Page County, Iowa obituaries
transcribed by Pat O'Dell
Michael, Grandma -

Oct. 9—Grandma Michael, who had been very ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Adam Gillespie, passed away Wednesday morning at 1 o'clock, the result of a fall she received about six weeks ago and from which she gradually grew weaker until death came. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church, Thursday of which she was a faithful member, conducted by Rev. H. G. Parker. Interment in the Blanchard cemetery. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. A. Gillespie, and brother, E. J. Cadwell, of this place, besides other relatives and many friends, to mourn their loss. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Oct 11, 1917


Michael, John S.'s CHILDREN -

Killed by Lightning.

Two children were buried at Red Oak last week who formerly lived there, and who were killed by a lightning stroke while sitting in a tent near Exira, which is north of Red Oak. The father named John S. Michael, and five children, were taking a ride by wagon from their home in Sedalia, Mo. They went into the tent as a storm was coming up, accompanied by a man who had been talking with them, when a lightning stroke hit the tent and rendered all members of the party unconscious. The father was one of the first to come to, and did what he could to revive other members of the party; but two of the girls, aged 12 and 6, were dead and could not be revived, A small scorched place at the case of the skull was the only mark that could be found on either of those who were killed. All the people were sitting in a row on the ground when the lightning struck. The people of Exira raised a purse of $160 for the bereaved family, and the undertakers of the town combined to furnish the box and casket for them to be buried in at Red Oak, alongside the grave of their mother who was buried there when the family lived in Red Oak in 1913. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 24, 1915


Mick, Levi, Mrs - Mrs. Levi Mick, of New Market, who is about sixty years old, suddenly died Wednesday afternoon from a stroke of paralysis. She was in the New Market Bank, transacting business, when the sudden call came.CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Oct 7, 1904


Middaugh, Charles -

Chas. Middaugh has been killed by Fin Whitnah who stabbed him with a knife was the report circulated  in the city late Saturday night and  early Sunday morning.   It seems that a crowd of wayward young men were drinking in the evening and a fist fight occurred in the city between the two men over an old grievance.   They were parted for fear of arrest, and Fin and Charley decided to go outside the city limits and settle the affair.   Their companions. Ford Miller, 'Doc' Hoskins. Wm. Damewood, Cal McGinnis of this city and Jas. Woodward northwest of here, were to accompany them to see the affair through.   A livery team was hired and they went out between 12 and 1 o'clock near the cemetery where they wore to prepare for the struggle in the highway. It seems to have been agreed that each should be searched for weapons and while some of them were going through Charley's pockets  offensive language was being used and Charley struck Fin a heavy blow with  his  fist, when the latter, supposed to have had his knife in his hand at the time, struck a desperate overhand blow at Charley, the knife entering the side of the neck severing the jugglar vein aud passing downward under the collar or chest bone and penetrating a lung.   Charley  staggered a short distance and fell  to  the ground and expired in about five minutes. It is said there was a gash at the back of his neck and his vest cut in front, and Fin has a gash in the upper part of his limb, but none know how it happened as it was done so quick.   Some of the boys remained while others went for a docter, and Fin gave himself up to the officers and was lodged in jail. Charleys's parents and relatives were at once notified of the affair.  The coroner was called but did not reach there to have the body removed until five o'clock Sunday morning.   What an awful condition it is.   One young man's life gone out; another languishing in jail to reflect over his awful deed five others left to brood over the horrible deed to which they were eye witnesses, during the remainder of their lives and which they might have prevented had their heads been clear of the vile stuff.   It is a sad terrible affair and shows what whiskey drinking is liable to lead to when indulged in.   It should be a lesson to others given to  gulching down the infamous stuff to gratify a morbid taste in the hope of having a "good time."  Fin is about 28 years old and the son  of Mrs. Joseph Whitnah, in north Clarinda, whose head is bowed in deepest grief over her wayward son who might have been a useful man and her joy and comfort.    Charley was about 24 years old and the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Middaugh, north of the city, whose hearts are broken at the tragic death of their only child.   He also leaves a wife and  two children to mourn his untimely taking  off. The funeral took place at the home at two o'clock Monday, conducted by Rev Fisher, in the presence of a very large number of relatives and sympathizing friends and his remains laid to rest in the city cemetery near where his life blood ebbed away. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Oct 20, 1904

Mr. and Mrs. John Middaugh and the many relatives of their son Charley desire to tender their sincere thanks to the friends who rendered aid and sympathy following his tragic death. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Oct 20, 1904


Middaugh, E.J., Mrs -

Mrs. E. J. Middaugh passed away March 1, 1921, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Boone, 322 East Grant street, at the age of 78 years and 2 months. She was born in Columbia county, O., Jan. 1, 1843; was united in marriage to Thomas Middaugh, Jan. 19, 1865. She was the mother of seven children, two of whom are deceased. Those living in Clarinda are Mrs. J. G. Boone and
Mrs. J. H. Gorrell. Those out of town are Mrs. S. S. Head, Rockford, Colo.; Carlson Middaugh, Sterling, Colo and William J. Middaugh, Torrington, Wyo. She also leaves one sister and one brother of Illinois and twelve grandchildren and eight great-grand-children, and a host of friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. She united with the United Brethren church early in life and lived a faithful member of her church until the Lord said, "Enough, come up higher," all of the children being present but one daughter, Mrs. S. S. Head of Rockford, Colo. The funeral will be held at the home of her son and daughter, where she made her home, at 322 East Grant street, Thursday, March 3, 1921, at 2:30 p.m. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Mar 3, 1921


Middaugh, Ed's FATHER -

Ed Middaugh received word Monday that his  father had died at Clearmont, Mo., of cancer.

CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Sep 16, 1902


Middaugh, Jas' CHILD - A small child of Mr and Mrs Jas Middaugh died Tuesday morning at their home in northeast Clarinda. It had been sick a long time. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Oct 11, 1900


Middaugh, Mary E. Fisher - Mrs. Mary E. Middaugh, wife of John Middaugh, died at her home northwest of the city Saturday afternoon, following a long and painful illness from an internal cancer, aged 58 years, 3 months and 21 days. Miss Mary E. Fisher was born in Bucyrus, O., and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Fisher, and came to Page county in 1855. September 11th, 1876, she was married to John Middaugh and to them one child was born, Charles, deceased. Mrs. Middaugh was a woman highly respected and her death deeply mourned. The funeral was Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. T. Fisher, assisted by Rev. C. M. Pennock. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 11, 1910

The Reaper of Death,
The country home of John Middaugh has been a sorrowful one for some time past as it has been known that Mrs. Middaugh could not long survive the ravages of a cancer that had been gnawing at her vitals for the past two years. The best medical aid in the country could do her no good, and the patient and the friends could do nothing but await the results of time.
Mary E. Fisher was born in Bucyrus, Ohio, May 15, 1852. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Fisher who located near Clarinda when the child was three years of age. She was the oldest of a family of five children, all of whom were close attendants during the last days of the deceased.
Those of the family remaining are: George Fisher, living in the south part of town, Will A., living on his farm northwest of town.Mrs. Knox Alexander, living with her husband on their farm east of town
and Charles P. who lives east of Hepburn.            
As this family came to this place in 1855 the school advantages were not established, but father Fisher was one of the originators of the school system for this city. Mrs. Middaugh was one of the first pupils of the school and obtained a good education which ranked well with the education of later years.
The deceased was married to Mr. John Middaugh on September 11, 1876 and to this union one child, Charles, was born. This only child met a sudden death about six years ago and the mother has not enjoyed life since that time. She has been an invalid for the past two years and has been confined to her bed for the past six months. During all this time there was no hope for her and the kindness of the family and the friends was all the relief she got from the constant suffering.
Mrs. Middaugh died last Saturday afternoon, Aug. 6, and the funeral was held Monday afternoon,
conducted by Rev. W. T. Fisher and Rev. O. M. Pennock, and the remains were laid in the Clarinda cemetery beside the grave of her only son.
A good delegation of the Knights of Pythias order attended the funeral. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 11, 1910


Mienhart, Charles -

Charles Mienhart's Body Found. The Journal has received the following for publication:    "Ernest Steeve , received a message Tuesday morning of last week giving the information that the body of Charles Mienhart, the brakesman who was killed in a recent Burlington Route train   wreck   near Kansas City was recovered the day previous.  Searching for his body had been going on for two weeks and the search was at last rewarded.   The engine was buried in an embankment twenty-five feet and was covered to the top with quicksand.     Trestles were built across the cavein, the engine raised, and sand pumped day after day in search of the body in the quicksand. When the engine was raised the body of the fireman came to the surface at once.   That was the first of last week.
His funeral was held in St. Joseph, Mo., Friday. The body of the engineer was discovered the third day after the wreck. Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Mienhart will all be glad to know that his body has been found and that Mrs. Mienhart and his parents who live in St. Joseph could at last lay him with loving hand in his last resting place. Mrs. Ernest Steeve went to St. Joseph the last of July to be with Mrs. Mienhart during her sad wait for the recovery of her husband's body. The Mienharts and Steeves lived neighbors here for some time while the Meinharts were living in Clarinda and the families are very close friends." CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 11, 1921

Charles Meinhart, who has been engaged as a brakman out of Clarinda for more than a year, up to last spring, and whose family formerly lived on W. Garfield Street, met death while employed in the line of his duty early Monday morning. He was first brakeman in a stocktrain running from St. Joseph to Kansas City. Just before reaching Kansas City, about four miles from the bridge, the lower track on which the train was running was laid to about fifty feet from the east bank of the Missouri River, at a point where the current of the river is deflected towards the bank. It is thought that the water may have undermined the land at this point, for the weight of the large engine caused track and all to sink. Engine and tender, with 7 cars of stock and one of eggs were engulfed in the waters of the turbulent Missouri, at about five in the morning. Brakeman Meinhart was drowned, also engineer Louis P. Nelson and fireman Clarence O. Fay. These two men as well as Meinhart were well known here, as all 3 have done work for the railway out of Clarinda. Up to Tuesday afternoon only one of the bodies had been recovered, that of the engineer. All 3 were trusted employee of the Burlington, whose other employees have a fellow feeling for them, as have the many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Meinhart in Clarinda. Where Mr. Meinhart lived here, he mostly assisted Lamoete James, who looked after operations of the switch engine until it was taken off, Meinhart being his assistant in turning the switchs and coupling cars. His work was always well done. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 28, 1921

Mier, Albertine Kirchhoff -

The funeral of one of Page County's pioneer citizens and one who was highly esteemed, was held Oct. 18th, from St. Paul's Lutheran church in Yorktown, conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. E. Schroeder. The remains were laid to rest in Summit Cemetery, north of Yorktown. The following excellent obituary was read at the funeral services.
It has pleased Almighty God to call Mrs. Albertine (Kirchhoff), wife of J. F. Mier, out of this world to eternal life.
Mrs. Mier was born on the 11th of May in the year 1853 in Germany and when a young lady of 17 she emigrated to the U. S. of A., living in the state of Indiana, finally moving into Iowa and settling down in Page County, where she was married to her surviving husband, J. F. Mier, in March of the year 1874. They resided for twenty-six years in the vicinity of Immanuel's church northeast of Yorktown, where they were members. From there they moved to their present home north of Yorktown in 1900. During their married life God blessed them with four children, two of whom have preceded their mother in death, a son Carl and a daughter Caroline, wife of F. Sump, who survives her.
Mrs. Mier had been suffering for several years past, which suffering finally growing worse an operation was recommended. It took place on the 29 th of September in Clarinda. She seemed to bear the operation successfully until the Friday before her death when a decided change became noticeable in great weakness. It seemed to be a relapse to which she fnally succumbed on October 14th, 1920.
Besides the immediate family she leaves to mourn her loss two grandchildren and a brother Karl, in Kansas, and a sister Mrs. Buch in Clarinda, and one in Germany, besides many friends gathered in the 46 years of her life in Page County.
Her age reached in full was 67 years, 6 months and 3 days. She confessed to believe in Jesus as the Savior and was glad to meet Him in blessed death. May the Lord grant her remains a peaceful rest in the grave and on the last day awaken her and reunite her with all believers unto everlasting life. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 4, 1920

Milbank[s], Samuel - Samuel Milbank died from paralysis Monday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jacob Burch, near Clearmont, Mo. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home of the daughter. Interment was at Braddyville. The deceased would have been 69 years of age, next month. He was born in England in 1847. He came to America when seventeen years of age. His wife, who[se] maiden name was Rebecca Yendal, has been dead for about ten years. They lived in the vicinity of Braddyville for about twenty-five years. He is survived by four sons and one daughter, Thomas Milbank, near Clearmont, Mo., Charles Milbank, of near Braddyville; B. R. Milbank, Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Jacob Burch, near Clearmont, Mo.

Samuel Milbanks was born in Dartfield, England, about 69 years ago, coming to this country at the age of 17 years old, in the year 1872, he was married to Rebecca Yendell and to this union was born 5 children: Mrs. Lucy Burch and James Millbanks of Clearmont, Thomas and Charley of Braddyville, and Ben of Long Beach, Calif.

Mr. Millbanks passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lucy Burch near Clearmont, Mo., on Monday evening at twenty-five minutes past eight o'clock. Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter on Wednesday at two o'clock, eonducted by Rev. Calhoun of College Springs.
His remains were brought to the Braddyville cemetery and laid to rest beside his wife who preceded him several years ago. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Apr 19, 1917


Milbourn, Louisa Mulkins -

Mrs. Louisa Milbourn, formerly of Page county, aunt of Isaac Mulkins of East River township, is dead. It was the custom of Mr. Mulkins to go to visit his aunt twice each year, and this practice he kept up for eleven years. As she was long an invalid this act of kindness must have given her much cheer. The Journal has received the following obituary of Mrs. Milbourn: "'Louisa Mulkins was born June 14, 1833 at Muncie, Ind. She died Sept. 2, 1919, at Amazonia, Mo., age 86 years 2 months and 18 days. On July 8, 1860, she was united in marriage with John Milbourn. To this union were born seven children, five of these and the husband having preceded her to the better land. She is survived by two children, Mrs. W. M. Sollars and Tine Milbourn of Amazonia. Mo.; also eight grandchildren. She was an old resident of Iowa, having lived near Clarinda several years. She was a sister to the late Samuel Mulkins, he having preceded her in death several years ago. Her nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Mulkins, were present at the funeral services. She was in poor health for several years, but had been a patient sufferer. She has many friends and relatives in and around Amazonia, where she will be greatly missed. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Sep 11, 1919


Milhone, Frank's INFANT -

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Milhone were called to mourn the death of their infant babe, Sunday, at their home east of the city. The funeral was held Monday afternoon. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Oct 9, 1913