Obituary Collection of Don Parsons:


     Carrie Olive Ingram, daughter of Jasper and Rebecca Long, was born in Taylor county, Iowa, August 28, 1872, and passed from this life in her home in Hood River, Ore, April 30, at the age of 79 years, 8 months and 2 days.

     She was united in marriage to William Silas Ingram, August 24, 1892.  To this union were born four children, Clifford H of Hood River, Ore, L Jasper of Parkdale, Ore, Blanche Lewis and Minnie Kennedy, both of Hood River, Ore, all of whom survive their mother.  One brother, Ira D Long is of Clearmont, Mo, and seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive her.  Three sisters preceded her in death, Mrs Celesta Farrell, Mrs Ava Snodderly and Mrs Harley Pace.

     Her life was spent in Taylor and Page counties until 20 years ago when she moved to Hood River, Ore.  She united with the Church of Christ in Siam, about the year of 1918 and retained her membership in that congregation.

     Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral home at 2 p m Monday, May 5, 1952, with the Rev I E Stickleman in charge.  Music was by Aletha Hutchings at the console of the organ.  Casket bearers who carried her to her final resting place in the Bedford cemetery were:  Carroll Ingram, Lawrence Ingram, Dale Ingram, Forest Winn, Allen Whitehill and Walter Farrell.

(CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952) 


     Anna Alice (Royer) Gray, daughter of Oren and Isabel Royer, was born August 28, 1885, in Nebraska.  She passed away April 26, 1952 in the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda.

     She united in marriage to Causbey Gray August 28, 1904, at Clearmont, Mo.  To this union were born two daughters, Violet and Leona.  Her niece Beatrice spent much time of her early childhood in the home.  Mr and Mrs Gray made their early home around Clarinda then moved to Guss where she spent the remainder of her life.  She united with the Methodist church in Guss in 1921 and remained a faithful member to her death.

     She is survived by her husband at the home address, two daughters, Mrs. Wesley Walters of Guss and Mrs Howard Smith of Clarinda, also one sister, Mrs Audrey Lawson, of Burlington Junction, Mo; one brother, George Royer of Hawleyville.  Four sisters and one brother have preceded her in death.  Two grandsons, five granddaughters and two great grandsons also mourn her passing besides a host of friends and other relatives.

     Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church in Guss, at 2 p m Tuesday, April 29, 1952, with the Rev Lester Greenwood in charge.  Soloist was Mrs. Howard Everett who sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "Goodnight and Goodmorning".  Pianist was Mrs Carl Johnson.  Flower bearers were Mrs Jim Stamps Mrs Paul Firkins.  Casket bearers who carried Mrs Gray to her final resting place in the Guss cemetery were Ted McCoy, Paul Firkins, Ray Stamps, Dale Stroud, Walter Maxwell, and Lawrence Hanson.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL,  Monday, May 26, 1952)   


     Hattie Chesnut, daughter of William T and Jane Chesnut, was born August 10, 1876, in Mercer county, Mo, and departed this life at the St Francis hospital in Maryville, Mo, April 30, 1952, at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 20 days.

     Early in life she moved with her parents to Page co, Iowa.  On December 31, 1894, she was united in marriage to George P Bloom at Northboro, Iowa.  She moved to Taylor county in 1901 and lived in the farm home north of New Market until 12 years ago when after the death of her husband George, and daughter Hazel she moved to Bedford.

     To this union six children were born; two who died in infancy, Mary Edna, Sylvia Belle and Hazel Della, who preceded her in death.  Her husband, George P. Bloom, died in 1938.

     She is survived by one daughter, Nora B Morris and her husband Paul of Bedford, an only grandchild, Boyd G Novinger and his wife Wilma of Bedford, a son-in-law, Fred S Novinger of San Bernadino, Calif; two brothers, Jim Chesnut of Coin, Iowa, and Grover Chesnut of Adams, Ore, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

     In addition to caring for her own family, she raised to young manhood a nephew, Maurice Bloom who now resides in Gresham, Ore, and her grandson, Boyd G Novinger, who came into her home after the death of his mother in 1927.

     She was a member of the Bedford Methodist church and attended regularly when her health permitted.

     Services were held at 2 p m, May 3, at New Market Methodist church, with Rev Walter E Schiel of Bedford in charge.  Burial was in Dallas Center cemetery.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952)       


     Arminta Cunning, daughter of William and Mercena Hebbert was born near Bucyrus, Ohio, September 3, 1857, and died at her home in New Market May 10, 1952, at the age of 94 years, 8 months, and seven days.  She was the last of a family of twelve children to answer the call.  She came to Iowa with her parents in a covered wagon at the age of nine years and has since made her home in Page and Taylor counties.

     She was united in marriage to Franklin Cunning, September 24, 1876, who preceded her in death July 11, 1938.  To this union were born eight children, four of whom survive their mother.  They are Irvin S of Bedford, Ia; Lesta Holland of Blockton, Ia; Mae Teeters and Opal Brown of New Market.  Those preceding their mother in death were Elsie, who died in infancy, Estella Stromer, Gertrude Whitehead and Zelma White.  She is also survived by 27 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.  Many nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of friends remain.  In addition to her family a number of nieces were cared for in her home at different times.

     She received her education in the public schools of Page county.  She obeyed Christ in Christian baptism early in life and on moving to New Market in 1916 united with the Church of Christ, and with her husband, was active in the work of the church until ill health made it impossible for her to attend.  She was a constant reader of the Bible, one of her favorite chapters being the 23rd Psalm.  While she had many favorite hymns, "Sweet Hour of Prayer" seemed to stand out above the others.  She found great joy in sitting and listening to the singing of the old hymns of faith.

     Services were conducted from the Church of Christ at New Market at 2 p m Monday , May 12, with the Rev I E Stickelman in charge.  Music was provided by Eddie Owen, Orville Cabbage, Doris Malcom and Verla Malcom.  Songs were :  "Sweet Hour of Prayer", "Beyond the Sunset", and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."  Pianist was Clara Cabbage.

     Casket bearers who carried her to her final resting place in Old Memory cemetery were:  Paul White, Raymond Whitehead, Albert Holland, Roy Teeters, Ivan Cunning and Alfred Stromer.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL,  Monday, May 26, 1952)  


(Obituary as written in part by him before his death)

     "I, John Richard Carey, son of Charles E and Ann Cary, was born in Cass co, Mo, June 5th, 1885.  I grew to manhood on a farm near Strasburg, Pleasant Hill and Lone Jack, Mo.

     "The 3d day of February, 1910, at Pleasant Hill, Mo, I was united in marriage to Nettie Jane Watson, who departed this life, June 26, 1942, near Villisca.  We moved to Fedora, S D in June 1910.  Two children were born to this union, Mabel Irene and George Wayne.  Mabel departed this earth at Mitchell, S D, Oct 23, 1939 and Wayne now lives southwest of Villisca.  I joined the Baptist church at Lone Jack, Mo, in the winter of 1906 and later had my membership transferred to New Market.

     "With the exception of three years spent in Wisconsin, I lived in South Dakota from June 1910 to 1934, then I, with my family, moved to New Market.  In the spring of 1942 moved with my wife, son Wayne and wife, to a farm southeast of Villisca.  I lived there until the spring of 1948 when my health forced me to move to Gravity.

     "On March 17, 1947 I was married to Mrs Lucy Crowe, and on October 15, 1950, on account of her health, moved back to Villisca.  After suffering for over one  year, she too departed this earth.  My loved ones can finish from here".

     John Carey died April 15, 1952 at the age of 66 years, 10 months and 10 days.  Those who survive are:  his son, Wayne and wife of southwest of Villisca, four grandchildren; three brothers, George of Lone Jack, Mo; Henry of Olivet, S D and Robert of Menno, S D, and one sister, Mrs Ida Brown of Lone Jack, Mo; three stepsons and four stepdaughters.

     Funeral services were held at the Walker Funeral home at Clarinda, April 18, 1952.  Pallbearers were George Lindberg, Elmer Lindberg, Edwin Burt, Art Warnaca, Albert Lee and Malcolm Posten.  Mildred Greenfield and Genevieve cared for the flowers.

     Those attending from a distance were:  Mr and Mrs Arnet Brown and Merville James of Artesian, S D; Mr and Mrs Robert Cary Menno, S D; Henry Cary and Mrs Elgin Eggleston of Olivet, S D; Mrs William Rohusek Scotland, S D; Mrs Gene Brown, of Madison, S D; Mr and Mrs George Cary, Miss Hazel Cary and friend Joe, Mrs Georgia Goodwin and Mr and Mrs Robert Brown all of Lone Jack, Mo; Robert Phillips, daughter and husband of Blue Springs, Mo; Mr and Mrs Athel Arrington of Buckner, Mo; Vernon Winfrey and sister of Kansas City. 

Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May  26, 1952



     Laura J Otis was born in Elmo, Mo,  March 13, 1885, to Dr and Mrs William H Otis.

     When she was three, her parents moved to Malvern, Iowa where she grew up, graduating from Malvern High school in 1902.  She then taught school in the country near Strahan, Ia, before going to Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she completed the Kindergarten course.  She then taught in the Emerson, Iowa schools until her health failed.

     On Christmas day 1909 she was married to Abner Clark in Omaha, Neb.  To this happy couple, two children came to bless their home--Olga Helen who died in infancy and Mildred Jean, now Mrs Robert Warren.  Her love of children was so generous that her sister;s children came to look on her as a second mother.

     Mrs Clark united with the Methodist church when a little girl, and  throughout her life took an active part in all the church's activities.

     Since her marriage, she and Mr Clark have lived in three Iowa towns, Hastings, Shenandoah and Clarinda, in all of which she has known for her devotion to her church and for her personal loyalty to its ministers.

     She was a great reader, and loved to read her Bible.  She had a deep interest in her community, in her country, and in world problems.  She loved her many friends, and was happiest when she could have them in her home.

     She was interested in helping her busband in his business, and was a great help in building up their establishment.

     Mrs Clark--frail from earliest childhood, had not let her handicap dim her zest for living.  Although a constant sufferer, her cheery disposition and interest in every phase of life kept her from becoming self-centered.  Until the past five years when she was confined to her home she was always going to see her friends who were sick or in trouble, and even from her bed of sickness sent out many comforting messages to the sick or bereaved.  It was a deep disappointment when she could no longer attend church,  WSCS, or the clubs which she had been a faithful member for so many years--Current Events club, DAR and Eastern Star.

     Her married life of over 42 years had been a happy one because of untiring devotion of her husband.  Abner has done everything to alleviate her suffering, and the two of them, by their mutual understanding, calm nature and keen sense of humor have kept their home a pleasant, restful place to visit.  

     Mrs Clark found release from her suffering early Friday morning, May 9.

     Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter Jean and husband Robert Warren of Adel, Iowa and their three children, Jane, Barbara and Billy, who have been her pride and joy; a brother, W Wynn Otis, of Webster Grove, Mo, and a sister Mrs W A Burke of Los Angeles, Calif, besides many other relatives and friends who hold her in dearest memory.

     When Mrs Clark's mother passed away, the pastor said of her that a queen was being crowned in heaven that day, and her loved ones feel that the same could be said today of their dear Rue.

     Friends and a large group of relatives gathered at the Walker Funeral Home Saturday, May 10 to pay final respect to Mrs Clark, with Rev Lester Greenwood and Rev Wauneita McConnell, Methodist ministers in charge.  Music was by Miss Aletha Hutchings and Mrs Russell Shumate.  Casketbearers were Paul McClelland, Kenneth Woldruff, Lester Donelson, Earnest Pearson, Curtis Hayden and George Woolson.  Burial was in the cemetery south of Malvern.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952)          


     Elmer Walter Harrel, son of Fulton Ewing and Mary Ellen Harrel, was born at Tennis Point, Mo, January 30, 1881 and passed away April 14, 1952 at the University hospital in Iowa City, where he had gone for surgery.  He was 71 years, 2 months, and 16 days at the time of his death.

     He passed away just 11 months to the day, after his brother, Asel had died.  He was the last of four children.  The parents, brother, and sisters preceded him in death.

     When a small boy his parents moved to a farm near Hamburg, Iowa.  He attended school in the Grange Hall community.  On July 1, 1903 he was married to Sylvia Bell Loft House, and a son, Paul, was born to this union.  She passed away in 1912.  He remarried August 16, 1915 to Jennie B Carson of Fairfax, Mo.  To this union was born a daughter, Thelma.

     Mr. Harrel united with the Methodist church at Hamburg, when a young man, and transferred his membership to the United Presbyterian church in Coin.  He started to work for the Burlington railroad in 1903, as a section foreman.  They lived at Northboro, for a number of years, and then transferred to Fairfax, Mo, where they lived till he was retired in 1940, due to ill health.  He received at the time of retirement a 40 year service pin.  The family then moved to Coin, where they now make their home.

     Elmer is survived by his wife, Jennie, a son, Paul, of Coin and the daughter, Mrs Dean (Thelma) Grubb of Tarkio, Mo; four grandsons, Jimmie, Melvin, Georgie and David, besides a host of relatives and friends, by whom he will be greatly missed.

(Clarinda  HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952)    


     Robert Henry, son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Henry, was born on the Henry farm, two and one-half miles northwest of Braddyville, August 17, 1869, and died in the St Francis hospital at Maryville, Mo, April 28, 1952.

     He lived on the same farm until 1898.  He received his schooling in a rural school near Braddyville.

     He was married to Emma McNearney of Coin in 1897.  To this union two sons were born:  Tom of Oleum, Calif, and Hugh of Emervyille, Calif.  Mrs Henry preceded him in death in 1903.

     He spent most of his life farming and lived the last few years in St Joseph, Mo.

     Those who survive are his two sons and their wives; two granddaughters; two sister, Mrs Annie McDonald of Caldwell, Kansas,  Mrs Maggie Beery of Clarinda; and other relatives and friends.

     Funeral services were held in the Foster-Harmon Funeral home in Clarinda, May 2, conducted by the Rev G R McGhghy, pastor of the Assembly of God church.  Burial was in the Braddyvlle cemetery.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952)


     Elmer Ellsworth Douglas, son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Douglas, was born on a farm near Clarinda, Page county, Iowa, on March 5, 1886.  He departed this life April 24, 1952, at 9 p m at the home of his sister, which was his birthplace.  He had attained the age of 66 years, 1 month and 18 days.

     Farming was his occupation, but he had had several strokes and had done other work in cities.  He had his first stroke December 22, 1946.  He is survived by two sisters, Mrs Willis Cason and Mrs Albert Stewart, both of Clarinda, and a brother, Stewart Douglas of Chicago, Ill.  His parents and other brothers and sisters preceded him.

     Funeral services were held from the Walker Funeral Home April 26 with Rev David Nicholson in charge, and Rev James, also of Omaha.  Miss Caroline Arnett sang, accompanied by Miss Aletha Hutchings.  Casket bearers were Joe Griggs, Lewis Arnett, Gerald Baker, Ebert Washington, Isaac Watts and Glen King.  Interment was in the Hawleyville cemetery.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952)


     Thomas M Reed, son of Mitchel and Sarah Foster Reed, was born at Braddyville, Ia, December 16, 1869, and died May 2, 1952, at the age of 82 years, 4 months and 16 days.

     He was married to Stacey J Curch, March 29, 1894.  To this union was born four children, Lester Elton, who died at the age of two years; Lloyd of Braddyville; Roy F of Paramount, Calif; Laurel Reed Milbank of Maryville.

     He was the last of a family of 12 children.  Mr Reed joined the Methodist church when a boy.  He lived his entire life in the Braddyville community.  He has served in different offices in the church and also served on the school board, and for a number of years was an officer of the town.  

     Those who survive are his devoted wife, Stacey, two sons, Lloyd and Roy and their wives, one daughter, Laurel and her husband; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

     Mr and Mrs Reed celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary last March.  His parents were charter members of the Braddyville Methodist church.

     Services were conducted Sunday, May 4, at the church by the Rev Hugh Jackson, former Pastor of the Methodist church.  Music was provided by a quartet and Maynard Burch sang a solo accompanied by Mrs Burch. 

     Pallbearers were nephews:  Loren Reed, Vern Reed, Porter Reed, Elmer Scholes, Ross Calhoun and Floyd Pierson.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952)     


     Alva Holland Moats was born near Middle town, Iowa, July 22, 1870 and departed this life May 7, 1952, at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 16 days.

     His parents moved to Taylor county in his infancy and there he grew to manhood.  He lived in the Guss community as a farmer.  He was united in marriage to Olive Reeves, to which union two children were born.  One child, Florence, died in infancy.  A son, Ernest, of Council Bluffs, remains to mourn his passing.  His wife preceded him in death Feb 12, 1920.  After his wife's death he lived near New Market for about 16 years.  He spent the balance of his life in the vicinities of New Market and Clarinda except for a short period spent in Arkansas and the last two months spent in a rest home in Council Bluffs.

     He had one half brother and two half sisters, also five brothers and five sisters, all of whom have preceded him in death, except a sister, Mrs Ema Abbey of Mott, N Dak.

     He led a clean life and made many friends.  He was active until the very last. 

     Burial services were in the Guss cemetery after the services at Walker Funeral home in charge of Rev Lyle Poush, minister of the Church of the Nazarene.  Music by Miss Aletha Hutchings and Mrs Doris Forbes.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952)


     Clara Rosine Violet Hunter, daughter of Henry J and Sedalia Goecker Sunderman, was born at Hepburn, Iowa in Page county, April 20, 1908.  She was called to her eternal rest Saturday, April 26, 1952 at the age of 44 years and 6 days.

     She was baptized in her infancy, and on April 9, 1922, she was confirmed in the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran church, Page county, by her pastor, the Rev F C Israel.

     On January 14, 1926, she was united in holy marriage with Cecil C Hunter of Clarinda.  God blessed their union with one daughter, Maxine.

     She was an interested and devout member of her Maywood Zion Lutheran church, and was active in organizing the sister congregation, the Bell Gardens Lutheran church.  She was also active in her community, serving as a successful cateress in the southeast district of Los Angeles during the past six years.

     Mourning her departure from this life are her husband, Cecil; her daughter, Maxine; a son-in-law, Glen Nagel, and the little granddaughter, Nancy Lynn, whose presence in the home cheered and brightened her during her final illness.  She also leaves a father, step-mother, three sisters, three brothers, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

     Pallbearers were Otto Walkemeyer, Emil Dvorak, Robert Nieweg, Martin Heman, George Fischer and Ralph Willis.  Burial was in Inglewood Park cemetery, Inglewood, Calif.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952) 


     Robert Salba [Salva] Vance Mckie was born near Galesburg, Ill, December 7, 1869.  He was the youngest of the four children of Robert McKie and Janet Sweeney McKie.  A brother, Francis, and two sisters, Mary and Lillias, having preceded him in death.

     At the age of three years he moved with the family to Page county, Iowa, spending the remainder of his life on the homestead 2 1/2 miles west of Blanchard.

     At an early age he became a member of the United Presbyterian church and later transferred his membership to the Blanchard Reformed Presbyterian church in which he served on the Board of Trustees for many years and remained an active member until his death.

     He attended rural school and later took some work in Amity college academy.

     On December 27, 1893, he was married to Jessie R Greene who died two years later.  Their infant son, Calvin, passed away at the age of six months.

     On January 22, 1902, he was united in marriage with Mabel E Clark.  They spent fifty happy years together before she was called home just two months before her husband.  An infant daughter, Mabel Janet, died in 1909.

     Salba McKie was widely known as a stockman and farmer whose character and good judgement by his many friends and associates.

     He is survived by his son, R Clark McKie of Red Oak, Iowa; his daughter, Mrs Francis Caskey of Superior, Neb, and three grandchildren:  Paul McKie, now serving in the U S Navy, Marilyn McKie and Jean Caskey.

     The funeral service was held April 29 at the Reformed Presbyterian church in Blanchard; Rev C T Carson of Clarinda in charge.  Burial was in Blanchard cemetery.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952)   


     Mary E Nixon was born in Page county, Iowa, on December 25, 1857, and died on April 19, 1952, in the same county at the age of 94 years, 3 months and 25 days.

     She was the daughter of John and Eleze Nixon, who were pioneers of Page county.  She grew up and attended the rural schools in the county.

     In March of 1876, she was united in marriage to Orlando McFarland.  To this union was born one daughter, Alma.  Her daughter, father, mother, three brothers,  and one sister preceded her in death.  She leaves to mourn her passing her son-in-law, Herb Damewood, who tenderly cared for her for the past 13 years,  and one grandson, one great-granddaughter, three sisters and many nieces and nephews.

     For many years she was a member of the Methodist church of Siam and a firm believer in her Lord.  She had lived a good Christian life.  She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for many years.

     Funeral services were conducted from the Shearer church at 2 p m Wednesday, April 23, 1952, with the Rev Clarence Woolard in charge.  Music was by Maynard Burch, who sang "Rock of Ages" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."  Pianist was Mrs Burch.

     Casket bearers who carried her to her final resting place in the Shearer cemetery were Clem Fine, Rolla Davison, Virgil Davison, T W Davison, Homer Davison and Wayne Moore.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL,  Monday, May 26, 1952)  


     Funeral services for Helen Wilhelmine Buch were conducted on the 28th of April at 1:45 , 314 east Chestnut, and at 2 p m in St John;s Lutheran church , the Rev W H Dischinger officiating.  Carolyn Gust, Thelma Herzberg, Alfred Sump, LaDonna Sunderman and Dorthea Wagoner sang "Asleep in Jesus" and "For Me to Live is Jesus," accompanied by Rues Steeve at the organ.  Vernon Baumgarten, Edward Buch, Maurice Eilers, Clyde Geer, Walter Sieving and Arthur Steeve served as pallbearers.  The Mesdames H H Buch, W H Discher, L C Jorgenson, and Dorothy Eilers were in charge of flowers.  Interment was made in the Clarinda cemetery.

     Helen Wilhelmine Buch, daughter of Fred Theilen and his wife Meta Wimken, was born November 8, 1875, in Altjuerden, Oldenburg, Germany.

     In early infancy she ws baptized in the name of the Triune God, and after she had been instructed in the truths of Christiaity she was confirmed by Rev Heintzen in Varel, Oldenburg, Germany.

     On the 3rd of May, 1903, she was married to August Lange, the Rev Heintzen solemnizing the marriage.  This union was blessed with one son and two daughters.  On the 18th of October, 1918, her husband died in France.  In September, 1923, she migrated to the United States with her children, making her home in Clarinda.

     On October 15, 1925, she was married to Charles Buch, the Rev Theo J Vogel solemnizing the marriage.

     Mrs Buch had not been in good health in recent years.  On the 21st of April she suffered a stroke.  On the following day she was taken to the Municipal hospital, and on the 25th at about 7 p m she passed away at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 17 days.

     Her departure is mourned by her husband, Charles Buch; one son, Walter, of Detroit, Mich; two daughters, Mrs William Kurschadt of Wauconda, Ill, and Mrs Fred Rahmann of Detroit, Mich; two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, three grandchildren; one sister; four brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law; besides many other relatives and friends.

     Contributions were given in her memory for the following purposes:  The Lutheran Old People's Home, Omaha, Neb; The International Lutheran Hour;

Station KFUO, St Louis, Mo; St John's Organ Fund.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday May 26, 1952).


     Elmer Ellsworth Beck, youngest son of Lewis and Eliza Beck, was born in Atchison county, Mo, Aug 9, 1970, and died May 3, 1952 at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 24 days.  He spent his entire life within 3 miles of where he was born, except for one year spent in Oregon.

     He followed the profession of farming and merchandising.  In 1898 he was married to Cora M McMillin, establishing their home four miles south of Blanchard in the Eureka school neighborhood.  His wife preceded him in death March 3, 1926.

     To this union eight children were born, four dying in infancy, those surviving are:  Mrs Lulu Smith, Blanchard; William L Beck, Burlington Junction, Mo; Ben E Beck, Oceanside, Calif; and Mrs Dorothy Rhodes, Cumberland, Iowa.

     Mr Beck was a member of the Oddfellows Lodge as long as it was active in this community.  Mr Beck was very active on the streets of his home town until sickness in October forced him to retire.

     Other survivors are a sister, Mrs Della Braman of Blanchard, two granddaughters, Charlene Beck Edwards, Spokane, Wash, and Nancy Rhodes of Cumberland, Ia, and one great granddaughter, Kay Watkins, Burlington Junction, Mo, and many nieces and nephews.

     Mr Beck's son, Ben and his wife, came from California a few weeks ago, so did not return for the funeral.  All the rest of the family, many other relatives and friends, attended the funeral services, Monday, May 5.

(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952) 


 Icie McCarl


     Icie Harriet Corbin was born Aug. 9, 1890, near Potwin, Ks. to Israel James and Harriet Jane McDaniel Corbin and was the youngest in a family of nine.  She passed away at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital Oct. 25, 1988, aat the age of 98 years, 2 months and 16 days.  She came to Iowa with her family when six weeks old.  She attended and graduaed from high school at Kent, Ia.


     Icie was married to Albert McCarl on Nov. 9, 1910; he preceded her in death on March 2, 1941.  There was one adopted son, Gerald, greatly loved, who passed away in March of 1978. 


     Mrs. McCarl had worked as a switchboard operator when a young girl and was employed at the Clarinda Mental Institute in that capacity for 17 years prior to her retirement.  She was an accomplished pianist and taught many students in piano over the years.  Many hours were spent in her hobby of needlecraft.  Icie's church affiliation was with the United Methodist Church at New Market where she attended regularly as long as heath permitted.  She had been a resident of the Bethesda Care Center in Clarinda for the past 10 1/2 years.


     She leaves a daughter-in-law, Dorothy McCarl of Cathedral City, Ca, and a step-grandson, Robert Christensen of Palm Springs, Ca, and a number of nieces and nephews who were very close to her.


     Besides her parents, husband and son, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Martha Ellison, Bessie Clark and Nancy Welcome, and five brothers, Waitman (Willie), Everette, Lafayette, Hubert and Ellsworth Corbin.


     Icie was a kind and loving wife, mother, aunt and friend., she had a great sense of humor, liked people, and one of her greatest joys was doing for others.  She will be greatly missed by those she leaves.


     Memorial services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Ia, with burial in Memory Cemetery near New Market.  Officiating pastor was Brian Sherman.  Music was provided by Normalee Miller, organist, and Rosevelyn Bashor, soloist for "I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone" and "Beyond the Sunset."  Pall bearers were Jim Clark, Alvin Corbin, Jim Randolph, Marvin Brown, Ron Randolph and Gerald Cannon.


(Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, November 14, 1988)  




Merwin Levon Johnson, 79, of 611 Van Brunt Ave., died Wednesday evening at a St. Joseph hospital.

Born at Clarinda, Iowa, he had spent most of his life in St. Joseph.

He had worked for the Pearl-Nuway Laundry for 27 years and had retired from Westab after 11 years of service.

A member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church, he was an Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Johnson, who died in 1966.

There are no known survivors.

Graveside services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Stamey-Lindsey funeral home.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 this evening at the funeral home.

(St. Joseph, Missouri News Press, Thursday, November 15 1984)


(Merwin Levon Johnson was the son of William Thomas and Minnie Ola Parsons Johnson, born in Page co, Ia.) Note by Don Parsons


Beulah B. Johnson, 84, 611 Van Brunt Ave., died Thursday evening at a local hospital...

Born in Clarinda, Iowa, Miss Johnson made her home in St. Joseph most of her life. She was employed with the Chase and Poe candy companies, retiring a number of years ago.

She is survived by one brother, Merwin L. Johnson, St. Joseph.

Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the Stamey chapel. Burial will be in Mount Mora Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the chapel.

(St. Joseph, Missouri News Press, Saturday, September 8, 1979)

NOTE: Date of death: September 6, 1979. She was the daughter of William Thomas and Minnie Ola Parsons Johnson, b. Sep 14 1894, Page co, Ia) Note by Don Parsons

Dubuque - Shari Lynn Kizer, age 60, passed away at her home in Dubuque, IA on Thursday, May 16, 2019. 

Shari was born on November 21, 1958 in Clarinda, IA to her parents, Ferrel Huddle and Connie Stewart. Shari was a graduate of Clarinda High School in Clarinda, Iowa. She went on to pursue a banking career with the Dubuque Bank and Trust for over 19 years. She married her husband, Richard "Rick" A. Kizer on October 28, 1989 at the Grinnell Christian Church. Shari was an avid Los Angeles Lakers basketball fan and especially loved Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. All services will be private.

She leaves behind her loving husband, Rick, her sister Rhonda Kizer, her brothers-in-law, Samuel, Jim, and Robert Kizer, sister-in-law Debbie Lalli, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was proceded in death by her parents, and her grandparents, Ural and Katherine Huddle. 

A Shari Lynn Kizer memorial fund has been established. The family would like to give a huge thank-you to the entire staff at the Mercy Medical Center as well as Dr. Runde and Dr. Jaynes.
Published in Des Moines Register on May 19, 2019