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[Anderson, Alfred Ferdinand]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     April 27, 1950     p. 2


Alfred Anderson Dies

Alfred [Ferdinand] Anderson, 73, was found, dead Saturday morning at 8:30 by his granddaughter Maxine Schuster. Mr. Anderson had been in poor health for several weeks.

Alfred Ferdinand son of Fredrick and Mary Anderson was born in Tiskilwa, Illinois, March 25, 1877 and died at the age of 73 years, 27 days.

He came to Iowa with his parents on March 5, 1880 and spent the remainder of his life in Taylor County.

He was married to Cora King in November 1908. To them three children were born, two having died in infancy.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Garland Schuster; 2 granddaughters, Mrs. Marcelene Jones of Sheridan and Maxine Schuster of the home; one sister, Mrs. Hilda Rusco of Athelstan.

[Nelson, Pearl]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 13, 1959     [p. 1]

Miss Pearl Nelson, 77, a resident of Bedford and community for many years, died in her sleep at her home in Bedford, early Monday, August 10.

Funeral services will be held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Service, 708 Madison Street, at two o'clock Thursday afternoon, today, August 13. Rev. Colvin Caughey is the officiating clergyman. Burial in Bedford cemetery.

She is survived by two sisters, Miss Allie Nelson and Miss Maude Nelson of the home, also several nieces and nephews.

Miss Nelson is a former Clerk of the Courts of Taylor County and had held other positions in Bedford. She had been in poor health several years but had attended church services on Sunday morning and visited in the Blakemore home Sunday evening, apparently being as well as usual. When she did not arise later than her customary time Monday forenoon, her sister Allie called her and found that she had passed away during the night.

[Nelson, Pearl]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 20, 1959     p. 5

Pearl Nelson Rites Held Here Thursday

Pearl Nelson was born May 18, 1882 at the farm home 1 1/2 southeast of Bedford, where she grew to womanhood.

She passed away peacefully in her sleep in her home in Bedford on August 10, where she lived with her two sisters, Allie and Maude.

Pearl had suffered many attacks of angina of the heart for years. She had virus flu in March and April, but later seemed as well as usual. Her sudden death is a severe shock to her family and friends.

Her parents were Charles Nelson and Valedia Walker Nelson, who were early pioneers of Bedford.

Pearl was educated in the Bedford Public School, and at the Business College at Quincy, Illinois.

She worked as a secretary in lawyer’s offices for several years. She was then appointed deputy in the County Engineer's office of H. A. Little, where she was employed seven years. She served as Clerk of the Courts of Taylor County one term. She was supervisor of the P.W.A. sewing room during the years of depression. Pearl was very efficient in many fields of work and loved to be busy and useful. She was financial secretary of the Baptist church at the time of her death. She was an active member of the Travel club, the Wild Rose club, and in the work of the Baptist church, where she had been baptized in 1900.

Pearl was a great lover of children, and they in turn recognized her at once as their friend.

She is survived by her two devoted sisters of the home, three nieces, Mrs. Hope Blakemore of Bedford, Miss Helen Nelson of Des Moines, Mrs. Jean Anderson of Lancaster, Calif.; one nephew, George Nelson of Omaha; three great nieces, four great nephews, several other relatives and a host of friends among whom are invalids that she visited often.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her three brothers, Cleve, Joe and Charlie, and by her nephew, Carrol Nelson.

Pearl will be lovingly remembered by all her relatives for her deep devotion to them, and by a host of friends for her loyalty.

Services were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home August 13 and burial was in the family lot in Bedford cemetery.

[Northover, Frances Marian Lemon Dragoo]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     October 9, 1969    [p. 1]

Mrs. Northover Dies Wed. Morning

Mrs. Alfred Northover died Wed. morning at Maryville’s St. Francis Hospital. Funeral services are pending at press time.

[Northover, Frances Marian Lemon Dragoo]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     October 16, 1969    p. 2

Mrs. Northover Rites Held Here October 11

Funeral services for Mrs. Alfred (Frances) Northover, 82, of Bedford, held October 11 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Rev. John D. Kerr. Mrs. Northover died October 8, 1969 at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville. Interment was at Bedford Cemetery, Bedford.

Frances Marian Northover, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. [ion] W. [aldo] Lemon, was born on March 17, 1907 in Maryville, Missouri.

She was graduated from high school and attended the Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Mo.

On July 7, 1933 she was united in marriage to Alfred D. [orman] Northover, and to this union one daughter was born, Marilyn [Marcine] Roush of Palm Springs, Calif.

As a young girl she joined the Maryville Christian Church and later moved her membership to the Bedford Christian Church where she was active until her health failed.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Lemon.

Left with memories are her husband, Alfred, two daughters, Phyllis [Jean] Blend, Des Moines, and Marilyn Roush, Palm Springs, California; three grandchildren, James, Donald and Steven, a brother, James Waldo Lemon, a sister, Mildred Hiatt, both of Seattle, Washington, a sister Dorothy Robbins of Kansas City, Mo., nieces, nephews, many other relatives and many friends.

[Park, Samuel “Sam”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 6, 1937     [p. 1]

Sam Park Died This Morning

Made Many Gifts To Bedford In Late Years

Sam Park, former Bedford resident, who had resided at Biarritz, France, for a number of years, died this morning following a short illness, according to a message received here.

Mr. Park was born in Bedford and resided here until about 19 years of age, when he went south to seek his fortune in the lumber and timber business. He made a fortune in the business in Texas and resided there until about the time of the world war. Since about 1918 he had been vice consul to France from the United States, residing at Biarritz.

He is a cousin of Mrs. Guy Thompson and Mrs. Robert Van Reenen of Bedford. He visited relatives and old friends in Bedford in 1925, about the time the Bedford Country Club was being started. He was a golf fan at that time and gave the club $500 as well as providing the club with a woman's and a man's golf trophy, played for each year in the Sam Park tournament.

Other gifts to the community included $2500 to the fund used in the purchase of the state park site northeast of Bedford; $1000 to the old Bedford cemetery where his mother is buried, the money used in building a pavement within the cemetery; $200 to the Bedford library; and many personal gifts to persons residing in Bedford.

[Park, Samuel “Sam”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 13, 1937     [p. 1]

Sam Park Burial To Be Beside Mother

The body of Sam Park, who died last week in France, will be brought to the Bedford cemetery for burial, on the family lot beside the grave of his mother, according to word received here by friends.

Mrs. Park is expected to land in New York with the body on May 20, and until that time the final arrangements will not be known.

The two daughters and one son reside in the United States.

[Park, Samuel “Sam”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 20, 1937    [p. 1]

Sketch Of Life Of Sam Park Taken From Beaumont Paper

Col. Sam Park, Sr., 79, who died at his home at Biarritz, France, May 6, will be buried in the Park family lot, at the side of his mother's grave.

Leaving Bedford when a young man, Mr. Park became interested n the lumber and timber business at Beaumont, Texas, and from an issue of the Beaumont Enterprise, a daily paper at Beaumont, Texas, the following account is taken:

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marion [Mary] Moore Lintner Park of Biarritz; a son, Sam Parke [Park], Jr., of Beaumont, and two daughters, Mrs. Bascom Funchess, Jr., of Beaumont, the former Miss Elizabeth Park, and Mrs. Clement Cleveland of Greenwich, Conn., formerly Miss Suzanne [Andrews] Park; a brother, Joe M. Park of Berkeley, Cal., and four grandsons, H. B. Funchess III, Sam Park III, and James Parke, all of Beaumont, and Anthony Benezet Cleveland of Greenwich, Conn.

Col. Sam Park became one of the best known American residents not only of France but on the continent. Still Colonel Park never entirely divorced his affiliations with the city of Beaumont, which, in its formative days during the last of the old century and the first of the new, he helped shape.

Helped Develop State

It may also be said that he had a not unimportant hand in the development of the state of Texas. This was through the lumber and timber industry in which he played a great part, and through which the colonel made his fortune.

One of his greatest distinctions here is the fact that he was the first president of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. He was for many years a successful lumber and brick manufacturer and became the head of the first commercial organization, then known as the Board of Trade, only a few days after the coming in of famous Lucas gusher in January 1901.

Interest in Oil

Beside his interest in lumber and other industries he took a part in the development of oil in this part of the state. One of his biographers writes that “few of his contemporaries gave more valuable service in every field of civic and territorial wide development.”

He was one of the earliest advocates of good roads and was one of the party which made the first automobile trip from Beaumont to Houston, and a little later, from this city to New Orleans, then no mean journey by motor. He has always been the owner of considerable property in southeastern Texas, as well as in southwestern Louisiana, maintaining his legal residence in Texas though residing for 20 years in France.

Colonel Park was born in the little town of Bedford, Iowa. He was the son of a worker in woolen goods, and as a small boy laid aside a sum as the driver of a baker's wagon in the Middle Western town. At the age of 20 he went to Weeping Water, Neb., where he found work as a farm laborer.

Early Lumber Experience

He first became interested in lumber when he worked in a lumberyard at Concord, Kans. Then he became yard foreman and within 12 months was traveling representative for a Middle Western milling house.

On a visit to Beaumont, Colonel Park himself said he was a traveling salesman out of St. Paul and Omaha at the time he first came to Beaumont.

During the last quarter of the old century he came here and applied for a job with the old Texas Train Company, one of the historic lumber concerns of this part of Texas. A little later he went with the Nona Mills Company and then went into Mexico as the representative of four lumber concerns. He remained there 10 years as a lumber salesman.

It was upon his return from Mexico that he began acquiring lumber mills, including the building of the now large Industrial Lumber Co., at Elizabeth, La. He disposed of all interests in these concerns save the Industrial plant, which is still operating on a large scale and which owns what is probably the largest stand of Calcasieu longleaf pine in existence. His name became magnified in the lumber industry and known in business circles all over America.

Bought Biarritz Property

His decision to live in France came rather as an afterthought, being an indirect result of a pleasure trip abroad. Just before the outbreak of the World war in 1914 he and his family were in the midst of a tour to Europe. When the significance of the crisis became apparent he established his family at Biarritz, which is close to the Spanish border.

A general fear, arising in the uncertainty concerning probable military affiliations among the nations, was prevalent that Spain would pool its forces with Germany and thus expose the city of Biarritz to the dangers of proximity to an enemy stronghold.

One result of this hysterical state of mind was a rush to dispose of real property and a desire among the French at Biarritz to leave the supposed danger zone. Many properties, Colonel Park said, were thrown on the market at prices less than it would have cost to build fences around them. Becoming interested in the possibilities of this situation from the standpoint of an American businessman, Colonel Park purchased several estates, in addition to what became his home, the now famous Castellamare.

Like Southern France

Becoming absorbed in this new activity in a foreign land and acquiring a growing fondness of the amenities of life in Biarritz he decided that, at least for awhile, he would make his home there.

It was then that he was appointed American vice consul there. His taste for the culture and leisurely manners of southern France increased with the years, as did his interest in the affairs of the consulate.

By no means had he ever lost touch with the United States or the city of Beaumont. He recently said that during the last decade and a half he had made so many crossings of the Atlantic that he had entirely lost count of them. He had returned many times to Washington and New York, and on many visits has come lo Beaumont. In 1926 alone he made eight crossings of the Atlantic.

Aided Charities

The affairs of Texas always maintained a foremost place in his interests. One evidence was late in 1927 when it was made public that Houston had been selected as the national democratic convention city. He immediately cabled his congratulations to the convention committee and asked to have a part in making the affair a success. He was one of the first contributors to the convention fund.

His donations to Beaumont charities have been many, and he contributed, while living in France, to many organizations here, always calling this his home.

On a visit to Beaumont in March 1928, the skyline of the business section, the immensely increased activity, intrigued him.

His villa in Biarritz is one of the most important in the colorful array of Basque chateaus. He had been honored by the French government on account of his work during the World war. To the town folk of Biarritz he was Mayor Park and everyone, high and low, knew him.

[Park, Samuel “Sam”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 3, 1937    [p. 1]

Rites For Sam Park Held Here Sunday

Burial services for Sam Park, who died recently in Biarritz, France, were held at the Bedford cemetery Sunday afternoon, May 30, conducted by Rev. Robert Boshen. The body had been cremated, and the ashes brought here for burial.

Those from out of town who attended the services included Mrs. Park of Biarritz; the son, Sam Parke, Jr., and his wife of Beaumont, Texas; the two daughters and their husbands, Mr. and Mrs. Bascom Funchess, Jr., of Beaumont and Mr. and Mrs. Clement Cleveland of Greenwich, Conn.

[Park, Sarah Jane Parker]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday     June 6, 1878     p. 3

---Mr. Marion Parker, of Omaha, and Mr. Stephen Parker, of Mt. Ayr, were in the city Tuesday, attending the funeral ceremonies of their sister, Mrs. Sarah J.[ane] Parke [Park].

[Park, Sarah Jane Parker]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday     June 6, 1878     p. 3

—We are called upon to chronicle the death of Mrs. Sarah J. [ane] Parke [Park], wife of Mr. Joseph Parke [Park], who died at the residence of her husband, in this city, on Monday morning, at eight o'clock, in the forty-first year of her age. Mrs. Parke was the daughter of Mrs. Stephen H. Parker, and the sister of Mr. Henry Parker, the former being one of our oldest citizens, and the latter, the first child born in Taylor county. Mrs. Parke [Park] was the first lady married in the county, her union with Mr. Joseph Parke  [Park] having taken place some twenty-five or twenty-six years ago, at the Frank Martin farm, four miles east of this city, on Honey Creek. The funeral services were held at the Christian Church at half past nine o'clock on Wednesday morning and were largely attended. The deceased was buried in the new cemetery west of the city.

[Note: Her gravestone gives the death date as 1879, which is probably an error.]

[Park, Sarah Jane Parker]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday     June 6, 1878     p. 3

--Mr. Samuel Parke [Park] of Concordia, Kansas, arrived in this city on Tuesday evening, to attend the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Sarah J. [ane] Parke [Park], on Wednesday morning.

[Park, Sarah Jane Parker]

Iowa South-West

Saturday     June 8, 1878     p. 3

A Loved One Gone Before

Sarah J. [ane] Parkes [Park] departed this life at her home, in Bedford, Iowa, Monday morning, June 3d, 1878. Her extreme illness was brief but severe, though borne with Christian fortitude.

Sister Parks was the daughter and eldest born of Stephen H. [enry] and Eliza [Brough Scruggs] Parker, known as among the pioneer settlers of this county. She was born in Hickman County, Kentucky, September 27th, 1835, being in her forty-third year since last September. She was married to Mr. Joseph Parks [Park] June 16th, 1853, they being the first couple married in Taylor County. In the year 1858 she consecrated her life to the service of Christ, connecting herself with the Baptist church of this place; and in the year 1870 she identified herself with the Christian church of this place, and truly it is said during all her Christian career, a period of twenty years, she is known to have been one of the purest of Christian women, a kind and faithful wife, a gentle and loving mother, and a true church member.

In her death all the pure and sacred relations of life sustain an irreparable loss, and as we lay her away in the narrow channel house of death we trace in memory a loving friend and kindred dear from the cradle to the grave, and but for revelation we could go no farther, but thanks to God, Christianity dispels the gloom and in the light of faith we behold her in the enjoyment of a better home.

Owing to the absence of brothers and her eldest son, Sammy, who were dispatched for, the funeral services were deferred until Wednesday, June 5th, at 9:30, a. m. Sammy was met at the Depot, Tuesday evening, by a large number of dear friends who escorted him to the sorrowful home.

On the occasion of the funeral Eld. J. P. Roach delivered a very appropriate and impressive sermon, from Rev. 14 and 13, confining his remarks chiefly to the bereaved ones. The greatest respects possible were shown her in the ample preparations for the ceremonies at the Christian church house. The pulpit and surroundings was beautifully draped in mourning and decorated with many magnificent wreaths and bouquets of beautiful flowers, while two large bouquets were placed at the head and feet of the now lifeless remains of the sister dear, but whose soul ever liveth, but now rests from her labors while her works follow her. Her kind deeds and her good advices will long linger in the hearts of those whose good fortune it was to know her in life.

Good words of advice were given by Elder Roach to the surviving ones, which we trust will be treasured up in their hearts and prove good and lasting results.

And thus we laid away a loved one of the old pioneers of our country, who like all earthly beings and beautiful flowers bloom only to fade away and die, but thanks be to God there is a land where beautiful flowers will never wither and fade, and where the pure ones of earth will live forever.

[Parker, Edith V.]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday     October 19, 1893     p. 4

PArKER—At the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. [tephen] H. [uston] Parker, in the south part o f town, Thursday, Oct. 12, Edith V. Parker, aged 7 years, 3 months and 11 days. Funeral services were held at the family residence Friday, Oct. l3, 1893, at 2 o’clock p. m., Rev. Wm. Cobb officiating. Interment was made in Bedford cemetery. A large number of the sympathizing friends of the family attended the funeral services, and thus offered the only consolation friends can render in the dark hour of bereavement. The good Master hath said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

[Parker, Gay]

Iowa South-West

Saturday      March 17, 1877    p. 3

—That bright little boy, Gay Parker, has been at the point of death for several days, and as we go to press is probably dead. Mr. and Mrs. Parker have the sympathy of their many friends.

[Parker, Gay]

Iowa South-West

Saturday      March 24, 1877    p. 3

---Death crossed the threshold at seven minutes after five o’clock on Monday morning, and Gay Parker, aged five years, 11 months and 24 days, passed from the physical body to the home in the spirit world. He was the sunshine and music of the household, and his death was a severe blow to Mr. and Mrs. L.[ewis] G. Parker. They have the sympathy of their hosts of friends.

[Parkes, Calvin G.]

Iowa South-West

Saturday     January 22, 1876     p. 3

Death of C. C. Parkes

The sudden death at the early age of thirty-three years of our townsman, C.[alvin] C. [G.] Parkes, which occurred at Kansas City, on Monday, January 17th, 1876, casts a gloom upon our town. For two years past he has, as the active member of the firm of C C. Parks & Co., been one of our leading grocery merchants, and made a widespread reputation for the New York Store. For sometime past he has been troubled with an affection in his head, and the disease growing more serious, some few weeks ago he went to Kansas City to be treated. Physicians did all possible for him, but what seemed to be a tumor in his head, defied all their skill, and his decline was rapid. He visited home the week previous to his death and returned on Saturday, accompanied by his father. He soon became insensible, and died at half past eleven o’clock, on Monday. The remains were brought to Bedford in an elegant casket on the 19th, and the funeral occurred at his residence on Water Street on the 20th. Deceased was a native of St Catherine, Canada, and leaves a wife and two small children to lament his loss.

[Pratt, Mary Katherine “Katie” Wilkins]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday     April 19, 1894    [p. 1]

Gone to Her Reward.

Died, at her residence in the southwest part of this city, at .1:30 o'clock p.m., Saturday, April 14, 1894, Mrs. Salem Pratt [Mary Katherine Wilkins], aged 43 years and 3 days. Funeral services were held at the family residence Sunday at 3 o'clock p. m., conducted by Rev. J. C. Lewis, pastor of the First Baptist church. The interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.

A large number of the friends of the family were in attendance at the funeral and thereby attested the high esteem in which the deceased and her family were held by those who had known them during their long residence among the people of Bedford. She was borne to the grave from the happy home that will now miss the kindly face and loving ministrations of a devoted wife and kind mother. Mrs. Pratt was an active member of the W. R. C. and during her long illness was tenderly cared for by the members of that society and by her neighbors. She was, during her last hours, surrounded by her brothers and sisters, who spoke eulogistically of the dying sister who had rounded out a well spent life and, at its end, sank gently to rest and passed to that shore where Death shall no longer have power to separate kindred spirits.

Miss Katie Wilkins was born in Green County, Wis., in 1851, and with her parents, came to Taylor County in l856. In 1870 she was united in marriage to Salem Pratt, and was, unto the time of her death, a resident of Bedford.

Mr. Pratt desires us to express the heartfelt gratitude of himself and family to those who so kindly assisted them during the long illness of the loved one.

[Richardson, Nancy Pettigrew]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     December 30, 1909     [p. 1, 4]

Mrs. N. H. Richardson.

Mrs. N. [ancy] H. Richardson, a former Bedford resident, died on Christmas day at her home in Kansas. The remains were brought here and on Wednesday were buried at the Bedford cemetery, Rev. D. McMasters officiating.

The deceased was born in Clark County, Ohio, January 27, 1832. When sixteen years of age she united with the Baptist church in New Carlisle, Ohio. July 27, 1854, she was united in marriage to G. [eorge] W. Richardson and two years later they moved to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, where they resided until moving here in 1882. In 1905 they removed to Stockton, Kas., which has since been their home. She leaves two sons and a brother, one son having died several years ago.

[Richardson, Nancy Pettigrew]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     December 30, 1909    p. 5

Mrs. Nancy H. Richardson, who was for twenty-three years a well known resident of Bedford, died at the home of her son, C. S. Richardson, near Stockton, Kans., on the night of December 25. She had suffered a stroke of paralysis, and had been ill about two weeks. She was 77 years of age.

The remains were brought here, arriving Tuesday, accompanied by C. [harles] S. Richardson, and funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. D. McMasters, the pastor. Interment was beside the grave of her husband, who died in Bedford about twenty-seven years ago.

About four years ago Mrs. Richardson went to the home of her son in Kansas, where she had since resided. Surviving are two sons, B. [enjamin] D. [otson] Richardson of Boise City, Ida., and C. [harles] S. Richardson. She also leaves a brother, A. [ndrew] H. Pettigrew, who lives in Tennessee.