Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Dallis Clyde Miller, the son of John Henry and Mary Ann Miller, was born May 13, 1879, at New Market, Ia. He passed away at his home in New Market, Feb 19, 1941, at the age of 2 [sic] years 9 months and 6 days.

Mr Miller was united in marriage on July 11, 1906, to Lola Reynolds.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, and son Lowell; three sisters, Mrs Sadie Stearns of Gravity, Ia, Mrs Vida Owen of Coin, Ia, Mrs Hazel Savage of New Market, Ia; two brothers, Jerry Miller of Braddyville, Ia, Semmer Miller of New Market, Ia, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon, Feb 20, 1941, from the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda, with Rev Rowe in charge.


Mrs Mary Ann Miller, one of the old pioneers of New Market and vicinity, who has been in poor health for several months, passed away last Saturday, Feb 11, 1928, at her home in New Market.

Mrs Miller was another of those grand old mothers who reared a large family of children of whom she was always proud. She was one of the early settlers, being the first white baby born in Page county, and was also a charter member of the M.E. church of New Market. Her death is mourned by a large circle of the older settlers who knew her as a kind and loving neighbor and friend, always willing to extend a helping hand in times of sorrow and trouble.

Mary Ann, daughter of Jerry and Elizabeth Teeters, was born in Page county, Iowa, April 17, 1846. She was called to her final reward from her home in New Market Feb 11, 1928, at the age of 81 years, 9 months and 24 days.

On September 18, 1865, she was united in marriage to Johnathan H. Miller. To this union were born eight children, six of whom are still living. Albert and Walter having died in infancy. Those living are Sadie E. Stearns of Gravity, Jerry of Blue Springs, Neb., Vida E. Owen of Coin, Dallas C., Semmer B. and Hazel G. Savage of New Market. She is also survived by one brother, Dan Teeters, of New Market.

About fifty years ago Mrs Miller united with the M.E. church in which she retained her membership until she answered the Master's call. She was a kind and loving mother, always looking for the good of her children. She has been a constant sufferer for about seven months.

Mrs Miller leaves to mourn their loss six children, one brother, seventeen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and a large number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the M.E. church in New Market, conducted by Rev C.F. Smith, assisted by Rev Dewey, pastor of the Baptist church.

Burial was made in Memory cemetery.


Andrew Jackson Baker was born in the state of Tennessee on the seventh day of May 1848, and passed from this life at his home in Hawleyville, Ia, Dec 4, 1933 age 85 years, 6 months, and 27 days.

Leaving home at about the age of 14 he made his way down the Tennessee river and out to the west. Travel was very different in those days from what it is now, and either followed the rivers by boat or trails across country by wagon trains. One of Mr Baker's early jobs was guarding immigrant trains as they slowly made their way to the west. He was also among those who used to group their hogs together and drive them to market.

Mr Baker was united in marriage to Sarah Christinia, who survives him. To this union twelve children were born, six of whom survive. They are Mrs Alice Owen of Council Bluffs, Perry and Marion Baker of Hawleyville, Mrs Etta Sly of Mosby, Mo, Bertha Moon of Omaha, Mrs Josie Gillespie of Omaha. He is also survived by twenty-two grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

He was a resident of the Hawleyville community for about 35 years.

Funeral services and burial were at Hawleyville church and cemetery.

The Clarinda Herald-Journal, Dec 18, 1933


Mrs Lincoln Saum - Sadie Lois Van Buskirk was born November 7, 1860, in Taylor County, Iowa near Hawleyville. Being left an orphan at the age of sixteen, she came to Clarinda and engaged in dressmaking, opening a shop in the business district of town which she conducted successfully until her marriage.

On October 24, 1888, she was united in marriage to Horace Lincoln Saum, the couple going to housekeeping at once in the same location they have always lived, 723 N. 14th Street, where she passed away Friday, May 30th, following an extended illness.

Three children were born to this union, one daughter dying in infancy and a daughter and a son remaining, Mrs Mildred Garton of Villisca, Iowa, and Philip Saum of Corning, Iowa.

Besides the husband and children she leaves an only sister, Mrs W.B. Berry of Texhoma, Okla. All were present for the funeral services, except the sister who was unable to arrive in time. A.S. VanSandt of San Diego, Calif, Mr Saum's brother-in-law was also present. Mrs Van Sandt and Miss Lenora Saum [? / Van Sandt?] being unable to come.

Besides these relatives, she leaves a host of friends and kind and loving neighbors to mourn her loss. She was a quiet home loving person, uncomplaining in her suffering and a kind and sympathetic friend to all who knew her.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 at the family home and she was laid to rest in the family lot beside the little child who had passed before her.

The sympathy of a host of friends is extended to the sorrowing husband and family.

Clarinda Herald, Jun 5, 1924


Imogene, Nov 30--The funeral of Henry Blank whose death shocked the whole community Wednesday evening took place Friday forenoon, and was largely attended, for he was highly esteemed, and relatives and friends came from several surrounding towns. Rev Holyoke of the Reformed church from Omaha conducted the services. He was in usual health all day and ate a hearty supper, after which he took his pipe and went to the yard for a smoke, which had long been his habit, for he loved his pipe and smoked the strongest tobacco he could buy, and formerly raised his own supply. Mr and Mrs Trenholm in passing discovered the body lying on the side with the head outside the gate. They notified Mrs Blank and he was picked up probably ten minutes after he fell. Death was instantaneous, the heart had suddenly ceased to beat. The two daughter here, Mrs Frank Hayes and Mrs Con Androy, were quickly on the scene. Of course all were shocked and yet it was not wholly unexpected for his physicians had told him that sudden death was liable at any time.

He was born in Germany, May 29, 1837, was educated and learned the blacksmith trade in the old country; came to America in 1853 and settled first in Dubuque county; there he married Miss Salome Bussard June 20, 1861. They had six children, four of whom are still living, Viz: David Henry Blank of Red Oak, Samuel Demandus Blank of Essex, Mrs Ida B. Hayes and Mrs Con Androy, both of Imogene. In 1876 he moved to Essex and twenty-six years later came to Imogene. During his life he was an active member of the Reformed church, serving as deacon and elder for thirty years. He was a Christian gentleman, respected and loved by all who knew him for his upright life and integrity of character.



George Wesley Miller departed this life Saturday, Sept 17th at his home on W. Lincoln St. at the ripe age of 76 years, 11 months and 7 days having been ill for several months. For 42 years he was in the employ of the C.B. & Q Railway Co retiring only when old age compelled him to give way to a younger man for the service. The funeral is being held this Monday afternoon from Walkers Funeral Home, conducted by Rev Osborn of New Market; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery. The obituary will appear in our next issue.Clarinda Herald, Monday Sept 19, 1927

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Francis M. Manley son of Jonathan and Mary Manley was born at Eddyville, Monroe county, Iowa, May 10, 1860, and departed this life at his home east of Siam Monday, May 15, at 8:45 am aged 79 years, and 5 days.

At the age of 8 years he came with his parents to the Siam community where he has since resided. He was one of a family of nine children, viz: Andy, Eliza, Jasper, Alonzo, Mrs Mary Etta Clayton, Maggie Croshaw, Martha and Charles, all of whom have passed on except Charles who now lives at Barnard, Mo.

On October 28th, 1880, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Sabina Ramsay at Hopkins, Mo. Mr and Mrs Manley established their home one half mile south of Siam and here their family of six children were born, Elza, Grover, Mary, Walter, Golda and Silas. The family later moved to their present home east of Siam.

In early life Mr Manley was converted and placed his membership with the Church of Christ at Siam where for many years he was a loyal worker.

In Nov 1918 the family circle was broken by the death of their son, Walter, and on October 13, 1923, the Death Angel again entered the home, taking the faithful wife and mother.

On Oct 21, 1926, Mr Manley was united in marriage to Mrs Mary Crystal Clayton.

Mr Manley was a home loving, honorable, upright man, a kind husband and father, a good citizen and a loyal friend.

Orville Manley, a grandson, who was reared in the home of his grandparents since at the early age of about 4 years, was an inseparable companion of his grandfather and thru a long and serious illness he and his faithful grandmother and aunt, Mrs McNinch, kept loving watch over him and attended his every need.

Those left to mourn their loss are his devoted wife, Crystal Manley, five children, Elza of Blockton, Iowa, Grover of Siam, Mrs Mary McNinch and Mrs Golda Catuska of Lincoln, Nebr., and Silas of Cherokee, Ia. 4 grandchildren are Mrs Pearl McGurk of Lincoln, Nebr., Francis Manley of Blockton, Wilbur Manley of Clarinda and Orville Manley at home; one brother, Charles Manley, of Barnard, Mo and a host of relatives and friends who are grieved by his passing.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 pm at the Church of Christ in Siam by the Rev Max Buck of Bedford. Interment in Siam cemetery. Pall-bearers were Frank Shields, Fred Melvin, Arthur Stickelman, Cecil Woldruff, Ira Roberts, and Floyd Sprague. Singers were Mrs Lola Stewart, Mrs Nelle Miller, Mrs Hapilona Farlow, Will Miller and Arch Clayton with Mrs Lola Reid at the piano. Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, May 22, 1939

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Brother Dies - New Market Items - Mrs Tilda Whitehead received word that her brother William Bennett, died Feb 6 at a hospital in Vancouver [Wash]. He lived only 10 days after major surgery. Burial was at Camas, Wash, his home town for a number of years. He leaves two sons and one sister, Mrs Whitehead. She is the last of 11 children. Her parents were Mr and Mrs Louis Bennett, deceased, of Tennessee. Clarinda Herald Journal, Feb 28, 1955

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Everett E. Manley son of Mr and Mrs Jasper Manley, was born on April 13, 1880, in Taylor county, and passed away at the Municipal hospital in Clarinda on March 23, 1949 at the age of 69 years and 11 months.

He was united in marriage to Ivah Cumberlin on Sept 1, 1903 and to this union was born four children, Gladys, Theodore, Opal and Edmond.

As a young man he joined the Methodist church in Siam.

He was for many years a well known blacksmith, in this community, and for the last 20 years lived about three miles east of Clarinda.

He is survived by his wife, Ivah, and four children, Mrs Gladys Collins of Albuquerque, NM., Theodore Manley, and Mrs Opal Bennett of Clarinda, Edmund Manley of Grass Valley, Calif; nine grandchildren and 4 sisters, Dora of Powell, Wyo, Jessie of Portland, Ore, Carrie and Emma of Clarinda. Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, March 31, 1949

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Was Blacksmith in Vicinity; Dies Suddenly - Everett E. Manley, 68, died about midnight last night at the Municipal hospital.

He became suddenly ill and was taken to the hospital about 8 pm. He lived only four hours. Mr Manley had been a blacksmith in this vicinity for years. His home for the past 18 years has been about 3 miles east of Clarinda. Time of the funeral is still indefinite, awaiting arrival of his children, although it will be held from the Walk funeral home. He is survived by his wife, Ivah; four children, Mrs Gladys Collins of Albuquerque, NM., Theodore Manley, and Mrs Opal Bennett of Clarinda, Edmund Manley of Grass Valley, Calif; nine grandchildren and 4 sisters, Dora of Powell, Wyo, Jessie of Portland, Ore, Carrie and Emma of Clarinda. Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, March 24, 1949

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Mary Ann Stuart, wife of Rev D.O. Stuart, passed to her heavenly home rest at 5 pm on Christmas day after two years of great affliction and suffering. She was born in Lancaster city, Penn, Aug 11, 1817, and with her parents removed to Bellefonte, Center county, Pa., when she was eleven years of age. Her father died when she was about seventeen years of age. She united with the Methodist Episcopal church in June 1839. On the 7th day of January she was married to D.O. Stuart.

Since her conversion she has been an active, earnest efficient worker in the church - as a Sabbath school teacher in missionary society and all forms of benevolent and religious work. To this her christian life was constantly and actively devoted. She was a very sweet singer and familiar with all the favorite spirituals songs of the church, which she used with greatest effectiveness in revival work and many souls at the altar of the church were by her helped into the light of christian life and joy.

With her husband she removed to western Virginia in 1852. On 1854 her husband entered upon the work of the christian ministry, and in her found a faithful help meet. In 1865 she became a resident of Iowa, and with her husband's retirement from the active work of the ministry in 1890 she was familiar with the joys and sorrows, the hardships, and blessed compensations of her husband's ministerial work.

She was the mother of a large family of thirteen children, seven of whom have preceded her to the heavenly country. Four sons and one daughter are still living, Mrs Kate S. Forbes, the eldest child and only daughter living, resides near Anselmo, Nebr. Thomas McK is a presiding elder of the Des Moines annual conference and resides at Chariton, Ia, Charles W. also a member of the Des Moines annual conference is the son with whom the father and mother resided in Clarinda, David O., an attorney at law, and an active lay man in the M.E. church residing in Harlan, Ia, and Geo. A., M.D., a medical missionary in charge of Methodist missionary hospital in China.

Mother Stuart's christian life was a beautiful, consistent, humble life. During the last few months of her life she talked much of dying and of her heavenly home. When in her rational moments she made preparations for it, as one getting ready for a journey. She calmly, quietly passed away on the evening of the festival of her Saviours nativity to meet Him, whom she so long trusted and of whose "great and tender mercy" she so often spoke in her devotions. Clarinda Herald, Tuesday, Dec 26, 1893

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Funeral services of Willie Ralph Brooks was conducted at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa, Oct 13, 1955, at 2 pm, the Rev Ralph Johnson officiating. Doris Forbes, accompanied by Aletha Hutchings at the organ, sang. Wilbur Carmichael, Benny Carmichael, Clifford Carmichael, Billy Carmichael, Elsey Guilliatt and Paul Savage served as pallbearers. Interment was at Old Memory cemetery near New Market, Iowa.

Willie Ralph Brooks, son of Charles and Mary Brooks was born Dec 15, 1889, at Carbon, Iowa. While a young boy he moved toNew Market, making his home there the greater part of his life. He was baptized and joined the Christian church as a boy.

He was united in marriage to Mimalee Cox and they had two daughters. His wife preceded him in death in 1926. Later in life he was united in marriage to Faye McKinley McNutt. This union was blessed with a son and two daughters, also three step-children.

Mr Brooks had been in good health all of his life until taken seriously ill the evening of Oct 9 with a heart attack. He died Oct 10, 1955 at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital at the age of 65 years, 9 months, and 25 days.

Survivors are his wife, Faye; four daughter Mrs Aubra Baker of New Market; Mrs Eugene Tyus of Petersburg, Va, Miss Florence Brooks of Omaha, Nebr., and Mrs Dean Combs of West Des Moines, Ia, one son James of New Market, three step-children, Mrs Jerry Palmer & Mrs George Snyder of Zillah, Wash, and Frank McNutt of Anchorage, Alaska, one daughter-in-law Mrs James Brooks of New Market, three son-in-law, seven grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs Lulu Campbell of Lebanon, Mo, and Mrs Hattie Anderson of Medford, Ore., one brother, Floyd Brooks of San Francisco, Calif as well as many other relatives and a host of friends. Clarinda Herald Journal, Nov 10, 1955

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Jacob [Job] Loy, aged 81 years, died at his home in this city last Sunday, Oct 4. The funeral took place from the residence at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; services conducted by Rev W.W. Merrit of Red Oak, and were attended by a throng of relatives and sympathizing friends. Mr Loy had lived in this community many years, and was held in high esteem. He was a member of the Universalist church. His body was interred beside that of his wife, who died only a few weeks since.

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Mrs Anker Loy, wife of Job Loy died at her home in this city, Sunday evening August 23rd, at 8:30 o'clock, at the age of 67. Funeral sermon were held Thursday, August 25th at 10:30 am at the residence, Rev R.R. Wescot officiating. The funeral service will be preached by Rev W.W. Merrit, of Red Oak next Sabbath at the Universalist church. He was detained from being here to conduct the funeral service. Mrs Loy was a native of Ohio, and one of the earliest settlers of the county. She was married forty nine years ago, and her golden wedding anniversary would have occurred in June next. Her husband, three sons, and two daughters survive to mourn the loss of a devoted christian wife and mother. They have the cordial and universal condolence of this community. Clarinda Herald, Aug 26, 1885

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Burial of Mrs Harry Lyman at Leon after Death Feb 20. The death of Mrs Harry Lyman on Feb 20 has just been learned here. She had been an invalid for several years, living with her daughter, Mrs Catharine Malone, at Sioux Rapids, Iowa. The burail was at Leon, Ia, by the side of her late husband. The Lymans were Clarinda residents while Mr Lyman was in the plumbing business, residing on West Lincoln street for many years. Clarinda Herald Journal, Mar 24, 1955

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 Paul Johnston died peacefully September 10, 2005, at age 84 in Seattle of
pneumonia and complications from Alzheimers disease. Born March 30, 1921 in
Page County, Iowa to Leo and Florence Johnston, he was known throughout his
life as a kind and honest gentleman.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, he earned a Doctor of
Chiropractic degree in 1952 from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
and began practicing in California. He moved to Seattle several years later
and opened the West Seattle Chiropractic Clinic in 1966, practicing there
until his retirement in 1984. A fifty-year member of Lions Club and active
member at Unity Church, he volunteered much of his time to charitable
causes after retiring.

He is survived by siblings Robert, Donald, Margret (sic) and Mary Lou; a
son, Scott; and a granddaughter, Jane. A Celebration of his Life will be
held in the chapel at Seattle Unity Church, 200 Eighth Ave North, Seattle
98109 on Saturday, September 24 at 3:00PM.
I am not related to this man; just thought somebody on the Page County list
might be interested.

Ellen Blackstone, Seattle
CHS, Class of '66


Charles Alva Loghry was born in Mahaska county, Iowa July 5, 1865. When a small child he came with his parents to Page county where he lived a greater part of his life. The past ten years being spent in Iowa City from which place he departed this life on Oct 5, 1932, at the age of 67 years and 3 months.

In 1904 he was united in marriage to Wilma Lyman Myers. To them were born two children a daughter, Mrs James Lons and a son, Ermal Loghry both of Iowa City. He is survived by these two children, his faithful wife and one brother Jacob Loghry of Gravett, Arkansas, three stepsons, Ralph Lyman of Clarinda, Lyman Myers of Norfolk, Nebr., Burdette Myers of Des Moines and one stepdaughter, Mrs Rulon Johnson of Glenns Ferry, Idaho.

He has been ill for the past two years. For the last three months he has been confined to his bed.

He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Hepburn many years ago. Mr Loghry was a loving father and will be sadly missed by a host of friends.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda, Rev W.H. Meredith being in charge. Burial was in the Clarinda cemetery. Clarinda Herald Journal, Oct 13, 1932

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Chauncey H. Webster, son of Joseph and Mary Webster, was born in Delaware, Ohio, Dec 25, 1852, and departed this life on January 22, 1943, at Municipal hospital in Clarinda, Iowa, at the age of 90 years and 28 days.

He came to Iowa in 1875 and spent most of his life in Page and Adams counties. On Dec 25, 1877, he was married to Elizabeth Hutchison, who died on November 18, 1941.

To this union were born, Charles Webster of Denver, Colo.; Earl Webster of Corning, Iowa; Mrs Ola Barnes of Gravity with whom he made his home the last two years of his life; and Mrs Jennie Masker who died April 17, 1941.

He was a member of the Hazel Dell Christian church. His failing health would not permit much activity the last few years of his life, but he contented himself reading, which he was able to do to the last.

The funeral service was held Sunday at a funeral home in Corning, at 2 o'clock p.m., conducted by Rev F.J. Sipes the pastor of the Free Methodist church here, and the body was brought to the cemetery here for burial [Washington Cem, Gravity, Iowa]

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Major Joseph Cramer died at the home of his daughter, Mrs C.W. Hendricks, Red Oak, Iowa, Friday, April 6, 1900 after a brief illness, at the advanced age of 86 years, 11 months, and 9 days.

Major Cramer was born at Strasburg, Pa., and from there went to Columbus, Ind., in 1836, and in May, 1857, came to Clarinda. He finally located up in Douglas township, where he cultivated a large farm for many years, and the "Cramer neighborhood" is still a household word with all. He was a soldier of two wars, having served as sergeant in the 4th Indiana regiment in the Mexican war, and also early in the '60's he organized Co K, 4th Iowa volunteers, and came out of the service with the honorable title of major. He was upright and honorable in all his dealings with men, a devout christian, and was respected by all who knew him. His remains were brought to this city Saturday evening and the funeral services held at the M.E. church Sunday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev Hohenshalt, of Red Oak, assisted by Rev. Ilgen Fritz - the G.A.R. Post attending in a body.

Page County Democrat, Apr 12, 1900 Thursday, Clarinda, Iowa

This community was saddened, though not surprised, last Saturday, to hear of the death of Major Joseph Cramer at Red Oak on the day before. From a wide acquaintanceship and relationship in this part of Iowa, the Major had more and better friends than fall to the lot of most men, and his passing is such a loss as all unite in mourning.
Joseph Cramer was born in Strasburg, Lancaster county, Penn., April 22, 1813, and died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Hendricks, in Red Oak, Iowa, April 6, 1900, age nearly 87 years.
He was married to Miss Mary Lytle in Strasburg, Penn., May 5, 1834. In 1836 they moved to Columbus, Ind., from there to Gossport, Ind.. in 1840, and in May 1857 to Clarinda. Later, in 1860, he took up residence in Douglas township, Page county, and built the Cramer homestead. His wife, Mrs. Mary A. Cramer, died June 7, 1840. He married Mrs. Elizabeth Lytle in 1849, who shared life's toil and struggles with him until her death Jan. 27, 1884. There are nine living children of this family.
He was an honored citizen of Page county, all these years, not only having, but meriting the confidence and respect of all who knew him. He was an ardent patriot, loving his country and its flag. He served in the Mexican war as sergeant in the 4th Indiana and when the call came in the 60's he organized Co. K of the 4th Iowa volunteers, going out as its captain, he coming later, major of the regiment and giving a service of two years in the Civil War.
He was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in Strasburg, Penn., Dec. 14, 1830, thus being a member of said church for seventy years. As an office bearer, he filled all offices open to laymen, with energy, faithfulness and great liberality. It was largely due to his labor that preaching services were established and the Cramer Chapel of the M. E. church subsequently built in Douglas township and thus the whole community has been permeated with a Christian civilization.
Major Cramer was a most consistent, cheerful, happy Christian, ever tender and gentle as a husband and father.
His life leaves a fragrance of Christian love to abide with his family and friends. He was a devoted Methodist Christian, a true friend and a loyal citizen always. "He was a good man."
Funeral services were held in Red Oak Saturday, April 7, at 4:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. Hohanshelt, assisted by Rev. Hooker, P. E., and Rev. Shaw, of the Baptist church. The body was brought to Clarinda,and services held in the M. E. church at 2:30 o'clock Sunday, April 8, conducted by Rev. Hohanshelt. Interment in the Clarinda cemetry. The G. A. R. attended in a body. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Apr 10, 1900

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Mrs Elizabeth E. Cramer, the wife of Maj. Joseph Cramer died at her home in Douglas township on Sunday night last, at 11 o'clock. About ten days before it is supposed that she had a partial stroke of paralysis, which caused her to fall, and in falling her hand and arm were thrust in a vessel filled with boiling brine. This was a great shock to the nervous system, and she almost at once became insensible and remained so, with the exception of brief lucid moments, until the time of her death.

Mrs Cramer's maiden name was Secrest. She was born in Owen county, Ind., Nov 28th, 1829. She was first married to Isaac F. Lytle, who went into the Mexican War and there lost his life. In Aug 1849, she was married to Maj Cramer. A large family has been given to Mrs Cramer - twelve children in all - eight of whom are now living. In 1857 she came to Iowa, and settled in Clarinda, remaining here two years. Maj Cramer improved a farm about fourteen miles northwest of town, and moved his family to it. Here they remained two years, or until the commencement of the war. Maj Cramer and three of the boys went into the army, and the family moved back to Clarinda, and remained two years. They then returned to the farm, where they have since resided. This family have thus been closely identified with the history of Page county from an early day.

Mrs Cramer united with the Methodist church in the winter of 1849, in Columbus, Ind. She has ever remained a devoted member of this organization. Her influence for good has always been of the most positive type. She has ever been esteemed for her kindness of heart and willingness to assist the needy and sick. The afternoon she was injured she was planning to visit several families in her neighborhood, who were afflicted. Her loss will be felt by the community in general, but most keenly by her immediate relatives. Maj Cramer has the sympathy of a large circle of friends in this hour of his sad bereavement. Although the day of the burial was quite murky and gloomy a large number of the neighbors accompanied the remains to the cemetery, giving every evidence of real grief at the loss of a real and esteemed friend.

Page County Democrat, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 31, 1884 Thursday

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Bennett, Guy Clifford, passed away Monday at his home northeast of Clarinda, where he resided with his father, Wiley Bennett. He was 18 years, 11 months and 24 days of age. The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, from the Oak Grove School House, conducted by Rev Elton Miller, the United Brethren pastor in Clarinda, interment being made in the beautiful little cemetery adjoining the school house. The sister, Mrs Clarence Taylor came from Omaha for the funeral. The Bennett family, father, son and daughter, came from Tennessee about twelve years ago, the mother of the children having passed away before they left the southland.

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Franz Henry Sundermann born 12-30-1873 at Osnabrueck, Hanover, Germany. He was baptized on January 02, 1874 and confirmed on April 08, 1888 in the Lutheran church. He died March 04, 1957.

At age 17 he came to America and settled near Westboro, Missouri. He married Louise Blankenmeier here on May 10, 1900. They moved to a farm near Farragut, Iowa and in 1903 to Nance County, Nebraska and settled on a farm near Timber Creek.

His wife died April 08, 1912. The last 15 years of his life he lived with his daughter, Mrs. George (Hilda) Ahlers. He died at Fullerton Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his children, Helen Sunderman, Bockmann, Rebhuhn, Irene Koch and Alma Walters all of Iowa. He is also survived by his children, Hilda Ahlers and Adolf Sunderman, of Nebraska.

He was buried in the cemetery at Peace Lutheran church in Timber Creek, Nebraska.

(In my research, I have found several variations on his name as well as the spellings of his and Louise's last name.) If this is a member of your family and you have more information, I would like to hear from you. Thank you, Charlene Eichel:


 The Burlington Junction Post, Thursday, June 4, 1936
Mrs. Martha E. Griffey, aged 67 years, and the wife of Ed Griffey of northeast of Burlinton Junction died early Monday morning at her home, death being a result ofa  heart attack.  Mrs. Griffey was born in IOwa, March 15, 1869, but moved with her parents to Missouri when a child, and had made her home in this vicinity during the remaining years of her life.  She was marreid to Ed Griffey in the fall of 1888.  She was a member of the Clearmont Christian churhc and belonged to the Burlington Junction Royal Neighbors.  Surviving are the husband, Ed Griffey, a son, Everett Griffey of Northeast of Burlington Junction, Jas Nicholas, Norfolk Nebr, and Thos. Nicholas, Burlington Junction; and three sisters, Mrs. Jay Meek, Burlington Junction; Mrs. Frank Hackett, Burlington Junction and Mrs. Zepha Johnson, Morrison Colo.  Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the Clearmont Christian church, and burial was in the Clearmont Cemetery.


Christofer Karl David Blankemeier was born at Belm, Germany December 22, 1872.  In infancy he was baptized into the Name of the Triune God by Rev. Meier.  He was confirmed in the Lutheran Church at Achelriede, Germany when he was 14 years old.

    In 1888, when he was sixteen years old, he came to America and settled in Atchison County, Missouri.  During the time he lived there he was joined in Holy Matrimony to Rieka Bierman in the year 1897.  This union was blessed with three daughters.  They came to Timber Creek, Nebraska in the year 1903, where they have since lived.

    Mr. Blankemeier had been sick for the past six or seven years.  He became worse last Christmas and was failing rapidly until he answered the summons of his Heavenly Father early Saturday morning, May 18, having reached the age of 67 years, 4 months, and 25 days.

    He is survived by his wife; three daughter, Mrs. Fred Schroeder, of Vilisca, Iowa, Mrs. Ed Cleveland and Mrs. John Oltmanns, Jr., both of Belgrade, Nebraska; two sisters, Mrs. Louie Krome, of Westboro, Missouri and Mrs. Gust Luedtke, of Omaha, Nebraska; fourteen grandchildren and many friends.

    Mr. Blankemeier was always a great hand with children and took charge of the Sunday school at Redwing school several years before the church was built.  He was always interested in the affairs of the church and was deacon for a number of years.

     (I believe the year he died was 1939.)  Charlene Eichel:


 Brooks, Mary E. Seward, formerly a resident of New Market but for the past few years a resident of Conway [Taylor County, Iowa],  passed away Tuesday afternoon at Conway after a short illness. The body was brought to New Market [Iowa] Tuesday night and cared for at the Walker & Shum furniture store.

Mary Elizabeth Seward was born in West Virginia June 1, 1856 and passed away April 5, 1932, at the age of 75 years, 10 months and 4 days.

She was united in marriage to Chas Brooks in 1878 and to this union ten children were born, three of whom proceded her in death. She is survived by seven children:

Mrs Maggie Day of Hubbard, Minnesota

Mrs G.E. Fitch of Clinton, Iowa

Mrs W.W. Campbell of Conway, Iowa

Mrs David Anderson of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

Mrs A.J. Wallace of Shoshone, Wyoming

Willie Brooks of Bedford, Iowa

Floyd Brooks of Canada

Also one sister, Mrs Kate Frazer of Des Moines, Iowa and twenty grandchildren.

Funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Baptist church, Rev E.L. Osborn officiating. Burial was made in Memory cemetery.

Mrs Seward leaves many friends in New Market who extend deep sympathy to the sorrowing children in their hour of grief.

New Market Herald, New Market, Iowa Apr 7, 1932


Brooks, Albert Elmer - Funeral services for Albert Brooks, 82, of New Market, were held Dec 13 at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda with Rev Clarence M. Potter in charge. Burial was in the Clarinda cemetery.

Albert Elmer Brooks, son of James C. and Phoebe Brooks was born September 27, 1875 near Clarinda and departed this life after a lingering illness Sunday morning, Dec 10, 1961 at the Municipal hospital in Clarinda at the age of 86 years, 2 months and 13 days.

His childhood was spent on a farm near New Market. He attended the county schools also West Normal College in Shenandoah. He worked a number of years at Berry Seed company.

Albert was the youngest son of the family of 10 children. He was married on January 20, 1904 to Blanche Lister who survives him. To this union, four children were born. Mr and Mrs Brooks settled on a farm near Shambaugh; then moved to their farm east of Clarinda where they resided 45 years. In 1964, they moved to their present home in New Market.

Albert is survived by his devoted wife, Blanche,of New Market; three daughters, Mrs Berniece Leighton of Gravity, Mrs Doris Rupp of Maryville, and Mrs Arda Cappa of Emmetsburg, Iowa; and one son, Harold Brooks of New Market; one sister, Mrs Nellie Carmichael of Clarinda. Other survivors are: nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. One grandson, Dennis Rupp, preceded him in death in April 1956 in Japan.

Mr Brooks was interested in community affairs. He was a board member of the Farmer's Telephone Company a number of years and a charter member of the Farmers Union Association.