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[Garrard, Benjamin Franklin]

Blockton News

Thursday     December 16, 1937     [p. 1]

B. F. Garrard Dead

B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Garrard, whose illness was mentioned last week, passed away Saturday evening between 9 and 10 o'clock. He was 81 years of age. His children, Wayne [Sill] Garrard of Guide Rock, Nebraska, and Mrs. Maude Rochholz and husband of Wilton Junction, came the first of the week. Funeral services were held at the church yesterday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior.

[Garrard, Benjamin Franklin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 16, 1937    p. 7


B. F. Garrard Dies

B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Garrard died at his home Saturday, Dec. 11, after a short illness although he has not been in the best of health for several weeks. Funeral arrangements have not been made due to the fact that the children have not arrived.

[Garrard, Benjamin Franklin]

Blockton News

Thursday     December 16, 1937     [p. 1]


Benjamin Franklin Garrard was born in Vandalia, Indiana, July 3, 1856, and passed away at his home in Blockton Dec. 11, 1937, at the age of 81 years, 5 months and 8 days.

At the age of 14 years he moved with his parents to Nodaway County, Mo.

On Sept, 2,1882, he was married to Miss Ida Jane Still [Sill]. To this union 5 children were born: Everett [Beamus], who died in service during the World war; Leonard [Roach], who died in 1922, and one son [George Alford] died in infancy. Surviving are Mrs. Maude Rochholz of Wilton Junction, and Wayne [Sill] of Guide Rock, Nebr.

In 1910 they moved to Iowa, to a farm northwest of Blockton, and in 1915 moved to Blockton.

The wife and mother died in May 1926.

Mr. Garrard became a Christian and joined the Baptist church when young in life and after coming to Blockton transferred his membership to the Methodist church.

In June 1927, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary [Elizabeth Hobson Hoar] Bomberger of Rea, Mo. She passed away in Dec. 1935.

He leaves to mourn his departure the two children, three grandchildren, four brothers, William, Walter and John Garrard of Nodaway County, Mo., and Robert Garrard of Guide Rock, Nebr., and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Blockton Methodist church at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior. Burial in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

[Garrard, Everett Beamus]

Blockton News

Thursday     August 15, 1918     [p. 1]

Everett Beamus Garrard, son of Benjamin [Franklin] and Ida [Jane Sill] Garrard, was born in Nodaway County, Mo., May 19, 1895, and died at St. Luke’s hospital, Kansas City, Mo., August 7, 1918, aged 23 years, 2 months and 19 days.

Everett enlisted in Co. B, Sweeney Auto School Training, Department of the National Army, on April 6, 1918. He was stricken with pneumonia and taken to St. Luke’s hospital the 29th of April where he grew worse from day to day in spite of all medical aid and kind hands could do.

He is the first of the Blockton boys to give his life for his country.  The body was brought to Blockton on August 8th, accompanied by his sister, Maude, who was with him during the last seven weeks of his illness.

During his illness he was converted and was baptized and joined the Methodist Episcopal church. Of course, Everett would like to have lived to serve his country longer, but was willing to abide by the Lord’s will. He had not received his uniform when he took ill and expressed a desire to be able to wear it but the Lord [word unreadable] the order differently and not until after his death was his wish fulfilled. His father and two of his brothers, one of whom is in the United States service, visited the hospital, his mother not being able [rest of sentence unreadable] probably never would see her again on earth and for her to meet him in heaven.

There was a large concourse of people at the station to meet the funeral party on its arrival here.

He leaves to mourn his untimely death his father and mother, two brothers, Wayne [Sill] of Guide Rock, Neb., and Leonard [Roach], who is in the United States army and stationed at San Antonio, Texas, and one sister, Maude, at home, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

He was presented with a nice bouquet of flowers by his nurses and other friends and the Blockton Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Funeral services were held at the park Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. E. J. Laird. The services were very largely attended. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

N. [elson] B. [eamus] Sill returned to his home at Darlington, Mo., Sunday after attending the funeral of his nephew, Everett [Beamus] Garrard.

[Garrard, John Roach]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     December 31, 1942     p. 3


John Garrard Dies

John [Roach] Garrard, 73, died unexpectedly at his home near Gaynor City Monday evening, Dec. 21. Two daughters survive, Mrs. Hardie Shelman of Parnell and Mrs. Les Owens of Fort Blakely, Washington; three sons, Ernest of Hopkins, Loren of Parnell and Corp. Harley Garrard of Camp Hood, Texas; one brother, Walter Garrard of Sheridan. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Gaynor City.

[Garrard, John Roach]

Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri)

Tuesday     December 22, 1942      [p. 1]

John R. Garrard Dies At Home Near Gaynor

John Roach Garrard, 73 years of age, died suddenly at 8 o’clock this morning at his home, one mile south of Gaynor, where he had resided sixty years. Mr. Garrard had been in failing health for some time.

He was born November 3, 1869 at Spencer, Ind. and was married at Maryville on September 26, 1893, to Miss Lillie V. Killion, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Hardie Shelman, Parnell, and Mrs. Leo Owens, Fort Blakely, Wash.; three sons, Ernest Garrard, Hopkins, Loren Garrard, Parnell, and Cpl. Harley Garrard, Camp Hood, Tex.; one brother, Walter Garrard, Sheridan; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

[Garrard, Ida Jane Sill]

Blockton News

Thursday      May 13, 1926      [p. 1]


Ida Jane Sill, daughter of George Sill and Mariah Jane Cooper, was born in Cattaraugus County, New York, April 4, 1861, and passed away at her home in Blockton May 8, 1926.

She was the third of a family of 5 [?]. The family moved from New York to Wisconsin and later to Iowa. Thence to Missouri and later to Clarksville, Iowa, which from that time on was their home.

While living near Gaynor City, Mo., she met Benjamin F. [ranklin] Garrard and on Sept. 10, 1882, they were united in marriage at Pickering, that state, and went to housekeeping on the Garrard farm near there. Five children came to bless their home: —George Alford, who died in infancy; Wayne S. [ill], of Guide Rock, Nebr.; Maude E., of Lisbon; Leonard R. [oach], who died in Des Moines Oct. 31,1922; Everett [Beamus], who died at St. Luke's hospital, Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 7, 1918, while in the service.

The family moved from Pickering to Kansas, later to Plattsmouth, Nebr., and back to Missouri in 1888 where they resided until 1910 when they moved to near Blockton. They moved to Blockton in 1916.

Mrs. Garrard joined the Baptist church when a young lady and on Aug. 2, 1918, united with the Blockton Methodist church.

Her two sons, Leonard and Everett, were both in the service, Everett dying while in the army. She was the only gold star mother in the local American Legion Auxiliary.

She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband; son, Wayne [Sill]; daughter, Maude; sisters, Mrs. Alice Shepherd, Clarksville, Ia.; Gertrude Bernes, Marcon, Ia.; Maggie Vanslyke, Radford, Pa.; brother, Rev. N. [elson] B. [eamus] Sill, Darlington, Mo.; grandchildren, May Ellen, Wilbur Scott and Vera Jane, the children of Wayne Garrard.

In the springtime when the blossoms come again to gladden the world, God transplanted her to his heavenly garden. A good wife, a true mother, a loyal friend added to our increasing number of loved ones and friends that await us in the better world.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. J. V. Gray, assisted by Rev. H. V. Reeves, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery. The American Legion Auxiliary had charge of the services at the cemetery.

[Garrard, Ida Jane Sill]

Blockton News

Thursday      May 13, 1926      p. 4

Miss Maude Garrard, of Lisbon, came Friday called here by the fatal illness of her mother, Mrs. B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Garrard [Ida Jane Sill].

Among those present from a distance to attend the Mrs. B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Garrard funeral Sunday afternoon were N. [elson] B. [eamus] Sill, of Darlington, and Walter Garrard and daughter, Elda; Mrs. Mord Wilson and Mrs. Sam Kinnard, of Sheridan, Mo.

[Garrard, Leonard Roach]

Blockton News

Thursday       November 9, 1922     p. 4

B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Garrard, wife and daughter Maude, were in Des Moines last week called there by the fatal illness and death of their son, Leonard Garrard.

[Garrard, Leonard Roach]

Blockton News

Thursday       November 16, 1922    [p. 1]


Leonard Roach Garrard was born in Sheridan, Mo., May 11, 1892, and died at his home in Des Moines, Iowa, October 31, 1922, aged 30 years, 6 months and 22 days.

On the 17th day of April 1920, he was married to Miss Esther Vespestad. This union was one of tender love and there was a manifest devotion to each other. Through his one year of suffering, the last 11 days being spent in bed, his faithful companion was always near, ministering and helping as only faithfulness in love can do. "Love suffereth long and is kind.”

Mr. Garrard answered the call to serve his country in the time of the great World War crisis. He gave 14 months to the service of his country where many laid down their lives for their friends. "Greater love hath no man than this." "Whosoever would be great among you let him be your servant."

He was baptised in the Christian faith and joined in the fellowship of the Methodist Episcopal church on the 11th day of August 1918, at Blockton. In recent days he gave testimony of a stronger and renewed faith as the end drew near. He was quiet in the peace of heart that passeth all understanding.

He leaves to continue life in the earth a wife, mother, father, sister and brother and many good friends.

[Garrard, Mary Elizabeth Hobson Hoar Bomberger]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 26, 1935     p. 4


Mrs. Garrard Dies

Mrs. B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Garrard [Mary Elizabeth Hobson Hoar Bomberger]], 85, died at her home in Blockton at 1 o'clock this morning, Thursday, Dec. 26 after a lingering illness. She is survived by her husband. One granddaughter, Mrs. J. R. Morris also resides in Blockton. She moved to Blockton about ten years ago from Rea, Mo. The funeral arrangements have not been completed but burial will be at Whitesville, Mo.

[Garrard, Mary Elizabeth Hobson Hoar Bomberger]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday       January 2, 1936    p. 4

Hold Last Rites for Mrs. Garrard, Sat.

Funeral services for Mrs. B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Garrard, 85, who died at her home in Blockton, Wednesday, Dec. 25, were held at the Blockton Methodist church Saturday forenoon at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior. The body was taken to Whitesville, Mo., where burial was made.

Mary Elizabeth Hobson was born Sept. 3, 1850 at Savannah, Mo. She was married June 14, 1868 to W. [illiam] D. Hoar. To them were born three children, Hobson Hoar of St. Joseph; Mrs. Jennie Bird of Rea, Mo., and Harley Hoar of Warrensburg, Mo. Mr. Hoar died Nov. 30, 1900.

She was married to B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Garrard June 10, 1927. She was a member of Blockton Methodist church, a Past Noble Grand of the Rebekah lodge at Rosendale, Mo., and for many years chaplain of the Blockton Rebekah lodge.

Surviving with the husband are four grandchildren one of whom is Mrs. Beatrice Morris of Blockton. There are also three great grandchildren.

[Garrard, Siberia Olive “Sibbie” Smith]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      September 5, 1940    p. 2



Is Survived by Husband, Two Daughters and Several Grandchildren

Mrs. Walter Gerrard [Siberia Olive Smith Garrard], 77, died Tuesday at her home west of Sheridan following a short illness of heart trouble. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Brethren church, conducted by Rev. L. B. Day, Christian minister of Pickering. Burial was in the Brethren cemetery.

Besides her companion she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Elda [Mae] Whitney of near Sheridan and Mrs. Pearl Shelman of Eugene, Ore. One son and one daughter preceded her in death. There are several grandchildren.


Mrs. Jake Shelman [Pearl Garrard] arrived Saturday called by the serious illness and death of her mother, Mrs. Walter Gerrard [Garrard].

[Garrard, Siberia Olive “Sibbie” Smith]

Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri)

Friday      August 30, 1940     p. 3

Mrs. Garrard Dies

Funeral for Sheridan Woman Pends Arrival of Daughter

Definite funeral arrangements for Mrs. Walter Garrard [Siberia Olive Smith], who died Tuesday morning at her home in Sheridan, are pending the arrival of a daughter, Mrs. Jacob Shellman, from the state of Oregon tomorrow afternoon.

The funeral will probably be held Sunday at the Brethren church west of Sheridan in charge of Rev. L. B. Day of Pickering. Burial will be in the Brethren cemetery.

Mrs. Garrard, 77 years of age, was born near Worthington, Ind., October 24, 1862. She had lived at Sheridan for several years.

Surviving are her husband and two children, Mrs. Shellman and Mrs. Gilbert Whitney [Elda Mae] of near Sheridan.

Mrs. Garrard was a member of the Christian church.

[Garrard, Siberia Olive “Sibbie” Smith]

Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri)

Monday       August 31, 1940      p. 3

Garrard Funeral Today

Funeral services for Mrs. Walter Garrard [Siberia Olive Smith] of Sheridan, who died Tuesday morning, were held at 3 o’clock this afternoon at the Brethren church, two and a half miles west of Sheridan. Rev. L. B. Day of Pickering conducted the services. Burial was in Brethren cemetery.

[Garrard, Verna Scott]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     February 8, 1962     p. 4

Blockton Woman Dies At Mt. Ayr

Mrs. Wayne Garrard, 72, of Blockton, died at Ringgold County hospital in Mount Ayr, Monday, Jan. 29, after a long illness. She passed away on her birthday.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Blockton, Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 31. The pastor, Rev. Ernest Leierer officiated. Burial in Rose Hill cemetery, with military honors for Gold Star Mothers by the Blockton Legion Auxiliary.

Verna Scott, daughter of John Franklin and Hattie Evans Scott, was born in Bloomfield, Iowa January 29, 1890. While still a small girl her family moved to Nebraska.

Sue was united in marriage to Wayne Sill Garrard on April 3, 1912 at Guide Rock, Nebr. She united with the Blockton Methodist church in 1918.

She leaves to mourn her parting, her husband, Wayne of the home in Blockton; two daughters, Mrs. Elvin Saville [May] of Redding, Mrs. Leroy Waugh [Vera Jane] of Bedford; two sons-in-law; six grandchildren, Gary, Marcia and Rodney Saville, Barbara, Linda and Alice Waugh; one brother, Guy Scott of Guide Rock, Nebr.; one niece, Mrs. Virgil Coufal and family of Denver, Colo.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Frankie Garrard on December 16, 1918 and Wilbur Scott Garrard, who was killed in action in Italy on November 26, 1944; and by her parents.

[Garrard, Walter]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      May 27, 1948     p. 7


Walter Gerard Dies

Walter Gerard [Garrard], 86, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elda [Mae] Whitney southwest of Sheridan, Thursday.

The funeral services were held at the Brethren Church near his home west of Sheridan Sunday afternoon. Burial was in the Brethren cemetery.

He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Jake Shelman [Pearl] of Oregon State and Mrs. Elda [Mae] Whitney of Sheridan.

[Garrard, Walter]

Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri)

Tuesday      May 18, 1948      [p. 1]

Garrard Rites Are Held

Funeral Conducted Sunday at the Brethren Church

Funeral services for Walter Garrard were held Sunday afternoon at the Brethren church. The Rev. L. B. Day, Maryville, conducted the services. Mr. Garrard died May 13 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Gilbert Whitney [Elda Mae], near Sheridan.

Miss Mae Bowen, accompanied by Mrs. Luther Cook, sang “Only A Shadow,” “No Night There” and “Abide With Me.”

Pallbearers were Loren Garrard, Oral Morrow, Claude Singser, Floyd Brogan and Ora Dukes, Sheridan, and Cpl. Robert Findley, Chanute Field, Ill.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

[Garrard, Wayne Sill]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     February 17, 1966    p. 4

Wayne Garrard Rites Feb. 16

Funeral services for Wayne [Sill] Garrard, 80, long lime Blockton resident, were held Wednesday, February 16, at the Christian Church in Blockton with Rev. Walter Ortmann officiating. Mr. Garrard died February 14, 1966 at Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton.

[Garrard, Wayne Sill]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     February 24, 1966    p. 8

Wayne Garrard Rites Feb. 16

Funeral services for Wayne Sill Garrard, 60, long time Blockton resident, held February 16 at the Blockton Christian Church, were conducted by Rev. Walter Ortmann and Rev. Clarence Landis. Mr. Garrard died Feb. 14, 1966 at Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton.

Included in the services was the following obituary.

Wayne Sill Garrard, son of Ida Jane Sill and Benjamin F. [ranklin] Garrard was born near Orrsburg, Nodaway County, Mo., Nov. 4, 1885. While a young man he moved to Guide Rock, Nebr.

He was united in marriage to Verna Scott on April 3, 1912 at Guide Rock, Nebr. He joined the Blockton, Iowa Methodist Church in 1918 where he held his membership until the time of his death.

Wayne is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Elvin Saville (May) of Redding, Iowa; and Mrs. Leroy Waugh (Vera) of Bedford; six grandchildren, Gary, Marcia, and Rodney Saville, Barbara [Ann] Waugh of Des Moines, Iowa, Linda [Lee] and Alice Waugh of Bedford; a sister, Maudie Rochholz of Tipton, Iowa and a large number of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna, who died Jan. 29, 1962; two sons, Frankie, on Dec. 16, 1918 and Wilber Scott who was killed in action in Italy on November 26, 1944; his father and mother and three brothers, Leonard, Everett and George.

In 1941 Wayne and Verna moved to Blockton, Iowa, where he lived until 18 months ago when he made his home at the Thogmartin Care and Keep Home in Bedford.

[Garrard, Wilber Scott “Jiggs”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 9, 1945     [p. 1]

Receive Word Of Son's Burial Location

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne S. [ill] Garrard of Blockton received a letter from the office of the Quartermaster General of the Army Service Forces in Washington, D. C., giving them some information on the death of their son, Pvt. Wilber S. [cott] Garrard, who was killed in action overseas.

A copy of the letter follows:

Acknowledgment is made of your letter requesting information concerning your son, the late Private Wilber S. [cott] Garrard.

The official report of interment received in this office reveals that the remains of your son were interred in the United States Military Cemetery, Mt. Beni, Pietramala, Italy, Plot G, Row 11, Grave 986.

At the outbreak of war it became necessary to adopt a policy that the remains of our deceased military personnel cannot be returned to the United Sates until after cessation of hostilities in all Theaters of Operation.

A notation has been made on the official records of this office that it is your desire to have the remains of your son returned to this country for final interment if possible. At the proper time this office will contact the legal next of kin regarding their wishes as to the final disposition of the remains.

With reference to your inquiry regarding a photograph of your son's grave, please be advised that there are no provisions whereby the War Department can furnish photographs of individual graves, therefore, it is not possible to comply with your request.

[Garrard, Wilber Scott “Jiggs”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     March 10, 1949     p. 2

Obituary - Wilber Garrard

Wilber (Jiggs) Scott Garrard, son of Wayne [Sill] and Verna [Scott] Garrard, was born near Guide Rock, Nebr., Nov. 4, 1923 and died at Campo, Eoicida, Italy; as a Private in Co. 1, 351 Battery, 88th Division, at the age of 21 years, 21 days.

After coming to Blockton in 1941, Wilber received his basic education in the Blockton High School, where he was quite popular, graduating with the class of '42. At all times he manifested keen discernment and unusual capabilities in meeting and solving the many problems inherent in his active place in high school activities and sports.

On May 10, 1944, he answered his call to service his country and was inducted at Camp Dodge, Iowa. He received further basic training at Camp Hood, Texas; and additional training at Fort George E. Meade, Maryland and Camp Shanks, N. Y. He left the United States October 14, 1944 for overseas service and landed in Italy, while serving as a member of Co. I, 51st Infantry, 88th Division. In line with these experiences and as a reward for heroic conduct, he was authorized to wear the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign ribbon, Purple Heart Medal, and one Bronze Star for participating in the Italian campaign.

Those surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Garrard of Blockton; two sisters, Mrs. May Saville of Redding and Mrs. Vera [Jane] Waugh of Blockton.  One brother, Frankie, died in infancy.

Funeral services were held at the Blockton Christian Church Thursday afternoon, Rev. G. W. Swan officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. The American Legion Post, No. 443 of Blockton, was in charge.

Attend Garrard Rites

Out-of-town relatives and friends attending the funeral services for Wilber Garrard were Guy Scott and Noble Payne of Guide Rock, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Hardie Shelman of Skidmore, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Owens of Hopkins; Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Whitney [Elda Mae Garrard] and sons of Sheridan; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Findley of Allendale, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Johnston of Mt. Ayr; Clifford Woodyard of Diagonal; Doyle Turner of Gravity.

[Garrard, William]

Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri)

Monday       December 30, 1940      [p. 1]

William Garrard Dies, Funeral to Be Tuesday

William Garrard, 83 years of age, died last night at the county farm after being ill one week.

He was born August 30, 1857, in Indiana and lived in Sheridan until a month ago when he came to Maryville, where he lived a short time before going to the county farm.

He is survived by two brothers, Walter Garrard, Sheridan, and John [Roach] Garrard, Parnell.

Funeral services will be at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at the Orrsburg church. Burial will be in the Orrsburg cemetery.

[Rochholz, Maude Garrard]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     July 4, 1957    p. 2


Mrs. Wayne Garrard received word Friday of the death of her sister-in-law [Maude Garrard Rochholz] in Guide Rock Nebr. Mrs. Guy Balch and Mrs. Garrard left for Nebraska Friday afternoon.