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Wednesday December 15, 1999 p. 5
Mr. Gordon Beard, 84 of Mt. Gilead, NC died November 26, 1999 at Stanley Memorial Hospital, Albemarle, NC.
Born April 24, 1915 in Bedford, IA where he attended Bedford High School graduated in the class of 1933 and attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
Gordon was a 32-degree Scottish Rite Mason and Royal Arch Mason. At the time of his death he was a member of Richland Lodge No. 283. F. & A.M. He was also a member of the Mystic Shrine in Za-Ga-Zig Temple, Des Moines, IA. Gordon was also a 50 year member and Past Patron of the Order of Eastern Star, Salome Chapter # 264, Lenox, IA. Gordon was a Charter Founder & Life member of The National Rifle Association.
Gordon married his beloved wife, of 59 years, Velma Ruth Collins of Graham, MO and they lived in Lenox and Bedford, IA where they owned the Crystal Beverage Co. In 1952 they relocated to Richland, Washington. Gordon was employed as Senior Engineering Technician until his retirement in 1980 from Westinghouse Hanford Co. a prime contractor for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Upon retirement Gordon and Velma moved to their mountain home in Naches, WA and recently moved to Mt. Gilead, NC to be closer to their children.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents Edwin Beard of Bedford, IA and Lillian Maloy Gilleland of Corning, IA, sister Guinivere Beard John, and half-brother Donald Beard. He is survived by his wife Velma C. Beard of Mt. Gilead, daughters, Patricia Ann and husband John P. Deaton of Charlotte, NC and Harriett Lynne Harlow of Cincinnati, OH., half -brother Joe Beard and wife Agnesse of Colorado Springs, CO, nieces Judy Hynnek of Corning, IA and Martha John of Creston, IA, Kathryn and husband Michael Davis and nephew Richard Beard of Colorado Springs. Gordon also had 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and 1 step great grandson.
Stanley Funeral Home and Carolina Cremation is entrusted.
Memorials may be made to Oasis Shriners Children's Hospital, PO 560666, Charlotte, NC 28256-0666 or Hospice of Montgomery county, 404 N. Main St., Troy, NC 27371.
Wednesday December 15, 1999 p. 5
BONNIE SMITH BROWN
Funeral services for Bonnie Smith Brown, age 77 of Gravity, who died Tuesday, December 7, 1999 in Omaha. Services were held Saturday, December 11, 1999 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Thompson officiating. Interment was held in the Athelstan Cemetery. Memorials can be given in her name. Services were conducted by the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.
Bonnie Lavesta Smith Brown was born November 24, 1922 in Albany, Missouri, the daughter of Emory Davis and Missouri Ann Walker Davis. At a young age, Bonnie's family moved to a farm in the Siam area. During her childhood her family moved and farmed other places in Taylor County. On September 7, 1940 she was united into marriage to Cecil Smith in Bethany, Missouri. After her marriage to Cecil, the couple farmed in Clearfield and then moved to a farm south of Redding. Cecil and Bonnie farmed in several southwest Iowa communities and both worked for the State Mental Hospital in Clarinda and Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1965 they returned to Gravity where Bonnie was employed by the Corning Hospital for many years. Her husband Cecil died in 1989. On May 28, 1992 she was united into marriage to Dean Brown in Bedford; the couple continued to live in the Gravity area.
Bonnie was raised in the Pentecostal faith, where she received Jesus as her Savior several years ago, keeping her faith and belief in Jesus to the end. She enjoyed dancing and listening to country music. She loved her family and was known to worry about them from time to time.
Bonnie showed no favoritism when it came to teasing her children and grandchildren. Bonnie was a wonderful cook, specializing in homemade noodles, cinnamon rolls and fried chicken every Sunday! Bonnie and Dean enjoyed listening to her great-granddaughters sing when they came to visit.
She is survived by her husband Dean of Gravity; her children Larry Smith and wife Irene; Ernie Smith and wife Carol; Donna Keeler and husband Dwayne; Rick Smith and wife Karen, all of Gravity; Tami Blake and husband Ed of Farragut and Lanny Smith of Gravity; two brothers, Dale Davis of California and Robert Davis and wife Nessi of McCool Junction, Nebraska; fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Emory and Missouri Ann; her first husband, Cecil in 1989; three sons, Donald Dean, Monte Craig and Randy Lee; a daughter, Janet Kay; two brothers, Jay Davis and Samuel Walker Davis; a sister, Dell Brown and a grandson, James Blake.
Wednesday December 15, 1999 p. 5
FLORENCE MARIE (LAMBLEY) BROWN
Florence Marie (Lambley) Brown, Bedford, Iowa, formerly of Conway, Iowa, died December 5, 1999 at her home in Bedford, Iowa at the age of 85 years, five months and two days.
Florence was born July 3, 1914 in Taylor County, near Conway, Iowa to [William] Fern and Edna (Beal) Lambley. She attended grade school through high school at Conway Consolidated School, Conway, Iowa.
On September 12, 1931 she was united in marriage to Robert F. [rancis] Brown, who preceded her in death on January 8, 1992.
Florence spent her childhood and married years in Taylor County. She attended the Methodist Church in Conway, Iowa until 1986 when she and Robert moved from Conway to Bedford where she attended the Methodist Church in Bedford, Iowa.
Florence was very talented with her hands; she made quilts, did embroidery work and enjoyed her ceramics.
She worked several years wrapping meat at the Blockton Locker and later at Bedford, Iowa, until retiring at the age of 62. She was a member of the Sunshine Club and Conway Auxiliary.
Florence is survived by five children, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Joyce) Johnson of Blanchard, Iowa, Mrs. and Mrs. Robert E. (Skip) Brown (wife Gretchen) of St. Peters, Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. David (Karen) Smith of Shawnee, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Brown (wife Bonnie) of Creston, Iowa and Mr. and Mrs. Bob (Jane) Wright of Des Moines, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert F. [rancis] Brown; parents Fern and Edna Lambley; one sister, Lela Lambley, Tekamah, Nebraska; two brothers John Lambley, Blockton, Iowa, and Elton Lambley who was killed in Europe in 1945 during World War II.
Florence was a good neighbor and friend. She was loved by her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held December 8, 1999 at Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. Ruth Melick officiating. Burial was at Lexington Cemetery in Rural Taylor County following the services.
Wednesday January 15, 1992 p. 3
ROBERT FRANCIS BROWN
Robert Francis Brown, son of Henry and Clara Worrell Brown was born in Taylor County near New Market, Iowa on November 14, 1914 and departed this life on January 8, 1992 at his home in Bedford at the age of 77 years, one month and 25 days.
Robert spent his childhood in and around Taylor County and attended the public schools in Blockton and Conway, Iowa.
On September 12,1931 he was united in marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Florence Marie Lambley at Tekamah, Neb. and they lived together in Taylor County for the next 60 years. To this union five children were born, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Joyce) Johnson of Blanchard, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. (Skip) Brown of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Mr. and Mrs. David (Karen) Smith of Shawnee, Kan; Bruce W. Brown of Creston, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Jane) Wright of West Des Moines, Iowa. Bob always enjoyed children and was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He has shared many memories with his only surviving sister, Bertha Stiles of Talequah, Okla. and was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Bob farmed in Taylor County until he was drafted into the army in February of 1944. He received his basic training at Camp Fannin in Tyler, Texas and was sent overseas to serve in the European Theatre in France and Germany as a replacement infantryman. He was captured by German troops on November 12, 1944 in Germany and remained a prisoner in concentration camps in Czechoslovakia and Germany until the war ended.
Robert was baptized into the Methodist Church in Gravity, Iowa in 1944. He was a member of the Conway American Legion and their Commander for many years. Before Robert's health failed, he was an avid gardener and outdoorsman.
Robert and Florence spent his remaining retirement years in their home in Bedford, Iowa.
Thursday December 30, 1915 p. 8
Funeral services of Mrs. William Burrows [Emily Johnson] were held Monday at 2:30 p. m., at the Methodist Episcopal church, conducted by Rev. C. W. Proctor. Interment at Gravity cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday December 16, 1909 p. 4
Wm. Burrows, of Gravity, died last week, aged 83 years, 2 months and 18 days. He was a man respected by all and held in the highest esteem. His son, Bert Burrows, is in the harness business at Gravity.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday March 5, 1908 p. 4
Lucinda Galloway, an inmate of thee county farm died Monday morning, aged 55 years. She will be remembered by a number of older Bedford people, all of whom will regret to learn of her death.
Thursday March 12, 1908 p. 5
On March 2, Lucinda J. Galoway [Galloway] died at the county farm, to which she was admitted May 10, 1881, when only 30 years. When a little child she was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Moser. Soon after she was taken ill, and then her mind gave way. Mr. and Mrs. Moser cared for her as long as they could, and then being incurably insane she was sent to the county farm. The funeral was held at the farm, conducted by Rev. Giddens, of Conway.
Thursday January 24, 1929 p. 3
Mrs. Louisa Gasser
The following was taken from the Churdan, Iowa, Reporter:
It was with the deepest sorrow that the friends in this community learned the sad news of the death of Mrs. Louisa Gasser, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Blane, at Bedford, Ia., Thursday, January 17. Word had came to Churdan that she was very low and was not expected to live, yet her host of friends were hardly prepared for the sad news of her death. Mrs. Gasser had been in failing health for several years, and last fall left her home in Churdan to live with her daughter. Mrs. Gasser suffered a stroke of paralysis a few days before her death, and failed rapidly until the spirit took its flight to the Master, who she had faithfully served for many years. Mrs. Gasser had been a resident of Churdan for many years, and was dearly loved by her neighbors and friends, and her passing has brought sorrow to all those who knew her. She lived a beautiful Christian life, serving her Master and doing good at all times. Her life, as she lived it, was a beautiful example for those who are left behind. The body was brought to Churdan Saturday noon, accompanied by her children, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Blane of Bedford, and Bert and Ben Gasser of Akron, Colorado.
Louise Wickersheim was born in Lake County, Ill., Mar. 10, 1857, and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Blane, of Bedford, Iowa, Jan. 17, 1929 at the age of 71 years, 10 months and 7 days. She was united in marriage to Phillip Gasser, Dec. 17, 1878. This companion preceded her in death in 1892. Four children were born to this union: Bert Gasser, of Akron, Colo.; Ida Blane, of Bedford, Ia.; Ben Gasser of Akron, Colo.; and Lela, who died in infancy. Mrs. Gasser moved to Churdan from her farm about 16 years ago, where she resided until last June, when her health made it impossible for her to live longer alone. She visited with her two sons in Colorado until the latter part of August, and since then made her home with her daughter near Bedford. She had been in failing health for some time and everything was done for her that loving hands could do, but it was God's will that she should be taken. She became a member of the Lutheran church in Illinois, at an early age. After moving to Iowa she attended the Presbyterian church, and transferred her membership to that church in 1902, and continued an earnest and faithful member, deeply interested in the church and all things for which it exists. Hers was a busy and useful existence, always doing something in service for others, with the utmost spirit of unselfishness. Her industry and faithfulness to every duty will long be cherished by her family and her many friends.
The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Churdan where she had attended services for many years, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Walter Rothwell, who paid a beautiful tribute to her life and works. Many were present to pay their last tribute of respect to one they loved dearly. Six nephews acted as pallbearers and laid their beloved aunt in her last resting place in the Churdan cemetery beside the husband who had preceded her in death. The entire community mourns with the children in this time of sorrow.
North Taylor Review (Sharpsburg, Iowa)
Thursday December 16, 1915 [p. 1]
Mary Isabell Chappel was born February 20th, 1832, at the old Chappel homestead in Maryland, Otsego county, New York, where had lived successively her parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. When she was two years of age her family moved to Cayuga County, New York, where she grew to womanhood and at 18 years of age she was married to Amasa B. Hamblin, a professional printer, who passed away in August, 1880. To this union were born three children, all of whom died in infancy. The greater part of their married life was spent in Auburn, New York, where he followed his profession.
She was of a deeply religious nature and at ten years of age united with the Baptist church, and was always very active in the different societies in church work, especially along the line of missions in the city of Auburn, extending her work along the many charitable institutions of the city. There were few homes in the city, whether hovel or mansion, that she had not visited for social or helpful reasons. In this work she continued after the death of her husband until failing strength made it necessary for her to relinquish her chosen work. In 1901 she came to Sharpsburg that she might be near her husband's relatives. Since coming here Aunt Mary has been a regular attendant and supporter of the Presbyterian Church. Her kindly greetings and cheerful face will be greatly missed. She suddenly passed away about three o'clock on the afternoon of December 8th, 1915, age 83 years, 9 months and 12 days.
She leaves to mourn her loss beside her husband's relatives, two brothers and their families, Scott H. Chappel of Alameda, Calif., and J. B. Chappel of Sacramento, Calif.
The funeral service was conducted at the house Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock by the Rev. McClelland. Frank L. Hamblin left with the remains at 4:30 for Auburn, N. Y. where interment will take place.
Wednesday January 15, 1992 p. 3
Helen ParKER JOSTES
Services for Helen Parker Thompson Jostes, 89, Chicago, were held January 11 at Stewart Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids.
Mrs. Jostes was raised in Bedford, the daughter of Guy Thompson and Myrtle Parker.
Wednesday January 22, 1992 p. 5
Helen Parker Thompson Jostes, 89, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 1992 in Marshalltown. Services were held Saturday in St. Matthews Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. Inurnment will be in June, at St. Mary's Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Ill.
Survivors include two daughters, Judith Chadima and Jeanne Froehlich, both of Cedar Rapids.
Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
She was born May 31, 1902 in Geary, Okla. to Guy and Myrtle [Ann Parker] Thompson. She was raised in Bedford, Iowa. She was a graduate of Northwestern University.
She married Benedict Henry Jostes D.D.S. on December 29, 1926. He died September 14, 1978.
She was a member of Christ The King Catholic Church in Chicago. She was past president of Chicago Panhellenic, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, Campion Mothers Club, Leader of Girl Scouts of America, member of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Assoc., Christ The King Altar Society, and Northwestern Alumni Association.
She was also preceded in death by a son Thomas, and a daughter Jane.
Thursday August 5, 1954 p. 4
Mrs. Clara Kysar Died In Sioux City
Mrs. Clara Kysar, former resident or Bedford and Gravity, died July 26 in Sioux City, Iowa, where she had been making her home the past several years.
The body was brought to Bedford and funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Wednesday, July 28, conducted by Rev. Howard DeVore at the Gravity Methodist church. Burial was in Washington cemetery, Gravity.
Clara Estella Burrows, daughter of William and Emily [Johnson] Burrows, was born in Henry County, Iowa, Oct. 4, 1870, and died at the age of 83 years, nine months, 22 days.
At the age of nine she moved to a farm in Taylor County, where she grew to young womanhood.
In 1895 she was married to Fred G. [arrett] Kysar. To them six children were born: Orvis of Idaho, Wayne and Lila of Sioux City, Fred Jr. of Kansas City, LaVaja Sexton of Oregon, Erma Wyckoff of Red Oak, all of whom survive. There are also 18 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren.
Mr. Kysar died in 1944.
Thursday May 18, 1944 [p. 1]
Fred Kysar, 77, Dies At Gravity
Fred Kysar, 77, died very suddenly at his home in Gravity about 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. He was sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch when he was stricken.
He is survived by his wife and six children. Mrs. Fred Wyckoff of Bedford is a daughter.
The funeral services are pending awaiting the arrival of a son who is in service.
Wednesday December 15, 1999 p. 5
GERALD ESTON McALPIN
Gerald Eston McAlpin was born May 21, 1917 to Dennis and Lena (Combs) McAlpin at New Market, Iowa. Gerald entered into rest on December 6, 1999 at Clarinda Regional Health Center at the age of 82 years.
Gerald graduated from New Market High School in 1935. He began a career of farming. It was interrupted by four years of serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Gerald married Jean Audrey Huntington August 21, 1943. They settled in the New Market area and he resumed his passion of farming but his biggest crop and interest was always his family. Their marriage was bless [ed] with five daughters and one son: LeAnn and husband Mike McCutcheon of Bolingbrook, Illinois, Sheryl and husband Scott Kemerling of Dover, Delaware, Janelle Pratt of Clarinda, Iowa, Denise Nelson of Shambaugh, Iowa, Maria Jean and husband John Bodnar of Racine, Wisconsin, Gerry McAlpin of Clarinda, Iowa. In 1973 Gerald and Jean moved to Essex, Iowa. Gerald worked at the Uniroyal in Red Oak until he retired in 1982. They moved to Clarinda in 1997 and lived the last nine months at the Eiler House.
Gerald accepted Christ as his Savior while he was a member of the New Market Methodist Church, later transferring membership to Essex Covenant Church. He was baptized at Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Norfolk, Nebraska in 1982. He attended the Hillside Missionary Church in Clarinda the last two years.
Gerald was preceded in death by his mother, Lena (Combs) McAlpin, his stepmother, Bessie (Lyle) McAlpin, his father, Dennis McAlpin, his brother, Alvin McAlpin and a son-in-law, Don Nelson. Survivors include his wife and children; sisters Pauline Ellison of Clarinda and Shirley Larson and husband Verlin of New Market, Iowa, 23 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Saturday December 11,at 10:30 a.m. at Hillside Missionary Church in Clarinda. Burial was at Old Memory Cemetery in New Market with military rites. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Taylor County Herald
Thursday September 15, 1932 p. 2
Obituary—Mrs. Ed Oline
Anna Frances Jobbins was born near Bedford, Ia., July 12, 1878, where she lived until the fall of 1908. She moved to Colorado, homesteading near Keota, Colo., and lived there seven years. From there she moved to Carpenter, Wyo., and two years later was married to Ed Oline on June 5th, 1917. To this union was born one child, Francis Edward Oline.
Mrs. Oline had been in poor health for two years and died in the hospital at Burns, Wyo., Aug. 9, 1932, at the age of 54 years and 28 days. She united with the Presbyterian Church near Bedford when young and has lived a consistent Christian life since that time.
She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband and one son, Francis, and four sisters, Mrs. Melissa Bowles, Vancouver, Wash.; Mrs. Agnes Scott, Pickering, Mo.; Mrs. Jessie Bowles, Orchard, Colo., and Mrs. May Trumbo, Princeton, Kan., together with a host of friends. She was loved by all who knew her and a true and loving wife and mother.
Saturday May 25, 1878 p. 3
—A little daughter of Mr. Wm. Stumbaugh, of Marshall Township, fell into a kettle of hot soap on Wednesday last, scalding it so severely that death closed its lovely career in some four hours. Little May [Belle], about two years old, was the only daughter in the family, and very naturally the idol of the household.
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa)
Thursday March 14, 1895 p. 3
van houten—March 12, 1895, at his home in Prescott, David Van Houten aged about 62 years
The funeral services were held March 13 in the M. E. church at Prescott, conducted by Rev. Baxter, and interment was made in Walnut Grove cemetery.
The deceased was born in New Jersey in 1833. He came to Iowa with his parents while quite young and settled in Madison County. For seven years following 1860 he traveled, principally in the Far West, but made one trip to South America. In 1868 he settled in Adams County and ever after made his home here. Mr. Van Houten was a good citizen, was neighborly, a loving father and a devoted husband. He was honest, frugal and industrious. He stood in the front ranks of the men who, by patient toil and continuous application helped to make Adams County all she is. Wherever the deceased had lived, his friends were legion; wherever known, he was respected. He will be missed by numberless admirers, who extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives. The wife and five children, three sons and two daughters, survive him, and keenly feel the greatest earthly loss they could be called upon to encounter.
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa)
Thursday September 10, 1931 p. 2
Mrs. Dave Van Houten
The sad incident related in last week’s issue concerning the fall of Mrs. David Van Houten, which resulted in a broken hip was the cause of her death last Thursday, September 3, at 11 p. m. at the home of her son, William Van Houten, after a week of intense suffering. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the M. E. church at Prescott, following a brief service at the home. Rev. Turner, pastor of the Prescott Methodist church, conducted the services. Interment was made in Walnut Grove cemetery.
Esther Louisa Cain was born September 20, 1839 in London, England. At the age of eleven years she came to America with her parents and they settled at Pine Village, Ind., where her father died the following year. Three years later the family moved to Cass County, Iowa, near old Milford. Here she was married to David Van Houten at the age of 17. To this union eleven children were born, eight having gone on before with the father, who passed away March 12, 1895. The living children are William, of Corning; Lulu Caven of Lenox and Dave of Creston. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and a host of friends who grieve because of her passing.
Mrs. Van Houten was 91 years, 11 months and 13 days old at the time of her death. She was one of the pioneers of this country and knew so well the hardships of those early settlers. Through all her hardships she was ever ready to demonstrate true Christian courage and fortitude. When quite young she united with a little country church of the Methodist faith and of more recent years has been a faithful member of the Methodist church at Prescott.
Thursday April 10, 1930 [p. 1]
Mrs. John Warren
Mrs. John Warren [Catherine “Katie” Whitmore], a resident of Conway for many years, passed away at the County Home, about 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The funeral services were held at the Church in Conway this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment was made in the Lexington cemetery.
Thursday June 7, 1928 p. 7
Mr. John F. [letcher] Warren, a long ago resident of Conway, passed away at his home in Conway Tuesday morning, May 29, at 1 o'clock.
Mr. Warren has been in poor health for some time but no one realized that the end was so near as Mr. Warren was out in the yard Monday and sat on the porch in the evening. His obituary will be published later.
Thursday August 5, 1954 p. 4
ATTEND WATERMAN RITES
Out-of-town relatives attending funeral services for C. [larence] A. [lfred] Waterman in Bedford Friday were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Waterman, Leavenworth, Kans.; Joe Waterman, Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Waterman, Kansas City, Mo.; Miss Muriel Waterman, Des Moines; Mrs. Wayne Fluharty, Leavenworth, Kans.; Charley and [rest of article missing].