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[Grebert, Hilbert Henry]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday    March 29, 1973

Hilbert Grebert died after illness

Services for Hilbert [Henry] Grebert, 61, will be Saturday at 2 pm at the St John Lutheran Church.

Mr. Grebert died this Thursday morning [March 29th] at the Municipal Hospital after being hospitalized for the past two weeks. His illness had extended over the past two years.

The Greberts moved to Clarinda in 1960 when he started working for the Clarinda schools. He had been head maintenance man until his retirement before the beginning of the present school year.

He was born Nov 8, 1911, at Clarinda, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grebert, being baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He married Frances [Myrtle] Johnson on Feb 19, 1939, here, and they lived on a farm north of Clarinda until moving to town in 1960.

He is survived by his wife, Frances, four daughters, Mrs. Bob (Betty) Naico of Essex, Mrs. Don (Nancy) Christensen of Atlantic, Mrs. Tommy (Judy) Graham of Essex, and Susan [Diane] at home; four sons, Al [fred] of Shenandoah, David [Hilbert] of Essex, and Dennis and Ronnie [Ronald Dean] at home; eight grandchildren. Mrs. Paul Herzberg and Mrs. Herbert Herzberg of Clarinda, and Mrs. Harold Krieser of Seward, Neb, are sisters.

Lavelle Funeral Home will be in charge of the services Saturday with Pastor Carl Lueker of the St John Church officiating. Burial will be at the Clarinda Cemetery. A family prayer service will be held at 1:45 pm at the church.             

[Allen, Clinton L.]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    March 26, 1973

Allen founded    monument firm

Clinton L Allen, 77, of Maryville, Mo, retired founder of Clinton Allen Monuments, Inc, died Saturday [March 24th] in a hospital at Ft Myers, Fla., where he had been a patient 16 days. He had been spending the winter in Florida.

Services will be held Friday.

He was born Jan 1, 1896, at Early, Ia, to Mr. and Mrs. Stewart [Whitley] Allen [Lydia Luana Worden]. He began his monument business in 1937, prior to that working in King City and Albany, and had been retired for 12 years. He was involved in numerous community and fraternal organizations in the Maryville and Nodaway County areas.

Survivors include a son, Stewart, and a daughter, Mrs. Nadean Whitford, both of Maryville, five grandchildren, one great - grandson and two sisters.  

[Worthington, Mabel Dennis]

Clarinda Herald Journal

March 1973

Death came Mar 18 to Mrs. Mabel Worthington at Coeur d'Alene, Ida. Her brother, Vernon Dennis, has been to the funeral. She lived in Dallas Township for many years before going to Idaho to be near her children.

[Johnson, Glen]

Clarinda Herald Journal

March 1973

Former Siam resident died

SIAM, March 2 - Word was received here of the death of Glen Johnson, 71, of Kennard, Neb, Feb 24. The funeral was Feb 26 at Blair, Neb, with interment in Omaha cemetery. The Johnsons were from Siam.

Both attended their school days at Siam. Mrs. Johnson was Grace Stewart, daughter of the late M / M Ed Stewart. In later years they moved to Omaha where they worked until they retired and moved to Kennard.

He leaves his wife Grace, 3 daughters, Mrs.   Don   (Helen) Dougherty   of   Bedford, Mrs. Katheryn Budatz and Mrs. Wayne (Dorothy) Borre of Omaha, 2 sons Elvis of Omaha and Darold of Kennard. His father Will Johnson, his mother and step father M / M Harve Oxley and 1 sister, Mrs. Bertha Lewis preceded him in death. Mrs. Mary Woldruff, James Woldruff, M / M Duane Sunderman, M/M Emory Hardee of Clarinda, Mrs. Darrel Perry of Coin, the Don Doughertys of Bedford, M/M Harry Stewart of Eldon, Mo, Mrs. Vesta Woldruff attended the funeral. Mrs. Mary Woldruff of Clarinda returned home with the Harry Stewarts of Eldon, Mo, to visit in the Stewart home and with her daughter the Fred Fesenmeyers.

[Stephens, Frank]

Clarinda Herald Journal

March 1973

Stephens native of Blanchard area

Mrs. Weldon George received word of the death March 12 of her youngest brother, Frank Stephens, a native of the Blanchard vicinity. He had a massive heart attack at Colorado Springs, Colo., which has been his home since retirement about eight years ago from 20 years in the U S Medical Service.

The funeral service was held at Ft Carson Post chapel near Colorado Springs, and burial was with full military honors at Ft Logan National Cemetery.

Besides his   wife, Doris, he leaves   two   children, Thomas Stephens of Colorado Springs and Mrs. Judy Tolbert of Loma, Cal, and four grandchildren.   His brother is Henry Stephens at Hamburg, and six sisters, Mrs. George of Clarinda, Mrs. Juanita   Jones of Grand Island, Neb, Mrs., Nora Hall of Hallam, Neb, Mrs. Helen Mathes of Tarkio, Mo, Mrs. Loretta Rex of Des Moines, and   Mrs.    Katherine   Herring   of Ankeny.

Frank was born to William and    Ida Stephens on a farm south of Blanchard, known as the Beck    place. The family moved to Iowa when he was 12, and he was graduated from Hamburg high school.                                        

[Jones, Ida Mae Roller]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    March 26, 1973


Mrs. Ida Mae (Roller) Jones was born in Siloam Springs. Ark, on Sept 8, 1894. She passed away Saturday, March 24, at 7:45 pm at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital following several months of declining health.

When Ida was two years old her father, James H Roller and mother Zodie (Alexander) Roller passed away. Ida was raised by her grandparents and when five years old moved to Douglas County, Ava, Mo.

On Sept 8. 1912, Ida was united in marriage with W B [Burl William] Jones, at Cedar Gap, Mo. This union was blessed with five sons. The family moved to Shenandoah in 1915.

 Ida was a member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah, Nishna Valley Rebekah Lodge No 166, American War Mothers and the Women's Relief Corp.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Burl in 1963, one son Edward Burl in 1917 at the age of one year, two brothers and three sisters. Surviving are four sons: Herbert, Floyd and Dale all of Shenandoah and Kenneth of Clarinda; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The Rev David Stout spoke the words of comfort at the Hackett Funeral Home on March 27, with Rebekah Lodge No 166 giving their service, Mrs. Adrian Looper Noble grand. Caring for flowers were Mrs. Robert Holdridge, Mrs. Lester Racine, Mrs. Raymond White, and at the memory book Mrs. Vernon Barnes, Mrs. Margaret Woods was organist.

Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Shenandoah. Bearers were Lee Haynie, Darrell Jones, Delbert Jones, Donald Jones, Jack Jones and Donald Moore.

[Swanson, Alvin Theodore]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    May 31, 1973

Services pending for Alvin Swanson

Alvin Theodore Swanson, 82, of Clarinda died early this Tuesday afternoon at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital where he had been a patient two days.

Services are pending with Walker Funeral Home.

He was born May 3, 1891, near Bethesda and had been a farmer and carpenter.

Survivors include his wife Mabel of the home (508 East Tarkio), a son Wayne of Maryville, a daughter, Mrs. Stanley (Lois) Edgar Jr. of Shenandoah, a sister, Mrs. Ellen Anderson of Ottawa, Kan, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.                

[Swanson, Alvin Theodore]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    June 4, 1973

Alvin Theodore Swanson son of Alfred and Amanda Swanson was born May 3, 1891 in Douglas Township near Bethesda and passed away May 29, 1973 at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital at the age of 82 years and 26 days.

On February 27, 1918 he was united in marriage to Mabel Elenora Gustafson. To this union was born a son Wayne Alfred and a daughter Lois Eleanor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters, except a sister Ellen (Mrs. Joel Anderson) of Ottawa, Kansas.

Upon retiring from farming he moved to Clarinda where he worked as a carpenter.

 He was a member of the Trinity United Presbyterian Church.

  He is survived by his wife Mabel of the home, his son Wayne Swanson of Maryville, Missouri and his daughter Lois, Mrs. Stanley Edgar Jr. of Shenandoah. Four grandchildren, James, Shirley, Sandra and Susan Edgar and one great granddaughter Nichole Edgar, and his sister Ellen Anderson, and cousins, nieces and nephews.              

[Shafer, Vergie Adair]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    May 28, 1973

Mrs. Shafer active in community

Mrs. Day (Vergie C) Shafer, 76, of Clarinda died Saturday night at the Municipal Hospital where

she   had   been   admitted   that  evening.

Funeral services will be at 1 pm Wednesday   at   Trinity   United Presbyterian Church with Dr J D Almes officiating.  Graveside services will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, at 3 pm with Walker Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Born at Redding, she was the daughter of George and Mary Williams Adair. She was married to Day Shafer on Nov 20, 1915, at Des Moines. Mr. and Mrs. Shafer lived at Mount Ayr before moving to Clarinda about 23 years ago.

Mrs. Shafer is survived by her husband of the home at 509 E State St and one daughter, Mrs. John (Veda) Denhart of Mount Ayr, one granddaughter, Mrs. Bill (Sybil) Kelley of Brooklyn Iowa and two great grandsons.

She was an active member and worker in the Trinity United Presbyterian Church being a past president of the Womens Association. She was a Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Past Worthy High Priestess of the White Shrine, Past President of the Social Order of Beauceant and Past President of the Past Matrons Club.

She is the last of her family, having been preceded by a sister and two brothers.

Cecil Smith and Mrs. Betty Black will be singers at the funeral with Mrs. Helen Hall Hoskinson organist. Mrs. J D Almes will be at the register. Flower bearers will be Mrs. Lewis Wells, Mrs. Arlo Hawley, Mrs. Frank Lawson, and Mrs. Ruth Freeland.

Honorary bearers will be Lewis Wells, Arlo Hawley, Frank Lawson, Lee Roy Hooper, Lloyd Otte and Milton Erke. Casket bearers will be Hugh Loudon, Ralph Williams, Raymond Johnston, F E McNeiely, Charles Iddings, and Robert Hamm.

 [Clement, Fern Rogers]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    May 28, 1973

Mrs. Clement born in Taylor County

Mrs. Fern Clement, 78, who has made her home at the apartment at 500 E Washington St, died unexpectedly Saturday evening at the Clarinda Hospital just a short time after she had been taken with an apparent heart attack.

Funeral services in charge of Sutphen Funeral Home were to be this Tuesday at the Guss Church. Interment was to be in the cemetery at the church.

Mrs. Clement was born in Taylor County, and farmed in the Guss vicinity with her husband, Dale, who died in 1968. She assisted in the home of Mrs. Fisher in Valley Township for several years, and has lived in Clarinda in recent years. She was the daughter of the late Edward P and Mary Seymour Rogers.

She has six surviving children, Mrs. Travis Powell of Peoria, Ill., Mrs. William Kane of Council Bluffs, Dean of Cedar Rapids, Glen of Ashland, Wis., George of Jefferson City, Mo, and Carmen of Villisca.

The Rev Ed Osburn was to be officiating clergy, with Mrs. Albert Johnson and Mrs. Walter Johnson in charge of the flowers, and music by Mrs. Quincy Dunn and David Hull. Casket bearers were to be Walter Johnson, Gerald Maxwell, Harold Moore, Kenneth Fudge, Paul Mitchell and Edward Naven.

[George, Leonard Paul]

Clarinda Herald Journal

June 1973

George former area resident   

Leonard Paul George, 57, died June 11 at the Douglas County Hospital in Omaha where he had been under care since May 20. He has been employed at Omaha Furniture Mart for 12 years.

He was [the] son of Elton George of Coin and Mrs. Velma George of Council Bluffs, the family home formerly being at New Market. His wife, Dorothy, three children, LaNora Bates, Terry and Gary living in Omaha. A sister is Mrs. Margie Penry. 

[Carl, Marie Connors]

Clarinda Herald Journal

May 1973

Mrs. Carl died at West Heights

Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Carl, 78, of Clarinda were held this Tuesday afternoon at the Lavelle Funeral Home, with Rev Lester Greenwood officiating. Burial was in the Six Corners Cemetery at Elmo, Mo.

Casketbearers were Glen, Margin, Charles and Wilbur Bloomfield. The organist was Mrs. Gene Garrett.

Mrs. Carl died Sunday morning at the West Manor Heights Nursing Home. She had been there since December of last year.

She was born July 2, 1894 at Petersborough, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Connors. She came to Clarinda several years ago, and had worked in the Harry Pfander home. Since 1960 she has been living in the Opal Bloomfield Home.

She has no immediate survivors.                                 

[Crane, William Sineus]

Clarinda Herald Journal

May 1973

William S Crane died at Clearmont

William S [ineus] Crane, 85, of Burlington Jct, Mo, died Monday morning at a Clearmont rest home where he had been a patient for a year. He was born at Burlington Jct and spent his entire lifetime in that area.

Funeral services will be at 2 pm, Wednesday, at Barr - Merrick Funeral Chapel at Burlington Junction with Rev Robert Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Ohio Cemetery.

Mr. Crane is survived by a son, George Crane of Maryville, a brother, Alfred Crane of Rushville, Neb, and two sisters, Anna Crane and Clara Smiley of Quincy, Ill.

[Whitney, Steven Douglas]

Clarinda Herald Journal

April 1973

Steve Whitney county's 4th fatality

Crash kills Clarinda man

Steve Whitney, 20, was killed instantly in a two-car crash two miles west of Clarinda early Saturday morning, the fourth fatality in the Clarinda area this year.

Five other persons were injured in the 2 am accident, two still hospitalized this Monday morning.

Injured were:

--James Richard Rahn, 19, driver of the car in which Whitney was riding;

--Stanley Craig Gray, 21, of rural Shenandoah, driver of the other car.

--Lonnie E. Rolf, 20, of Shenandoah, passenger in the front seat of the Rolf car.

--Betty J. Leacox, 20, of Shenandoah, and

--Barbara Riedesel, 19, of Glidden, Iowa, both passengers in the Rolf car.

Both Rahn and Rolf are still hospitalized, Rolf suffering facial lacerations and a broken nose, and Rahn head and leg injuries.

The Iowa Highway Patrol reported that Rahn was driving south on the paved county road from Bethesda when he went through the stop sign at the intersection with Highway 2.

Gray was coming from the east, and hit the Rahn car broadside, throwing both onto the southwest corner of the intersection.

The Rahn car came to rest on the fence, 78 feet from the point of impact, and burst into flames.  Rahn was thrown from the vehicle as it left the highway, apparently over the steering wheel and through the windshield.  Officials say that Whitney apparently hit his head on the doorpost and was killed instantly.

All four of the persons in the other car stayed inside the vehicle as it skidded 67 feet before coming to rest on the shoulder of the road.  Gray told the patrol that when he looked up after his car came to rest, the Rahn vehicle was in flames.  Officials speculate that the gas tank was ruptured either in crossing the ditch or as the vehicle came to rest on a fence post.

The Rahn car, owned by Opitz Leasing Co., was gutted by the fire.  It took more than an hour to extinguish the fire and remove Whitney's body.

The call was first reported to Deputy Sheriff Ron Franks at 2:02 am Saturday.  In turn, he had to contact the police department to alert the firemen.  Within 16 minutes after the alarm was sounded, the five victims were being place in the rescue unit and brought to the hospital.

Forty-five minutes after the accident, the fire was still being battled in the car, and rescuers had to take the hinges off the right side to remove the body.

Steven Douglas Whitney was born Jan 21, 1953, in Clarinda, the son of Grant and Phyllis Draper Whitney.

He was graduated from Clarinda High School in 1971 and attended college on the Clarinda campus of Iowa Western for a year.

He was working for the Herald Journal as pressman and photographer, starting in December of 1972. Prior to that he had worked for Miller-Tomlinson Implement, and was a part-time employee at Livingston Clothing during his school years.

He is survived by his parents; and five brothers and sisters, Michael Scott, Kathleen Ann, Craig Thomas, Kenneth Grant and Richard Kent; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Draper of Villisca and Mrs. Thomas Whitney of Yorktown.

He was engaged to Sherry Jo Karg, the couple planning their wedding in late May.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Tuesday at the Westminster United Presbyterian Church with the Rev D C Davis officiating. Burial will be at the Clarinda Cemetery. Walker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Casket bearers will be classmates, Gordon Reed, Gary Barlow, Richard Rope, Glenn Greer, Pat Fahey and Tom Kincheloe. Honorary bearers will include Dan Evans; Pedro Garcia, Jim Anderson, John Woolson, Jerry Gray and Clinton Sunderman.

Nelson Crow will be organist for the service.

A memorial is being established with the Clarinda Municipal Hospital.

[Rodgers, Mabel Seipel]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday    March 29, 1973


Mrs. Mabel M Rodgers was born on a farm near Gilman, Ill., on May 31, 1895. She moved with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Adam Seipel [Agnes Nies] four years later to the home two miles south of Shenandoah.

She attended rural school through the eighth grade and graduated from the Shenandoah High School in 1914. After attending school at Cedar Falls she taught several rural schools near Shenandoah.

On February 26, 1919 she was married to Alvin L [ewis] Rodgers and lived in the rural vicinity of Morton Township until her death on March 24, 1973 at her farm home six miles southeast of Shenandoah.

She was an active member of the Summit United Methodist Church for over fifty years. Mrs. Rodgers was also a member of the WCTU, the WW Club and a former girls 4-H leader in Morton Township.

To this union was born two sons, Elvin and Paul. Elvin gave his life in Hungary during WW II on Aug 20, 1944.

Surviving is her husband, Alvin, son, Paul and his wife, Laura of Northridge, Cal, five grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Glenn (Ona) Carper and one brother Ralph Seipel both of Shenandoah. Iowa. Preceding her in death were her parents, one brother, Earl Seipel, and son Elvin.

Services for Mrs. Rodgers were held March 26 at Hackett Funeral Home and at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. The Rev Karen Merrill and the Rev Reginald Merrill officiated, with Mrs. Robert Finlay, Mrs. Mary Oziah and Mrs. Donald Peterson caring for the flowers, Mrs. George Racine and Mrs. Sterling Simmons at the memory register and Mrs. Margaret Woods organist.

Honorary bearers were Glen Edwards, Paul Gamble, Joseph O'Hara, George Racine, W H Whitehill and Wendell Yates. Active bearers were Robert Finlay, Thomas Lynn, Donald Peterson,

Donald Rolf, William Tyner and Dale Whitehill.           

[Allen, Floyd H.]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday   April 23, 1973

Floyd Allen former Braddyville farmer

Floyd H Allen, 71, of Pickering, Mo, died Sunday morning [April 22nd] at the hospital in Maryville after an extended illness.

He has lived on a farm near Pickering for 34 years, and formerly was of the Braddyville farm area. He was born near Bedison, Mo, on Aug 16, 1901.

His funeral is at Price Funeral Home at Maryville at 1:30 pm Wednesday and burial at the Braddyville cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, the former Neva [Elizabeth] Hiles and four sons, Merlin of Cameron, Mo, Elvin of Siam, Buddy Dean of Maryville, Mo, and Donnis of Pickering, Mo. The couple has ten grandchildren and one great grandson.   

[Lister, Thelma Elisabeth Milbank]          

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday    May 31, 1973

Mrs. Elliott Lister died at Maryville

Mrs. Elliott [James] (Thelma) [Elisabeth Milbank] Lister, 67, of Hopkins, Mo, died Wednesday [May 30th] at a Maryville, Mo., hospital after a long illness. Funeral services have been set for 2 pm Friday at the Christian church in Hopkins.

Survivors include two children, Basil Lister of Hannibal, Mo, and Mrs. Maurice (Paola) Mires of

Kansas   City.   Mr.   Lister   died about three years ago. 

 [Knox, Ona Loy Warden]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday    June 14, 1973

Summit Cemetery burial for Mrs. Knox

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ona Knox, 78, of Yorktown were held Wednesday [June 13th] at the United Methodist Church in Yorktown, with Rev L P Fitzpatrick officiating.

Burial was in Summit Cemetery. Casket bearers were David, Gail, Gary and Lyle Warden, Robert Fewson and John Huckaby. Music was provided by Ernest Winger and Mrs. Glen Miller, accompanied by Mrs. Clyde Apple.

At the register book was Mrs. J E Issacson. The ushers were D. D. Isaacson and Edison Major.

Mrs. Knox died Monday noon [June 11th] at the Municipal Hospital after being hospitalized for three weeks. Lavelle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Oct 26, 1894, at Yorktown, the daughter of Robert [Columbus] and Cordelia Lafferty Loy. She attended school at Yorktown and Amity College at College Springs.

She was married to Ray [Samuel] Warden in January of 1913. They farmed in the Yorktown area, and he died in September of 1924.

In January of 1927 she married Ross Knox and they continued farming at Yorktown. Mr. Knox died in August of 1944. She remained on the farm at Yorktown until her hospitalization.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, WSCS and DAR.

She is survived by two sons, LeRoy Warden of Englewood, Colo., and Robert Warden of Yorktown, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Earl Annan of Yorktown.  

[Briggs, Lucile Marie Heuer]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    May 21, 1973


Lucile Marie Heuer Briggs, the daughter of John and Fredericka Sultman Heuer, was born May 10, 1905, at Frazee, Minnesota, and passed away May 18, 1973, at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital at the age of 68 years and 8 days.

At an early age she moved with her parents to the Red Oak area and later to Taylor County, where she spent the remainder of her adult life. She was a member of the Methodist Church since her childhood.

On February 25,1925, she was united in marriage to David Lee Briggs. To this union was born two sons, Edwin David of   New   Market   and   Virgil   Dean   of Clarinda.   

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Arthur and Clinton Heuer.

She is survived by her husband, two sons and their wives, four grandchildren: Linda Briggs Perkins, Randall, Shirley Kay and Ricky Briggs; plus several nieces, nephews, and cousins, and many friends.              

She was a devoted wife and mother, an outstanding grandmother and mother-in-law, and will be missed by all who knew her.