Page County, Iowa Obituaries
transcribed and submitted by: Merrily Tunnicliff -
The Bedford Times Press, Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa; Thursday 28 May 1936:
 Charles Vanalstine died suddenly at his home in Gravity, Sunday.  The funeral services were held at the Christian Church Tuesday afternoon.  Burial was in the Gravity Cemetery.
 A number of friends were entertained in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vanalstine Sunday and about 3 p.m. while they were sitting out on the porch visiting, Mr. Vanalstine suffered a stroke of paralysis, and in a very short time passed away.  He had been in poor health for several months past but was able to be up and around most of the time.
Clarinda Herald Journal  Clarinda, Page, Iowa  June 1, 1936
An old resident of Guss and Gravity communities, Charles VanAlstine, sustained a stroke at his home in Gravity, where he passed away Sunday, May 24, and was laid to rest in the Gravity cemetery the Tuesday following. He was past 54 years of age, born Feb. 21. 1882, at Guss, son of Edward and Ella Kunce VanAlstine. He was married in 1904 to Emma Shum, who survives him, as does a son George, three grandchildren, four sisters and three brothers. The Clarinda brothers and sisters are Mrs. Myrtle Wilcox, Mrs. Bertha Mitchell, Mrs. Hettie Orme, and Mrs. Dora Swallow of St. Louis, Mo
Marriage Affidavit by M. R. Ansbach. Marriage is recorded in Book 8, page 62 of the Page County, Iowa marriage records.
1885 Iowa State Census, as transcribed by
Given: Joseph       Surname: Shum
Township Number: 79       Range: 36       Section: 32       Location: SE SW
Age: 27       Sex: M       Marital Status: M       Birth County: Lee       Mother's Nativity: F
Subject to Military Duty: X       Entitled to Vote: X       Can Read or Write: X
Line Number: 1       Dwelling Number: 176       Family Number: 177       Page Number: 347
State: IA       County: Page       Township Name: Valley
Family History Film: 1020170       Volume: 243
22 June 1900 census of Valley Township, Page County, Iowa; supervisor dist 8; enumeration dist. 98, sheet 8; page 89; house and family #167.  Ancestry image 16:
  Relation       Mother ##
  to house-     Date of Birth   Yrs ## chn chn
Name  hold head Sex Month Year Age Married   children living
Shum     Joseph Head M Oct 185? 42 M 4  
 --          Lillie Wife F Apr 1874 26 M 4 1 1
 --          Isiah Son M May 1883 17 S   
 --          Glenn Son M Nov 1897 2 S 
 Joe was a farmer who owned his farm; it was not mortgaged.  They lived in the country, next door to his sister, Anna (Shum) and Curry Muckey and their 3 children.
 Joseph Shum
    Joseph Shum, son of Peter Shum and Elizabeth Pinor-Shum, born in Lee County, Iowa, October 1, 1857, departed this life at his home near Clarinda, Iowa, March 26th, 1933.  Age 76 years, 4 months and 25 days.
    In the year of 1869 Joe moved with his parents from Lee Co. to Page Co. and spent the remainder of his life here on a farm.  In the year of 1881, on October 24th, Joseph was united in marriage to Miss Stella Shepard, of Clarinda, Iowa.  To this union 1 child was born, a son Isiah Shum, now living at Biggsville, Ill.  The wife and mother passing to her eternal reward March 18, 1895.
    In the year of 1896, Joe was married to Miss Lillian Windhurst, on April 8th, and to this happy union three children were born, one boy and two girls, Glen on the home farm near Clarinda, Mrs. Leila Iola Wehrkamp, also of near Claarinda, and one daughter who died in infancy.
    Joe was a good and true father, a kind and loving husband, a splendid neighbor, and an excellent citizen, always kind and of a sunny disposition, attending always strictly to his own business.
    Mr. Shum leaves to mourn his death, his good wife, Lilly, the three living children, eleven grand children, four living brothers, the brothers and sisters are as follows: George Shum of near Gravity, Iowa, Jim Shum of Clarinda, William Shum of Sharpsburg, Ia., and Moses Shum of St. Joseph, Mo.  The brothers and sisters preceding Joseph in death are, Lizzie Sullivan, Anna Muckey, Alexander, John, Peter and Abraham.
    In addition to these close kin, Mr. Shum was loved and will be sadly missed by a great number of other relatives, and a wide circle of true friends.
    Burial was in Rose-Hill cemetry, services in the Rose-Hill church, Tuesday, March 28th at two o'clock, p. m.  Sermon by the Rev. Carl Lyle Windsor, pastor.  Songs "Beautiful of Somewhere," "Going Down the Valley," "The City Four Square," were sung by Mrs. Will Cagley and Mrs. Vernon Cagley, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Anna Roberding.  Pallbears were Fred Grebert, Oscar Grebert, Robt. Otte, Henry Otte, Geo. Williams and M. W. Miers

 Mrs. Lillian Shum, 92, widow of the late Joseph Shum, died at the Gillespie Nursing Home at 6:30 p m Tuesday after having been a patient there for seven months.
 She had lived at her farm home five miles north of Clarinda since 1920.  She was the daughter of the late Fred and Louise Riske Windhorst, and her birthplace was New Mella, Missouri.
 She is survived by two children, Glen Shum and Leila Wehrkamp, both of Clarinda, two brothers, Dan and Henry Windhorst, Deschler, Neb, and five sisters, Martha Guyton, in Connecticut, Bena Kelly, Caldwell, Idaho, Anna Werner, Twin Falls, Idaho, Laura Goecker and Gussie Warner of Clarinda.
 Funeral services will be conducted from the Walker Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Friday with Rev Clem Keyes in charge.  Casket bearers will be Edwin Newman, Harold Otte, LaVern Otte, Donald Williams, Victor Pollert and Jasper Crussell.
 Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery north of Clarinda.
Jeremiah Dale (Jerry D.) Sullivan
 Prior to moving to America, Jeremiah was studying to be a priest. On account of bitter antagonism of the Irish Catholics of that time Jerry D. Sullivan, his wife Sarah Orpen Sullivan, and little son William H. migrated to America on a sailing ship, arriving in America in 1853, at Millburn, Massachusetts, where his relatives resided. He then moved to Canton, Illinois about 1863. Then on to Page County, Iowa with two yoke of oxen and one cow, where he settled one and one-half miles south of Hepburn directly east from the Rose Hill Church site.
 Jeremiah was born June 2,1827 in Parish of Swen, County Cork, Kerry Island, Ireland. He died September 22, 1905 of oral cancer and was buried at the Rose Hill Church Cemetery. His wife, Sarah Orpen was born August 4,1833 and died November 23, 1907. Sarah was also buried at Rose Hill.

William H. Sullivan First Preacher
 William Henry Sullivan, oldest son of J. D. Sullivan was born December 27, 1852, in Parish of Swen, County Kerry, Ireland.
 On September 24, 1873 he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Shum, at the home of her parents of the Hepburn, Iowa area. To this union fourteen children were born, twelve surviving their father. (One son, Peter T. Sullivan died in 1906; and a daughter, Sarah Pearl Clark, in 1919. Both living in Kansas City, Missouri at the time of their deaths). The surviving children were: James, William, Lillian, Emma, Evelyn (Evelyn Cade's children are John, Golda Clark, Ersa Savage, Frank Jr. and Glen), John, Anna, Ellen, George, Blanche, Florence, and Walter.
 His wife preceded him in death on August 21, 1905. He made his home with his daughter in Kansas City for twenty years with the exception of the last four months where he visited his children in Page and Taylor Counties in Iowa. It was while he was visiting his daughter, Mrs. James Benson, that he departed this life.
 Funeral services were conducted from the Rose Hill Church, with Rev. Lyle Wilson officiating, on Tuesday afternoon, March, 1934. He was buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery, beside his wife. Pallbearers were his grandsons, flower girls, his granddaughters.
 At the age of 18, William Henry Sullivan was the first to conduct a sermon from the pulpit in the Cagley Church, later known as Rose Hill.

William Henry Sullivan
 Wm. Henry Sullivan, oldest son of J. D. Sullivan (Uncle Jerry and Sarah Orphen Sullivan) was born Dec. 27, 1852, in Parish of Swen, County Kerry, Ireland.
 On account of bitter antagonism of the Irish Catholics of that time, the father of Wm. H. Sullivan, who suffered much persecution at that time by them, migrated to America on a sailing ship, arriving in America 1853, at Millburn, Mass. Then moved to ware, then to Old Cambridge, Mass., where his father, J. D. Sullivan's near relatives resided. He moved to Canton, Ill. about 1863. He moved to Page County, Iowa from Canton, Ill., with two yoke of oxen and one cow, where he settled one and a half miles south of Hepburn, Iowa. On Sept. 24, 1873 he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Shum, at the home of her parents of Hepburn, Iowa. To this union 14 children were born, 12 surviving their father. (1 son, Peter T. Sullivan died in 1906; and a daughter, Sarah Pearl Clark, in 1919. Both living in Kansas City, Mo. at the time of their deaths) the surviving children are: James H. of Kansas City, Mo., Jerry W. of Osowatomie, Ks., John L. Sullivan of Amory, Miss., George A. of Sapupa, Okla., Walter E. of Clarinda, Iowa. Daughters: Mrs. Emma Nelson of Sapulpa, Okla., Miss Florence Sullivan, Mrs. J. T. Brown of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Frank Cade of New Market, Iowa, Mrs. John Finnel of Cumberland, Iowa, Mrs. Andrew Nelson of Gravity, Iowa, Mrs. James Benson of Bedford, Iowa.
 There were 37 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 2 brothers; Charles John of Hepburn, Iowa; Pat Daniel of Clarinda, Iowa; 4 sisters Maria Hollis of Burlington Junction, Mo., Mary Larson of Hepburn, Iowa Abigail Bennington of Chicago, Ill., Emma Nelson of Clarinda.
 In 1883 he completed law school at Iowa City. He was one of the charter members who established the Cagley Church, or better known as Rose Hill; and was the first one to conduct a sermon from the pulpit, being a boy of 18 years of age at that time.
 His wife preceded him in death on August 21, 1905. He made his home with his daughter Mrs. Fletcher Brown of Kansas City, Mo. for the past 20 years., with the exception of the last 4 mos. in visiting his children in Page and Taylor counties, Iowa. It was while he was visiting his daughter, Mrs. James Benson, that he departed this life.
 Funeral services were conducted from the Rose Hill Church, with Rev. Lyle Wilson officiating, on Tuesday afternoon March, 1934. He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, beside his wife. Pallbearers were his grandsons, flower girls, his granddaughters.
 One son was born December 24,1894 and registered only as "male Shum". The parents were William Shum, age 24, born in Iowa and Stella Piper, age 20, born in Iowa.
OBITUARY WILLIAM SHUM, 69, DIES AT SHARPSBURG  8-9-35, handwritten at top
 William Shum, son of Peter and Elizabeth Shum, was a born in Lee county, Iowa, Feb. 9, 1866 and died at his home in Sharpsburg, Aug. 9, 1935, at the age of 69 years and six months.
 The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Sharpsburg Sunday, Aug. 11 at 1:30 conducted by Rev. Edward E. Garrett, assisted by Rev. A. S. Hucheson.  Burial was in the Gravity cemetery.
 In 1873 the family decided to leave Lee county for Page County, Iowa where they located five miles north of Clarinda.  The children were given lessons of untiring energy and grew into men and women of true character and stability.  They received their education in the Jackson school.
 On March 2, 1892, William Shum and Stella Piper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Piper were married.  They had the privilege to locate near their parents' homes, where the worthy couple lived until 1900, when they moved near Bedford in Taylor county.  In 1917 they moved north of Sharpsburg, where they resided until January of this year when the failing health of Mr. Shum made it necessary that they move into Sharpsburg.
 To them were born three sons, Orie C. Shum, Floyd E. Shum, and Lowell C. Shum.  In 1910 Mr. and Mrs. Shum took into their home a little motherless girl, Ruth Devoe, who lived with her foster parents until her marriage in 1929.
 In young manhood Mr Shum gave his heart to God, and consecrated his life to his Savior, untiring with the United Brethren church at Rose Hill, later transferring his membership to the Methodist church in Bedford.  The final church to receive his affiliation was the Methodist church of Sharpsburg.  As long as health permitted he was a faithful attendant of all religious services and many times during his illness said "I am ready to meet my Master."
 To mourn his departure are his faithful wife and companion, three sons, Orie C. Shum, Lowell C. Shum of Sharpsburg, Floyd E. Shum of Bedford, two granddaughters, Carol Shum and Wilma Shum, and foster daughter, Mrs. Ruth Consolver and little girls, Maxine and Virginia of West Plains, Mo.  Also three brothers, George Shum of Gravity, James Shum of Clarinda and Mose Shum of St. Joseph.  The final church to receive his affiliation was the Methodist church of Sharpsburg.
OBITUARY  (from Clarice Shum)
 Stella Piper, daughter of Benjamin & Sarah Piper, was born in Page county, Iowa, April 1, 1874, and departed from this life Oct. 14, 1946, in Conway at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Murray, at the age of 72 years, 6 months & 13 days.
 The early part of her life was spent on a farm five miles north of Clarinda, later moving to Taylor county where she spent the remainder of her life.
 Two years ago she moved to Conway to make her home with Mr. & Mrs. Murray and was cared for by them during her last illness.
 On March 3, 1892, she was united in marriage to William Shum.  To this union three sons were born.  She leaves to mourn her departure her three sons, Orie C. and Lowell C. of Lenox and Floyd E. Shum of Bedford, one sister, Mrs. Geordie Weller of Conway, two granddaughters, Carol Shum and Wilma Novinger and the foster daughter, Mrs. Ruth Dickinson and two daughters of Ames, Iowa.  A number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
 Her husband, parents, one brother and one sister preceded her in death.
When a young girl she united with the Methodist church and remained a faithful and active member until her death.
 Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Conway, Wednesday, Oct. 16, conducted by Rev. W. J. Weber.  Burial in Gravity cemetery.
 Floyd's birth is recorded in Book 3 in Page County, Iowa.  (researched by Clarice Shum.)
FLOYD E.  SHUM  1897-1970
Floyd Shum, 72, was funeral director
 Floyd E. Shum, 72, funeral home director in Bedford, died in his sleep Sunday morning.
 Funeral services will be from the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford Tuesday at 2 pm with the Rev Darrell Draper and Carl Cummings officiating.  Burial will be in the Clarinda cemetery with P W Gilreath, Forest Hanshaw, Robert Grimes, Elza Fine, Don Glass and Henry Young the casket bearers.
 Shum was born in Page County on Oct 8, 1897 to William and Stella Piper Shum and was married at Bedford on Nov 8, 1916 to Amy Walker.  They farmed in near Clarinda until 1922 when he entered the furniture business in Clarinda and assisted in the funeral work with Leslie D Walker.
 He opened a funeral home at New Market in 1928 and moved to Bedford in 1933.  Later he entered into a partnership with his son-in-law, Boyd Novinger, the present firm being known by the two names.
 His wife, a daughter, Mrs Boyd (Wilma) Novinger and granddaughter survive him.  His brother, Lowell, is of Iowa Falls.
 Mr Shum had affiliated with the IOOF and Masonic lodges and the United Methodist Church.
 James Evans Shum entered upon this earthly pilgrimage in the year of our Lord 1868 on Sept 29 in Lee County, Iowa.  He was one of a family of ten boys who came with their father and mother, Peter and Elizabeth Shum, to Page County, Iowa, in 1873, establishing their home on what is now known as the Robert Otte farm.
 In the year of 1898 Peter and Elizabeth Shum with their family moved to Clarinda purchasing the present Joe Tunnicliff property.
 James Shum and Miss Hallie Thomas were united in marriage in 1902.  Three children entered their home:  James Merrill of Los Angeles, Marjorie Elizabeth Tunnicliff of Clarinda, and Ralph William of Washington, D.C.
 Mr Shum passed from this earthly life quite suddenly in this year of our Lord on August 31, 1943.
 He was a plain straightforward man as true and as honest as his earathly day was long.  He was a worker doing what his hands found to do, honest and sincere.
 He leaves to mourn his departure besides his wife and three children, above mentioned, many warm and lasting old time friends who will miss his cheery hello and kindly personality.
 Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church at 2:30 p m September 2 under direction of Pruitt-Bracken Funeral Home, the Rev Richard J Dieken presiding.
 Pallbearers, all old time friends of the family, were Fred Fisher, Henry Sierp, Stanley Pfander, Al Pfander, Forest Klepinger, Earl Newton.  Music was furnished by Mrs Forest Davidson and Roscoe VanDyke, vocalists, Miss Carrie Loranz organist.  Flower ladies were Mrs J W Anderson, Mrs George Annan, Mrs Lyle Cassat, Mrs J F Denning.  Interment was in the family lot in Clarinda cemetery, the I O O F Lodge of Clariand officiating at the graveside.
Obituary of Marjorie Elizabeth Shum Tunnicliff, Clarinda Herald Journal, 1990:
Marjorie Tunnicliff, Clarinda, rites were Monday, March 19.
 Marjorie E. Tunnicliff, Clarinda, died Friday at her home in Clarinda.  She was the widow of Joseph S. Tunnicliff.
 Funeral services were held Monday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clarinda.  Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery and memorials are directed to the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
 Mrs. Tunnicliff, the daughter of James E. and Hallie E. (Thomas) Shum was born in Clarinda.  Her family owned and operated the Opitz Motor Co. in Clarinda.  She was active in community and civic projects, church and fraternal organizations.
 She is survived by two children:  Joseph  R. (Bob) of Clarinda; and Marcia Jean Moore of Eagan, Minn.; five grandchildren; and one brother, James Merrill LaShum of Burbank, California.
 The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda was in charge of services. 
 The birth of Ralph William Shum is recorded in Book 3 at the Page County Court House, Clarinda, Iowa.  Parents were listed as James Shum and Hallie Eleanor Thomas.  (researched by Clarice Shum)
Ralph LaShaum
 A graduate of the University of Virginia, Ralph held various positions, some in foreign lands. At one point in his career he was President of the American University in Beirut, Lebanon.
Cox Clan Newsletter May 2001 COX FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION By Augustus O. "Bud" Thomas
 Social Security information showed Ralph's birthday to be 8 July, 1909.  He died August, 1980.  Ralph's address at the time of his death was New York City, NY 10025.  The last benefit was sent to his sister, Marjorie Tunnicliff in Clarinda, Page, IA.  Ralph's Social Security number was 554-10-7662; application made in California prior to 1951.
Martha Bell Thomas
 Martha Bell taught school in Page County, Iowa, following her own advanced education at Amity College (College Springs, Iowa).  She also taught in the Akron city schools.
 After marrying Thomas Dyall, a photographer, they lived in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.  She wrote for local organizations and the newspaper.  Her collection of poems, titled, My House, was published by the Federated Women's Clubs.
Cox Clan Newsletter May 2001 COX FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION By Augustus O. "Bud" Thomas
Martha was Bob's great-aunt, a sister of Hallie Thomas Shum.  She grew up in Page County, mostly in Clarinda.

Clarice Shum of Clarinda researched the following obituary of Luella Sullivan Shum:
    Luella Jane Sullivan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Sullivan, was born near Clarinda, Ia., July 4, 1872 and passed away at her home at Coin, Iowa., August 24, 1927, aged 55 years, one month and 20 days.
    She was married to Mose Shum, Sept. 26, 1894.  To this union seven children were born.  Allen, Clifford and Bessie of St. Joe, Mo., Otto of Marysville, Kas., Lewis and Harold at home.  A daughter, Vida passed away August 24, 1907.
    She was converted in the United Brethren Church at Rose Hill, a country church north of Clarinda at an early age, later transferring her membership to the Methodist Church at Coin, where she remained a faithful member until death.  She was a constant worker in Sunday School and active in church affairs.  She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge No. 84 and Royal Neighbor, Keen Camp, of Coin.
    She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband and children, Clifford and Allen Shum of St. Joe, Mrs. Bessie Niday of St. Joe, Otto of Marysville, Kas., Harold and Lewis at home, five grandchildren, four sisters--Mrs. Will Hollis of Burlington Junction, Mo., Mrs. Geo. Benington of Sedalia, Mo., Mrs. Jack Lawson of Hepburn, Ia., Mrs. Alvin Nelson of Clarinda, Ia.; three brothers, Jack Sullivan of Hepburn, Ia., Pat Sullivan of Clarinda, Ia., Will Sullivan of Clearmont, Mo.  Her mother and father preceded her in death twenty years ago, also two sisters and three brothers preceded her to the great beyond.
    Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at two 'clock with Rev. C.. R. Cook in charge at the Methodist church at Coin, Ia.  Burial in Elmwood cemetery at Coin.
 Allen's birth was registered as "Male Shum", born June 5, 1897.  Parents were Moses Shum, age 23, born in Iowa, and ----- Sullivan, age 25, born in Iowa.  (as researched by Clarice Shum)

 Allen and Lottie, both 22, were living in Washington Twp, Buchanan County, MO at the time of the 1920 census.  He was a fireman on the railroad, she was a seamstress in a factory.  No one else was living with them.

 1930 census:  Allen, Lottie and her father, Frank,were living in St. Joseph, MO in 1930.  Allen was a locomotive fireman; both Lottie and her father were at home.  No children were listed.  Lottie was 32 in this census so she'd have been born 1897 or 1898. 
    COIN (Special)  Mrs. Crabtree of Coin received word this week that her brother-in-law, Allen Shum, had taken his own life at Palm Beach, Florida, where the Shum family had been living.  Allen was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mose Shum of Coin, and lived with his parents in Coin during his early life.  Shortly after his marriage to Lottie Hildebrand, he went to St. Joe and took up railroading as his life's work.  For a number of years he was rated as one of the best firemen on his road.
    Besides his wife the deceased is survived by a daughter, also a sister and four brothers.  Mrs. Charlie McNerney is a cousin of the late Mr. Shum.
Note:  Mrs. Crabtree was Lottie's sister, Rose.  Allen's maternal cousin referenced was Wilma, who married Charles McNerney; Wilma's parents were Mary Belle Sullivan married Dr. Scott Marshall Elrick.

Curry J. Muckey  Obituary  1867-1933
 Curry J. Muckey, son of Jasper and Emma Muckey was born in Ill., December 1, 1867, and moved with his parents to Page county, Iowa at the age of one year.
 He was united in marriage to Annie B. Shum, Nov. 8, 1892.  She preceded him in death July 12, 1929.
 To them were born three children, Mrs. Leila Webb, Mrs Ione Werner and Rollie Muckey, all living on farms nearby.
 In 1900 the family moved to his present home at which place his death occurred, July 14, 1944, at the age of 65 years, 7 months, 12 days.
 He was married again in 1930 to Mrs. Stella Snodderly.
 He leaves to mourn his death besides his wife and children, four grandchildren and seven sisters, Mrs. Louise Emily, Elk Mound, Wis., Mrs. Ida Piper, Sharpsburg, Iowa, Mrs. Josephine Ferris, Winchester, Kans., Mrs. Katherine Taylor, Potter, Kans., Mrs Mahala Stiverson, Graham, Mo., Mrs. Ada Shum, San Francisco, Calif., Mrs. Mabel Cree, Colorado Springs, Colo.
 The funeral services were held at the Guss church Saturday afternoon, Rev. Carpenter of Villisca being in charge.  Pallbearers were Curt McCoy, Homer Davis, Walter Lawger, Fred Frost, Edward Maxwell and Wilbur Ellison.  Music was furnished by folks from Villisca.  Burial was in the Guss cemetery.


    J. B. Marsell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marsell, was born July 22, 1872 on a farm south of New Market, Iowa, and died Jan. 24, 1950 at his home in New Market.  He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and three brothers, George, John and Joe.

    He was united in marriage to Daisy E. Hicks, March 12, 1895 at the home of her parents in north New Market.  To this union was born one daughter, Thelma.

    He is survived by his wife, the daughter; granddaughter, Margaret Franko and husband and two great grandchildren, Jimmy and Mark Franko; two sisters, Mrs. Lulu Shore of New Market and Mrs. Elma Hanshaw of Sac City.

    He left the farm at the age of 20, moving to New Market in 1892.  He lived in Taylor county all his life, with the exception of two years in Page county.  He was in the mercantile business for 45 years, working eight years as a clerk and 37 in business for himself.  He united with the M. E. church early in life, later uniting with the Baptist church.

    Services were held at the Baptist church Friday at 2 p m, conducted by Rev. Clarence Moore.  Music was furnished by Opal Brown.  Flower girls were Mrs. Lyle Pitman, Donna Shore, Loretta Smith and Nancy Journey.  Casket bearers were Irvin McKay, Hiram Hullinger, Elmer Eighmy, Elmer Raynor, Ralph Pratt and Myron Parsons.  Interment was in Memory cemetery.



Researched by Clarice Shum; this is more appropriate for Taylor County site than Page, but in case you don't have it, I'm sending it anyhow.


In obituary book at museum   1943    

    John Marsell, aged and respected Cortez citizen, died suddenly Thursday, September 23, while on a fishing trip to Groundhog reservoir.  Death occurred as he was riding in a car with Lou Jackson.

    According to Mr. Jackson, he and Mr. Marsell had spent the day at the lake and were returning home over slippery roads.  Mr. Marsell commented that Jack had better drive carefully or they would go in the ditch. Driving on a few hundred yards, Mr. Jackson heard the elder man gasp; realizing something was wrong, he stopped the car and went around to the door on the other side.  When he reached Mr. Marsell he was dead.

    Alone on the highway, Mr. Jackson did the only thing to do, he continued on with Mr. Marsell in the seat beside him.  At Dolores he called Dr. Lefurgey, who pronounced the man dead.  From this point the body was moved to Cortez by the Ertel Funeral Home.

    Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Ertel Memorial chapel with Rev. Stanley Files of the local Pentecostal church in charge.  Burial was at Cortez cemetery.

    John Robert Marsell, son of Joseph and Sarah Marsell, was born in Lee county, Iowa, June 11, 1869, and passed away at Groundhog reservoir on Sept. 23, 1943, being 74 years, 3 months and 11 days old.

    While still a youth, he moved with his parents to Taylor county, Iowa, where he grew to manhood and was married to Miss Lucia Kimpton on Christmas day, 1889.  To this union were born eight children, all of whom, with the wife and mother, survive him.  The children are Frank of Webster, Kans., Dewey of Ada, Kans., James of Lawrence, Kans., Edith Williams of Densmore, Kans., Ruby Brown of Stockton, Kans., Joe of Pampa, Tex., Charles Marsell and Opal Bertwell of Cortez, Colo.  He also leaves two sisters and two brothers in Iowa, 23 grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

    In 1904 he, with his wife and family, moved to Rooks county, Kans., where he lived until October, 1934, when he, with his wife and Opal moved to Cortez, where he has since resided.

    While in Kansas, in 1922, he was converted to the Pentecostal faith, and was a firm believer until his summons came to come up higher.

 Thomas Joseph Hunter, son of Joseph Porter and Nellie (Gallagher) Hunter, was born on April 1, 1935, in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and passed away at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa, on March 25,2000.  he was 64  years of age.  Tom spent his early life attending Shenandoah schools graduating from the Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1953.  He attended Creighton University of one year.  He attended Cornell University Hotel Management Institute in New York.  In the 1950s and early 1960s  Tom was night manager of the Sheraton  Fontennelle Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska.  He later retired and returned to Shenandoah.  Tom was a member of St.. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah and a former member of the choir.  He was a longtime volunteer in the gift shop at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.  Tom was especially interested in music and sports.  He and his father were strong supporters of the Shenandoah Mustangs and Tom was in many special musical groups during his high school career.  In 1953, when Tom was a senior in high school, he won the first flight of the annual city golf tournament.  A special joy in Tom's life was his great-niece Andi.
 Tom was preceded in death by his father and mother, an infant brother, and his grandparents.  He is survived by his sister, Myra Hunter Libby and her husband Albert of Mason City, Iowa, a nephew, Christopher Libby and wife Michelle of Waukegan, Illinois, a niece, Alicia Libby Pauley and her husband Daniel of Coon Rapids, Iowa, a nephew, Joseph Libby and his wife Michelle Lynn of Fairbault, Minnesota, great-niece, Andi Elizabeth Pauley of  Coon Rapids, an aunt, Frances Gallagher, of Bundoran, Ireland, an aunt-in-law,  Elizabeth Hunter of Omaha, Nebraska, and a number of cousins in both the United States and Ireland.
JACK ALAN HENSHAW obituary        Shenandoah paper
 Jack Alan Henshaw, son of N. S. (Nate) and Helen R. (Davis) Henshaw was born on November 19, 1921, in Shenandoah, Iowa and passed away on December 30, 1999 at the Garden View care Center.  He was 78 years of age.  He spent his early life I Shenandoah and attended the Shenandoah public schools graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1939.  He attended Tarkio College from 1939-1940.  He enlisted in the Elk's Army Air Corps Flying Cadets in January 1943 advancing to heavy bombers (B-29) as airplane commander 1944-1945.  He flew missions over the Japanese Empire.  On February 6, 1943, he was united in marriage to Jean Tunnicliff in Midland, Texas.  Following Jack's separation from the military service they returned to Shenandoah to make their permanent residence.  He was employed by the Postal Service as a temporary substitute in 1939 and returned to the Postal Service following World War II in late 1945 eventually retiring from the Postal Service.  Jack was a member of the American Legion, IOOF Lodge, Izaak Walton League and the Lions Club.  Jack owned and operated Midwest Supply, selling hunting and trapping equipment and buying raw furs.  Jack enjoyed hunting, (especially waterfowl), fishing, (especially catfish), trapping, trap-shooting, and watching videos in his large collection.
 Jack was preceded in death by his father N. S. Henshaw, his mother Helen Douthit, stepmother Eleanor Henshaw, and a brother Jay W. Henshaw.  He is survived by his wife Jean of Shenandoah, son Michael Henshaw and his wife Pat, Longmont, Colorado; brother L. E. (Gene) Henshaw and wife Kay, of Houston, Texas; half-sister Sue Berry of Shenandoah, grandchildren Bruce Henshaw, LaMesilla, New Mexico; Kerri Atkinson and husband John, South Bend, Indiana; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.

OBITUARY  Anna B. (Shum) Muckey  1876-1909

 Mrs. Anna Shum Muckey died at her home south of Guss, Taylor county, Friday, July 12, 1909, from acute Bright's disease after an illness of a few hours.  At 6 o'clock in the evening she called her husband that supper would be ready in a few minutes, and upon his arrival at the house, he found her on the floor, unconscious, she dying a few minutes before 10 o'clock the same evening.
 The funeral was held at the Guss Methodist church yesterday at 1 o'clock, being very largely attended, the floral offerings also being many and beautiful.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. L. B. Carpenter, an old friend of the family, and a former pastor of the Guss Methodist church. The pall bearers were Roy Akers, Neal Akers, Doyle Cree, Rolla Muckey, Estel Warner and  Frank Webb. She was laid to rest in the Guss cemetery.
 The following obituary was read at the funeral:
  Anna Shum, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Shum, was born in Page county, Ia., Feb. 18, 1876.  She was united in marriage to Curry J. Muckey Nov. 8, 1892.   To them were born three children.  Mrs. Muckey was a kind and loving wife and mother, an unselfish neighbor, always giving aid in sickness when duty called her.  In 1900 the family moved to their present home at which place her death occurred, July 12, 1929, at the age of 53 years, 4 months and 24 days.  She leaves to mourn her death besides her husband, three children, Mrs. Leila Webb, Mrs. Ione Werner and Rollie G. Muckey, all living on farms near their parents.  She also leaves five brothers, Joe and James of Clarinda, George of Gravity, William of Sharpsburg and Mose of Coin, also four grandchildren
Card of Thanks followed the obituary:
        We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the neighbors and friends for their kind assistance and words of sympathy during the illness and death of our beloved wife and mother. also the singers and the congributions of the beautiful flowers.  C. J. Muckey and Children
Leila V. (Muckey) Webb obituary   1893-1973

 Mrs. Leila V. Webb, 79, of rural New Market, died Friday morning at Municipal Hospital where she had been admitted Thursday.
 She was born June 27, 1893 near Clarinda, the daughter of Curry and Anna Shum Muckey.  Her  husband, Frank Webb, died May 20, 1869.  The family home is five miles northeast of New Market.
 Mrs. Webb is survived by her granddaughter, Mrs. Leo (Normalee) Miller of New Market and three great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. E W (Ione) Werner, of Cheyenne, Wyo.
 Funeral services were held this Monday morning at Walker Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Osburn officiating.  Bonnie Brown was soloist and Pat Larson organist.  Casket bearers were Paul Schaffer, Wesley Glassgow, Seldon Hicks, Donald Lister, Merrill Webb and Drexel Gold.
 Burial was in the Guss cemetery.




A few minutes past one o’clock Saturday afternoon, December 2d [1911], the veil that divides the present from the mysterious future was lifted and William Lee Thomas, of this city, passed through.  His final illness lasted but a few days, and during those days there was little pain.  It was simply the passing of a well-spent life, and he was not only willing, but anxious to go.  Even the watchers by the bedside scarcely knew when the final moment came.  He simply fell asleep without pain, and for a little time those who gathered about his bedside expected him to awaken, but his awakening was that for which he had waited for some time.  Mr. Thomas was an old settler in Page county, having located a short distance to the southwest of the city in 1872.  In 1876 he moved to the prairie farm in Tarkio township where he resided until he came to Clarinda in 1893.  He was a type of the American commoner who finds it necessary to perform each day a day’s work in order to support himself and those dependent upon him until each member of the family became self-supporting.  His life was a constant struggle against adversity, and five times he was compelled to start anew after disaster – uncontrollable had overtaken him; first by the business failure of a partner in his early life, next by the grasshoppers which destroyed the crops of Kansas and Nebraska and crossed the river into western Iowa in 1876 and devastated the crops there; then by a tornado, again by drouth and last by fire, but each time adversity came he had courage to press forward in his manly struggle for existence with splendid faith that eventually all would be well.  It can faithfully be said that he wronged no man, could not countenance untruth or dishonesty, met every situation honestly and bravely and sought to give every man his due.  He had the patience and fortitude of the Welsh race and was one of those well-poised characters whom it is a delight to meet.  He made friends easily and never lost one.  He was an obliging neighbor, but lived most intensely within his own family, watching the education and progress of his children with much solicitude, and guarding zealously the welfare of his faithful wife.  He was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1833, removed to Illinois in 1859 and was married to Elizabeth Cox, the daughter of Richard Rue Cox, the earliest settler of Mercer county, May 22, 1860.  He offered his services when Abraham Lincoln called for defenders of the flag, but was rejected on account of ill health.  Besides his wife, he leaves six children, Lee R. of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Augustus O., of Kearney, Nebr., Mrs. Martha Dyall, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Mrs. Hallie Shum, of Clarinda, Iowa, Miss Julia, of Columbus, Nebr., and Charles, of Bremerton, Wash.  Other near relatives in the city are a sister, Mrs. Lizie Cox, and family.  The services were from the home of Mr. James Shum at 2:30 Monday afternoon.  Rev. Clifford Cox, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which Mr. Thomas had long been a member, read several passages of scripture so familiar to the deceased, and made a few brief remarks on the significance of life and death and on the worthiness and well-ordered life of him who had departed.  Mrs. James Scroggs sang “I have a Savior, He’s Pleading in Glory,” and “Jesus, Lover of my Soul.”  The body was laid to rest in Greenwood cemetery.


Researched and photocopied by Clarice Shum at the Nodaway Valley Historical Society museum, Clarinda, Iowa.  Transcribed by Merrily Tunnicliff.


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