Page County, Iowa obituaries
transcribed by Pat O'Dell

Siefering, Mary Elizabeth Meyers - Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Siefering, wife of Mr. Henry Siefering of Yorktown, la., died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eli Nothwehr April 27th, 1915, after an illness of many years, though she was only 4 days bedfast before her death. She was born in Jackson Co., Ind., March 9th, 1847. She came to Page Co., in 1856 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gotlieb Meyers, and has lived here ever since. In 1873, March
13th she was married and lived on their farm in Lincoln Twp., five miles southwest of Yorktown up till four
years ago, when their son Herman took charge of the farm and they moved to Yorktown. She was baptized in her infancy and joined the Lutheran church of which she was a devout and consistant member showing an ardent love to God's Word and the Bible. Of her seven children five died in their infancy and this caused her much grief. Besides her husband and the above named son and daughter, she leaves two sisters; Mrs. Wm. Deahouse, and Mrs. Herman Sundermann and three brothers, J. H. Meyers, G. G. Meyers all residing in Page county, and W. F. Meyers in Missouri, also five half-brothers and four grand-
children. After funeral services at the German Lutheran church at York town last Friday attended by a large gathering of relatives and friends, she was laid to rest in the Polsley cemetery. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, May 6, 1915


Sigler, David -

Mr. David Sigler died suddenly at his home in Buchanan township Aug. 14,1901, from heart failure. He was in usual health in the morning, and mowed weeds in the yard early that day. Before noon be began to complain, and shortly after 12 o'clock breathed his last. Mr Sigler was 79 years old, and had lived here about 36 years, accumulating property to ths amount of over $12,000. He was a native of Pennsylvania, and was never married. He has a sister, Mrs. John Kreps, living at Braddyville and others of the family living in Ohio who will get his property. The funeral took place at 2 p. m. last Thursday, conducted by W. O. Hutchings of this city. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 22, 1901

Simmons, Charley - Wreck On The Burlington.
A very sad accident happened at 5:55 the evening of  Thursday, July 11, when a work train   engine  No. 59, was backing into Clarinda after being engaged iu the work of filling the Crout trestle between this city and New Market.   The  engine left the track while nearing the east approach of the bridge that crosses  the South Waubonsie Trail west of East River, killing John Herrington, the engineer and  firemen   Charley Simmons of Centerville, the latter being scalded to death. Their remains were brought to Clarinda to C H Gates' undertaking parlors, where they were prepared for shipment the next noon to their home at Centerville. The officials of the Centerville division, C. B. &. Ry. Co., called on the wrecking crew from the Creston division to pick up the wreckage, and  by   the next night the only thing visible of the wreck was the large dents in the road made by the drive-wheels   of the engine. More men would   have   without a doubt been more or less injured had not the freight train from the east came along and picked up Charley Cavender's bridge gang, as they intended to come home on the fatal train. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 18, 1912



Simmons, J.W. -

J. W. Simmons.
J. W. Simmons, some years ago a frequent visitor to Clarinda on business, while he was a constable at Shenandoah, died in Shenandoah, Friday, Dec. 10, 1920. He was a Union soldier in the Civil war. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 23, 1920

Simmons, Milton Ellis -

Mr. and Mrs. L. G Simmons of this city have the sympathy of the whole community    at    this, the
time of the death of their little son, Milton Ellis, who was a little over two years old. The child had had a serious case of pneumonia which changed into brain fever. The funeral was held Tuesday morning and the interment was in the Essex cemetery. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 12, 1914


Simonton, Charles -

CHARLES SIMINGTON - Charles Simington was born May 7, 1867, and died August 25, 1918, at the Clarinda State Hospital from Bright's disease. He was 51 years, 3 months and 7 days old at the time of his death. Mr Simonton was well known in Clarinda, having made his home with his brother, Henry Simington on 6th and Lincoln Streets. Besides this brother, he has a sister, Mrs.   Will   Marshall,   living here.
The funeral was held at the home of his nephew-in-law, D. D. Vliet Monday afternoon at four o'clock, Rev. Snodgrass being in charge. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 29, 1918

Charles Simonton died Monday, Aug. 26, 1918, at the Clarinda State Hospital. He was born May 7, 1867, in Clarinda, and this city was his home throughout his life.  He was a laborer by occupation.   His funeral was held at the home of his brother, Henry Simonton, this city, conducted by Rev. R. C. Snodgrass. Burial was in the Clarinda city cemetery. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 29, 1918

Charles Sanford Simonton was born May 15th, 1867, and died Aug 25th, 1918 at the Clarinda State Hospital, the cause of death being Brights Disease. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev R.C. Snodgrass, pastor of the Christian Church in Clarinda, of which deceased has been a member. He leaves to mourn his loss five children, William, Hazel, Mable, Bessie and Victor, also one brother H.B. Simonton, four sister, Mrs S.E. Mashall [?] of this city, Mrs Robert Callicotte of St Joseph, Mrs George Snyder of Panora, Ia., Mrs James Quinn of Butte, Mont, besides several distant relatives, and many friends. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa [date?]





Simonton, David -

David Simonton Dead. "Chat" Butler and T. E. Klise, noble grand of the Odd Fellows lodge, received telegrams Wednesday stating that David Simonton had died the night before at the home of his niece, Mrs. W. H. Townsend, in Temple, Tex. His body, accompained by his aged wife and Mrs. Townsend, will arrive here this evening, and the funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the residence of Jacob Butler, conducted by the Odd Fellows, Mr. Simonton having been a charter member of Clarinda lodge. Mr. Simonton was about 85 years of age. He was an uncle of Mrs. Jacob Butler and Mrs. Sam Ward, and had numerous relatives in and around Clarinda. He was formerly a resident of this place but left here several years ago, and for sometime past has made his home with his niece, Mrs. Townsend, in Temple, Tex. His death was the result of a stroke of paralysis a few ago. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 24, 1902

Ed Klise, Noble Grand of the Odd Fellows' lodge, received a telegram yesterday from the Noble Grand of the Odd Fellows' lodge at Temple, Tex., that David Simonton had just died. The old man was a member of this lodge and had been assisted financially the past year or more. He was well advanced in years, and was one of the early settlers of this city following blacksmithing for years. The remains will be brought to the city tomorrow night and the funeral take place from Jacob Butler's residence Sunday. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 23, 1902

The remains of Mr David Simonton arrived in this city last Thursday night from Temple, Texas, accompanied by his bereaved wife and Mrs. Alice Townsend, his neice, with whom the old people have been living for several years. Mr. Simonton was 85years old. The funeral took place Sunday at 2 p. m. under the auspices of the Odd Fellows lodge. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 31, 1902


Simonton, David, Mrs -

Mrs. David Simonton died Friday at Clifton, Texas, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Alice Townsend, from a stroke of paralysis. She was nearly 84 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Simonton came to this city in the early '60s, but for several years past have resided in different parts of the country, he passing away about seven years ago. They leave no children. Mrs. Simonton was an aunt to Mrs. Jacob Butler and Mrs. S. P. Ward of this city. The remains were brought to this city Tuesday evening and the funeral beld yesterday at 2:30 p. m., at the home of Mrs. Butler. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 24, 1908


Simonton, Ella's CHILD -

The little child of Ella Simonton died at ten o'clock on Wednesday after an illness of about two weeks. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Sep 1, 1905

Simonton, Mrs Judge -

Mrs, Judge Simonton died yesterday morning at 2 o'clock am at her home in southeast Clarinda, aged about 67 years. The old lady has been a cripple for years from rheumatism but not dangerously ill only a short time. Her death rounds up a checkered and eventful career. She leaves a large family to mourn her death. Funeral at 2 p. m. today. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, May 2, 1901


Simpson, David Merry -

Relative of Clarinda Woman,
The Altona (Ill.) Record of Aug. 4, 1921, contained the following concerning the stepfather of Mrs. C. F. McPherrin of Clarinda:
The people of this community were greatly shocked Saturday morning when word reached here that D. M. Simpson, for sixty years a resident of this township, had been instantly killed when struck by a freight engine that morning at Oneida.
Mr. Simpson, who was nearly 86 years of age, had left the home of his daughter, Mrs. Amanda Mead, but a short time before the fatal accident and was on his way to the north side barber shop.   He passed through the park and was about to cross the railroad tracks at the crossing at the west end of the depot.   He greeted a number of friends in the park and went on his way.   As he was about to cross the tracks a freight train was approaching from the west end and, although   the   engine   whistle was blown and the gate operator at the crossing rang his bell, Mr. Simpson evidently did not hear them for he stepped directly in front of the engine and was struck and instantly killed.
The accident was witnessed by several and many rushed to the scene and found that Mr. Simpson had been thrown some twenty feet to the east, the lifeless body lying between the north and south tracks.
He was badly bruised about the body and there was an abrasion on the right side of the head. Death, it is thought, was instantaneous.
The remains were taken to the Calkins undertaking establishment and an inquest was held Monday forenoon. The jury found that the deceased met death by being struck by an engine and no blame was attached to anyone.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church here Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Dickerson, pastor of the Oneida Methodist church, assisted by Rev. R. C. Myers, pastor of the local church.
Although it rained nearly the entire afternoon the attendance was large, attesting the esteem in which the deceased was held by the people of this community.
Burial was in the Altona cemetery in the lot beside the remains of his wife and other members of the family.
The floral tributes were many and beautiful.
David Merry Simpson was born in the Village of Sorn, on the River Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland, on the 15th of October, 1835, his parents being Hugh and Janette (Murdock) Simpson. He was the youngest of twelve children— eleven boys and one girl and was the last of the family.
He attended the district school in his native country until 12 years of age when he went to assist a brother on the farm. Two years later he assisted in a file and brick business and following his father's death he went to the coal regions and engaged in mining.
In the year 1857 he came to America, arriving at Oneida on the 16th of April of that year.   The   following three; years were spent in Copley and Ontario townships and in 1861 he was unted in marriage to   Mrs.   Lavina (Garland) Hawks and became a resident of this township and resided on the farm northwest of   Altona until three years ago when he   went to Oneida to reside with his daughter, Mrs. Amanda Mead.

Mr and Mrs. Simpson were the parents of eight children, of whom but two, Mrs. Amanda Mead, of Oneida, and David J., of Galesburg survive.
The deceased is survived   by one daughter,   Mrs.   Amanda   Mead,   of Oneida, one son, David J., of Galesburg,   and   four   stepchildren—Mrs. Thomas    McMaster and Mrs. H. W. Mefford, of this vicinity, Mrs. Jennie McPherrin, of Clarinda,   Iowa, and Jacob Hawks.
There also survive twelve grand­children and twelve great-grandchildren.
Mr. Simpson was one of the few remaining old settlers of this community.
He was always a most welcome visitor to Altona and his trips to the old home town will be greatly missed by his large circle of friends. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 25, 1921


Simpson, Merrill -

A distressing accident occured on the Waubonsie, south of Shenandoah, Thursday morning of last week, when Merrill Simpson was killed instantly, and his companion David Miller was badly injured, through the overturning of a built-over Ford car they had borrowed to drive to Norwich. The Ford overturned because the front tire burst. The car belonged to John H. Brinkman, who rooms at the Simpson home, and loaned the car to the boys to run to Norwich and recover a tail light for a U. S. L. service car that had been dropped on the road there the night before.
Painters at the Nordstrom home saw the car coming at a high rate of speed, then the next thing they noticed was a noise, and they saw some one was in trouble. Parties living in Clarinda came along soon afterwards, and viewed the wreck, bringing the story of the accident. The Simpson boy was the son of a widowed mother, and was engaged as operator at the motion picture show, where the Miller boy has been one of the ushers and ticket takers.
The funeral was held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. Karstaedt, pastor of the Christian Church, being attended by many friends of the family, who grieved with the widowed mother. By some the accident has been made the occasion for issuing a warning against fast driving, especially in a light car that overturns easily. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 29, 1920

One Boy Is Killed, Another Injured, on West Side County.
Shenandoah Sentinel-Post, July 23: Merrill Simpson, 16 year old son of Mrs. Charles Simpson, a widow, was instantly killed and David Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Miller, suffered a broken leg, arm and dislocated jaw when the tire casing on a Ford car exploded while they were driving at a high rate of speed, causing the machine to turn turtle twice. The tragic accident happened about 9 o'clock yesterday morning on the country road in front of the Theo. Nordstrom farm south of this city. Funeral services for the Simpson boy will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning at the home, corner of Summit avenue and Center street. Rev. E. L. Karstaedt, pastor of the Christian Church will conduct the service in the absence of Rev. C. A. Carman. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery. This is the fourth death in the Simpson family within the last few years. The others were Mr. Simpson, father of the lad who was killed yesterday, and Harvey Sample and wife. Word from the Hand hospital this morning stater that David Miller was resting quite comfortable. It will be several weeks before he will be able to be removed home. David is 15 years of age and was employed as usher and ticket taker, at the Zenith theater. He is a junior in the Shenandoah high school. His friend, Merrill Simpson was operator of the moving picture machine at the show. The boys had started towards Norwich to get the tail light and number for the yellow U. S. L. Service car. The number was lost the night before and had been found so the boys were driving out after it.   They were also going to get some eggs for the Miller family. John Brinkman owner of the Ford, rooms at the Simpson home, and he loaned the car to the boys to drive out there for him. Painters working on the Nordstrom home saw the car coming and said they were driving fast. Soon they heard a noise and saw the Ford turning turtle. They rushed to the scene of the accident as quickly as possible. Medical aid was called immediately, and David was taken to the hospital. The Simpson boy had been killed instantly, the windshield striking him on the left side of the head and cutting it wide open. He was removed from the road to a tree close by, where the body was kept until the ambulance arrived. Many people from Shenandoah rushed to the Nordstrom place as soon as news of the accident reached town. Dudley Miller, father of David Miller, is the cashier at the First National Bank. He was spending the day in Omaha attending a golf tournament and did not know of the accident until his return home last night.  David Miller has a right arm broken, left leg broken and his jaw dislocated. Several stitches were taken on his chin to sew up a wound. He will recover alright. The left front wheel on the service car was broken, the steering wheel was broken, and the car was badly bent and dented. It has been repaired by Mr. Brinkman and is in running order again. Mrs. Paul Cogley, a sister of the deceased boy, and her husband are expected from Chicago to attend the funeral. Miss Verna Simpson, another sister is employed at the office of Dr. M. O. Brush. Miss Simpson, the lad's mother, conducts a rooming house at Summit   avenue. The family home on Nishna road burned a few years ago.  Mrs. Simpson has been engaged in   practical   nursing work.   Mrs. Clarence West was the first to reach the boys after the accident.   She was driving to town and had just passed them, so immediately stopped her car and ran back. This is one of the saddest accidents that has occured in this  community for some time, and should be a lesson to auto drivers who enjoy speeding. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 29, 1920

Last Thursday Merill Simpson and David Miller had started towards Norwich to get a tail light and number for a service car, and when nearly in front of the Theo Nordstrom farm the ear turned turtle, killing the Simpson boy and seriously injuring Miller.    Those who saw the accident claimed that the car was going at a high rate of speed and no one seems to know just exactly what caused the car to turn unless it was that it hit a rut and in swinging out caused the car to turn over.
Both boys are well known in Shenandoah David being a junior in high school. They both were also employed in the Zenith theatre. Many people rushed to the scene as soon as news of the accident reached town.

This certainly was a sad accident and it looks as if it would be a lesson to drivers who love to see how fast they can speed. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 29, 1920



Simpson, Mildred -

Mrs. C. F. McPherrin of this city, died at Oneida, Ill., at midnight, Friday, Jan. 28, 1921. The deceased was 43 years of age. Mrs. McPherrin left Saturday evening for Oneida to attend the funeral. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 3, 1921


Sims, David W. -

D. W. Sims died Monday evening at his home in east Clarinda from a stroke of paralysis, aged 67 years, after a long and eventful career. The funeral took place at 2 p.m. yesterday, conducted by Rev. Abel. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, May 21, 1908

The funeral of David Sims occurred at the home in East Clarinda Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. J. W. Abel conducting the services. Mr. Sims was born in Indiana in 1840, and came to Clarinda thirty years ago, making this his home ever since. He is survived b a wife and three sons. His death came as the result of paralysis. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, May 19, 1908

Sims, John, Mrs - Mrs. John Sims died at Elmo, Mo., the 27th ult., and her remains were brought to this city, her former home, for interment. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn her death. She had been a sufferer from consumption for several years, and died in the 37th year of her age. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 6, 1899


Sims, Marjorie -

Clarinda friends were deeply grieved to hear of the death of Mrs. Merl Sims, which occured at Bellevue, la., last week. So far no particulars are known, Lester Milligan having received a telegram from Mr. Sims Friday, which said, "We buried Marjorie yesterday. Her baby boy lives. Merl". Mr. Sims was connected with the Clarinda schools for two or three years, and made many friends during his stay here. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 23, 1921


Sinn, John F. -

Friends in Page county of John Sinn and family will regret to learn that John F. Sinn Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sinn, formerly residents of this county, accidentally lost his life by shooting, Monday, April 16, 1917, in Kansas.   The deceased left relatives in Clarinda, being a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. George Sinn, and a cousin of J. F. Sinn.   The Hutchinson  (Kansas) News gives the following particulars:
"John P. Sinn Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sinn of southwest of Hutchison, near Partridge, was accidently shot at his home, eighteen miles southwest of Garden City, with a .22 rifle, Monday afternoon.   Mr. Sinn, while out making fence, shot himself while removing his rifle from his wagon. He supposed his rifle was on safety and as he pulled it out it went off. The shot passed through his right lung. He died at 10:30 Monday night. Mr. Sinn was a former resident of Lincoln township and Hutchinson.
His parents and other members of the family attended the funeral, which was held at the home near Garden City. A sister, Mrs Vernon Rice, of Oswego, Kan., came to attend the funeral.   She left for her home today.
The deceased is survived by a wife and two children. He was living on a claim in Finney county, near Garden City." CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 3m 1917


Sinn, Mary Alice Hollis -

The funeral of Mrs. George F. Sinn was held at the family residence on West Clark street yesterday afternoon at 2:30. The services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Williams, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church. Hymns were sung by the quartet of the church, consisting of Mrs. James G. Scroggs, Miss Eula Keeran, Claude Annan and Charles Keeran. The remains were taken to North Grove cemetery in Valley township for burial. With the passing of Mrs. Sinn the community loses one of the kindest hearted woman who ever lived. All those who knew her mourn her death. The writer has personal recollections of the cordial hospitality of Mrs. Sinn when she entertained at her home in Valley township a little town girl who had never been in a country home before. Her kindness was known to everyone who became acquainted with her. The following obituary was read at her funeral:
"Mary Alice Hollis was born in Valley township, Page county, Iowa, April 6. 1858, and died at her home in Clarinda on Monday afternoon, Aug. 16, 1920, at the age of 62 years 3 months and 10 days. Our sister's death occurred after a short illness, the real seriousness of which many of her friends were not aware. She was the daughter of Edward Hollis, a pioneer settler in Page county, coming here from the state of Illinois in the year 1850. Of this family just two remain, Samuel Hollis of Nodaway, Iowa, and William Hollis of Burlington Junction, Mo. Our sister grew up to womanhood on the old homestead near the present site of Hepburn. On Feb. 12, 1879, she was united in marriage to George F. Sinn of Page county, who with the three surviving children remain to mourn a faithful wife and home maker and a loving mother. Six children were born to this union, the three surviving being Frank Sinn of Clarinda, Eva May, and Mary Alice, also of Clarinda. Our sister was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Clarinda. She took a great interest in the Sisterhood class of the Sunday school, of which class she was one of the original members. She was also greatly interested in the work of the W. C. T. U. of which organization she was an active member. She was always proud of the white ribbon with what it stood for. Her friends were all who knew her." CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 19, 1920

Having been born, grown to womanhood, and lived all her life in Page County, Mrs. George F. Sinn passed quietly to her well earned reward. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 18th, from the family residence on W. Clark Street, in Clarinda, the remains then being taken for interment to the old home cemetery at North Grove church,  north of Hawleyville.
Mary Alice Hollis was born April 6th, 1858, in Valley township, Page County, being the daughter of Mr and Mrs. Edward Hollis, who came to Page County from Illinois in 1850. She grew up in that community, being married February 12 th, 1879, to George F. Sinn, who then lived in College Springs. Of their six children three are living, Frank, Eva May and Mary Alice Sinn, the son being Secretary of the Berry Seed Co., and the daughters recently teaching in Sioux City. The bereaved husband also is living, as are two brothers, Samuel Hollis of Nodaway and William Hollis of Burlington Junction.
Mrs. Sinn was an active member of the Methodist Church, and likewise has taken an interest in the activities of the W. C. T. U.
The funeral services at the residence were in charge of the Methodist pastor, Rev. J. M. Williams, many friends gathering to pay a last tribute to one whose presence will be greatly missed in a large circle of friends and acquaintances. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 19, 1920


Sinter, Lillie Nutt -

Mrs. I. N. Nut went to Oklahoma, a couple of weeks ago to bring her daughter, Mrs. Lillie Sinter, who has been sick for some time past, to this city, in order to have her under her special care. The patient gradually declined however from the first day she was taken sick until she passed away last Saturday. The funeral took place Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Nutt residence and was conducted by Rev. Stevenson. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 8, 1911


Sitzer, George D. -

Father of Dentist Stricken with Heart Trouble in Barber Shop;

Dies On Way Home Shenandoah Sentinel-Post:

Dr. George D. Sitzer, father of Dr. Charles Sitzer, the dentist died this morning at 10 o'clock as he was being taken home from the Dan Eckles barber shop to the home of his son, 202 west Clarinda with whom he made his home. Heart failure was the cause of his sudden death. He came down to the barber shop about 9 o'clock and was stricken there.

The father was 64 years old and was an M. D. He lived in the east before he came to Shenandoah to make his home with his son who is his only relative. Mrs. Sitzer has been dead 20 years. The funeral arrangements have not been completed but the funeral and burial will be in Shenandoah. Dr. Sitzer was a specialist but did not carry on an active practice here. Two months ago he returned from Wisconsin where he spent the summer on the lakes near the Canadian border. He was a great lover of books and newspapers and came to the public library practically every day to spend part of the hours reading. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 20, 1917


Sitton, Helen Williams -

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Williams and son, Homer Williams, with Mrs. Homer Williams and baby daughter, Helen Ruth Williams, all of Clarinda, attended the funeral at Stanbury, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 7,1919, of Mrs. Helen Sitton, wife of James Stitton. Mrs. Sitton died the previous Friday—Sept. 5. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Williams, and the sister of Homer Williams. Her husband and son, Marvin Sitton, was ill seven weeks before her death. The day before she died, her brother Homer says, she wrote to their father, telling him how good she felt. Her death, therefore, was sudden. The baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Williams—Helen Ruth Williams—got the name Helen from her now deceased aunt, Mrs. Helen Sitton. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Sep 18, 1919