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[Carr, Cora Eva]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      September 17, 1903      p. 4

Siam Squibs

Miss Cora [Eva] Carr died on Friday morning of last week and was buried last Monday at the Shearer cemetery, the sermon preached by Elder Jamison. The remains were followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends.

[Fine, Aaron Columbus]

New Market Herald

Thursday      June 27, 1918      p. 2

Siam News Items

The many friends of Mr. A. [aron] C. [olumbus] Fine were saddened to hear of his death Wednesday June 20th, at his residence south of Siam. Mr. Fine had been a great sufferer for about two years with hardening of the arteries. He was a member of the Methodist church. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn the loss of a husband and father. The children are Perry and Dell Fine of Siam, Mrs. James Waldruff [Amanda Florence Woldruff] of Braddyville, Mrs. Jacob Shearer [Laura] of Hopkins, Mo., Mrs. Emmett Bradley [Cora] and Roy Fine of Dolan, South Dakota, and Miss Flavia at home with the mother. Mr. Fine was past 73 years of age and was an honorable upright gentleman with a host of friends and will be greatly missed.

[Fine, Aaron Columbus]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      June 27, 1918       p. 5

Aaron C. Fine

One of Taylor County Pioneers passed away. Aaron C. [olumbus] Fine was born in Fountain County, Ind. March 15, 1845 and died at his home in Taylor county Iowa June 19, 1918, aged 73 years, 3 months, and 4 days.

In 1837 when but 12 years of age he came with his parents to Taylor county where he spent the remaining years of his life, having been a resident of the county for 61 years. On August 21, 1864 he was united in marriage to Miss Armina Davison and to this union was born 4 son and 4 daughters. Mrs. Laura Shearer, Hopkins, Mo. Perry and Delbert Fine of Siam, Iowa, Mrs. Amanda [Florence] Woldruff of Braddyville, Roy Fine and Mrs. Cora Bradley, of Doland, So. Dak.; Mrs. Ellen Maxwell and Benton Fine having preceded him to the better world. His wife departed this life February 21, 1885. He was again married October 11, 1900 to Mrs. Harriet Morehouse. One daughter was born to this union.

He was converted in 1878 under the ministry of Rev. Wm. Stamp and united with the M. B. church. He was one of Taylor County’s most prosperous farmers having accumulated a considerable amount of this world's goods.

Mr. Fine had been a sufferer for a time with hardening of the arteries, which finally terminated in death. Loving hands had done all they could when the master said: “Thy work on earth is done."

The deceased leaves to mourn his departure, a devoted wife, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 4 brothers and 3 sisters, a number of grandchildren and a large circle of friends.

The funeral services were held at the residence Thursday afternoon. Rev. H. McNamee delivering a very impressive service from the scripture found in the 8th chapter of Romans 28 and 39th verses. Interment in the Shearer cemetery.

[Fine, Abijah Benton “Bent”]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      March 7, 1912      p. 4

Siam News

Monday, March 4th, occurred the funeral of Bent Fine, who died in Greeley, Colo., Feb. 29, 1912, of pneumonia. Perry Fine, a brother, and Mrs. J. [acob] D. Shearer, a sister, went to Greeley last week and remained at his bedside until the end, which came on the above date. They arrived in Hopkins with the remains Sunday morning and went directly to the home of A. [aron] C. [olumbus] Fine, father of the deceased. The funeral was held at Oak Grove church, conducted by Rev. Beveridge of Shambaugh, and the remains laid to rest in the Shearer cemetery. The relatives have the sympathy of all in this their hour of grief.

[Fine, Abijah Benton “Bent”]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      March 7, 1912      p. 8

Bent Fine, who left Polk Township in this county for Greeley, Colo., a couple of years ago, died last week from pneumonia. The remains were brought to Hopkins Monday for burial. Mr. Fine is well known, especially in the southwest part of the county, and his many friends will regret to learn of his demise.


Clarinda Journal, Thursday, March 7, 1912, p. 6

Benton Fine

Shambaugh, March 6---(Special Correspondence of The Journal)---Benton Fine was born at Bedford, Ia., Aug. 12, 1874, and died at Greeley, Colo., Feb. 29, 1912. Mr. Fine was married to Miss Anna Cussins on Aug. 27, 1897. To this union were born three sons and two daughters. Mrs. Fine died Aug. 2, 1906, and was buried at the Shearer cemetery. In the fall of 1907 Mr. Fine was married to Miss Clara Freuck of Taylor County. He went to Colorado a few years ago for his health and the health of his family. Pneumonia and blood poison was the cause of his death. Mr. Fine was a man always highly respected and honored by all who knew him, but he did not make peace with his God till a short time before he departed this life. The All Merciful Father answered his prayer and saved him before he departed hence. The body was brought back and the funeral was conducted from the Shearer church on Monday, the 4th inst. by Rev. J. H. Beveridge of Shambaugh. Mr. Fine leaves to mourn their loss a wife, five children, his father, three brothers and three sisters, besides a host of lifetime friends. Perry Fine and Mrs. Shearer of Hopkins, Mo., went out and were with their brother when he died, and came back with the corpse and the three boys.


[Fine, Clifton Fred]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      January 17, 2001     p. 5


Funeral services for Fred Fine, age 73 of the Bedford/ Hopkins area, who died Sunday, January 7, 2001 were held, Wednesday, January 10, 2001 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford with Pastor Mark Imel officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the Glen Ulmer American Legion Post No. 288 were held in the Shearer Cemetery near Siam, Iowa. Memorials can be directed to the Children's Make a Wish Foundation.

Clifton Fred Fine was born March 16, 1927 west of Conway in Taylor County, Iowa, the son of Oliver Claude Fine and Mary Jane Moffitt [Moffit] Fine. Fred lived north of Hopkins all of his life. He graduated from the Hopkins Community School in 1945, After graduation, Fred was drafted into the Armed Services serving his country in the United States Army during World War II. On January 15, 1951 he was united in marriage to Youvaun Akers at the Methodist Parsonage in Bedford. To this loving union three children were born, Janice, Janet and Danny.

Fred thoroughly enjoyed being a farmer. He loved the outdoors, watching the wildlife, especially the turkeys. He enjoyed making wine and apple cider and was an excellent woodworker, specializing in toy boxes and potato boxes. Fred enjoyed being around people, playing cards, shooting pool and helping others. He had a great sense of humor and a tremendous respect for his kids and grandchildren. He was a member of the Glen Ulmer American Legion Post No. 288 of Hopkins, Missouri

Fred is survived by his wife, Youvaun of Bedford/Hopkins; two daughters, Janice Connett and husband, Ed of Indianola, Iowa; and Janet Wymore and husband Don of Hopkins, Missouri; a son, Danny Fine of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two brothers, John Fine of Hopkins, Missouri, and Lyle Fine and wife, Marian of Dardnell, Arkansas; a sister-in-law, Ardith Fine of Hopkins, Missouri; five grandchildren, Shiela Ray Lepley, Kenneth Eugene Connett, Randall Connett, Deborah Marie Pierson and Seth Alexander Holton; and four great grandchildren, Christopher Pierson, Dacota Pierson, Alec Connett and Allison Connett.

Preceding Fred in death are his parents, Oliver Claude and Mary Jane Fine and a brother, Orris [Leroy] Fine.

[Fine, Clyde]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      December 22, 1904     [p. 1]


Clyde Fine Met With a Fatal Accident While Working With a Clover Huller.

—Operation Proved Fatal.

Clyde Fine, the 22-year-old son of [Ephraim Jasper Fine], the well-known farmer and stockman residing near Siam, received injuries in a clover huller Dec. 7 and died from the effect of same the following day. Concerning the accident, we take the following from the Braddyville Times:

"Clyde and Elmer Fine were at Ed Miller's place hulling clover, and as Clyde was walking on top of the huller his foot broke through a board. The foot came in contact with the cylinder, which was running at full speed. The foot was drawn into the machine mangling and tearing it in a frightful way. It was unjointed at the ankle and completely severed from the leg. The flesh was severed from the bone and left hanging in shreds. Dr. Clark, of Shambaugh, was called and immediately put him under the influence of chloroform, and sent for Dr. Kellogg, of Clarinda. After a thorough examination, they decided that an amputation would be the only chance for his life, so the leg was taken off at the knee. The young man was unable to stand the shock and died at 6 o'clock.

Relatives of the young man in Hopkins tell the Journal that the boys were finishing the last job of the season and were jubilant over the prospects of soon getting home to enjoy Christmas time, which makes the terrible accident even more sad. --Hopkins Journal.




[Fine, Stephen Arnold Douglas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 29, 1938     [p. 1]

Doug Fine Dies At Conway, Dec. 27

Douglas Fine, a resident of the Siam community for many years, died at his home in Conway Tuesday, Dec. 27. He had been in failing health for several months.

Short services will be held at the home in Conway at 11 o' clock Friday forenoon and the body will then be taken to the Shearer cemetery, west of Siam, where services will be held at one o'clock and burial will be made.

[Fine, Stephen Arnold Douglas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      January 5, 1939     p. 3

Douglas Fine

Stephen A. [rnold] Douglas Fine youngest son of Peter and Eliza Hybarger Fine, was born in a pioneer’s log cabin in what is now the south edge of Siam, on March 31, 1860 and departed this life at his home in Conway, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 27 at the age of 78 years, 8 months and 26 days.

He grew to manhood in the Siam community and on March 25, 1885 was married to Miss Nealy Smith, also of the Siam community.

For many years they made their home on the old family homestead about three miles southwest of Siam. Here were born their six children, Elma, who is now Mrs. Benton Ingram of Kearney, Nebr.; [Oliver] Claude Fine of Hopkins; Cleve [Clarence Cleveland] Fine of Burns, Wyo., Mary [Ethel], now Mrs. Earl Taylor of Stronghurst, Ill.; Ralph [Douglas] Fine of Siam; Rose [Maude], now Mrs. Floyd Young of Erlanger, Kentucky.

That the children might have the privilege of high school, the family moved to Braddyville where Mr. Fine engaged in the Hardware business. Later he conducted hardware stores in Elmo, Mo. and at Conway.

Mr. Fine was a tireless worker for the improvement of the community in which he lived and was one who started a movement to promote the building of the Red Line and Goldenrod highways many years ago, and though he had moved from his old home he never lost interest in the work of its improvement and lived to see the roads he had started, come to the complete finish he had hoped for.

Mrs. Fine passed away while the home was at Conway on April 26, 1929, and about two years later he was married to Mrs. Etha [Boatman] Flynn of Conway.

Surviving with his wife and the children above mentioned, there is one step-daughter, Tillie Flynn; an aged sister, Mrs. America Booze, eighteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Because of his kindly disposition and thoughtfulness for others, his memory will ever be cherished by all.

Short services were held at the Conway home, by request of Mrs. Fine, by his son-in-law, Rev. Benton Ingram of Kearney, Nebr., followed by services at one p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at the Methodist Church in Siam, conducted by Elder Leslie Cobb of Bedford. Burial was in the Shearer cemetery.

Attend Fine Funeral

Those attending the funeral services from a distance for Doug Fine, besides the children were Earl Taylor and daughter, Mrs. Jerry McGee and Mr. McGee of Stronghurst, Ill.; Mrs. Warren Parks and Elma Grace Ingram, Kearney, Nebr.


[Hosman, Isaac Chester]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday      January 26, 1933     p. 3

Hosman Died At Siam Thursday

Siam, Iowa, Jan. 24. ---[Isaac] Chester Hoseman [Hosman] died at his home here Thursday evening. Rev. J. C. Harris of Bedford officiated at the funeral services, which were held here Saturday. Mr. Hoseman [Hosman] spent the greater part of his life in and about Siam. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and one son.

[Hosman, Susan A. “Susie”]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday       September 13, 1894     [p. 1]


Mr. and Mrs. Cash Hosman came in last Friday morning from Nebraska, bringing their babe [Susan] a corpse with them. The funeral was preached the same day, at the home of John Owings, at 11 o'clock a. m., by Elder McKinney, of Hopkins, after which the child was interred in the Shear [er] cemetery. On last Tuesday Mr. and Mrs. Hosman started for their home in Nebraska, leaving their little darling buried here in Iowa soil. Their many friends sympathize with them in this their sad bereavement.