Page County, Iowa Obituaries


John Bunting


College Springs, Nov 30 -- John Bunting who died last week was one of Page county's old settlers. He was born Feb 5, 1836, at Hookstown, Penn. When he was eighteen years of age he moved with his parents to Peoria, Ia. On Feb 3, 1859, he was married to Miss Mary E. Stuart. To this union five children were born, two of which died in infancy, and one, Rev Fred S. Bunting, died after reaching manhood and serving our Master as a minister of the gospel for six years. Mr Bunting served as a soldier during the civil war; was a member of the 148th Illinois regiment. He with his family moved to College Springs, Ia., in the fall of 1866. His wife died June 18, 1880. Two years later he married Miss Laura J. Quigly, who was a faithful mother to his bereaved children. To this union two other children were born. Mr Bunting and his family moved to eastern Nebraska in 1889 where they lived two years. They then returned to College Springs where they have since made their home. Mr Bunting became a Christian in early life and united with the Presbyterian church. Since 1891 he has been a member of the Methodist church of College Springs. He leaves to mourn his death his wife and four children, Harry Bunting of Woodburn, Ore., Mrs Nellie Yoder of Hubbard, Ore., Mrs Grace M. Blanchard of Sturgis, So Dak., and J. Walter Bunting of Harrison, Neb. The bereaved family have many friends in this vicinity who sympathize with them. For many months he has been failing in health and he has been a great sufferer. He died Nov 22, 1912. The funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Rev Enoch Hill. The remains were laid to rest in the Maple Hill cemetery.

Sentinel-Post, Shenandoah, Iowa, Dec 3, 1912


David McAfee, the second son of David and Mary Jane McAfee, was born June 10, 1855, at Conshohocken, Penn, and died at his home in College Springs on December 2, 1944, at the age of 89 years, 5 months and 22 days.

His early years were spent in Pennsylvania. In 1867 the family came to Iowa, coming to St Joseph [Missouri] by train, then coming from there to the farm east of College Springs in wagons.

On June 6, 1882, he was united in marriage to Margaret Emma McGinnis. The new home was established in the vicinity, where they lived until 1906, when they moved to Fullerton, Nebr. In 1920, they returned to Iowa, and have spent the remaining years in College Springs.

Their home was blessed with five children, Lewis Clyde, who died in infancy, Clarence of Los Angeles, Calif, Mrs Mary Craig, St Paul, Nebr, Dale of Fullerton, Nebr and Mrs Irene Cress, St Paul, Nebr. There are ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Two of the grandsons are in the US Navy.

Mr McAfee's church membership has been with the United Presbyterian church of College Springs for many years, except while living in Nebraska, where it was with the United Evangelist.

Besides his wife and children he is survived by a sister Lizzie, a brother, Sam, nieces, nephews, cousins and a large number of friends. He has been preceded in death by his aged parents, four brothers, John, Isaac, Henry and William, and one sister, Mrs Frank Black.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 o'clock in the United Presbyterian church and interment at Maple Hill cemetery. The casket bearers were Frank Pollock, Frank Kirkham, Oliver Kenagy, Arthur Dowis, Dr Miller and Clark Peery. Music was furnished by Joe McKinley with Mrs Nettie Wykoff at the piano. Clarinda Herald Journal, Dec 18, 1944

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- Margaret Emma McAfee was born April 23, 1861 at Bloomington, Ind., and died at Fullerton, Nebr. Memorial Hospital, May 9, 1952. She was 91 years of age.

She came to Iowa with her parents in 1876 a year later joining the united Presbyterian church. On June 6, 1882 she was married to David McAfee, and to them five children were born, one of whom, Lewis Clyde, died in infancy.

The family moved to Nebraska in 1907 and joined the Evangelical church, where they were members for fifteen years.

In 1920 they returned to Iowa, renewing their membership in the College Springs United Presbyterian church.

Mr McAfee died December 2, 1944, and since that time Mrs McAfee has made her home with her children in Nebraska. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death. She is survived by four children, David Clarence of Culver City, Calif.; Mary Elizabeth Craig of St Paul, William Dale of Belgrade, and Anna Irene Gress of Palmer, as well as 10 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at the Beaman-Palmer Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, May 14, with Rev Carl Sandburg of the Presbyterian church in charge. Mrs Donald Lininger and Mrs Gene Beaman sang with Mrs Carroll Thompson as pianist.

The body was taken to College Springs May 12 and was laid to rest in Maple Hill cemetery by the side of her husband. Clarinda Herald Journal, June 12, 1952


College Springs (Special), Miss Elizabeth McAfee, 86, died Saturday morning at her home in College Spirngs.

Born in Pennsylvania, she had been brought here when six months old and has spent her entire life here. She was cared for by her niece, Miss Mattie Black, who had been raised by Miss McAfee and her brother, Sam, in the old family home, after the death of her mother. Other brothers, gone also, were Bill, Dave and Ike. Services were to be Monday at 2:00 pm in the United Presbyterian church, Dr Ray Davis in charge. Clarinda Herald-Journal, Feb 16, 1953

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Mrs. John Goecker
Maria Elizabeth Riske was born November 16th,
1854, at New Melle, Mo. After receiving the
necessary religious instructions she was confirmed
and joined the church March 25th, 1869.
On January 13, 1881, she was married to John
Goecker, by pastor Matusaphka at New Melle. The
union was blessed with four children, one dying in
infancy. Her husband preceded her in death April
18, 1828.
When they married they moved to Page county,
Iowa, where both of them had been working before.
Mrs. Goecker lived better than 50 years on her home
place. During her whole life she was a faithful
member of her Lutheran church. She loved her Savior
and daily sang her beautiful church hymns. We know
that many of our hymns are beautiful prayers, so she
had selected one of them which she enjoyed to pray,
in which she prayerd for a quiet and peaceful end.
And the good Lord certainly answered her prayer;
without a struggle she bit farewell to this wicked
old world and entered her eternal rest, heaven.
Rev. Wm. Mueller preached a very fitting sermon, the
text being chosen from Psann 118:15, "Precious in
the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Windhorst,
at Clarinda, four brothers, five half-sisters and
five half-brothers. One sister and one brother
preceded her in death. Her brothers and sister,
except Mrs. Windhorst live in Missouri. Three
great-grandchildren are left to mourn her death.
The names of her children are Mrs. W. J. Sunderman,
Mrs. M. H. Steeve and Mrs. Albert Werner. The
pallbearers were six of her grandchildren. Guy
Steeve, Edward Werner, Harley and Bertholdt
Sunderman, Henry Fastenau and Cecil Hunter.
Mrs. Goecker fell asleep Tuesday morning.
March 5th, 1935, at the ripe age of 80 years, 3
months and 19 days.
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Hughes, Virginia Armstrong Hunter Krout - Obituary - Virginia Armstrong was the daughter of Thomas and Eve Armstrong and was born near Danville, Des Moines Co, Iowa, Oct 25, 1851 and departed this life at New Market, Ia., Mar 21, 1927, aged 75 years 4 months, and 26 days.

On January 6, 1871 she was married to Mr Jiles Hunter of Henry county, Iowa. To their union were born five children; Mrs Belle Glassgow of New Market, Doud of Bedford, Ralph of Ord, Nebraska, John of Oakland, California, and Blaine of Bedford, Iowa.

In 1874 she with her husband, moved to Page county, later to Taylor county locating on a farm north of New Market. On Mar 26, 1895, she was married to John Krout who died in 1902. On Dec 12, 1905 she was married to Jessie Hughes. After Mr Hughes death she made her home in New Market. She was converted at the age of thirteen years and united with the Methodist church and remained a faithful and loyal member until the good Lord called her to come up higher. She was watching and waiting for the call to come. She was a charter member of the W.F.M. Society, also a member of the official board of the church, member of Ladies Aid Society and a Sunday school teacher for many years. Those left to mourn her death are her children, seventeen grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Besides these, her two brothers and one sister namely, J.W. Armstrong of Auburn, Nebr., T.F. Armstrong, of Bedford, Ia., and Mrs Mary Rowe of New Market and a host of friends and relatives.

Other relatives from out of town, who attended the funeral were Mr and Mrs George Hunter and daughter, Mr and Mrs Frank Simms, Mr and Mrs Arnott, Mr and Mrs Marsh Hunter, all of Nodaway, Ia.; Mr and Mrs Fred Hunter, Villisca, Ia, Mrs Belle Weaver, Mr and Mrs Melvin Vawter, Coin, Ia; Mr and Mrs Lou Hunter, Mrs Nellie Hunter, Mrs Fred Tunnicliff, Shenandoah, Ia.; and Mrs Nora Wright and daughter, Graham, Mo., Mr and Mrs Harry Ballou, Ft Madison, Ia; Mrs Tressie Reeves, Des Moines, Ia; Mr and Mrs Ford Skeen, Mrs Lester Armstrong, Auburn, Nebr.

The funeral was held Wednesday, March 23, at 2 pm at the M.E. church conducted by Rev Wilkins, former pastor assisted by Rev Smith. Burial was made in Memory cemetery.

Transcribed by Pat Combs O'Dell: from the scrapbook of my great-grandmother, Ida Caroline Wirth Combs.


From Seattle Times, Sunday, May 9, 2004-- Eleanor Marie SELBY Age 61, of Renton, WA, died May 7, 2004. Beloved wife of Larry Selby; mother of Chris and Curt Selby; grandmother of Tiffany, Dillon, Allyn, Darion, and Brady; daughter of Roger and Doris LONG; sister of Charlie, Linda, Barbara, and Rodney. Visitation 2-7 PM, Monday, May 10, 2004, at Columbia Funeral Home. Final resting place will be in Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the Providence Hospice. Please sign the on-line guestbook at

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Obituary - Ina Mae Brown died Monday morning, Oct 7 at Goldenrod Manor where she had been a resident for the past 11 years.

Brown was born June 12, 1892, the daughter of William and Mary McElroy Young at Marengo. She attended school through the eight grade at Koszta, Iowa.

She married Fred A. Brown on Feb 22, 1923 in Cedar Rapids. They made their home in Marengo.

Brown was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marengo, and a 59 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Most of her life was spent in Marengo. In 1980, she moved to Clarinda with her daughter.

She is survived by one son Eugene of Midwest City, OK; two daughters, Marylois (Mrs Everett) Schwab, Lawson, MO; and Shirley (Mrs Tom) Kinsey, Clarinda; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchdren and 1 great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, June 22, 1967; one daughter Dorothy Faas in 1971; one grandson; three sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct 9 at Hoover-Valentine Funeral Home in Marengo with burial in Memory Gardens at Iowa City. Clarinda Chronicle, Oct 10, 1991

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P.A. Johnson, familiarly known as Adolph Johnson passed away at his home, 1211 West Thomas Avenue, Thursday March 1, following an illness of several weeks with influenza. He was born in Bringetofta, Jonkoping, Sweden, March 24, 1860. His father died in Sweden in September 1873 and in the spring of 1874 in company with his mother, brothers and sisters he came to America. He made his home with his sister Mrs C.S. Johnson then of Fremont township who died at her home in this city August 5, 1922. His mother died in this daughter's home February 3, 1910. He was the last of a family of eight children and is survived by 27 nieces and nephews. Two nieces, Misses Amanda and Minnie Johnson reside at 308 University avenue. Other nieces and nephews are Emil Youngberg, Frank and Luther Johnson, Fremont township, Oscar Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Essex, Hilmer and Raynold Johnson [this says Johson], Nyman, Mrs Frank Carlson, Mrs Felix Bloom, Mrs LeRoy Anderson, Harry Johnson, Red Oak, Anton Johnson, Mrs Axel Anderson, Mrs Luther Anderson, Miss Esther Veak, Stanton, Rudolph Johnson, Tarkio township, Reuben Johnson, Los Angeles, California, Albert Johnson, Miss Laura Johnson, Harry Johnson, Turlock, California, George Johnson, Sacramento, Luther Johnson, Raton, New Mexico, Frank Johnson, Denver, Colorado, Charley Veak, Anna Gillian, Canandaigua, New York. Other relatives include C.O. Peterson, Essex, Mrs Vanderholm, Villisca, David Peterson in Dakota, Mrs Anton Hanson, Mrs Hanna Pedersen, Chicago, Mrs Augusta Johnson, Nyman, John Veak, Stanton. One cousin, Frank Peterson, Boise, Idaho, preceded Mr Johnson in death by one day.

Mr Johnson was a retired farmer and had lived in this city for thirty years. His entire life has been spent in Nyman and Shenandoah community except for two years in Colorado, and two years in the mercantile business with his two cousins, Rev K. Bring and Frank Peterson now deceased.

Funeral services were held at the Harding funeral home at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev H. Hultman of the Swedish Mission church. The singers were Fritz Lyden and Miss Viola Strom, Mrs Margaret Strom at the piano. Pallbearers were Alfred Holmberg, Claus Lyden, A. Lindquist, Ed Nelson, Nels Larson and Axel Carlson. Burial was made in Mt Hope cemetery.

Card of thanks. We wish to thank the friends for kindness shown us and sympathy extended during the illness and at the time of the death of our uncle Adolph Johnson, especially Mr Claus Lyden and Mr Alfred Holmberg. The singers Misses Viola and Margaret Strom and Mr Fritz Lyden. The Swedish Mission Congregation for the beautiful flowers. We also thank all who assisted at the funeral service. Amanda and Minnie Johnson and other relatives.

[This obituary was found in an old book and submitted by Margaret Henkle. Thank you!]


Word was received of the death of Dr Charles Frederick Obermann, 83, of Oklahoma City. He was a doctor at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute from 1933 to 1935, going on to be superintendent of the Cherokee Mental Health Institute from 1936 to 1947. Moving to Oklahoma in 1947, he became director of Oklahoma Department of Mental Health.

Obermann died Dec 29, 1985 of a heart ailment.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; daughter, Charlotte Sullivan of Oklahoma City; and a grandson. Clarinda Herald-Journal, Jan 06, 1986

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Funeral services for Cutter New, 80, of Clarinda will be at 1 pm, Tuesday at Walker-Merrick Funeral home with Rev Gerald Haney officiating.

New died Saturday night, March 25, 1988 shortly after being taken to Municipal Hospital [Clarinda, Iowa].

He was born Sept 4, 1908, at Dotham, Mo, the son of Richard M. and Mary Ann Close New.

On Feb 1, 1930 he was married to Leone Flanagan who survives. Mr and Mrs New farmed near Clearmont, Mo, and retired to Clarinda 16 years ago.

He is survived by his wife of the home and two children, Mrs Harold (JoAnn) Whipp of Clarinda and Richard M. New of Maryville, Mo. There are four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Sisters are Lillus Garten of Maryville, Mo, Marion Thomson of Springfield, Mo, Mildred Schulte of Kenosha, Wi, and Mary Ruth Hunt of Merritt Island, Fl.

He was preceded in death by parents, one brother and one sister.

Burial will be in Nodaway Memorial Gardens at Maryville, Mo.

Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist church or the heart fund.

Clarinda Herald-Journal, Mar 27, 1989

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Mrs. R. R. Morris

Rosella Skinner, daughter of David Simpson Skinner and Catherine Broadstone Skinner, was born July 24, 1864, in Kosciusko county, Ind., and died May 12, 1928, at the age of 64 years, nine months and 18 days, at Lincoln, Nebr., after an illness of several months.  She was one of nine children, all of whom, with the parents, are deceased, except her sister, Mrs. Dora Waterman of Clarinda, and her brother, John H. Skinner, of Colorado Springs, Colo.  She attended Page county schools, also the city schools of Clarinda.  When a girl of fifteen years she united with the First Methodist church of Clarinda, and remained a member until 192 when her membership was transferred to the First Methodist church of Lincoln, Nebr.

Rosella Skinner was married Jan. 31, 1884, to Ross Richard Morris, at her home in Clarinda.  To this union were born nine children, Roy Clinton of Klamath Falls, Ore.; Paul Albert of Omaha, Nebr.; Helen Genevieve Congdon of Clarinda, Ia.; Sutton Ross, Neil Wesley, Myrtle Eleanor and Phil, all of Lincoln, Nebr.  These with the husband Ross Richard Morris, survive; two children Guy and Alice, having died in infancy.

Mrs. Morris spent most of her life in Page county, where she was loved by all who knew her.  In 1919 with her family she moved to Lincoln, Nebr.

Mrs. Morris came of a very religious family and upheld all the religious traditions.  She was the highest type of a Christian wife and mother, a wonderful neighbor and friend.  In case of sickness she was more than ready and willing to drop her own work to go into the home and care for the sick.  Her kind and cheerful disposition was an inspiration to many a person in deep sorrow.  She loved youth, nature, music, books and art, and was an ardent student of her Bible.

Strange to me now are the forms I meet

When I visit the dear old town;

But the native air is so pure and sweet,

And the trees that o’ershadow each well known street,

As they balance up and down,

Are singing the beautiful song,

Are sighing and whispering still:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”

And Deering’s woods are fresh and fair,

And with joy that is almost pain,

My heart goes back to wander there,

And among the dreams of the days that were,

I find my youth again.

And the strange and beautiful song,

The groves are repeating it still:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Methodist Episcopal church in this city, conducted by Rev. D. J. Shenton.  Helen Hall-Hoskinson gave the organ music and Suzanne Humphrey sang.

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R. R. Morris

Ross Richard Morris, son of Thomas and Mary Ross Morris, was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, April 12, 1864.  He was the youngest of five children, all of whom are deceased except Charles F. Morris of Des Moines.  The family moved to Clarinda in his early childhood.  Here he attended school and grew to manhood.  Here on Jan. 31, 1884, he was united in marriage to Rose Ellen Skinner.  To them were born nine children – two of whom died in infancy.  Those who survive are: Roy Clinton of Medford, Oregon; Paul Albert of Omaha, Nebr.; Helen G. Congdon of Clarinda; Sutton Ross of Lincoln, Nebr.; Neil Wesley of Lincoln, Nebr.; M. Eleanor Morley of Brisbane, Calif., and E. Philip of Lincoln, Nebr.  His wife and the mother of his children passed away in 1929.  Since that time he has made his home in Lincoln and the last two years in Brisbane, Calif.  There at the home of his daughter, he passed away, April the first, 1937, at the age of 72 years, 11 months and 20 days.  He is survived by a brother, Charles F. Morris of Des Moines, five sons and two daughters, and 10 grandchildren.

His life’s occupation was that of a carpenter though he farmed for a few years in Page county, Iowa.  For years he was a most faithful attendant of the Clarinda Methodist Episcopal church.  Later, he became a member of the First Methodist church of Lincoln, Nebr.

The funeral service was held in the Clarinda Methodist Episcopal church, and burial in the Clarinda cemetery.  The Rev. W. H. Meredith was in charge of the service.  The music was furnished by Mrs. Helen Hall Hoskinson and Mrs. Forest Davidson.  The pall-bearers were Wm. McClelland, Will Reed, J. C. Morrison, D. D. Stitt, A. J. Beavers and C. L. Herren.

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Mrs Jim (Nora) Nicholas, 85, died Friday at the hospital at Kirksville, Mo, and funeral services are being held this Monday afternoon at the Braddyville Christian Church.

She was formerly Nora Thompson, born at Hopkins, Mo, one of ten children of Mary Moore and William J. Thompson. Her husband preceded her in death after the couple had spent their lives in the Hopkins and Braddyville vicinities.

Two sons are Harold of Kirksville, Mo and Clair of Romulus, Mich. She has seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Her two sisters are Miss Jessie Thompson of Braddyville and Mrs Ollie Nicholas of Hopkins.

She has lived for four years in a Kirksville nursing home. Her burial is to be in the Braddyville Cemetery. Clarinda Herald Journal, Mar 25, 1968

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Ruth Noble Spargur of Glenwood died Sunday morning at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs where she had been a patient for the past two weeks.

She was born in Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of John (Jack) and Anna Choate Noble.

She had lived in Glenwood for many years and retired from employment at the Glenwood State Hospital school.

Mrs Spargur is survived by a sister, Mrs Eulah Pease of Morris Plaines, N.J. and nieces and nephews.

Memorial graveside services will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday at Memory cemetery at New Market with Rev John Clark officiating.

Additional services will be held later in the week at Glenwood.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the Glenwood State Hospital School. Clarinda Herald-Journal, June 13, 1988

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Hawhee, Louis - Funeral services for Louis Dillin Hawhee, 59, lifetime Taylor county resident were held Sept 20 at the Siam Church with Rev Carl Newquist officiating. Mr Hawhee died at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital Sept 17, 1964 at the age of 59 years one month and nine days. He had been in failing health for a year and was hospitalized only five days prior to his death. Interment was at the Hawleyville Cemetery.

The following obituary as included in the services.

Louis Dillin Hawhee, son of Clem and Martha Dillin Hawhee, was born near New Market, Ia., August 8, 1905.

He great up in the Hawleyville community; attended grade school there; attended New Market High school and graduated with the class of 1924. He taught school one year at "Old Memory."

He attended church and Sunday school at Hawleyville where he joined the church at an early age. He attended church whenever he was able.

He was united in marriage to Ruth Fleck at Red Oak in 1929.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; six children, Mrs Lloyd (Madylene) Huntsman, Mrs Lloyd (Joan) Compton, Earl Hawhee and Don Hawhee, all of Calif., Mrs Doyle (Janiece) Hamilton of Des Moines and Janet at home; his mother, Martha Hawhee; two sisters, Hydred Haarstick, Mrs Franklin (Marjorie) Chase; one brother, Howard Hawhee; 14 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

His father preceded him in death in 1945.

Louis was a loving husband, father and brother; a kind neighbor and friend to all who knew him.

He had lived in Taylor county all his life and lived in the Siam connunity 23 years. He will be missed by all who knew him. Bedford Times-Press, 1964

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Hawhee, Martha - Funeral services for Mrs Martha H. Hawhee, 92, of Clarinda were held at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda January 23 with Rev John Beebout and Rev George White in charge. Mrs Hawhee died at West Heights Manor in Clarinda January 21, 1970. Interment was at the Hawleyville Cemetery.

Martha May Dillin was born near Ireland (Dubois Co.) Ind., January 11, 1878. She was the daughter of Thomas and Lucinda Greene Dillin who were pioneers of Dubois Co. She was the youngest of 12 children.

She attended country school until she graduated then attended school at Ireland Normal School at Jasper, Ind., and Oakland City College at Oakland City, Ind. She taught six years in the county schools, was converted while young, joining the Cumberland Presbyterian Chuirch at Ireland. Later when it united with the Presbyterian Church she became a member of and become active in church work.

On Oct 20, 1904 she was married to Clem Hawhee. Five children were born Louis Dillin, Hyldred Helen, Howard Henry, Marjorie Mildred, Duward Clem who never opened his eyes to this world.

After coming to Iowa she joined the Methodist church at Hawleyville and became an ardent and devoted worker there as long as she lived in that community. She was superintendent of Sunday School for 16 years and Ladies Aid president for many years.

She has been a kind and loving mother; her family always came first.

Her parents, sister and brothers, husband, three sons, Louis, Howard and Duward preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Hyldred with whom she made her home and Marjorie Chase; 13 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren; son-in-law Franklin and daughters-in-law Mabel and Ruth; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Everything was done that was humanly possible during her illness, she was cared for in the home for five years, the last three months in the nursing home.

She will be great missed by all who knew her. Bedford Times-Press

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Hawhee, Clem S. - Clem Sherman Hawhee was born July 2, 1880, and died at his home July 9, 1945, at the age of 65 years, 7 days.

He was left an orphan when a baby and was cared for by his aunt and uncle, Will Hawhee until he was 13 years of age. From that time on, he made his own way in the world.

He united with the Baptist church at New Market when a young man, later he joined the Methodist church at Hawleyville.

He was married to Martha Dillin of Ireland, Indiana, October 20, 1904. To this union five children were born, one died in infancy.

Besides his wife, four children survive; Louis Dillin of Hopkins, Mo, Hyldred Harrstick; Marjorie Chase of Clarinda, and Howard Henry of Bedford, and twelve grandchildren of whom he was very fond.

The funeral was at the Walker Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev Warren W. Bentzinger, pastor of the Methodist church. Miss Letha Hutchings and Mrs Doris Forbes sang. Casket bearers were: Howard and Louis Hawhee, Franklin Chase, Walter Haarstick, Chas Boyd, Harold Hakes. Flower girls were Opal Noble, Chrystal Pratt and Ruby Doyle. The burial was in the cemetery at Hawleyville. Clarinda Herald-Journal, July 1945

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Hawhee, Howard - Funeral services for Howard Henry Hawhee, 60, of New Market were held Mar 19 at the New Market Methodist Church conducted by Rev George White. Mr Hawhee died March 16 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital.

Masonic service was given by Covenant Lodge A.F. and A.M. No 453 with interment at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Howard Henry Hawhee, son of Mr and Mrs Clem Hawhee, was born on a farm near New Market, Iowa, December 19, 1907. He attended rural school at Hawleyville and graduated from New Market High School.

He was married to Mable Penwell, March 2, 1929. They were the parents of four sons; Gary of Denver, Colo., Rev Gale of Ocheydan, Iowa; Bill of Bedford, Ronald, who died in infancy. He was also preceded in death by his father and brother, Louis.

Howard farmed in and around Page and Taylor counties all of his life.

He joined the Methodist church during his youth. He was a member of the Masonic Covenant Lodge No 453 and the Order of Eastern Star.

He always took great interest in his family. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he was always interested in the young people of the neighborhood. He was a good neighbor and a kind and loving husband and father and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mable; Gary, Gale, Bill and their families; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Hyldred Haarstick and Marjorie Chase; his mother, Martha Hawhee, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Bedford Times-Press, 1968

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Richard Fredrick Stone
Richard Fredrick Stone, 69, Braddyville, Iowa, died Feb. 14, 2004, at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa, where he had resided for five days.
Visitation with the family will be held from 7-8 p.m., Thursday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Rev. Bob Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa. A memorial will be established.
Mr. Stone was born May 20, 1934, in Omaha, Neb., to Horace Stone and Thelma (Wolf) Stone.
He was a graduate of Clarinda High School.
He served in the Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Stone married Donna Mingus in 1963 and she preceded him in death in 2000.
He was a truck driver and mechanic for Midwest Viking Trucking Co.
Mr. Stone enjoyed working on cars and old tractors.
Preceding him in death were his parents and brothers, Tarol Stone and Danny in infancy.
Survivors include his children, Daniel F. Stone, Shambaugh, Iowa; Christine Nicholson and husband, Bill, Nodaway, Iowa; John D. Stone, Rockwell City, Iowa and Tamara Brown and husband, Doug, Corning, Iowa; grandchildren, Candice Nicholson, Derek Nicholson, Lucas Nicholson, Carly Nicholson and David Allen Stone and sister, LaDonna Stone, Braddyville, Iowa.
Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

Edith R. Slack, daughter of Caleb and Elizabeth Slack was born Aug 24, 1872 in Page county, Iowa where she lived until she was 19 years old. At that time she went to Cambridge, Ill, where she taught school for two terms. At the age of 21 she was married to James Crouch. they lived at Cambridge five years and then moved to Ringgold county, Iowa in 1899. In 1908 they moved to Blue Grove vicinity [Taylor Co, Ia] where they resided for thirteen years. In March 1920 they moved to Lenox.

In early girlhood she joined the Congregational church and transferred her membership to Blue Grove church when they moved near there. She taught a class in the Sunday school there and was Secretary of the Ladies Aid Society for some time. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, six children, Floyd, Mae, Wesley, Francis, Bessie and Ethel, her mother, one sister Mrs Mary Crouch of Casawattamie, Kansas, one brother, Leslie Slack and a large circle of friends. Interment was made in the Fairview cemetery. Lenox Time-Table, Feb 24, 1921

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From the St Josephs News Press (MO), Obituaries published September 23, 2004:
Lucille Mutti
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lucille Mutti, 94, Kansas City, formerly St. Joseph and Hopkins, Mo., died Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, at North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, Mo.
She was born Aug. 13, 1910, in Rural Page County, Iowa, to the late John Harris and Bessie (Clayton) Harris.
She graduated in 1928 from New Market High School and received her B.S. in elementary education from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Mo., in 1961.
On Nov. 25, 1937, she was married to John Edward Mutti in Garnet, Kan.
Mrs. Mutti was a retired teacher with the St. Joseph, Mo., School District. She also had taught school in rural schools in Iowa and Missouri.
She was a member of Wray Memorial United Methodist Church, Chapter K of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and Rosanna chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Hopkins, Mo.
She was preceded in death by husband, John Edward Mutti; and her parents.
She is survived by two sons, John Edward Mutti Jr., North Kansas City; and Dr. James Harris Mutti, Kansas City; three grandchildren, Mrs. Diane Mutti Burke, Kansas City; James Harris Mutti Jr., Peoria, Ill.; and John M. Mutti, Kansas City; and five great-grandchildren.
Service: Saturday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m., Wray Memorial United Methodist, Hopkins. Burial: Hopkins Cemetery. Visitation: Sept. 25 from 1 to 2 p.m., at the church. Memorials: Wray Memorial United Methodist Church, Hopkins Cemetery or Hopkins Historical Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Price Funeral Home, Maryville.
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Graveside services for Neil Owens. Neil Owens, 82, of Clarinda died Dec 1, 1985 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital.

Graveside services will be held this Wednesday at 3 pm at Shearer cemetery near Braddyville, with Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr Owens was born May 8, 1903 near Maryville, Mo, a son of Martin and Zorelda (Witt) Owens.

He spent his life farming.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma, of the home; sister, Lola Morehouse of Lompoc, Ca.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters. Clarinda Herald-Journal, Dec 2, 1985


Thelma Owens. Thelma Lois Fine Owens was born May 27, 1907, near Siam, Ia, to Elmer and Clara Fine. She departed this life on Jan 28, at Clarinda Regional Health Center, where she'd been a resident for three years. She attended public school at Siam. She was a member of the Methodist church. She worked for 18 years at the Iowa School for the Deaf, at Council Bluffs, having charge of the dining room. During these years, she worked every holiday at the switchboard so the other employees could be with their families. She was married to Neil Owens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son, sister, Lucille Saeli, brother, Glen Fine, and a nephew.

Surviving is a nephew, Eddie Hall and wife, Darlene, Greenrock, Ill., several cousins, special friend, Ralph Borden, and many other friends.

Funeral services were held Jan 31, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, with burial in the Shearer Cemetery, near Braddyville, Ia, with Rev Richard Iske officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Nodaway Valley Museum.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Nov 29, 1984 - Word came to Opal McDonald that Cloy L. Hicks died at his home Nov 1 after a brief illness. He was born Oct 22, 1896 at Gravity, the son of Alvinia and Berl Hicks. He graduated from the New Market School and married Jessie Ferguson on July 21, 1920 at Shambaugh. They moved to Iowa City in 1937 and he worked as a mechanic for the University of Iowa until he retired in 1966. He is survived by his wife  Jessie, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A son and a granddaughter preceded him in death. Graveside services were held at the Memory Gardens at Iowa City.

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Shambaugh. Died, Sunday, August 23, Mrs Geo McCorkle with paralysis of the heart. Her health had not been good for some time, but her friends did not look for a serious change for the worse in her disease. The saddest thing is she has left six small children without a mother's love and patience. Rev Buckner preached her funeral at the Davis school house, where she was buried. The family have the sympathy of all in their sorrow. Clarinda Herald, Wednesday, Aug 27, 1890

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Mrs Geo. Cornford burial at Harlan [Iowa]. Mrs George Cornford, widow of the late United Brethren minister who was twice pastor here, died just before dusk Thursday evening at the home of her daughter. She had been ill for three months, during which time she was cared for at the home of her daughter, Mrs A.D. Miller.

The funeral services were held this Monday in the United Brethren church at Dumont of which church she was a charter member. Services are in charge of Rev G.E. MacCannon of Des Moines. Burial to be at Harlan [Iowa].

Mrs Cornford had advanced to the age of 76 years, born in Ohio, but spending most of her life in Iowa, especially beloved for her service as mother and wife of a minister. Three daughters survive, Mrs Miller of Clarinda, Mrs Elton Miller of Dumont, Iowa, and Mrs Leo Miller of Greenfield [Iowa], also a brother, A.F. Norman, of Clear Lake [Iowa] and a sister, Mrs Ella Watson, of Los Angeles, California. Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, Aug 25, 1941

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S. Bussard Rites Held at Essex. Funeral services were held in Essex Saturday postnoon for Samuel T. Bussard, 71, former resident of Essex and father of Harry Bussard of Clarinda, who died at Cherokee [Iowa] at the home of his son, Calvin, Thursday afternoon at 12:30. Rev Henry Orr Lietman of Clarinda, was in charge of the funeral services, burial being in the Essex Cemetery.

Mr Bussard had been bedfast for the past week having gone from his home in Essex to Calvin's at Cherokee two weeks ago. He moved to Page county in 1888 from his native county in Dubuque where he was born Jan 5, 1868. He lived on the same farm in the Essex community for 40 years. His wife preceded him in death 21 years ago.

Surviving besides Calvin and Harry are Fred, of Oakland [Iowa], and a daughter, Mrs Albert England, of Nebraska. Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, June 19, 1939

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Smith, Isadora Fullerton, daughter of Thomas and Emily R. Fullerton was born at Winona, Illinois, April 5th, 1867 and passed away peacefully at the Elmo [Missouri] hospital at 5 o'clock the morning of May 1, 1954.

At the age of two, the Fullerton family moved from Illinois to Taylor County, Iowa. After living there for several years, they moved to Blanchard [Page Co, Iowa] where the remaining years of her life have been spent.

On September 14, 1887 she was married to Elwood C. Smith. To this union was born two children, Charles E. and Erroll.

The entire life of our departed loved one has been spent in and around the community of Blanchard, where she has been a highly respected citizen, neighbor, and friend. In spite of her failing strength and health, she never lost her happy smile and her interest in the affairs and activities of her loved ones. Hers is a life to remember always, because she was "aunt Dora" to all who knew her, and she never lost her cheerful outlook on life.

Besides her sons, Charles E. of Scottsbluffs, Nebraska, and Erroll of Blanchard [Iowa], their wives, three grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, a host of relatives and friends survive.

Although we shall miss her as a mother and friend, if she could speak it would probably be to express a thought such as is expressed in the following poem: [poem not there].

obit from Mary Irvin Combs, Fairfax, Mo


Irvin, Thomas Ramsey, was born August 6, 1880, in Conshohocton, Pennsylvania. He was the second son of Jacob and Mary Irvin, who came to this country from Ireland soon after their marriage.

At an early age the family moved to Iowa, and he grew to early manhood in the vicinity of Coin, Iowa.

He was united in marriage to Irma Smith at Blanchard, Iowa March 8, 1910, and to this union were born five children. They lived on a farm southeast of Coin for a number of years, and then moved to Blanchard where he worked in the Farmers Elevator and Standard station until he reitred a few years ago. He was a member of the town council at the time of his death.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his 5 children; Merton of Omaha, Nebraska; Ronald of Westboro, Missouri; Mary Thorarinson of Fairbanks, Alaska, Lucille Rice of Kansas City, Missouri; and Betty Milan of Kansas City, Missouri; twelve grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs Carl Dowell and Mrs Wilbur White of Coin, Iowa, and Mrs Raymond Scott of Shenandoah, Iowa; one brother, Will, of Dexter, Oregon; and a number of other relatives and friends.

obit from Mary Irvin Combs, Fairfax, Mo

Obituary of Rev Cornford
Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, October 29, 1936

Word reached friends of Rev. George Cornford today of his death, rather expected after four months of waiting, knowing that the end could not be far away. He passed away as peacefully as he lived, at 2:10 o'clock early this Thursday morning.

Rev Cornford has been pastor of the local United Brethren church until appointment of a successor last month. He was pastor years ago, very successful in his work, and was returned a few years ago to care for the charge. He has lived with his daughter, Mrs A.D. Miller, on south 14th Street.

The funeral services have been arranged to be held at the United Brethren church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The burial will be in Dumont, Ia., on Sunday.