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Bedford Free Press
Thursday May 27, 1909
A. L. Jeffers
A. [braham] L. [incoln] Jeffers was born in Nodaway County, Mo., Nov. 23, 1861, and died at his home in Taylor County, Iowa, May 17, 1909 at the age of 47 years, 5 months and 24 days. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Jeffers [Catherine "Katie" Beam] who were pioneer settlers in Taylor and Nodaway counties, having located here in the year of 1856, where they resided until their deaths.
Mr. Jeffers grew to manhood in this vicinity and was highly honored and respected by all who knew him. He was one of Polk Township's best-known and most prosperous farmers, owning at the time of his death, one of the best stock farms in the county, consisting of 400 acres.
He was a good provider for the comforts of his family and a friend to all who knew him.
He had been in poor health for some time, yet was not considered dangerously ill until about two weeks previous to his death, which resulted from an abscess on the liver.
During his sickness, Dr. Kirk, of Hopkins, was in attendance, also Dr. Powers of Clarinda, and later Dr. Wallace, of Maryville, was called. As the case developed, it was pronounced abscess on the liver, which together with other complications caused his death.
He possessed great patience during his sickness, his suffering at times being intense and on Monday, May 17 at 7 o'clock a. m., surrounded by his family, other relatives and a nurse, his spirit took its flight and he passed into the great beyond.
Mortal hands had done all they could but the Master said, "Thy work on earth is done."
Mr. Jeffers was united in marriage September 23, 1886 to Miss Mattie [Martha] Bebout, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. [bram] Bebout [Margaret Hutchinson]. To this union were born three children, all of whom survive him. Vern, aged 21, Clem, 19 and Thelma, a sweet little girl of 6.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 19 at 1 o'clock p. m. at the residence, conducted by Rev. W. L. Dunlavy, pastor of the Christian church at Gravity.
The lawn was nicely seated by folding chairs being arranged in a half circle just in front of the house. The casket which bore the remains, surrounded by many beautiful flowers, was conveyed to the front porch where the family and near relatives were seated and from which the sermon was delivered. The choir occupied seats just inside.
Interment was made in the Shearer cemetery. The large procession in attendance attested to their respect and showed how highly the deceased was esteemed in the community in which he lived.
Mr. Jeffers leaves to mourn his departure a wife, two sons, and one daughter, two sisters and a brother, besides other relatives and large circle of friends.
And thus it is devoted husband, kind and indulgent father and a good and obliging neighbor has gone to his reward. The sorrowing family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.
Weep not dear friends
He is at rest
God called for him
He thought it best.
Let us live true
When the call is given
That we may gain
A home in heaven.
August 10, 1950 p. 5
Obituary - Mrs. Mattie Jeffers
Mattie [Martha] Bebout Jeffers, the oldest daughter of a family of 12 children, was born to Abram and Margaret Hutchinson Bebout in Taylor County, Iowa, on January 27, 1866.
On Friday evening at 5:30, July 28, 1950, she quietly slipped into that Great Beyond at the home of Mrs. Phoebe Clayton in Clarinda, Iowa.
She was married to Abe L. [incoln] Jeffers on September 23, 1886. To them two sons were born, Vern and Clem, both of Hopkins, and one daughter, Thelma Dougherty, formerly of Clarinda but presently of Duluth, Minnesota.
They made their home on a farm in Polk Township, Taylor County, until the untimely death of Mr. Jeffers on May 17, 1909 at which time Mrs. Jeffers moved to Bedford, where she made her home until she went to Clarinda about five years ago.
Many years ago she became a member of the Siam Christian Church, later transferring her membership to the Christian church in Bedford.
Those who mourn her going besides her three children are three grandchildren, one great grandchild; her youngest sister, Mrs. Nellie Cummings of Sioux City, Iowa and her youngest brother, Abram Bebout of Hollywood, California.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. I. E. Stickelman at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda. Burial was in the Shearer cemetery near Siam.
Thursday July 10, 1975 p. 9
Last Rites Held July 7 For Clem Jeffers, 86
Funeral services for Ernest Clem Jeffers, 86, of Hopkins, lifetime Taylor County resident, were held July 7 in the Hopkins Christian Church, conducted by Carl Cummings. Mr. Jeffers died in his home, July 5, following a brief illness. Interment was at the Hopkins Cemetery.
Ernest Clem Jeffers, son of A. [braham] L. [incoln] and Martha Bebout Jeffers, was born May 31, 1889, in Polk township, Taylor county, Iowa. He received his education at the nearby rural school and followed his vocation of farming.
He was married January 17, 1912, to Nellie McCune at Bedford and they were privileged to spend their entire married life on the farm where he was born. Three children were born to them.
He followed farming as his life work. His second love was horses. In his younger days he bought and sold western horses and in later life he raised and raced thoroughbreds.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Vern, who died in 1967, and by two sons-in-law, Laurence Prather in 1964 and Glenn Taylor in 1970.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Nellie, of the home; two daughters, Audrel [Marie] Taylor and Margaret Prather of Sheridan, Mo.; one son, Dennis Jeffers, and his wife, Doris, of Hopkins, Mo.; one grandson, Dennis Underwood, of Mason City, Ia.; one sister, Thelma Dougherty, of Mankato, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Lottie Jeffers, of Maryville, Mo.
Clem was active in community service, helping neighbors and friends wherever needed.
His main interest in life, aside from his farming, was his love for his family, always thinking of them first.
The neighborhood and community has lost an honest and interested citizen and a kind and devoted husband and father, friend and neighbor.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thursday July 17, 1975
Last Rites Held In Hopkins For Mrs. Dennis Jeffers
Funeral services for Mrs. Dennis (Doris Wanda) Jeffers, 48, of Hopkins, were held July 9 at the First Christian Church in Hopkins with Carl Cummings officiating. Mrs. Jeffers died July 7, 1975 at St. Joseph Hospital, St. Joseph, Mo. Interment was at the Hopkins Cemetery.
Doris Wanda Lacy Jeffers was born on a farm south of Bedford to John Lacy and Velma Killam Lacy on October 19, 1926.
She joined the Christian Church in Bedford at an early age. Doris attended school at Bedford, graduating from high school in 1944.
On October 19, 1946, she entered into marriage with Dennis V. Jeffers of Hopkins. They have resided on a farm northwest of Hopkins most of their married life.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis; one brother, Darwin Lacy, Bedford; two sisters, Mrs. Buford (Phyllis) Holman, Independence, Mo., and Mrs. Francis (Florene) Potter, New Market, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death recently by her mother and father.
She was a very kind and loving wife and sister and was always ready to help others in time of trouble and sickness.
Doris had many talents. She was an artistic person, as noted by her home, where beautiful hand-painted scenes decorated the walls. She was also a very fine seamstress, designing and making her own garments.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday November 11, 1926 p. 8
Mrs. Lydia Titus and Mrs. Margaret Bebout Passed Away Last Thurs.
Two pioneer women of this vicinity passed away last Thursday, November 4th, Mrs. Lydia Titus, 86 years of age, and Mrs. Margaret Bebout, 86 years of age.
Margaret Hutchinson was born in the state of Pennsylvania December 3, 1840. She was the daughter of John [Tindall] and Malinda [Brown] Hutchinson who moved to Iowa when Margaret was a young woman.
On April 10, 1864 she was married to Abram Bebout and to this union were born twelve children, nine of whom lived to be grown and married. Her husband and her children, Mrs. Ethel [Margaret] Williams, Mrs. Ella Andrews and Charles Bebout preceded her in death a few years. Francis, Emma and Albert passed away in childhood.
Those still living are Mrs. Mattie Jeffers and Bruce Bebout, Bedford, Iowa; Mrs. Laura [Bell] Hook, Bowling Green, Florida; Abram Bebout, Medellin, Colombia, South America; Mrs. Cora Van Wert, Oelwein, Iowa; and Mrs. Nellie [Edna] Cummings, Sioux City, Iowa.
She was a member of the Church of Christ but owing to ill health could not attend the services. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
She leaves to mourn her going, six children, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three sisters and two brothers.
Mrs. Bebout had lived in this community a great many years, and the last ten years had been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Mattie Jeffers. The funeral was held at the Jeffers home last Sunday afternoon, November 7th, at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Coley of the Christian church, and interment was made in Fairview cemetery.
[Note: The same obituary for Margaret Hutchinson Bebout was published in the Bedford Times-Republican, November 25, 1926.]
[Note: The obituary for Lydia Arnold Titus referred to above is the same obituary published in the Bedford Times-Republican, November 25, 1926.]
Bedford Free Press
Tuesday February 16, 1915 p. 5
Abram Bebout, one of the oldest pioneers of Taylor County, died at his home in west Bedford Saturday afternoon, age 82 years, 7 months, 14 days. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. E. Robb, pastor of the Christian church. Interment was made at Fairview cemetery.
A. [bram] Bebout was born in Crawford County, Ohio, July 29, 1832. His father [Peter Bebout] having died when he was 11 years of age, he was left entirely dependent upon himself. He came to Iowa in an early day and endured the hardships with the early settlers. He homesteaded a farm in Polk Township in 1853 and lived there continuously until he moved to Bedford thirteen years ago. He was married to Margaret Hutchinson April 10, 1864, and to this union twelve children were born. Five are dead, three having died in infancy. Mrs. Ethel [Margaret] Williams died October 21, 1906 and Mrs. S. [tores] E. [verett] Andrews [Ella] died September 26, 1912.
He is now survived by his wife and seven children. Those living are Mrs. Mattie Jeffers, Bedford, Mrs. M. [iles] O. Hook [Laura Bell], Independence, Ia.; Charles Bebout, Hopkins, Mo.; Bruce Bebout, Bedford, Iowa; Abram Bebout, Long Beach, Cal.; Mrs. J. [ames] E. Van Wert [Cora], Oelwein, Iowa; Mrs. G. [eorge] W. Cummings [Nellie Edna], Sioux City, Iowa, all of whom attended the funeral.
Mr. Bebout was well known both at Bedford and Hopkins and many of his friends from Hopkins were in attendance at the funeral.
Thursday February 3, 1944 p. 8
Bruce Bebout Dies; Funeral Held Today
Bruce Bebout died at his home in Bedford Monday night following an illness of several months. The funeral services were held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home at 2 o'clock this Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. T. J. Overholt. Burial was in the Siam cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie Bebout. Also by two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Jeffers of Bedford and Mrs. Nellie Cummings of Sioux City, Iowa; and one brother, Abraham Bebout.
Taylor County Herald
Thursday March 16, 1944 p. 8
Obituary - Bruce Bebout
Bruce Bebout, son of Abram and Margaret [Hutchinson] Bebout, was born at Siam, Taylor County, Iowa, on April 3, 1872, and died January 31, 1944, at his home in Bedford, at the age of 71 years, 8 months and 28 days.
On March 1, 1903 he was married to Minnie Hays at Bedford, Iowa.
In the year 1904 he united with the Methodist church at Bedford and remained with that church a number of years, but in later life placed his membership with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church at New Market, of which he was still a faithful member at the time of his death.
His parents, one brother and five sisters preceded him in death.
Those surviving are his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Jeffers of Bedford, and Mrs. Nellie Cummings of Sioux City, also one brother, Abraham Bebout of Los Angeles. He lived a devoted Christian life, was faithful in attendance at church, in his prayer life, in support of the church, and in all that makes a good dependable Christian.
The funeral services were held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home Thursday, Feb. 3, 1944, conducted by Rev. and Mrs. T. J. Overholt. Singers wee T. J. Overholt, Mrs. T. J. Overholt, New Market; P. E. Compton and Mrs. P. E. Compton of Shambaugh, Ia. Burial was in the Siam cemetery.
[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Times-Press, March 16, 1944.]
Thursday March 24, 1949 [p. 1]
Bebout Rites Held Thursday Afternoon
Mrs. Minnie [Hays] Bebout died early Tuesday morning, March 22, after an illness of several months.
The funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon at the Shum Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Russell G. Nye. Burial was in the Siam cemetery.
Mrs. Bebout is survived by one brother, Everett Hayes [Hays] of California, who spent some time in Bedford with his sister during her last illness. Mr. Bebout died several years ago.
Thursday March 31, 1949 p. 5
Obituary - Mrs. Minnie Bebout
Minnie Hayes, daughter of [Thomas] Lufer [Lupher] and Emily [Hammond] Hayes [Hays], was born in Pennsylvania on April 8, 1871, and died March 22, 1949, at the age of 77 years, 10 months and 14 days, after an illness of ten months.
She came with her parents to Iowa when a small child and the rest of her life was spent near and in Bedford.
She finished her education at College Springs, Iowa, and taught school until she was married on March 1, 1903, to Bruce Bebout of Bedford.
She united with the Methodist Church at Siam when quite young, transferring her membership to Bedford when leaving the farm.
She was called back to teaching during the First World War. She was active in church work, clubs and also the Legion Auxiliary.
She was a good neighbor and friend and led a true Christian life, doing good wherever she could.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one sister and one brother.
She is survived by one brother, Everett E. Hayes [Hays] of Twin Lakes, California; one nephew, George E. Hayes [Hays] of Wichita, Kansas; a foster daughter, Mrs. Garland Frischenmeyer of Chanute, Kansas.
The funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home, Thursday, March 24, conducted by Rev. Russell G. Nye. Burial was in the Siam cemetery.
Thursday March 31, 1949 p. 5
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Frischenmeyer and Tony of Chanute, Kansas, attended the last rites for Mrs. Minnie Bebout in Bedford last week and while here were houseguests of Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Brice. Mrs. Frischenmeyer is the former Miss Garland Byington of Bedford and was a foster daughter of Mrs. Bebout.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday April 12, 1906 p. 4
Roy D. Williams
Grief was expressed upon every hand Tuesday when the intelligence was received here of the death of Roy D. Williams at his home near Otis, Colo. The sad death occurred at 4:40 Monday afternoon after a few days illness from inflammation of the bowels.
Mr. Williams left this county about the first of March this year, for his new home in Colorado. His parents and family also went at the same time and the death is made doubly sad from the fact that their baby girl died there only two weeks ago.
Mr. Williams and family left here with buoyant hopes of a bright and happy future in Colorado. He was young, strong, vigorous and full of manly energy and life. He was industrious and the soul of honor and one of the most prosperous farmers in Taylor County. As the remains are brought back to Bedford for interment every heart goes out in sympathy to the young girl bereft in so short a time of both husband and child, as well as to the grief stricken parents, brother and sisters. The tear of sympathy will be dropped by all upon the bier of the departed.
He was born in McHenry County, Ill., February 26, 1880 and when 14 years of age came with his parents to Conway, near where he has since made his home until he left for Colorado last month. He was a model young man and had the respect and friendship of all who knew him. January 25, 1904, he was united in marriage to Miss Mabel [Ethel Margaret] Bebout and this happy union was blessed with one child, the treasure of the household, who died but two weeks ago. Aside from the grief stricken and heart broken wife and parents he leaves one brother, Del, and two sisters, Mrs. W. [illiam] L. Soles [Gracia] and Mrs. Frank Mohler [Carrie], both of Bedford; besides other close relatives all of whom have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. It seems sad to see a life so promising and full of usefulness cut down just at the time when it is budding into strongest manhood and just at a time when his strong arm seemed most needed but “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.” And He only can assuage the grief and heal the broken hearts of the bereaved.
The remains arrived here yesterday and the funeral service will be held this afternoon from the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Thompson. The burial service at Fairview cemetery will be held by the M. W. A. of which order he was a valued member.
The remains of the infant daughter were also brought here for re-interment.
Thursday November 17, 1955 p. 7
Obituary - Chas. C. Smith
Chas. C. [linton] Smith, son of Benjamin and Sarah Smith, was born August 21, 1881, in Bloomington, Ill., and died Nov. 1 at the age of 74 years, two months, 10 days. At an early age, he moved with his folks to Missouri and after spending two years there, he moved to Ringgold County in Iowa, where he spent the remainder of his life, with the exception of a few years in Michigan.
He was married to Helen Sayler on Dec. 20, 1923. To them were born five children, Wallace E. of Tacoma, Wash., Clinton C. of San Diego, Calif., James L. of Decatur, Mich., Mrs. Betty Hansel of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Mary C. at home. Besides his wife and children, he also leaves nine grandchildren, one brother and one sister.
Thursday May 16, 1963 p. 10
Mrs. Helen Smith Taken In Death
Mrs. Helen Smith died Tuesday in Battle Creek, Michigan. She was a sister of Ernest Sayler and Mrs. Virgil Sexton of Bedford. Funeral arrangements are not completed at press time.
Thursday May 23, 1963 p. 4
Mrs. Helen Smith Services May 18
Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Sayler Smith, held last Saturday in the First Christian Church of Bedford, were conducted by Rev. Ivo G. Randels. Interment was in the Clearfield cemetery, Clearfield, Ia.
The following obituary was included in the service:
Helen M. Sayler, daughter of Isaac [N.] and Lucy [A. DeWeese] Sayler, was born August 28, 1903 in Galesburg, Ill., and passed away in a nursing home in Battle Creek, Michigan, May 15, 1963 at 4:45 a. m., at the age of 59 years, 9 months and 13 days.
She was married to Charlie C. [linton] Smith Dec. 20, 1926, and to this union five children were born, three boys and two girls. Her parents and one brother preceded her in death. She is survived by her children---Wallace E., Renton, Washington; Clinton C., Alameda, California; James L., Decatur, Michigan; Mrs. Betty Hansel, Gary, Ind., and Miss Mary Smith, Battle Creek, Michigan; 11 grandchildren; three brothers, Ralph Sayler, Victorville, Calif., Ernest Sayler, Bedford, Ia., and John Sayler, Baltimore, Md.; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Pine, Diagonal, Ia., Mrs. Roena Sexton, Bedford, Ia., Mrs. Stella Barlow, Mission, Tex.
She spent the greater part of her life in Iowa, except for a few years in the states of Washington and Michigan.
She became a member of the Christian church while in her teens and had her final membership in the Christian church of Bedford, Ia.
She is another example of a good mother and homemaker who gave the last full measure of devotion to her home and children. She was ever faithful to her church and spent her time between her home and church.
Thursday January 24, 1974 p. 3
Ralph Sayler, 71, Final Rites Held In California
Funeral services for Ralph Emery Sayler, 71, of Victorville, Calif., were held January 10 at Kern's Memorial Chapel in Victorville, conducted by Rev. Richard E. Brown, Norfolk, Nebr., nephew of the deceased. Mr. Sayler died January 7 at Victorville. Interment was at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif.
Ralph Emery Sayler, son of Isaac N. and Lucy DeWeese Sayler, was born June 12, 1902 at Galesburg, Illinois. When a child his parents moved to Benton, Iowa, later moving to Conway, Iowa.
He was married to Edith Burch on December 28, 1927, [and] engaged in farming until 1940, when they moved to Maywood, Calif.
During the war he worked in a defense plant. After the war he became an auctioneer and moved to Victorville, Calif. in 1955. Here he operated a used furniture and miscellaneous store, a profession he followed until poor health forced him to retire from all activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Helen Smith, two brothers, Lawrence and John.
He is survived by his wife, Edith, one brother, Ernest Sayler, of Bedford, three sisters, Margaret Pine of Diagonal, Ia., Roena Sexton of Bedford, Stella Barlow of Mission, Texas; one aunt, Cora DeWeese, of Clearfield, Ia.; many nieces, nephews and friends. In the Bedford area Franklin Burch is his brother-in-law and Mrs. Eldon Pool is a sister-in-law.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thursday January 28, 1954 [p. 1]
Two Persons Die In Auto Crash
Mrs. Longfellow, Mr. Sayler Are Victims Of Accident
Two persons were fatally injured in a two-car accident Saturday afternoon at a county road intersection near the Overmire school, two miles east and four miles south of Lenox.
Dead are Lawrence L. [yle] Sayler, 37, farmer residing three miles west of Clearfield who is survived by his wife and two children, and Mrs. Carl Longfellow, 31, residing near Clearfield, who is survived by her husband and their five children.
The Longfellows were enroute to Bedford going west. Mr. Sayler was driving north, when their two cars collided at right angles and turned over in the nearby newly graded road ditch. The car in which Mrs. Longfellow was riding is believed to have struck her, injuring her fatally. Mr. Sayler, badly crushed about the chest, was taken to the hospital in Creston, where he died later.
Mr. Longfellow was driving their car, with his wife sitting next to him in the front seat, holding their two-year-old baby Alice, and their son, Jerry, 13, sitting next to his mother. Paul, 12, Linda, 10, and Julia Longfellow, 8, were in the back seat. Jerry received three broken ribs. Others in the car were badly shaken and bruised.
Mrs. Longfellow will be remembered here as Ruth [Opal] Snyder, daughter of Glen Snyder.
Mr. Sayler was alone in his car. The accident happened about 1:15 p. m., according to Sheriff Harry Lucas, who was called to the scene and remained there most of the afternoon. It is the worst accident he has investigated in the time he has been sheriff, according to Mr. Lucas, and makes the first deaths from auto accidents in Taylor County for 1954.
The two cars involved were wrecked beyond repair, it is reported.
Thursday February 10, 1954 p. 3
Obituary - Lawrence Lyle Sayler
Lawrence Lyle Sayler, son of Isaac N. and Lucy [DeWeese] Sayler, was born Oct. 27, 1915, near Benton, Iowa, and died Jan. 23, 1954 at Greater Community Hospital, Creston, at the age of 38 years, two months, 26 days.
He was married to Mildred Bruner on May 22, 1940 at her parental home near Clearfield. To them were born two children, Larry Dean and Wayne Lee, both at home.
Lawrence always lived a Christian life, was a member of the Methodist church in Clearfield, [and] the Masonic Lodge. He always took an active part in the boys 4-H club work. His strict sense of right and wrong was an outstanding part of him.
Lawrence was next to the youngest member of a family of eight children. He is survived by his wife and two children; his mother, Mrs. Lucy Sayler, who is an invalid and had spent the past week in their home; three brothers, Ernest of Bedford, Ralph [Emery] of Los Angeles, John of Baltimore, Maryland; four sisters, Margaret Pine of Diagonal, Helen Smith of Gobles, Mich., Stella Barlow of Weslaco, Texas, Roena Sexton of Bedford; an uncle, Archie DeWeese of Clearfield.