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[Gant, Orval Gant]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     June 11, 1964     p. 8

Orval Gant, 52, Services June 5

Funeral services for Orval Allen Gant, 52, held Monday, June 8 at the Siam Church of Christ, were conducted by Clarence Potter. Mr. Gant died at his home June 5, 1964. Interment was in Siam cemetery, Siam, Ia.

Orval Gant, son of Charles [Newton] Gant and Florence [Idell] Goodrich Gant, was born in Mason Township Jan. 25, 1912.

He received his elementary education in the North Star school and was graduated from New Market High School in 1930.

On Feb. 14, 1938 he was married to Naomi Clayton of Siam and they immediately established their present home. To this couple three children were born, Roger [Allen] who is serving with the army in Germany, Mrs. David (Karlolyn) Hughes of New Market; Mrs. Clark (Lorene) Davison of Clarinda.

Mr. Gant was very active in the Christian Church of Siam of which he was a life long member.

He is survived by his wife, one son, two daughters, one grandson, four sisters, Mrs. Wilber (Mabel) Carmichael of Clarinda, Mrs. Lawrence (Mary) Allison of Calif., Mrs. John (Alma) Bix and Mrs. Ernest (Ethel) Gray of Bedford

[Huntsman, Lena White]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    August 12, 1926     p. 6

Obituary—Lena Huntsman

Lena White was born March 20, 1868, in Warren County, Illinois, and departed this life at Iowa City hospital August 4, 1926. She was married to William Huntsman May 22, 1884. To this union were born eight children, five of whom are still living: Ora and Suriida Huntsman, of Bedford, Iowa; Dow Huntsman, Alice Baker and Goldie Morehouse, of Hopkins, Mo. She also leaves to mourn her loss nine grand children, one great grand child, a brother Joe White of Blanchard, Iowa, and a sister, Margery Cummings, of Enid, Oklahoma.

She united with the Methodist church at Siam in early life, and lived a faithful Christian life. She had been a patient sufferer for the past three years, unable to walk for over a year.

The funeral was held at the Siam Methodist church August 7, 1926, conducted by Rev. G. T. Roberts, and the body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Siam.
[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Times-Republican, August 12, 1926, page 7.]

[Jeffers, Stella Blanche Smith Manley]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday August 6, 1984

Blanche Jeffers funeral Tuesday

Mrs. Blanche Jeffers, 93, of Siam, died August 4, 1984 at the Parkdale Manor in Maryville, Mo where she had been since July 13.

She was born Aug. 11, 1890 in Burlington Jct., MO, the daughter of Riley and Rose Loan Smith. On Feb. 22, 1944 she was married to Coy Jeffers.

She is survived by her husband; two sons Orville Manley of Bedford and Wilbur Manley of Freeman, Mo; one daughter, Mrs. Joe (Wanda) Updike of Clarinda; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Aug. 7, 1984, at the Siam Christian Church with burial in the Siam cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. The family will meet friends this Monday from 7-8 pm at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda.

[Jeffers, Stella Blanche Smith Manley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 9, 1984      p. 6

Blanche Jeffers services in Siam

Services for [Stella] Blanche [Smith Manley] Jeffers, 93, of Siam, were held at 2 p.m. August 7 at Siam Christian Church and burial was in the Siam Cemetery.

She was born August 11, 1890 at Burlington Jct. Mo. to Riley Smith and Rose Loan Smith.

Blanche married Coy Jeffers February 22, 1944.

Survivors include two sons, Orville Manley, Bedford, Wilbur Manley, Freeman, Mo., daughter Mrs. Joe (Wanda) Updike, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

[Jeffers, Coy Edward]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday      February 29, 1988

For Jeffers

Coy Jeffers of Clarinda, formerly of the Siam area, died today (Monday) Feb. 29, 1988. Funeral arrangements are pending with Walker-Merrick Funeral Home. More information will follow in Thursday’s paper.

[Jeffers, Coy Edward]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday     March 3, 1988

Jeffers, 96, farmed in Siam area

Coy [Edward] Jeffers, 96, of Clarinda, formerly of the Siam area, died Monday, Feb. 29, 1988, at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital where he had been the past week.

He was born in Wisconsin on April 27, 1892. His parents were [James] Edward and [Maggie] Belle Jeffers. For many years he sold grain and feed and later farmed in the Siam area.

He was married [Stella] Blanche Smith Manley. They lived together in the Siam area. She passed away Aug. 4, 1984 and shortly after he moved to Clarinda.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Joe (Wanda) Updike, of Clarinda; a stepson, Wilbur Manley of Freeman, Mo; two grandchildren, several great grandchildren; three step grandchildren, two step great grandchildren and one sister, Clara Miller of Clarinda. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Blanche; a son, Robert [Edward] Jeffers; a stepson Orville Manley; six brothers and one sister.

Services were at 10 a. m. Thursday (today), at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with burial in the Siam Cemetery in Siam. Memorials may be directed to the Siam Christian Church.

[Jobe, Blanche Pauline Fine]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      July 28, 1983     p. 4

Final Rites Held Wednesday For Blanche Jobe, 79

Funeral services for Mrs. Conlin (Blanche) Jobe, New Market, were held Wed., July 27, in Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Mrs. Jobe died July 23 in the Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at the Siam Cemetery, Siam, Ia.

[Jobe, Blanche Pauline Fine]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday       August 4, 1983     p. 6

Blanche Jobe, 79 Last Rites Held July 27

Funeral services for Mrs. Conlin (Blanche Fine) Jobe, 79, of New Market, were held July 27 in Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Mrs. Jobe died July 23, 1983 in the Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Siam Cemetery, Siam, Iowa.

 Blanche [Pauline] Fine Jobe, daughter of Perry Fine and Rachael Rousch [Roush] Fine, was born November 25, 1903 near Siam, Taylor County Iowa. She grew to maturity in the area where she was born where she attended the public school and the Methodist Church.

On January 5, 1924 she was united in marriage to Conlin Jobe who preceded her in death in 1977. They lived in Siam until moving to New Market, Iowa 20 years ago.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by three children: Floyd Jobe of New Market, Iowa; Evelyn Villines of Des Moines, Iowa and Ronald Jobe of Albuquerque, New Mexico; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Ruby Renfro of New Market, Iowa, Elza Fine of Bedford, Lydia Wynn of Santa Barbara, California and Inez Horner of Des Moines, Iowa; other relatives and many friends.

Blanche will be remembered for her loving devotion to her husband and children. Her grandchildren brought a special kind of joy and pride to her. In recent years her great grandchildren held a special place in her heart. She loved to have company and will be missed by many kind and wonderful people both neighbors and friends who called on her almost every day.

[Larabee, Edward Franklin “Ed”]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     October 15, 1979

Edward Larabee service Wednesday

Edward Franklin Larabee, 75, died at his home in Coin Sunday afternoon. Funeral services will be this Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Walker- Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Means officiating.

The family will meet friends at the funeral home from 7-8:30 pm Tuesday. Burial will be in the Siam Cemetery. 

He was born July 13, 1904 at Burlington Jct., Mo., the son of the late William [George] and Myrtle (Van Fosson) Larabee. He was married to Iva Pearl Currier at Howard, S. D., March 5, 1931. He was retired and lived in Coin for the past three years after having previously lived in College Springs and Lincoln, Ne.

Mr. Larabee is survived by his wife of the home, three daughters Mrs. Kenneth (Phyllis) Shields of Coin, Mrs. Myrtle Triplett of Omaha, Mrs. Lois Reynolds of Lincoln, two sons, Darrell and Dennis, both of Lincoln, brothers and sisters Dale Larabee of College Springs, George Larabee, Mrs. George (Evelyn) Ferguson and Mrs. Alger (Frolen) all of Omaha, Carl Larabee of Norfolk, Ne., Mrs. Merle (Margaret) McCutcheon of Des Moines, Mrs. Albert (Velma) Swanson of Hartford S. D. and Eyel Larabee of Oklahoma, an uncle Dorce Van Fosson of Elmo, 25 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by two sons Kenneth [Dale] and William, one infant daughter, Shirley Joan Larabee, one brother, Leland Clem Larabee, two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Larabee and Alfa Larabee and one granddaughter.

[Larabee, Iva Pearl Currier]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday      July 4, 1988

Larabee, 77 was former Coin resident

Iva Pearl Larabee, 77 died at her home in Lincoln, Ne, June 28 1988.

She was a former Coin resident.

She was married Edward [Franklin] Larabee March 5, 1930. They had eight children. Surviving are two sons, Darrell and Dennis Larabee, three daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Phyllis) Shields, Mrs. Larry (Lois) Barr, and Myrtle Triplett, all from Lincoln; 26 grandchildren, and 34 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oct. 14, 1979. Others preceding her in death were two sons, William and Kenneth [Dale]; daughter, Shirley; granddaughter, Wanda Larabee; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Currier, brother, Warren Currier, and sister, Coral Baker.

Funeral services were held July 1 at Metcalf Funeral Home in Lincoln with Rev. Galen Skinner officiating. Graveside services and interment were at Siam Cemetery near New Market.


[Larabee, Wanda Kaye]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 11, 1961      p. 5

Larabee Infant Dies Sunday

Wanda Kaye Larabee, 3-weeks old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. [ale] Larabee, Route 3, Bedford, died suddenly Sunday afternoon. She was found by her mother in her crib and rushed to Clarinda Municipal hospita1, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Survivors include her parents; three brothers and a sister, Jerry Dean 6, Josephine Sue 4, Larry Lee 3, and Charles Daniel, 2; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Beal of Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Larabee of Lincoln, Nebr.; great grandparents, Mrs. Cassie Beal of Blockton, Mr. and Mrs. William Larabee of College Springs, Mrs. Cora Currier of Monroe, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at the Siam Christian church Monday afternoon. Rev. Clarence Potter, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment in Siam Cemetery.

[Madison, Delbert Arthur]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     July 7, 1999    p. 5

Delbert Arthur Madison

Delbert Madison, age 75 of Siam, Iowa died Friday at the Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, Iowa.

Delbert was born on January 21, 1924 at Dallas, South Dakota. His parents were Arthur and Laura (Sullivan) Madison. Delbert was married to Ruby Lynn on May 10, 1946 at Reno, NV. He was a veteran of the Navy and served during W.W. II. Delbert had farmed, broke horses and also did shoeing of horses; he had worked on the wards at M.H.I, and worked for the Taylor County A.S.C.S.

Survivors include four children, daughter Joyce and husband Larry Newman of Clarinda; sons Arthur and wife Julie Madison of Clarinda, Dennis and Beverly Madison of Lincoln, NE and David Madison of Clarinda. There are 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; a sister, Arlene Stickley of Salem, OR also survives.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Ruby in 1980 and two brothers, Lawrence and Robert and five sisters, Lottie, Gertie, Loraine, Louise and Opal.

Funeral service [s] were held Tuesday, July 6th, 1999 at the Walker Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with burial in the Siam Cemetery at Siam, Iowa. Walker Merrick Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

[Madison, Ruby Lynn]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     April 10, 1980     p. 8

Ruby Madison, 54 Final Rites were Held April 5

Funeral services for Mrs. Delbert (Ruby Lynn) Madison, 54, of Siam, held April 5 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Rev. Loren Daly. Mrs. Madison died April 2, 1980 in her home. Interment was at Siam Cemetery, Siam, Iowa.

Ruby Lynn Madison, daughter of Maude [Melinda Yeager] and Calvin [Matthew] Lynn, was born in Stuart, Oklahoma, March 30, 1926. She lived in Texas and Oklahoma and grew to maturity in California where she attended the public school and Church of Christ.

On May 10, 1945 she was united in marriage to Delbert Madison at Reno, Nevada, and they lived in southwest Iowa. To this union four children were born: Mrs. Joyce Newman, Clarinda; Arthur Madison, New Market; Dennis Madison, Roca, Nebraska; and David Madison, New Market.

She was a member of H.C. Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Calvin.

Left to cherish her memory are: her husband Delbert; four children, Joyce and husband Larry, Arthur, Dennis and wife Susan, and David and wife Gloria; five grandchildren: Traci, Jody, and Brian Newman, Sheila Madison and Brandon Madison; five sisters: Mrs. Ellen Nielson of Waco, Texas; Mrs. Lillian Wood, Portersville, Calif.; Mrs. Jessie Dean, Richmond, Calif.; Mrs. Vernie Wood of Manteca, Calif., and Mrs. Ruth Davis of Dallas, Texas.

She was kind and considerate to all and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

[Manley, Wilfred Leroy, 1875-1929]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     June 6, 1929    p. 7

Wilfred Leroy Manley

Wilfred Leroy Manley, son of Alexander and Anna Manley, was born in Hopkins, Mo., Jan.5th, 1875, and passed away from his home in Bedford, Ia., June 2nd. 1929, at the age of 54 years, 5 months and 29 days. Mr. Manley grew to manhood in the state of Colorado; he has been a resident of these two states, Iowa and Missouri, during his entire life. On Sept. 10th, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna [Belle] Stewart, and to this union six children were born as follows: Oren Delton Manley, Cecil Emerson Manley, Mrs. Dora Alice Goudie, Wilfred Leroy Manley, Thelma Vianna Manley, and Ora Stewart Manley. Mr. Manley leaves to mourn his departure, his mother, Mrs. Marshall Manley; his wife, Mrs. Wilfred Leroy Manley of Bedford; and his six living children as above mentioned; also several brothers and sisters as follows: Jessie Andrew of Portland, Ore., Carrie Borden of New Market, Dora Rouch [Roush] of New Market, Emma Stipes of Siam, and Everett Manley of Clarinda. Two brothers, Archey and Dee, preceded him in death. He leaves 5 grandchildren, as follows; Anna Elizabeth Goudie, Richard Eldon Goudie, Norma Manley, Madonna Joan and Morma Elaine. In addition to those mentioned, he leaves many other relatives and loving friends. Brother Manley united with the Methodist church very early in life, and was a member in good standing at the time of his death. He was also well known in Bedford and surrounding community. He will be missed not only by his own family, but by his many friends in and near Bedford.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Siam at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Clark M. Crowell. Interment was made in the Siam cemetery.