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Thursday May 15, 1930 p. 2
Mrs. Edward Greenlee
Myrtle May Conger, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Conger, was born Dec. 12, 1903, near Sumner, Mo., and passed away May 4, 1930, aged 26 years, 4 months and 22 days. In 1912 she moved to Nebraska with her parents, then back to Missouri 3 years later, and to Taylor County, Iowa, in 1921, where she has since resided. She was married to Edward Greenlee, Sept. 1st, 1927, and they have resided on a farm southeast of Bedford, Ia., where she passed away. Myrtle Greenlee was a fine Christian girl, firmly believing in her Creator and the Hereafter. She was kind and gentle in disposition and will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Conger, one brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Bill [Monroe] Conger [Maxine Whetstine], besides other relatives and a host of friends.
"Our days are all so lonely
Without our Myrtle dear;
Each night there's something
Your smiles and words of cheer.
But dear Myrtle when we meet
In our home at peace and rest
Though 'tis hard to live without
We can say God knoweth best."
The funeral services were held in the Methodist church at Parnell, Mo., Tuesday afternoon, May 6th, Rev. J. C. Harris, minister of the Bedford Christian church conducting the service. Burial was made in the Parnell cemetery. Besides the immediate family, the following relatives from Sumner, Mo., were in attendance: Mrs. Rhoda Daugherty, an aunt; Albert Conger, an uncle; Mrs. May Lenty, Clyde Stevens, and Amos Daugherty, cousins.
Thursday May 8, 1930 p. 4
Geo. W. Fluke
Geo. W. Fluke, a well-known and prominent citizen of Hopkins, passed away at his home there Tuesday morning. The funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Hopkins, Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the pastor of that church. Interment was made in the Hopkins cemetery. Mr. Fluke was the father of Mrs. George McMasters [Maude] of south of Bedford.
Thursday May 15, 1930 p. 2
George W. Fluke
Geo. W. Fluke, a well-known and prominent citizen of Hopkins, passed away Tuesday morning, May 6, the immediate cause of his death being uremic poisoning. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 at the Baptist church, conducted by his pastor, Rev. A. L. Gartin, and burial was in the Hopkins cemetery.
George W. Fluke was born on March 30, 1848, at Brownsville, Licking County, Ohio, and died at his home in Hopkins, Mo., May 6, 1930, aged 81 years, 10 months, and 24 days. He was the son of Jesse P. [enell] and Abigail Ash Fluke, and when about 7 years old moved with his parents to Lewistown, Fulton County, Ill., where he grew to manhood. On June 24, 1873, he was united in marriage to Sarah Ellen Prickett, of Lewistown, and the first years of their married life was spent on a farm in the vicinity of Lewistown. In 1881, with their two daughters, they moved to a farm 8 miles southwest of Bedford, Iowa, where they resided for over 30 years. In 1913, he retired from farming and with his wife moved to Hopkins, where he retired until his death. In 1882 he united with the Baptist church at Hazel Dell, where he remained a faithful member for more than 45 years. About one year ago he transferred his membership to the First Baptist Church of Hopkins. He was a man of sterling worth and high ideals, numbering his friends by his acquaintance, every ready to assist anyone in need and contributed to every worthy enterprise. He was always active in community affairs and contributed much toward the development of the county in which he so long lived as well as the community here. He leaves to mourn for him his faithful wife of fifty-seven years; one son, J. Clyde Fluke of Brawley, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Chas. [George] McMaster [Maude], of near Bedford, Ia.; one daughter preceding him in death. Three brothers and two sisters survive him, C.[harles] M. [anley] Fluke of Athelstan, Ia.; R. [ichard] H. Fluke of Avon, Ill.; and Russell Fluke of Lewistown, Ill. The two sisters are Mrs. Henriette Cramblett, of Pasadena, Calif., and Mrs. Edith G. Hood of Canton, Ill. Besides these, other relatives and a host of friends mourn his passing.
Thursday May 18, 1944 p. 7
Obituary - Mrs. C. M. Fluke
City May Nott, daughter of Tiffin Roswell and Elizabeth Keeler Nott, was born near Lewistown, Illinois, October 27, 1858, and died at her home Wednesday, May 10, 1944, at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 14 days. She was the last of a family of four children.
On October 27, 1876, she was married to Charles Manley Fluke at Lewistown, Illinois. To them four children were born: Darrah Lee Fluke of Blockton, Meredith Kay Fluke of Bedford, Charles Thomas Fluke of Blockton and a son who died in infancy.
In early-married life they moved to Howard County, Kansas, where they resided about one and a half years. In May of 1887 they moved to the farm near Athelstan on which they lived continuously since that time. Mr. Fluke died Sept. 15, 1933.
In girlhood she united with a Methodist church near her parents' home. Her membership was transferred when new homes were established and is now in the Methodist church at Sheridan, Missouri.
She was always devoted to her home and family and in later life was confined closely by ill health to the home, where she was cared for by the third son, Charles Thomas Fluke. She spent much time in reading and was especially fond of poetry.
Mrs. Fluke is survived by her three sons, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. E. M. Chambers of Blockton at the Methodist church in Platteville Sunday afternoon, May 14. Burial was in the Platteville cemetery.
Thursday May 18, 1944 p. 7
Mr. and Mrs. George McMaster [Maude Fluke] attended the funeral of her aunt, Mrs. May Fluke, at the Platteville church Sunday afternoon.
Thursday July 27, 1944 p. 4
Obituary - Mrs. Mary E. Fluke
Mary Emily Brown, daughter of John Brown and Delilah Huffman Brown, was born August 3, 1852, near Lewistown, Illinois, and died at her home in Bedford Wednesday, July 19, 1944, just two weeks before her ninety-second birthday.
On August 11, 1872, she was married to Jacob Franklin Fluke at the home of her birth near Lewistown. The first home was near the parental home. In the spring of 1880 they moved to Beatrice, Nebraska, and in June of the same year they moved to a farm near Hopkins. In the spring of 1881 they moved to a farm near Platteville, where Mr. Fluke died a few years later and Mrs. Fluke was left to rear the children alone. She continued to live on the farm until December of 1904, when she moved to Bedford where, with the exception of four years spent in Cedar Falls, Iowa, she spent her remaining years.
To Mr. and Mrs. Fluke eight children were born. The eldest daughter, Nova, died in childhood. The third daughter, Mrs. Emma Flint, also preceded her mother in death. The surviving children are Mrs. Minnie Smith of St. Joseph, Mrs. Alice Midyett of Warsaw, Missouri, John J. Fluke of Bendena, Kansas, Mrs. Grace Sickels of Blockton, Etta and Ella Fluke of the home.
At the age of 70, Mrs. Fluke took into her home three orphaned grandchildren, Ardeth, Roland and Lorena Flint, and gave to them the same care and training she had given her own family. Each day she read the Bible to her children and each day she instilled into them by precept and practice the principles taught therein.
Fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren also survive.
Mrs. Fluke came from pioneer Methodist ancestry. In early girlhood she became a member of the rural Methodist church near her home. As new homes were established her membership was transferred. Wherever she was she was devoted to her church and gave generously of her time and energy as long as age and health permitted.
The funeral services were held at the Bedford Methodist church Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. L. Hufstader. Burial was in the Platteville cemetery.
[Fluke, Mary Emily Brown]
Thursday July 27, 1944 [p. 1]
Attend Fluke Funeral
Among those from out of town who attended the last rites for Mrs. Mary E.[mily] Fluke in Bedford Friday afternoon, were two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Smith of St. Joseph and Mrs. Frank E. Midyett and two daughter, Mrs. Glenn Beyer of Warsaw and Mrs. Leo Beyer and daughter Opal of Cole Camp, Mo.
Thursday September 14, 1933 [p. 1]
Charles M. Fluke Dies At Athelstan
By Times-Press Blockton Reporter
Charles M. [anley] Fluke, 79, died at his home near Athelstan Friday, Sept. 8. The funeral services were held at the Platteville church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior. Burial was in the Platteville cemetery.
He was born at Brownville, O., March 8, 1854. His parents moved from Ohio to Illinois when he was an infant. He was graduated from the high school at Lewistown, Ill., and attended the Gem City Business College at Quincy.
He came to Iowa in 1887, where he had since lived. He was a teacher for twenty-seven years.
Mr. Fluke was married to City May Nott, Oct. 27, 1876. Three sons were born to them---Darrah, Meredith, and Charles Thomas, all of Athelstan, Iowa.
He united with the Methodist church at the age of twelve, and at the time of his death was a member of the church at Sheridan, Mo.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, eight grandchildren, a great grandchild, two sisters, and two brothers. Three brothers preceded him in death.
[Fluke, Charles Manley]
Thursday September 14, 1933 [p. 1]
Chas. M. [anley] Fluke was born in Brownsville, Ohio, March 8, 1854, and passed away at his home near Athelstan, Iowa, Sept. 8, 1933, at the age of 79 years and 6 months.
His parents moved from Ohio to Illinois when he was an infant. He was graduated from the Lewistown, Illinois, high school and attended the Gem City Business college at Quincy, Illinois. He came to Iowa in 1887 where he has lived for the last 47 years. He was a teacher for 27 years and his chief joy in life was his appreciation of his scholars.
He was married to City May Nott October 27, 1876. Three sons were born to this union— Darrah [Lee], Meredith [Kay] and Charles Thomas all of Athelstan.
He united with the Methodist church at the age of 12 years and continued in the faith. At the time of his death be was a member of the church at Sheridan, Mo. He was a Sunday school superintendent for many years and was also the leader in the singing.
He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 3 sons, 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 2 sisters and 2 brothers, 3 brothers having preceded him in death.
He was a loving husband, father and friend. He held lasting friendships and always held high the good qualities of his friends. His faith in his God could not be shaken and it can truthfully be said "Blessed are they who put their trust in Him."
Funeral services were held at the Platteville church Sunday at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior, pastor of the Blockton Methodist church. Interment was made in the Platteville cemetery.
Thursday June 27, 1946 [p. 1]
Mrs. M. K. Fluke Dies Sunday June 23
Mrs. Meredith K. Fluke died Sunday, June 23, her death coming unexpectedly, although she had been in failing health for several years.
The funeral services were held at the home southeast of Bedford on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Russell G. Nye of the Bedford Methodist church. Burial was in the Platteville cemetery.
Iowa Julia Russell, daughter of William and Elizabeth Kemery Russell, was born November 21, 1882, in Taylor County, and died June 23, 1946, being aged 63 years, 7 months and 2 days at the time of her death.
She joined the Methodist church in 1912 at Liberty school and later transferred her membership to Sheridan.
She was married October 25, 1914, to Meredith Fluke. To them was born one daughter. She also reared one stepson.
She spent all of her life in Taylor County and was deeply devoted to her home and family.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, her daughter, Madelene Irvin of Blockton; her step-son, Elmer Fluke of Blockton; three granddaughters, two step grandsons; two sisters, Anna Russell and Bertha Foster of Bedford; one brother, Henry Russell of Essex; and one nephew, H. K. Russell, of Bedford.
Thursday March 29, 1956 p. 4
Clyde Fluke Dies In Arizona
Clyde Fluke, a former resident of this community, died March 11 in Phoenix, Arizona. Last rites and burial were at Fresno, Calif.
Mr. Fluke is survived by his wife, three daughters, [and] seven grandchildren. Also by one sister, Mrs. George McMaster [Maude] of Glenwood, Arkansas, a former resident of Bedford.
Thursday April 30, 1936 [p. 1]
DeVoe's Father Dies
Curtis DeVoe, 82, father of Ralph DeVoe of Bedford, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clara Myers, in Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, April 26. The funeral services were held in Waterloo, and the body brought to Clarinda this forenoon, where burial was made, Rev. W. H. Hoge of Bedford conducting the services at the grave. Surviving are two daughters and four sons. They are Mrs. Myers of Waterloo, Mrs. Ruth Consolver of Oakdale, Iowa, Charles DeVoe of Conway, Ralph DeVoe of Bedford, Jim DeVoe of Des Moines, and Frank DeVoe of Charles City, Iowa.
Thursday March 8, 1956 p. 5
Mrs. Mary DeVore Dies
Word was received last week of the death of Mrs. Mary Devore of Gillette, Wyoming. She was the oldest child of the late John A. [rthur] and Susan [Smart] West. She was born in Ohio in 1866.
When just a small child she was brought to Missouri by her parents and grew to womanhood on a farm south of Blockton. She was married to D. [avid] S. Devore in 1887.
They spent several years of married life in Athelstan and then moved to Tabor, Iowa, where they lived several years. Later, they moved to Gillette, Wyoming.
Services were held at the Christian church in Gillette and burial was there [Bethlehem Cemetery, south of Gillette].
She was preceded in death by her husband, two daughters and one son. She is survived by three daughters: Susie Devore and Mrs. Alma Smelser of Gillette, Wyo., Mrs. Ivan Sickels of Corvallis, Mon., and one son, Lester Devore of Colorado Springs, Colo.; thirteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren. She also leaves three sisters: Mrs. Rosa Ridge of Hallsville, Mo., Mrs. Lucretia Ridge, Blockton, and Mrs. Retha King of Plainview, Texas. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
Thursday March 8, 1956 p. 6
Former Athelstan Resident Succumbs
Mrs. Mary M. [argaret] DeVore, 89, a former resident of Athelstan, but since 1921 of Gillette and Campbell County, Wyoming, died February 19 at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital from infirmities of old age.
Funeral services were held at the First Christian church, Wednesday, Feb. 22, with Rev. Stanley Chitwood in charge, assisted by H. A. Cotrill of Bethlehem church.
Mary Margaret West was born Sept. 9, 1866, to John A. [rthur] and Susan [Smart] West in Adams County, Ohio. The following year she moved with her parents to northern Missouri. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Christian church.
Those left to mourn her passing are three daughters, Mrs. Ivan Sickels of Corvallis, Mont., Miss Susie DeVore and Mrs. Alma Smelser of Gillette; a son, Lester DeVore, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three sisters, Mrs. Rosa Ridge, Hallsville, Missouri; Mrs. Lucretia Ridge, Blockton, Mrs. Retha King, Plainview, Texas, 12 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, nine great great grandchildren.
Thursday March 8, 1956 p. 6
Obituary - Orville Dean Valentine
Orville Dean Valentine, son of Ward D. [ouglas] and Faye Foster Valentine, was born on a farm near Bedford, Iowa, on August 14, 1923, and met his tragic death as a result of a truck accident, Thursday evening January 19, 1956. The accident occurred on Hi-way 34, about 23 miles east of Lincoln, Nebr.
Orville grew to manhood in the vicinity of his birth; and on April 21, 1943, he was inducted into the United States Navy, where he served during World War II, and until his separation from that branch of the armed forces, on February 11, 1946.
On December 18, 1947, he was married to Mary Lou Wessell of Greenfield. Mrs. Valentine took up residence at McClelland near Council Bluffs, and a short time later moved to Council Bluffs, which has since been their home.
Three sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Valentine, who, along with his devoted wife, were his pride and joy. He has been employed the past four years by Gooch's Milling Company of Council Bluffs.
Prior to his service in the United States Navy, he was employed by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation of Burbank, Calif. He was awarded World War II Victory medal, and a star in the Philippine Liberation.
Those surviving Orville Dean, besides his wife Mary Lou, and his three small sons, Albert Eugene, Terry Dean and Steven Lynn, are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ward D. [ouglas] Valentine of Burbank, Calif.; two brothers, Ward D.[ouglas] Valentine, Jr., of Pacoima, Calif., Howard of Burbank; six sisters, Mrs. Hollis Cole of Philomath, Oregon, Mrs. Dorcas Norton of Monmouth, Oregon, Mrs. Lucille Perry of Greenfield, Iowa, Miss Mary Valentine of Burbank, Mrs. Charlotte Nason of Philomath, and Mrs. Dorothy Vierra of North Hollywood, California.
Thursday December 2, 1909 p. 7
Mrs. Elizabeth Russell
Mrs. Elizabeth [Kemery] Russell, widow of William Russell, who died about five years ago, passed away at her home in Jackson township, about eleven miles southeast of the city, death having come Monday, as a result of cancer of the tongue. Mrs. Russell was a native of Pennsylvania, and at the time of her death was 65 years of age. Surviving are three daughters and one son, all at home. Funeral services were held at the Forest Grove church at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. F. N. Willis of the First Methodist Episcopal church of Bedford. Interment was in Forest Grove cemetery.
Thursday December 2, 1909 p. 7
William Lester Mattice
William Lester Mattice was born in Lucas County, Ohio, July 15, 1846. A few years later he moved with his parents to Adrian, Mich. In 1865 they came to Iowa where he grew to manhood and later went to Omaha, Neb., where he has since lived. His health began to fail about six months ago and he died Sunday, November 23, 1909. At the time of his death he was 62 years, 4 months and 15 days old. Mr. Mattice never married but lived with a sister in Omaha. He leaves three sisters, Mrs. H. [iram] M. Long [Mary] of Bedford, Mrs. L. [ouis] H. Sroufe [Arminta] of Omaha, and Mrs. J. [oseph] M. Ingersoll [Anna] of Keokuk, and one brother, Andrew Mattice, of Ponca City, Okla. Funeral services were held in Omaha, Tuesday, November 30, and the body was brought to Bedford. Interment took place Wednesday afternoon in the Bedford cemetery, where his father and mother are buried.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday July 30, 1896 [p. 1]
Funeral of Mrs. Henry Jones
Friday's Daily Free Press
Alex John received a telegram at 4:30 this afternoon bearing the intelligence of the death of his sister, Mrs. Henry W. Jones, at Riverdale, Wyo. The body will be brought to this city for burial.
Monday's Daily Free Press
The funeral of Mrs. Henry Jones [Mary Jane John] occurred Sunday evening from the Forest Grove schoolhouse. Mr. Jones arrived with the body on the 3:40 passenger and was met at the depot by a large number of friends and relatives who made up the funeral cortege that accompanied the remains to the Forest Grove schoolhouse. Rev. J. C. Lewis, of the Baptist church of this city, delivered the funeral sermon.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones were formerly residents in the vicinity of Forest Grove and the large number of their former neighbors who attended the funeral was evidence of the high esteem in which they were held in the community. Mrs. Jones died at 9 a. m. Thursday, July 23, aged 66 years. She leaves a large number of relatives and friends who sincerely mourn her death.
Thursday March 28, 1940 p. 5
Mrs. Mary Jane Garner
Mrs. Mary Jane Garner died at her home in Bedford Friday, March 22, at the age of 99 years, 10 months and 18 days.
The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. Douglas Steffenson. Burial was in the Graceland cemetery.
Mary Jane Price, daughter of Perry and Matilda [Malinda Eagle] Price, was born May 9, 1840, near Lewisburg, W. Va. She was one of a family of eleven children and came with her parents by the covered wagon route to Iowa in 1856.
On April 2, 1862, she was married to Samuel Harvey Garner. To them were born ten children, three of whom survive: Mrs. George Howard (Kizzie) of Opportunity, Wash.; Mrs. George Strong (Lettie) of Garfield, Wash.; and Carl Garner of Branson, Mo.
She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Amanda Wilson of California, Mrs. Eliza Burge of Montana, and Mrs. Martha Eighmy of Gravity, Iowa.
Mrs. Garner was a member of the Woman's Relief Corps and of the Methodist church.
Thursday March 28, 1940 p. 5
Funeral services for John H. O'Dougherty, who died at his home in Bedford, Iowa, Tuesday, March 19, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Stanley Schlick. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
John Harris O'Dougherty was born March 19, 1880, in Taylor County, Iowa, the son of Peter and Lola Mary [Underwood] O'Dougherty. He was age 60 years and 10 days at the time of his death.
He attended the Eagle rural school and Bedford city school. He moved to Sheridan, Mo., with his parents where his education was completed.
Then he went to Kansas City, Mo., where he learned the painting trade, which he followed the remainder of his life, working in Kansas City until he came to Bedford seven years ago.
On June 12, 1918, he was married to Miss Ethel Parton at her home in Fort Scott, Kansas. To them were born four children: twin daughters who died at birth, Mary Katherine and John Harris, Jr., who, with their mother, survive. There are also three brothers and two sisters, Francis and Henry O'Dougherty of Bedford, James G. O'Dougherty of Valeda, Kans., Mrs. L. [esbia] A. [rthur] Conder [Anna] and Mrs. T. [homas] N. [elson] Longfellow [Mary Elizabeth] of Bedford.
Thursday February 4, 1926 p. 5
Peter O'Dougherty, son of John and Sarah (Wood) O'Dougherty, was born in Boston, Mass., Aug. 7, 1846, and departed this life at Bedford, Ia., Jan. 28, 1926, aged 79 years, 5 months and 21 days.
Services were from the home Saturday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. G. T. Roberts of the M. E. church. Interment was at New Hope cemetery, 8 ½ miles south of Bedford.
At the age of 4 years he moved with his parents to Erie, Penn., where they resided until 1857, coming to Taylor County, Ia. in that year, and settling near Bedford.
Feb. 22, 1877, he was united in marriage to Lola Mary Underwood and to this union seven children were born, Katy, the eldest, died in infancy; John H. [arris] O'Dougherty, of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. L. [esbia] A. [rthur] Conder [Anna], of Maryville, mo.; Francis O'Dougherty of Bedford; Henry C., of Little Sioux, Ia.; Mrs. T. [homas] N. [elson] Longfellow [Mary Elizabeth] of Bedford, and James G. of Detroit, Mich.
He is also survived by one brother, Henry O'Dougherty, of St. Joseph, Mo., and two sisters, Mrs. Celia Williamson of Guthrie, Okla., and Mrs. Sarah Sperbeck, of San Francisco, Calif. Four grandchildren, four nephews and three nieces also survive.
After his marriage he located on a farm in Ross Township, where he resided until 1904, when the family moved to Sheridan, Mo., where he was in the drug business for six years, after which he returned to the old homestead in Ross Township, living there until 1907, at which time they moved to the present home in Bedford. He was in the grocery business in Bedford for six years, retiring on account of failing health.
Thursday June 14, 1934 [p. 1]
Mrs. O'Dougherty Dies Here Friday
Mrs. Peter O'Dougherty, 75, died at her home in Bedford Friday afternoon, June 8, after a lingering illness. The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. C. Harris. Burial was in the New Hope cemetery.
Mrs. O'Dougherty, whose name before her marriage was Lola Mary Underwood, was born in Taylor County, Aug. 19, 1858, and spent practically her entire life in the county, with the exception of a few years in Missouri.
Feb. 22, 1876, she was married to Peter O'Dougherty. To them were born seven children, all of whom survive with the exception of a daughter, Katy, who died in infancy.
Surviving relatives are the six children, John H. [arris] O'Dougherty, Mrs. Anna C. Conder, Francis O'Dougherty, and Mrs. Mary [Elizabeth] Longfellow of Bedford, James G. O'Dougherty of Coffeyville, Kans.; one brother, E. C. Underwood of Kansas City; two sisters, Mrs. F. [anny] E. [lizabeth] Barnes of Kansas City and Mrs. Anna Corder of Rich Hill, Mo. There are also eleven grandchildren.
She has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for many years.