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Bedford Free Press
Thursday May 2, 1901 [p. 1]
ANOTHER STARTLING DEATH
Ed. STEPHENS IS KILLED BY LIgHTNINg
A Stroke of Lightning Caused the Death of Edward Stephens. —Two Animals Also Killed
Very frequently of late have the people of this community been reminded that in the midst of life we are in death, and the grim reaper is liable to strike where most unexpected.
Again were the people of Bedford shocked to learn that on Saturday last during the slight thunderstorm, Edward Stephens, whose home is about six miles east of Bedford, was struck by lightning, from the effects of which he died Sunday at one o'clock.
Mr. Stephens was driving some animals into the barn, and just as he entered the barn door the bolt fell in a blinding flash. He was knocked senseless and a horse and mule instantly killed. Dr. Archer called and attended the prostrated man, who rallied somewhat from the shock, at least sufficiently to make hasty arrangements for the welfare of his family. He carried a policy in the Marshaltown. This is indeed a very sad death, and Mr. Stephens leaves a wife and several children, who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. The funeral exercises were conducted at the Baptist church by Rev. Griffith. Interment in the Bedford cemetery. May the God of Heaven comfort the sorrowing ones.
The pallbearers were George Reed, J. W. Paul, J. M. Patrick, Samuel Hartzler, F. Morris and H. D. Bundy.
Edward Stephens was born in Ohio July 1846. He was a Union soldier and served in an Iowa regiment during the civil war. On December 26th, 1869, he was united in marriage with Miss [Elizabeth] Malinda [Melvina] Redburn at Chillicothe, Mo. To this union was born three sons and five daughters. The wife, one son and three daughters survive him and all were present at the funeral.
Mr. Stephens professed conversion when but a young man and united with the Baptist church, of which he continued a member until his death.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday June 13, 1901 [p. 1]
Elizabeth M. [elvina] Redburn was born in Franklin County, Illinois, January 1846, and died at her home six miles east of Bedford, June 8, 1901. She moved with her parents to Missouri in 1854. When fifteen years of age they came to Iowa, where she lived until the time of her death. She was married to Mr. Ed. Stephens December 26,1869. There was born to this union eight children, four of whom survive her, three daughters and one son and one adopted boy. All were present at the funeral. When fifteen years of age she experienced religion and united with the Baptist church, of which she has been a faithful and consistent member ever since.
The funeral service took place at the Baptist church in Bedford on Sabbath afternoon, 3:30 o'clock. D. W. Griffith, her pastor, preached the sermon from John xiv., second and third verses. The theme of the sermon was "God's permanent home for His redeemed ones." A good-sized audience was present to show their sympathy with the bereaved family. Interment took place in the Bedford cemetery.
"Asleep in Jesus blessed sleep."
This was a particularly sad death. Only a few weeks ago her husband was struck by lightning from the effects of which he died shortly after, thus leaving several orphans to battle life's rough voyage alone. They have the deep sympathy of the entire community.
Thursday August 31, 1950 [ p. 1]
Obituary - Jake E. Stewart
Jake [Jacob] E. [lmer] Stewart, son of [David] McKune and Kate Stewart [Catherine Elizabeth Bashore], was born September 10, 1880, at Siam, Iowa. He died August 27, 1950, in Bedford, Iowa.
He was married to [Mary] Edythe [Edith] Mohler, and to them were born five children: Cleo [Elmer] Stewart of Hopkins, Mo.; Austie [Austa], now Mrs. C. V. Shaddy of El Centro, Calif., Kenneth [Mohler] Stewart of Gravity; Goldie LaVern, now Mrs. Ralph Gordon of Hopkins; and one child [Omar J.] who died at birth in 1918.
Other survivors include six grandchildren, four brothers and four sisters.
Mr. Stewart united with the Bedford Methodist church in 1916.
Thursday November 16, 1950 [p. 1]
MrS. eLLA THOMAS
[Elevietta Rebecca] Ella Hardee, daughter of George Washington and Kizar [Keziah or Kesiah] Tomison Hardee, was born in Page County, Iowa, Nov. 14, 1886 , and died at the home of her son near Bedford, Nov. 9, 1950, five days short of her 84th birthday anniversary.
She was united in marriage to [Winfield] Scott Thomas March 3, 1883 , and to this union four children were born.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two brothers, her husband and one daughter. She is survived by three sons, Fred [Winfield] Thomas, with whom she made her home, Charles [Hugh], and Ralph, all of Bedford; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Mrs. Thomas was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bedford. She lived most of her life in Taylor County.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday May 2, 1901 p. 6
Death of an Old Soldier
One by one the veterans of the civil war are dropping out of the ranks. The last one in Bedford to answer to the call is Hugh Thomas, who recently built a new home on south Court Street, at the age of 85 years. He had been in bad health for several weeks. The funeral exercises were conducted at the home by Elder J. W. Walters. Interment in Bedford cemetery. Those who mourn have the sympathy of the Bedford people.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday May 2, 1901 p. 9
—Andrew Thomas, from Latan, Platte county, Mo., came up to the funeral of his father, Hugh H. Thomas, of this place, which occurred at 11 o'clock a. m. Monday.
Thursday March 1, 1945 p. 5
Winfield Scott Thomas, son of Hugh and Mary Ann [Tippie] Thomas, was born August 26, 1860 in Athens County, Ohio, and died at his home in Bedford Thursday, February 22, 1945, at the age of 84 years, 5 months and 26 days. He was the last of a family of four brothers, and one sister.
At the age of 26 years he came to Adams County, Iowa, and the following year to Taylor County, where he spent the remainder of his life, with the exception of six years, which were spent in Kansas.
On March 3,1888 he was married to [Elevietta Rebecca] Ella Hardee in Bedford. To them were born three sons and one daughter.
Surviving are the wife and two sons, Charley and Ralph of the home and another son, Fred Thomas of Bedford. The daughter, Mrs. Bertha McCurdy, died February 24, 1940. There are also four grandsons and six granddaughters.
The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Saturday forenoon, conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson.
Thursday August 1, 1985 p. 2
Thompson rites here July 29
Graveside services for Flo Thompson, 74, were held at Bedford City Cemetery, July 29, officiated by Rev. Carl Cummings.
Mrs. Thompson died July 25, 1985 at Park Dale Manor, Maryville, Mo.
Flo McMillin Thompson, daughter of John [Edward] McMillin and Mary [Catherine Downing] McMillin was born in Bedford, Iowa, November 2, 1910. She grew to maturity in the Bedford community where she attended the public school and the Baptist Church.
She had been in ill health the past nine years; her last employment was in Kansas City, Missouri where she served as Matron for Jackson County.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Elza and Gene.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Virginia Coleman and her husband Karl and grandsons Mike, Tim and Daniel of Hopkins, Missouri and a sister, Eva Walter of Kansas City, Missouri, other relatives and friends.
She will be remembered by family and loved ones as a kind mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Thursday July 10, 1930 [p. 1]
Mrs. Watkins Passed Away Last Tuesday
Mrs. Anna Malinda Watkins, aged 58 years, passed, away at her home in Clarinda Tuesday [July 8th].
The funeral services were held at the home in Clarinda (Thursday) afternoon and interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Wednesday March 14, 1917 p. 8
Infant Son Dies
Arthur Dennis, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd E. [rosco] Watkins [Mary Blanche Laughlin] of Gay Township died at their home Sunday March 11th, age one month and 24 days, was buried Tuesday afternoon in Bedford cemetery, W. E. Robb of Des Moines Iowa, a former Pastor of the Christian Church here conducted the services at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Laughlin, assisted by Lee H. Barnum and singers of the Church.
The sympathies of the community go with the sorrowing ones.
Thursday January 3, 1929 [p. 1]
Caroline Mapes Weingarth
Caroline Mapes, only child of Almira [Allen] and Elward [Edward] Mapes was born in the vicinity of Siam, October 15th, 1858 and ended her career December 26th, 1928, aged 70 years 2 months and 11 days. She was married to Daniel Weingarth May 27, 1872. To this union were born five children. One son, Edward passed away June 30, 1918. The other children are Mrs. Mattie [Martha Jane] Sleep of Chicago, Mrs. May Leininger of Conception Junction, Mo.; Mrs. Mary [Margaret] Sleep and Fred Weingarth of Bedford. She also raised Mrs. Ella Norris at whose home she passed away. Her husband passed away Sept. 7, 1919. She also leaves 18 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; also 5 half brothers and sisters, Mrs. Sarah Miller of New Market; Mrs. Annie Bix, Sam Gant and Charley Gant all of Siam, Iowa; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Weingarth united with the Christian church at Siam when young, being baptized in the river.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church at 2 o'clock last Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. C. Harris. Interment was made in Bedford cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Wednesday September 10, 1919 [p. 1]
Daniel Weingarth, son of Daniel and Margaret Weingarth, was born in Germany Sept 29th, 1841 and died at his home in Bedford, Iowa, Sept 7th, 1919, at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 8 days.
When twelve years of age, he came to this country and settled in Ohio, where he grew to manhood. He then came westward and located in Mason Township of this county. Some years later he moved to Polk Township and later located south of Bedford. Two years ago, he took up his home in Bedford, where he has since resided. During the war, Mr. Weingarth served as a teamster for the army for a part of the time.
On May 27th, 1872, he was married to Caroline Mapes. To this union were born five children, one of whom, a son Edward, passed away on June 30th, 1918. The other children, Mrs. Mary [Margaret] Sleep and Mrs. Mattie [Martha Jane[ Sleep of Bedford; Mrs. Mary [May] Leininger, of Conception Junction, Mo., and Fred [John] Weingarth of Bedford, all survive him. These, together with a foster child, Mrs. Ella Norris, of Bedford, unite with the bereaved wife in mourning his departure. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter, together with other relatives.
Mr. Weingarth was the last of his own family, his last brother passing away about a year ago. He has been for about twenty-five years deprived of his eyesight, yet thru his affliction has always remained cheerful and contented. His disposition was a happy one and he refused to allow the limitations which blindness placed upon him to cloud and shut out his enjoyment of life. His last illness was of but a few days duration and he passed quietly away in sleep.
The funeral was held at his home in north Bedford Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, in charge of Rev. L. P. Goodwin, and he was laid to rest in Bedford cemetery.
[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Times-Republican, September 11, 1919, page 5.]
Bedford Free Press
Thursday March 13, 1924 [p. 1]
Weingarth Baby Dead
The ten months old baby of Fred Weingarth's died last evening about ten o'clock. It had been very sick with pneumonia but was thought to be recovering when it suffered a relapse and died.
Thursday March 13, 1924 [p. 1]
Weingarth Baby Dies
The ten months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weingarth passed away yesterday evening, after an illness lasting several weeks.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10:00 o’clock at the Church of Christ, conducted by Rev. Price.
Monday March 31, 1924 p. 3
Elizabeth Carolyn Weingarth commenced the earthly life April 14, and fell asleep in Jesus March 12, thus for almost eleven months she was a little sunbeam in the home. Betty Lyn as she was called was a delicate child. She has left us but with the lessons—Love, Innocence and Purity—"of such is the Kingdom."
She leaves her parents, two sisters, Doris aged six and Phyllis aged three, two grandmothers, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were at the Christian church, and interment in Fairview cemetery.
"If thou shalt be in heart a child,
Forgiving, tender, meek and
Though with light stains of earth
O, Soul, it shall be well!"
[Note: She was buried in the old Bedford or Bedford City Cemetery, not Bedford Fairview as stated in her obituary.]
Thursday August 6, 1970 [p. 1]
Ethel Weingarth Last Rites Fri.
Mrs. Ethel Weingarth died in California; her body is being brought back for funeral services at 1:30 p. m. Friday at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here. Her daughters, Mrs. Winifred Owen, Reseda, Calif., and Mrs. Don Shannon of Yorkville, Ill. are accompanying the body back. Mrs. Chloe Wisdom and King Wisdom and family are also coming.
Interment will be at Bedford Cemetery.
Thursday August 13, 1970 p. 2
Last Rites Held Here Aug. 7 for Ethel Weingarth
Funeral services for Mrs. Fred (Ethel) Weingarth, 82, of Van Nuys, Calif., formerly of Bedford, held August 7 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Mr. Carl Cummings. Mrs. Weingarth died in Van Nuys Community Hospital on August 3, 1970. Interment was at Bedford Cemetery here.
Ethel [Della] Huey Weingarth, daughter of Cyrus K. and Elizabeth Ann [Dunkelbarger] Huey was born at Pickering, Mo., on October 15, 1887.
She was united in marriage to Fred J. [ohn] Weingarth of Bedford, Iowa, on June 27, 1914. He preceded her in death March 27, 1948. To them were born four daughters: Elizabeth Lynn who passed away in infancy; Phyllis, who passed away at the age of 16; Doris, now Mrs. Vernon Shannon of Yorkville, Ill., and Winifred Ann, now Mrs. James Owen of Van Nuys, Calif., survive. There are five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Surviving sisters are Mrs. Myrtle Daniels, Mrs. Lula Wallace, Mrs. Mary Hall, Mrs. Chloe Wisdom and Mrs. Alta Nance, and one brother, Henry C. Huey; also many nieces, nephews and also host of friends.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Charles K. Huey.
Mrs. Weingarth was a loyal and faithful member of her church and attended as long as she was able. She had been a member of the Christian Church for more than 50 years, having been a member of that church first in Hopkins, Mo., then transferring to Bedford.
Thursday April 1, 1948 [p. 1]
Fred Weingarth Dies In Illinois
Fred J. [ohn] Weingarth, 64, resident of Bedford and Taylor county for many years, died at his home in Aurora, Illinois, Sunday, March 28. The body was brought to Bedford and the funeral services were held this, Thursday afternoon at the Wetmore Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. George W. Swan. Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.
Thursday April 8, 1948 [p. 1]
Here To Attend Weingarth Rites
Among those from out of town who attended the last rites for Fred Weingarth in Bedford Saturday afternoon, included Mrs. Weingarth and Freddie Ann of Aurora, Illinois; Mrs. Vernon Shannon of South Gate, California; Mrs. Chloe Wisdom of Des Moines; Mrs. Lula Wallace, Charley Huey, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Reed of Shenandoah; Mrs. Jesse Manes of Oakfield, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Stewart, Lola Hall of Hopkins; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bennett and Janet, and Margaret Hall of St. Joseph, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Leininger, Mrs. Gwendolyn Myers and family of Leavenworth, Kansas; Mrs. Merle White of Maryville; Mrs. Dorothy Swanson, Jim Owen, Jim Cemeanish, Aurora, Illinois.
Thursday April 8, 1948 p. 4
Obituary - Fred John Weingarth
Fred, son of Daniel and Caroline [Mapes] Weingarth, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, January 10, 1884 and died at the Coppley hospital in Aurora, Illinois, March 28, 1948 at the age of 64 years, 2 months and 18 days.
He grew up in and near Bedford, where he with his family lived until six years ago, when they moved to Aurora, Illinois.
On June 27, 1914 he was married to Ethel Huey, at Maryville, Mo. To this union four children were born: Doris, Phyllis, Betty Lynn and Freddie Ann.
Those left to mourn this loss are: his wife, Ethel; two daughters, Freddie Ann of the home, and Mrs. Vernon Shannon of South Gate, California; three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Sleep of Chicago, Mrs. John Sleep of Bedford, and Mrs. Joe Leininger of Leavenworth, Kans.; one foster sister, Mrs. Ella Norris of Bedford; and two grandchildren.
Two daughters and a brother preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, Thursday afternoon, April 1, conducted by Rev. G. W. Swan. Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.
Thursday January 9, 1936 [p. 1]
Phyllis Weingarth, 15, Dies This Morning
Phyllis Weingarth, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weingarth of Bedford, died at 2:00 o'clock this morning, after an illness of only a few days with pneumonia.
She is survived by her parents, and two sisters, Doris and Freddie
Thursday January 16, 1936 p. 4
Hold Funeral Service For Phyllis Weingarth
Funeral services for Phyllis Weingarth, 15, who died Thursday, Jan. 9, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Friday afternoon, Jan. 10, conducted by Rev. Robert Boshen. Burial was in the Bedford cemetery. Girl schoolmates acted as pallbearers.
Phyllis was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weingarth. She was born in Bedford in February 1920. At the time of her death she was a member of the sophomore class in the Bedford high school. Surviving with the parents are two sisters, Doris and Freddie Ann.
Bedford Free Press
Wednesday July 3, 1918 [p. 1]
STRUCK BY HORSE, BLOW PROVES FATAL
Edward Weingarth died at the home of his parents in Bedford Sunday evening after a short illness. The funeral services were held at the home Tuesday morning conducted by Rev. E. E. Lowe of the Christian church. Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.
Weingarth while attending to his horses Saturday morning was struck in the abdomen by one of the animals which injury caused him great pain until his death about 7 o'clock Sunday evening. At the time of the accident it was not thought to be serious but medical attention could bring no relief.
S. [amuel] Edward Weingarth was born in Bedford January 18, 1882 and has lived here practically all of his life. To mourn his death he leaves a father and mother, three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Sleep, Mrs. Mary Sleep of Bedford; Mrs. May Leininger of Conception, Mo., and one brother Fred [John] of Bedford.
He was well liked and leaves many friends who will miss him.
Thursday July 4, 1918 [p. 1]
DIED AS RESULT OF A KICK
Ed Weingarth Died Sunday After Being Kicked By a Horse the Day Before
Saturday forenoon, as Ed Weingarth was handling a horse at the barn at the home of his brother, Fred, in northeast Bedford, the horse struck him with its forefeet and while it was not thought at the time that any serious results would follow an impaction of the bowels resulted and on Sunday evening at 5:30 he passed away. The deceased was a young man single, about 38 years of age and was held in the highest respect by all who knew him. He had been making his home with his brother where the accident occurred.
He leaves one brother, three sisters and his father to mourn. The one brother just referred to, and the sisters are Mrs. Mary [Margaret] Sleep and Mrs. Mattie [Martha Jane] Sleep both of Bedford and Mrs Joe Leininger [May] of New Conception, Mo. All were at his bedside when he passed away except the latter and she arrived Monday.
The funeral was held Tuesday morning at ten o'clock from the Fred Weingarth home, conducted by Rev. E. E. Lowe of the Christian church and interment was in Bedford cemetery.
Thursday July 16, 1953 [p. 1]
J. E. Willoughby Buried Here Friday
John Edward Willoughby, a retired government meat inspector, died at a nursing home in St. Joseph, Mo., July 8. Funeral services were held in St. Joseph Friday and the body was brought to the Bedford cemetery for burial.
Mr. Willoughby was a native of Rochester, Mo., but had lived most of his life in the St. Joseph vicinity.
Attending the funeral services from Bedford were Mr. and Mrs. Elza McMillin, Frank and Francis, Marvin, Norman and Mary Catherine McMillin, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Thompson and Virginia and Mrs. Mary McMillin.
Thursday November 8, 1934 [p. 1]
Former Resident Dies
Mrs. J. [ohn] E. [dward] Willoughby, a former resident of Bedford, died at her home in St. Joseph Wednesday night, following an illness of several days with pneumonia. Mrs. Willoughby will be remembered in Bedford as Miss Viola McMillin.
Thursday November 8, 1934 p. 5
Miss Eva McMillin and her father, John McMillin have been in St. Joseph several days this week, having been called there by the illness of his sister, Mrs. J. [ohn] E. Willoughby [Viola]. Mrs. Andy Thompson and Elza McMillin went to St Joseph this morning after Mrs. Willoughby's death.
Thursday November 15, 1934 p. 4
Mrs. J. Willoughby Buried Here Friday
Funeral services for Mrs. J. [ohn] E. [dward] Willoughby, 55, who died at her home in St. Joseph, Wednesday, Nov. 7, were held in St. Joseph Friday forenoon. The body was brought to Bedford, where short services were held at the Bedford cemetery at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Clark M. Crowell.
Those from Bedford attending the funeral services in St. Joseph were John McMillin, Mr. and Mrs. Gene McMillin, Mr. and Mrs. Elza McMillin, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Thompson, Mrs. Mary McMillin, and Miss Eva McMillin.
Thursday June 1, 1916 p. 8
Mrs. J. C. Jones
Mrs. J. [ohn] C. Jones died at her home in West Bedford May 27, at 12:30 P. [?] M. The funeral services were held at the First Methodist Episcopal Church Monday afternoon conducted by the pastor, Rev. Joe W. Goodsell. Interment was made in the Fairview cemetery.
Sarah Ellen Stephens was born in Mercer County, Dec. 11, 1853, and came to Taylor County in 1876. November 21, 1881, she was united in marriage to J.[ohn] C. Jones. She resided on a farm west of Bedford until Mr. Jones’ death in 1907, when she moved to Bedford. She united with the First Methodist Episcopal church when she was sixteen years of age. She leaves to mourn her death six sisters and two brothers. They are James Stephens of Waneta, Kan., Mrs. Mary Tomlin and Mrs. Margaret Cutler of Shenandoah, Iowa, Mrs. Maria Barr of Colton, Mo., Mrs. May Pennington of Clarinda, Iowa, Mrs. Dan Burk, Mrs. Rebecca Dixon and Thomas Stephens of Bedford.
Mrs. J. C. Jones, a sister of Mrs. F B Pennington of this city, died at her home in Bedford, Saturday, May
27, of Bright's disease. She was 61 years old. Mrs. Pennington was
with her at the time of her death. Mr.
Pennington went over to Bedford, Sunday. The funeral was held
Monday. The burial was at Bedford. CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda,
Iowa, Jun 1, 1916