422 E. Washington St. in Clarinda, Iowa followed by a gravesite ceremony at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa. Designated pallbearers include Ermol’s grandsons and great grandsons. A gathering of family and friends will be Wednesday evening, August 10, 2005 from 7:00 p. m. until 8:00 p. m. at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to World Vision by check to P.O. Box 9716 Federal Way, WA 98063-9716; by calling 1-888-511-6548 or over the internet at Please use the following donation code (10542913) on your contribution check or when contacting World Vision.


Page County Democrat, Thursday, December 16, 1897, p. 2

Obituary. —Moses Creps [Kreps] was born in Miffland [Mifflin] County, Penn., Dec. 23, 1824, and in the spring of 1833, located in Wayne County, Ohio. Where he moved to Putnam County, Ohio. In ‘854 he settled in Dakota County, Neb., and in 1897 he came to Page county, Iowa, to live with his brother, John Creps, and his niece Mrs. James Burch. His occupation was that of a farmer, which was a success, accumulating quite a fortune. Mr. Creps departed his life Dec. 10, 1897, aged 72 years and 17 days, and was laid to rest in the Shearer Cemetery, about 5 miles east of Braddyville. The deceased leaves two brothers and one sister. Mr. Creps was not connected with any church organization but was an upright gentleman and strictly honest in dealing with his fellow men.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, September 17, 1914, p. 8

Gladys Vera Long

Clarinda, Sept. 14---(special Correspondence of The Journal)---Gladys Vera, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. I. D. Long, was born June 26, 1911, and died at the home of her parents, on West Water street, Thursday, Sept. 10, 1914, age 3 years, 2 months and 14 days. She is the first to leave her home on earth for the World Beyond, and leaves a mother and father, six sisters and two brothers to mourn their loss: Sylvia B., Goldia M., Hazel A., Helen A., Leslie D., Clarence I., Mary E., and W. Edna. She was a bright, beautiful little child, and had a bright, sunny disposition that made her a general favorite with every one she met. She died of a complication of diseases, after an attack of scarlet fever. All that medical skill and loving care could accomplish was done, but a Higher Physician prescribed eternal rest. Owing to the nature of the disease no funeral services could be held, but relatives and friends prepared her resting place at Oak Grove Cemetery. Her short stay among us will never be forgotten, and her departure before will only make us look forward to the time when the family will be again united, in Heaven.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Monday, November 25, 1946, [p. 1]

Final Services For Mrs. M. Long

Braddyville Woman Dies After Lengthy Illness

Braddyville (Special)---Funeral services will be held for Mrs. Millisia [Melissa] Long, 83, on Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Christian church. Mrs. Long passed away Friday after a long illness.

Her husband preceded her in death nearly 30 years ago. She is survived by six children, Walter and Clarence Long and Mrs. Bythe Fishell of Braddyville, Mrs. Ada Higgins of Arizona, Mrs. Annie Conley of Kentucky, and Fred Long of Wyoming. Three sisters, Mrs. Sabathia Moon, Pickering, Mo., Mrs. Sally Wetzler of Arizona, and Mrs. Abbie Apple of California, and two brothers, Dick and Jack Burch of Pickering also survive. Burial will be made in the Shearer cemetery.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Thursday, November 28, 1946, p. 5


Dick and Jack Burch and Mrs. Sabathia Moore [Moon] of Pickering attended the funeral of their sister, Mrs. Melissa Long, held at the Christian church on Monday.


Clarinda Journal, Monday, December 2, 1929, p. 5

William Moss

Wm. Moss was born at Richmond, Mo., Feb. 10, 1869, and departed this life Nov. 26, 1929, aged 60 years, 9 months and 16 days. He was first united in marriage to Miss Florence Wilson. To this union two children were born: Mrs. Elviro Lewis and Otho Moss, both of Kansas City, Mo. His wife preceded him in death. Later he was married to Miss Isabell Riley. To this union three children were born: Solon, R. T., and Laska Moss. He leaves to mourn their loss, a wife, five children, six grandchildren, two brothers, and a host of friends. Mr. Moss was a member of the A. M. E. church. The funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at the residence by Rev. Harold Brown.


Page County Democrat, Thursday, March 5, 1914, p. 5

Yorktown Items

The funeral of Mrs. P. H. Porter was held at the Methodist church at 1 p. m. Saturday, conducted by Rev. Jordan. Isabelle Heckathorn, daughter of David and Julia Ann Heckathorn, was born near Battle Ground, Ind., July 18, 1841, and departed this life Feb. 26, 1914, at the age of 72 years, 7 months and 8 days. She was the second child in a family of seven children, two of whom are still living. When in her seventeenth year, she with her parents moved to Cass County, Iowa. While there she united with the Christian church. She was married Aug. 7, 1864, to Patrick H. [enry] Porter who preceded her to the better land, Feb. 14, 1914. To this union six children were born, two of whom preceded her in death some years ago. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Page County, which had since been her home. She leaves to mourn their loss, two sons, Jas. H. and John C. and two daughters, Mrs. J. F. Stoops and Mrs. T. J. Carpenter.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, February 19, 1914, p. 10


Grandpa Porter passed away Saturday evening about 5 o’clock at the home of his son-in-law, James Stoops, northeast of town. Grandma Porter is laying very ill at this writing.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, February 19, 1914, p. 10


P. [atrick] H. [enry] Porter who has been ill for some time at the home of his son-in-law, J. Stoops, passed away Saturday evening about 5 o’clock. His wife is so low that little hopes are entertained for her recovery. No arrangements have been made for the funeral of Mr. Porter.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, February 26, 1914, p. 5


Patrick Henry Porter was born in Virginia, Jan. 18, 1834, and died Feb. 14, 1914, at the age of 80 years and 28 days. When a child he with his parents moved to Ohio, from there to Indiana, where he grew to manhood. He was one of a family of nine, seven brothers and two sisters. In 1852 they moved to Cass County where he was married to Isabelle Heckathorn, Aug. 7, 1864. Six children were born to them, of which four are still living. Soon after they were married they moved to Page County, which has been their home since. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Methodist church, Rev. Mr. Jordan conducting the services. Burial was in the Polsley cemetery.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, February 26, 1914, p. 3


The funeral of Grandpa Porter was held Friday from the Methodist Episcopal church at Yorktown.


Clarinda Herald, Thursday, March 28, 1929, p. 7

George Sabins

George Sabins was born near Geneva, Ill., Dec. 20, 1855 and died at his home in Braddyville, Iowa March 24, 1929, aged 73 years, 3 months and 4 days. In May 1909, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Sarah Brockhart who was his faithful companion for 19 years. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife and adopted son, Arthur. He will be sadly missed in the home and community as he was always visiting the sick and those who were in sorrow. He united with the Church of Christ in Braddyville in 1909 and was a faithful attendant at the services of the church.

Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Braddyville Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock conducted by Rev. G. W. Kitchen of Villisca, Iowa. Burial in Braddyville cemetery.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Thursday, February 1, 1934, p. 8

Sarah Sabins

Sarah Vertreese Sabins was born in Monmouth, Ill., March 15, 1856 and passed away at her home in Braddyville, Iowa, January 26, 1934, being at the time of her death 77 years, 10 months and 11 days. She was married in 1874 to Austin Shawler. To this union were born two children, Cora and Nora, who preceded her in death.

After the death of her companion she was again united in marriage to George Brockhart who departed this life in 1907. She was then united in marriage to George Sabins in 1909 who preceded her in death 5 years ago. When young she united with the Baptist church.

When coming to Braddyville she with her husband George Brockhart united with the Church of Christ in 1899 becoming charter members of the church in Braddyville in 1900, and they gave generously of their means to build the church and pay off the church debt later. She was a regular attendant as long as her health permitted, she not being able to go much late years, but remained firm in her faith to the end.

She leaves two sisters, one brother, five grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of friends to mourn her departure.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church in Braddyville, Sunday, January 28 at 3:30 p. m. with Rev. B. F. Hall officiating.

Three musical selections were rendered by the male quartet composed of Max Garrett, Irwin Wilson, Paul M. Stickelman, Mose Burch with Mrs. Paul M. Stickelman accompanist.

Pallbearers were: Jess Holbrook, B. F. Lister, Geo. Tuttle, Charles Dow, Fred Gillispie and T. M. Reed. Interment was in the Braddyville cemetery.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Wednesday, July 1, 1998, p. 5

Floyd L. Sprague

Floyd Lee Sprague, 94, of New Market, Iowa, died Wednesday morning, June 24, 1998, at Goldenrod Manor Care Center where he had been a resident for the past year. He was born September 22, 1903, at Villisca, Iowa, the son of Daniel and Bertha Ratliff Sprague. He married Edna Dailey on September 18, 1926. She preceded him in death June 6, 1992.

Mr. Sprague farmed in Taylor County near Siam and continued to be active in the farming interest as long as his health permitted.

He is survived by two children: Floyd (Bud) Sprague, Jr. and wife Betty of Bedford, Iowa; and Kathleen Teeters and husband Dean of New Market. There are 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents, wife, son Larry, 1 great grandson, 1 brother and 1 sister.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 26, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Russ Clark officiating. Burial was in Memory Cemetery at New Market.


Clarinda Journal, Monday, December 2, 1929, p. 5

David LeRoy Stiverson

David LeRoy Stiverson was born at Coin, Iowa, Dec. 4, 1885 and departed from this life at Clarinda, Iowa, Nov. 22, 1929, aged 43 years, 11 months and 18 days.

He was married to Elizabeth Hale, Oct. 28, 1908, at Clarinda, Iowa. To this union one son, Lowell, was born, who preceded his father to the great beyond last January. He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, Elizabeth; his aged father and mother, David and Mary Stiverson; his father-in-law, Wm. Hale; two children Dorothy Irene and James Edward, whom they had recently taken into their home; his brothers and sisters, Mrs. Lulu Hookham, Ivra, Mrs. Ethel Woldruff, and Cleo of Clarinda, Raymond of Estes Park, Colo., Edgar of Denver, Colo., Arthur of Brush, Colo., and Mrs. Inis Anderson of Villisca, Ia., all being present except Edgar, besides a host of relatives and friends. One sister, Zelma, preceded him in death.

He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having confessed his faith in Christ when about 14 years old. He was also a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, and was held in high esteem in the Brotherhood, also by the officials of the C. B. & Q. railroad, and his fellow workers, he having been a faithful employee for the past 13 years.

He was a very devoted husband and father, and was exceptionally kind to his parents, relatives and friends; their comfort was always foremost in his thoughts.

He was loved most by those who knew him best, and of Roy it can be truly said, “that when the summons came to join that innumerable caravan that moves to that mysterious realm, he approached his grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.

I cannot say and I will not say

That he is dead---he is just away.

With a cheery smile and a wave of

  the hand

He has wandered into an unknown


And left us dreaming; how very fair

It needs must be since he lingers


And you---O you, who the wildest


For the old time step and the glad


Think of him faring on, as dear

In the love of There as the love of


Mild and gentle as he was brave---

When the sweetest love of his life he


To simple things; where the violets


Blue as the eyes they were likened to.

The touches of his hands have strayed

As reverently as his lips have prayed;

When the little brown thrush that

  harshly chirred

Was dear to him as the mocking bird;

and he pities as much as a man in


A writhing honeybee wet with rain.

Think of him still as the same, I say;

He is not dead---he is just away!

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church at 2:30 p. m. Monday, Nov. 25, conducted by Rev. D. J. Shenton. Interment was in the Clarinda cemetery.


Clarinda Journal, Monday, December 2, 1929, p. 5

Mrs. Cora Butler Sullivan

On the twenty-eight day of November, Thanksgiving Day, 1929, Mrs. Cora Butler Sullivan passed on from all earthly cares to her heavenly abode. Cora Butler was the daughter of the late Jacob and Martha [Simonton] Butler, and was born in Clarinda on Sept. 28, 1858. Her parents were early pioneers in Page County, and she has seen Clarinda grow to a beautiful little city from a village of one store. She married John B. Sullivan, Oct. 20, 1880, to which union was born one son, Jacob Butler Sullivan.

Severe illness had confined Mrs. Sullivan to her home for many months and her death came as a relief from her sufferings. She was a woman of culture, gentle and unassuming, but conscientious, loyal and efficient. Her ideals were based upon faith, love, purity, justice and truth, and these were exemplified in her life service. She was a charter member of Chapter AE of P. E. O., and served as its president a number of years, a member and past Worthy Matron of Clarinda Chapter 214, Order of Eastern Star, and a member of the Waubonsie Chapter, D. A. R. Mrs. Sullivan lived for many years in Humeston, Iowa, and while there became a member of the Congregational church. There is nothing more fitting than the words, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord and their works do follow them.” Her passing has brought a deep sense of personal loss to her loved ones and to the organizations to whom she was devoted.

Mrs. Sullivan is survived by her husband, son, two granddaughters, three sisters, and three brothers. May the bitterness of loss and the loneliness in the days to come, so keenly felt by her dear ones be tempered by the memory of the happy years spent together in perfect understanding and harmony. Her last wish is aptly expressed in a verse left in her own handwriting:

“No funeral gloom when I am gone, black raiment, graveyard grimness. Think of me as withdrawn into the dimness, yours still, you mine. Remember all the best of our past moments and forget the rest. And so to where I wait come gently on.”

The funeral services were conducted by Dr. Frank Bean at the home at 2:30 Friday afternoon. Mrs. James Scroggs sang “Face to Face,” and “Abide With Me.” Interment was in Clarinda cemetery. Relatives in attendance at the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Butler Sullivan and daughters, June and Cora Louise, of Cincinnati, O., C. F. Butler of Kansas City, Mrs. Malinda Schneider and daughter, Mrs. Era Willhorn of Lathrop, Mo., and Mrs. Kate Stearns of Garden Grove.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Monday, May 18, 1942, p. 3

J. B. Sullivan

Solemnly on Friday afternoon May 1, the funeral cortege carried to Clarinda cemetery the earthly remains of J. B. Sullivan, one of Clarinda’s oldest and most respected citizens. At the funeral home no music was sung, in deference to the wishes of his son, who desired that the ceremonies be as simple as possible, in keeping with his father’s modest but useful life. Rev. Rowe of the Methodist Episcopal church voiced the sentiments of many friends present, reading the following obituary:

John B. Sullivan was born in Williamsport, Ohio, September 1, 1853, the son of Michael J. and Hanora Roach Sullivan. His earliest recollections were of pioneer railroad construction and of Civil War days. At the age of 14 he started to work for the Burlington and Missouri River railroad, now the C B & Q, then being constructed through Iowa. The road was operated at that time only as far west as Albia, Iowa. He came to Clarinda in 1872 shortly after the opening of the Villisca-Clarinda branch, first as baggage man, then as conductor, and later as telegraph operator and agent at Clarinda. He was in charge of the Clarinda station during the construction of the railroad branch lines south, east, and west of Clarinda and remained here until 1886 when he was appointed agent at Humeston, Iowa. This station was operated jointly for all three lines.

He was married in 1880 to the daughter of Jacob and Martha Butler, Miss Cora Butler, and to this union was born a son, Jacob Butler Sullivan. He was a devoted husband, a loving, careful father, an unselfish neighbor, and faithful friend.

Mr. Sullivan was what is known as a self-made man. He early learned that (under God’s blessing) he must depend on his own hands and head for success in life and that he must be industrious, that his habits must be correct, and his judgment clear. No doubt his temperate habits enabled him to live nearly 89 years.

He remained active until his final illness. He would spend the winters with his son in Tennessee and return each spring to Clarinda. At the age of 88 he accompanied his son and family on a vacation trip by automobile through Mexico and he has made several trips by air between Chicago and Tennessee.

Mr. Sullivan died at Knoxville, Tenn. April 28, 1942, and is survived by his son, Jacob Butler Sullivan, and an only sister, Mrs. Katherine Stearns of Garden Grove, Iowa. The floral offerings were most profuse and beautiful.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 1st, at the Pruitt funeral home. Pallbearers were Dr. E. W. Freeland, Kent Thornell, Ivan Benedict, Oscar Grebert, Warren Richardson and George Woolson.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Thursday, November 28, 1946, p. 5

Dietrich Sump

Dietrich Henry John Sump, 63, was born to John and Mary Sump October 19, 1883, northwest of Clarinda, Iowa, and died November 2, 1946. In early infancy. December 9 of the same year, he was baptized in the name of the Triune god by the Rev. C. F. W. Brandt. After he had been instructed in the truths of Christianity he was confirmed by the Rev. C. Jobst on the third of April, 1898. December 22, 1909, he was united in holy wedlock to Miss Ida Knollenberg, the Rev. W. J. Horn solemnizing the marriage. This union the Lord blessed with five children, one of whom preceded him in death.

Mr. Sump lived on the home place six miles northwest of Clarinda until April, 1942, when he moved to Clarinda. He had been failing in health for a number of years. October 26 he was taken to the Municipal hospital.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, two sons, Edgar and Alfred, two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Snively and Evelyn, two daughters-in-law, five grandchildren, three brothers, two sisters, besides many other relatives and a host of friends.

Relatives and friends made substantial contributions in his memory for the following purposes: the Lutheran Old People’s Home, Omaha, Nebr.; the Lutheran university, Valparaiso, Ind., the Lutheran memorial chapel, Walther League camp, Lake Okoboji, the International Lutheran Hour, the Bethesda Lutheran home, Watertown, Wisc., the Lutheran Home-Finding Society, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and Missions for the Blind.

Funeral services were conducted in St. John’s Lutheran church at 2 p. m. November 4, 1946. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. W. H. Discher. A quartet, comprising the following persons, Otto Krause, Elmer Reinke and the Misses Izetta Koehler and Irma Westermann, accompanied by Mrs. Leon Moger, furnished music. Mesdames Stanley Forst, Paul Otte, Walter Salomon, and Wilbert Wagoner were in charge of flower arrangements. The Messrs Ed Buch, Henry Gohlinghorst, Oscar Grebert, Frank Steeve, Herbert Sump, and Philip Sunderman served as pallbearers. Interment took place in Summit cemetery, west of Clarinda.


Clarinda Herald, Monday, February 4, 1924, p. 5

Mrs. M. M. Thompson

Anna Elizabeth Drace was born Nov. 17, 1871 near Page Center, Iowa. She was the only daughter of John and Mary Drace. Her early years were spent as was her life, in the neighborhood where she was born and brought up. Besides the schooling she received near Page Center, she spent two years in Amity College. She was married to Martin Thompson, Jan. 7th, 1891. The married life of this couple was spent in this neighborhood, save two years in Tarkio, Mo. Mrs. Thompson united with the Lutheran Church when about fifteen years of age. In later years, she attended the United Presbyterian Church with her husband at Page Center. She has been a very active woman in her home and among her neighbors. She died January 30th, 1924 after several months of failing health, but only a few weeks of serious illness. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, father and mother and many friends and neighbors who manifested their interest in her and family, by a very large attendance at the funeral, which was held from the home, Friday afternoon at one o’clock. Dr. W. C. Williamson was the officiating minister, with the Methodist Church Quartet furnishing the music. Interment was made in Clarinda Cemetery.