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[Carter, Christopher Columbus]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 9, 1941    [p. 1]

C. C. Carter, 77, Is Fatally Injured

C. [hristopher] C. [olumbus] Carter, 77, of Omaha, was fatally injured in that city Thursday, Dec. 26, when he was struck by an automobile while attempting to cross a street. He was taken to a hospital but died soon after his arrival there.

He is survived by two daughters and two sons; also by two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Sallie Spurgeon of Bedford, Mrs. Kate Clute of Doster, Mich., Ace [Asa] Carter of Los Angeles, Calif., and William Carter of Fort Dodge.

Miss Gladys Spurgeon of Bedford and Mr. and Mrs. William Carter of Fort Dodge went to Omaha to attend the last rites.

[Carter, Coleman S.]

Bedford Times Republican

Thursday    February 3, 1921     p. 8

Died At Soldiers Home

Coleman S. Carter, died at the Soldiers Home at Leavenworth, Kansas, on Friday morning January 28th, 1921. He was born in Kentucky on June 25th, 1839, making him 82 years old this coming June.

He was married to Susan Martin on January 9th, 1859. Six children were born to them, 5 of whom survive. They are Sarah E. [lizabeth] Spurgeon of Bedford, C.[hristopher] C. [olumbus] Carter of Omaha, Neb., A. [sa] C. Carter of Declo, Idaho, Mrs. L. [evi] T. Clute [Catherine] of Toledo, Ohio and Wm. Carter of Bedford. Mr. Carter was an old veteran of the Civil war having served for three years, taking part in several hard fought battles. After the war he worked at the carpenter trade; until the last few years he made his home at the Soldiers home at Leavenworth, Kansas, where he passed away. His body was laid away in Uncle Sam's cemetery, where it will be looked after and cared for. He has answered the last Roll Call.

Mr. Carter had made his home in Bedford for many years and had many friends. The family have the sympathy of many friends in Bedford in their sorrow.

[Carter, Susan Martin]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday     September 6, 1894    [p. 1]

Laid At Rest

Died, at the family residence, one mile north of Bedford, on Friday, August 24, 1894, at 2:05 o'clock a. m., Susan Carter, wife of C. [oleman] S. Carter, aged 57 years, 6 months and 3 days.

Funeral services were conducted by Elder Wm. Cobb, at the residence, on Saturday, August 25, at 10 o'clock, a. m. Interment was made in the Mohler cemetery east of town. Mr. and Mrs. C.  [oleman] S. Carter were among the early settlers of Taylor County. Mrs. Carter came to Iowa with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Martin [Permelia Jobe], in 1854, and they located on a farm four miles east of Bedford. In 1859 she was united in marriage to C. [oleman] S. Carter, since which time, up to her death, she was a resident of this county. She had a large circle of warm, personal friends, many of whom attended the funeral. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn her loss.

O Mother dear, most bitterly we miss you,

And when we gaze upon your old arm chair

Our hearts bleed as we think of you

To know we never more shall see you there.

How sad we are to know you’ll never darken

The doorway of our once happy home,

When we return no soothing word awaits us.

No smiles from our dear mother’s face to


But though we sadly mourn the loss dear


We know our loss to heaven is gain

And that you are with the saints in heaven,

Where never therein shall enter death or


[Clute, Elizabeth Cathcart “Eliza” Smith]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    May 22, 1902    p. 7


Eliza [beth] Cathcart Smith was born May 3, 1836. Lived with her parents until she was married, December 19, 1861, to Martin V. [an Buren] Clute, of Allegheny, California, where they went immediately after their union. They resided there seven years, and then moved to Wisconsin, and from there to Taylor county, Iowa, in 1876. In January, 1902, hoping that her health, which had been failing for the past three years, might be benefited by a milder climate, they went to Wagoner, Indian Territory. She suffered from chronic bronchitis and valvular disease of the heart, and although everything was done that loving care and medical skill could give, the end came very peacefully Saturday morning, May 17, at half past seven, as she sat resting in her room.

The remains were brought to Bedford for interment in Fairview cemetery. The funeral exercises were conducted at the M. E. church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. T. J. Ream.

She was a faithful wife and mother, and leaves to mourn her loss her husband and six children, Josephine F. [rances], wife of John T. [homas] Lemon, Red Rock, Oklahoma; Nellie V. [irginia], St. Cloud, Minnesota; Levi T., and Fred M.[artin], of this city, Adeline and Gaylord S. [mith], who live at the home in Wagoner; her mother, Mrs. C. Smith, of Brownville, New York; a brother in Minnesota, a sister in California, and seven grandchildren, with many other relatives and friends.

Her whole life was filled with kind and useful deeds, and she was ever ready to help those whom she could reach in time of trouble. She lies at rest in Fairview cemetery, Bedford, Iowa, near the old home.

She is not dead, she is but sleeping,

The cold, cold grave is only


The dust to dust returning.

Death could not claim the soul


While angels from the heavenly


Bent o'er with eager yearning.

[Clute, Fred Martin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 3, 1957     [p. 1]

Fred Clute Died At Lenox Tuesday

Fred M. [artin] Clute, a long-time resident of Taylor County, died about noon Tuesday, January 1 at his home in Lenox. Funeral services Thursday afternoon, January 3 at one o'clock at the United Presbyterian church in Lenox, with James Eddy officiating. Burial in Bedford cemetery.

Mr. Clute was born in Riplinger, Wisconsin and came to Taylor County with his parents, when he was two years of age. They lived first at Gravity, then Bedford, [and] Clearfield, moving to Lenox in 1932, where he was engaged in the plumbing and hardware business. After his retirement he was employed at the Lenox post office until his last sickness.

He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, the Masonic Lodge, and Woodmen of the World. Mr. and Mrs. Clute celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on Christmas Day.

He is survived by his wife, Clara [Greenlee]; three daughters, Mrs. Helen Ethington of Ames, Mrs. Vesta Bailey of Diagonal; Mrs. Pauline Williams of Detroit, Michigan; one son, George Clute of Monroe, Michigan; nine grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren.

[Clute, Katherine “Kate” Carter]        [Carter, Asa]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 6, 1949    [p. 1]

Brother and Sister Die During Week

Mrs. L. [evi] T. Clute [Katherine], 76, of Doster, Michigan, died Saturday, October l, according to word received in Bedford by her brother Wm. G. Carter, and her niece, Miss Gladys Spurgeon. She is a former resident of Bedford.

The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon and burial was at Orangeville, Michigan.

She is survived by her husband, one son and four grandchildren.

Asa Carter, a brother, passed away in Patton, California, last week. He was also a former resident of Bedford.

[Note: Asa Carter was born January 1, 1871 in Iowa and died in Patton, San Bernardino County, California, May 23, 1949.  Source: California Death Records]

[Clute, Levi T.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 26, 1950    [p. 1]

Former Resident Dies In Michigan

Levi T. Clute, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. [artin] V. [an Buren] Clute [Eliza Cathcart Smith] and brother of Fred [Martin] Clute, died January 19, 1950 at the age of 81 years at Monroe, Michigan. His wife died Oct. 2, 1949 at the age of 76 years.

He is survived by one son, Martin Clute and three grandchildren of Monroe. Also by three sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Josephine Lemon, 88, of Wagoner, Oklahoma; Mrs. Nellie [Virginia] Westcott, 84, of Mt. Mora, Florida; Mrs. Addie Jones, 78, of Wagoner, Okla.; Fred [Martin] Clute, 75 of Lenox; and Gay [lord] Clute, 72, of Avant, Oklahoma.

This is the first death in this Clute family in forty-six years. The Clutes were former residents of Bedford.

[Clute, Louetta Maxine]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     September 26, 1918    [p. 1]

The infant child [Louetta Maxine] of Mr. and Mrs. Fred [Martin] Clute, of Clearfield, was brought here for burial Sunday The little one was less than a week old.

[Clute, Louetta Maxine]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday    October 2, 1918    p. 7


The infant daughter [Louetta Maxine] of Mr. and Mrs. Fred [Martin] Clute died September 17th. Altho it had been with them only a short time it was hard to give her up. The funeral services were held at the home Wednesday.

[Clute, Louetta Maxine]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    October 3, 1918    p. 7


The infant daughter [Louetta Maxine] of Mr. and Mrs. Fred [Martin] Clute passed away at the home in West Clearfield Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon by Rev. T. R. Aikin; interment at Bedford.

[Clute, Louetta Maxine]

Clearfield Enterprise

Thursday     September 26, 1918    p. 6


Louetta Maxine Clute was born September 12th, 1918; died September 17th, 1918. God loaned this priceless treasure for five short days, then took it back again to heaven. She shall not return to us, but we shall go to her.

The parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. [red] M. [artin] Clute, the sisters and brother, ---Helen, Vesta, Pauline and George, have the sympathy of the community in their sorrow. "Suffer the little children to come."

The funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon by Rev. T. K. Aikin. Interment was at Bedford Cemetery.

[Clute, Martin Van Buren]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    April 21, 1904    p. 8

M. V. Clute Dies in Indian Territory.

M. [artin] V. [an Buren] Clute, father of F. [red] M. [artin] Clute, of this city, and an old time resident of Bedford, died at his home in Wagner, Indian Territory, Monday night. About a month ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis from which be never recovered. The remains arrived last night, but arrangements for the funeral will be made today. Rev. Ream will conduct the service, and it is probable that interment will be at Fairview.

[Clute, Martin Van Buren]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    April 21, 1904    [p. 1]

M. V. Clute Dies At Wagoner

From Tuesday's Daily

F. [red] M. [artin] Clute received a telegram this morning conveying the sad intelligence of the death of his father, M. [artin] V. [an Buren] Clute at Wagoner, Indian Territory at 12 o'clock last night. Mr. Clute is an old resident of Taylor County, having left here some two years ago. Since that time he has been residing in the Indian Territory.

About a month ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis, and since then has been very sick, so his death was not entirely unexpected.

LATER: The remains arrived Wednesday night and the funeral services will be held at the residence of F. [red] M. [artin] Clute in the northeast part of Bedford, Friday at 10:30 o'clock a. m. Rev. Griffith will officiate. Interment at Fairview cemetery.

[Clute, Martin Van Buren]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    April 28, 1904    p. 5

Laid to Rest.

The funeral services of M. [artin] V. [an Buren] Clute, who died at Wagoner, I. T., were held at the home of his son in Bedford, Friday, April 22, by Rev. Griffith. The body was laid to rest by the side of his wife in Fairview, she having died May 17,1902. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved ones.

[Clute, Martin Van Buren]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    April 28, 1904    p. 7


Martin Van Buren Clute was born in Niagara County, New York, on February 1st 1833, and died at his home at Wagoner, Indian Territory, at midnight, Monday, April 18th 1904.

He was married to Miss Eliza [abeth Cathcart] Smith at Watertown, New York, December 19th 1861. To this union there was born four sons and three daughters. Two of the sons, Levi of Wyoming, and Gaylord [Smith] of Indian Territory, were not able to be present at the funeral, although the last named son was able to be with the father at the time of his death. One son died in infancy. The remains were brought to the home of the other son, Mr. Fred [Martin] Clute, of this city, where the body was interred by the side of his companion who died May 17th, 1902, and was buried in Fairview cemetery.

The funeral services conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Clute in this city on April 22 at 10:30 a. m. All of the daughters were present at this service; Mrs. Josephine Lemon, of Anadarko, Indian Territory; Miss Nellie V. [irginia] Clute, of St. Cloud, Minn., and Miss Adaline Clute of Wagoner, Indian Territory.

The deceased was a man who had traveled considerably. He was three years in Australia, and was one of the '49ers, who went in search of gold to California. He subsequently made repeated trips to the coast. He came to Taylor county, Iowa, in the spring of 1876 and lived in different parts of Taylor county ever since, until two years ago the health of his wife influenced him to seek a climate more suitable for her and he moved to Wagoner, Indian Territory. He is said to have been a kind father and affectionate husband. Old settlers know him.

[Lemon, John Thomas]

Bedford Times Press

Thursday    May 24, 1934    p. 4

John T. Lemon Dies in Oklahoma

John Thomas Lemon, 78, died at his home in Hydro, Okla., May 14, after having been in failing health for more than a year. The funeral services were held the following Wednesday at his former home, Sickles, Okla., and burial made in the cemetery at that place.

He was born near Evansville, Wisc., Nov. 6, 1885. When he was fifteen years of age he moved [to] Union county, Iowa, with his parents. He was married to Miss Josephine Francis [Frances] Clute in Taylor County, Iowa. They were the parents of four children, Chester F. Lemon of Ralston, Okla., Edmond Lee Lemon of Lookeba, Okla., Arthur M. Lemmon [Lemon] of Okla., and John M. Lemon of Kansas City, Mo.

The family moved to Oklahoma in 1901.

[Livingston, Blanche Johnson]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    February 18, 1897    p. 3

Mrs. [Blanche] Livingston, wife of Chas. Livingston and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Johnston [Johnson], died at her home in Gay Township, Sunday Feb. 14, 1897, aged about 23 years. Funeral services were conducted from the Gay Center schoolhouse on Monday and the remains interred at the Lexington cemetery. Full particulars of the funeral have not been obtained at this writing.

[Orton, Dollie Gifford]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday    March 13, 1884    p. 4

—The funeral of Mrs. [Dollie Gifford] Orton, who died last week at her residence about four miles west of town, took place on Thursday at the Bedford cemetery.

[Orton, Effie May Greenlee]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 3, 1958    p. [1]

Mrs. Effie M. Orton Dies in Bedford

Mrs. Effie May Orton, 90, died Sunday, March 30 at a rest home in Bedford, where she had been a patient the past three years.

She was born Sept. 9, 1867, in Nodaway county, Mo., the daughter of the late George W. and Joanna Greenlee. She was married Jan. 10, 1895, to Matthew Orton, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Bedford Methodist church.

Survivors are a stepdaughter, Mrs. Anna McCormick of Bedford, and a nephew, Claude Grotey of Hopkins.

Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Swanson funeral Home, Hopkins. Rev. Maurice Magers officiated. Burial in Hopkins cemetery.

[Orton, Eliza May Greenlee]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday    November 8, 1894    [p. 1]


Mrs. S. [ylvester] S. [herman] Orton [Eliza May Greenlee], wife of City Marshall Orton, died at her home in the northeast part of the city at 7:40 p. m. last evening.

The funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 p. m., Friday afternoon, by Rev. J. C. Lewis, of the Baptist church. Friends are invited.

Interment will be made in the old Bedford cemetery.

[Orton, Eliza May Greenlee]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday    November 15, 1894    [p. 1]

In Memorium

Died, at her home in the northeast part of this city, Wednesday, November 7, 1894, at 7:30 o'clock p. m., Mrs. Eliza M. [ay] Orton, wife of S. [ylvester] S.[herman] Orton, aged 31 years, 2 months and 13 days.

Mrs. Orton was the daughter of A. [ndrew] M. [cKelvey] and A. [nna] E. [liza Houck] Greenlee, and was born in Crawford County, Pa., August 24, 1863. In 1888 she came with her parents to Taylor county, Iowa, where she has since resided. On the 10th of September 1884, she was married to S. [ylvester] S.[herman] Orton, and has resided most of the time in Bedford.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. C Lewis at the family residence at 2 o'clock p. m., Friday, Nov. 9, and were attended by a large number of people, who thus expressed their sympathy for the bereaved husband and motherless children.

Mrs. Orton was a member of the First Baptist church, a consistent Christian, a loving wife and kind mother, and her memory will be cherished and honored by all who knew her.

We shall meet thee in the morning,

When earth's night has passed away,

We shall greet thee, at the dawning

Of the resurrection day.

When the Lord shall come in glory,

With our loved ones gone before,

Then beyond life's finished story

We shall meet to part no more.

Interment was made in the old Bedford cemetery.

[Orton, Mathew]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 2, 1936    [p. 1]

M. Orton, 80, Dies At Home April 1

Mathew Orton, 80, a resident of the Bedford community for many years, died at his home west of Bedford Wednesday morning, April 1, after having been in failing health for some time.

The funeral services were held this afternoon at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. J. Stanley Decker. Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.

Mrs. Orton survives.

Mathew Orton, son of Sherman and Dollie [Gifford] Orton, was born near Farmington, Peoria County, Ill., Jan. 14, 1856. When a young man he came with his parents and older brother to Bedford, Iowa, settling on the same farm where he resided until his death.

At the age of 35 he united with the Methodist church at Gilead, of which he remained a faithful member until the Gilead Church was disbanded, when his membership was transferred with others to the Methodist church in Bedford.

On June 27, 1878 he was married to Zoa Shade. To them was born one daughter, Alma May McCormick of Bedford. His wife died April 30, 1890. He was again married on Jan. 10, 1895 to Effie May Greenlee, who together with the daughter survives him. He is also survived by one brother, Sylvester [Sherman] Orton of California, one granddaughter, Rita Stithem and three great grandchildren, Doris, Eldon and Lois Stithem.

Mr. Orton was the youngest of a family of four brothers and four sisters. He was always loyal to his church, friends and neighbors, and was loved and respected by all who knew him.

[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Taylor County Herald, April 9, 1936    p. 4.]

[Orton, Miranda Jane Greenlee Blackwell]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    March 16, 1911    [p. 1]

MrS. S. s. Orton DEAD

Remains Are Brought From Oklahoma For Interment.

Mrs. S. [ylvester] S. [herman] Orton, formerly of this county, died at her home in Crescent, Okla., March 11, and the remains were brought here for interment, brief funeral services having been held at the home of A. S. Houck Tuesday morning. Interment was in Graceland cemetery. Miranda Jane Greenlee was born in Erie County, Pennsylvania, February 4, 1841. July 18, 1872 she was united in marriage with J. M. Blackwell, and after his death she was married January 16, 1896, to S. [ylvester] S. [herman] Orton.

[Orton, Miranda Jane Greenlee Blackwell]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    March 30, 1911    p. 3

Mrs. S. S. Orton Is Dead

Mrs. S. [ylvester] S. [herman] Orton died at her late home in this city on last Saturday morning after an illness of several months duration. Although a constant sufferer for many days, this good lady was a patient sufferer showing much Christian fortitude and while her death was not unlooked for yet it came as a shock for reason that she had appeared much improved only the afternoon before but the improvement only foreshadowed the end of the life work of this good lady. The funeral occurred from the residence at 8:30 Sunday morning, conducted by Rev. Page of the Baptist church, after which the remains were taken to the Santa Fe station for shipment to Bedford, Iowa where they will be laid to rest. Her husband being a member of the local I. O. O. F. the members of the same attended the funeral in a body as a mark of respect for their brother in his hour of sorrow and desolation. The services were also made more impressive by reason of the presence of the entire choir of the Christian Church, which conducted the song service. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to these good folks in this hour of sorrow.

Miranda Jane Greenlee was born Feb. 4, 1841 in Washington township, Erie county, Pennsylvania. Moved with her parents to Taylor County, Iowa in 1868. Was married to J. M. Blackwell July 18, 1872, and was left a widow on Aug. 20, 1890; was married to S. [ylvester] S. [herman] Orton on Jan. 16, 1896. No children were born to either union. In the fall of 1901 she came to Oklahoma, living first at Stillwater, then at Marshall and five years ago moving to Crescent. She became a member of the Baptist church at an early age, uniting with the Baptist church at this place when she first moved here. Two sisters, one brother, a husband and three stepchildren survive her. —Crescent (Okla.) News.

[Orton, Sara Emma Greenlee]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday    July 20, 1882    [p. 1]


At the residence of her father, Mr. A. [ndrew] M. [cKelvey] Greenlee, on the 15th inst., Mrs. [Sara] Emma Orton, wife of S. [ylvester] S. [herman] Orton, in the 22d year of her age. Mrs. Orton was born in Crawford county, Iowa [Pennsylvania], in the year 1860 [April 16, 1861] and removed with her parents to Taylor county. She was married to S.[ylvester] S.[herman]  Orton in 1880 and leaves two motherless little babes, the youngest less than a week old, who will never know a mother's love and care. May Heaven be kind to the little ones who are thus so early bereaved. The deceased was a member of the Baptist church and the funeral took place on the 16th, the services being conducted by Rev. Taylor.

[Orton, Sherman]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday     February 9, 1882    p. 4

--Died at his residence, about four miles west of Bedford, on Tuesday evening, the 7th inst., Sherman Orton, aged about sixty-five years, of bronchitis.

[Orton, Sylvester Sherman]

Los Angeles Times

Saturday    April 4, 1936    p. 11

orton. Sylvester S. [herman] Orton, aged 82 years.

Funeral Saturday 2:30 p. m., at Wilson’s chapel, Monterey Park. (Bedford, Iowa, papers please copy.)