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[Smith, Ruby Willmina Matheny]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 26, 1961    p. 5

Mrs. Clark Smith Dies Sunday

Mrs. Clark Smith, 59, of Blockton died at University Hospital, Iowa City, Tuesday, Jan. 24, following major emergency surgery on Sunday.  She is survived by her husband, eight children and their families; one son, Harold Dean being at home.

Mrs. Smith was a sister of Jim Matheny of Bedford, who with Mrs. Matheny and Mr. Smith had planned to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversaries in Open House activities together at Blockton next Sunday.  The two couples were married in a double ceremony at Grant City on Jan. 26, 1921.

[Smith, Ruby Willmina Matheny]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 2, 1961    p. 4

Mrs. Clark Smith Rites In Blockton

Funeral services for Mrs. Clark Smith, 59, who died at University Hospital, Iowa City, Jan. 24, were held at the Methodist Church in Blockton, Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28.  Rev. Clarence Moore of Clarinda, a former Blockton minister, officiated.  Burial in the Blockton cemetery.

Ruby Willmina Matheny was born to Josiah H. [arrison] and Ruth A. [lma Reeves] Matheny in Jefferson Township, Taylor County, Iowa, Dec. 4, 1901.  She lived in and near Platteville and Blockton.

At the age of 14 years she joined the Methodist church in Platteville and in later years transferred her membership to the Methodist church in Blockton.

She was united in marriage to Clark Smith on Jan. 26, 1921 at Grant City, Mo., and to this union eight children were born.

She is survived by her husband, Clark; four daughters, Viola [Fern] Madison, Ivadene Wilson of Kansas City; Gladys [Willmina] Newberg of Sunnyvale, Calif., Bernice [Alma] Brown of Blockton; four sons, Everett and Francis [Lee] of Creston, Glenn of Kansas City, and Harold Dean of the home; 27 grandchildren; one great grandson; her mother, Mrs. Ruth A. [lma Reeves] Matheny of Blockton; two sisters, Mrs. Amy [Belle] Stewart of Blockton, Mrs. Mary [Mae] Straight of Clearfield; four brothers, Joe [Joseph Earl] Matheny and Paul [Collins] Matheny of Blockton, James [Harrison] Matheny of Bedford, Claude [Levern]  Matheny of Lenox; three daughters-in-law, four sons-in-law.

Her father and two brothers preceded her in death.

[Matheny, Josiah Harrison “Harry”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 14, 1951    p. 3

Rites Held Last Saturday For Harry Matheny, 82

Clearfield----Harry [Josiah Harrison] Matheny, 82, died June 6 at the home of his son, Joe Matheny, where he had been staying.  He had lived for many years near Platteville northeast of Blockton and was well known in Taylor County.  Surviving are four sons, Joe and Paul of Blockton, James [Harrison] of Bedford and Claude of Lenox; and three daughters, Mrs. Mary Straight, Clearfield; Mrs. Ruby Smith and Mrs. Amy Stewart of Blockton.  Funeral services were held at Platteville Saturday, Rev. C. E. McPherson officiating.  Burial was in Platteville cemetery.

[Matheny, Josiah Harrison “Harry”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      June 21, 1951    [p. 1]

Obituary - Josiah H. Matheny

Josiah Harrison Matheny, son of John [Collins] and Mary Jane [Maddox] Matheny, was born at Mineral Springs, Ohio, Nov. 8, 1868, and passed away at the home of his son Joseph in Blockton, June 6, 1951, at the age of 82 years, six months, and 28 days.

He was the second child of a family of 14 children. He came west with his parents when about 12 years old and settled close to Creston. From there they moved to Platteville, where he farmed all his life.

Mr. Matheny married Ruth [Alma] Reeves at the home of her parents in Platteville, Dec. 17, 1891. Nine children were born to this union: Joseph of Blockton; Wilbur of Blockton; James of Bedford; Paul of Blockton; Ruby Smith of Blockton; Amy Stewart of Blockton; Claude of Lenox; Mary Straight of Clearfield; and John Matheny of Blockton. Two sons Wilbur and John preceded him in death.

Mr. and Mrs. Matheny celebrated, their 59th wedding anniversary Dec. 17, 1950.

Other survivors are a brother, Albert of Blockton; three sisters, Mertie Cubbage of Kansas City, Leticia Templeton of Creston and Mary Ewart of Blockton.

He also leaves 39 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren.



[Matheny, John Collins]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 12, 1934    [p. 1]

John Matheny, Pioneer, Dies

“Grand Old Man of Platteville” Was 92

By Times-Press Blockton Reporter

John C. [ollins] Matheny, 92, “grand old man of Platteville,” died Wednesday at his home in that community, southeast of Bedford.  He had been a resident of Taylor County for forty-nine years and, until his death, was the remaining Civil War veteran of the southeast section of the county.

Matheny was well known and highly respected over the county.  He was recognized as an apt student of political affairs and, although an aged man, his mind was active until his death.  On his sickbed he discussed problems of the day.

Matheny was born at Mineral Springs, O., Jan. 26, 1842.  During the Civil War he was a member of the 70th Ohio Infantry.  His wife was Mary Jane Maddox.

He was the father of fourteen children, and nine survive him.  They are J. [osiah] H. [arrison] Matheny, A. [lbert] L. [ewis] Matheny, W. [illiam] W. [ilson] Matheny, M. [arion] A. [rthur] Matheny and Mary Jane Ewart of Blockton; D.[aniel] C. [uster] Matheny of Conway; Myrta [Wilmina] Cubbage of Hope, Kans.; Nettie Mae Walston of Delphos; and [Anna] Lettia [Letitia] Templeton of Ellston.  There are thirty-three grandchildren and fifty-six great grandchildren.

A military funeral service was held this afternoon at the Platteville church, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior.  Burial was made at Platteville under the direction of the Wetmore Funeral Home of Bedford.

[Matheny, Mary Jane Maddox]


Thursday    February 22, 1923    p. 3

Answered The Call

Mary Jane Maddox was born in Keokuk, Iowa, May 9, 1847, and departed this life Feb. 14, 1923, in Platteville, Iowa, aged 75 years, 9 months and 5 days.  Her early life was spent in Ohio and on Oct. 21st, 1866, she was united in marriage to John C. [ollins] Matheny.  To this union were born fourteen children, five of whom preceded her in death, Lucy Night Collar, Jan. 6, 1900; John T. [homas] L.[afayette] Matheny, Nov. 18, 1909, and two sons and one daughter dying in infancy.

She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, Myrta Cubbage, Bedford, Ia.; Harry of Platteville; Albert of Platteville; William of Blockton, Ia.; Daniel of Conway, Ia.; Nettie M. Townsend, Bedford, Ia.; Mary J. [ane] Ewart, Platteville, Ia.; and Anna Lettia [Letitia] Templeton, Gravity, Iowa.  She gave a home and mother love to Mrs. Blanche Round of Bedford who was the daughter of Lucy Night Collar.  Among her descendants are thirty grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.  She is survived by two sisters, Martha Maddox, Susan Cochran of Peebles, Ohio, and two brothers, Frank Maddox of Peebles, Ohio, and Israel Maddox of Los Angeles, Calif.

She moved with her family to Iowa in 1881, and has lived at her home in Platteville thirty-seven years.  From childhood she has been a devoted Christian and earnest member of the Methodist Church.

An example of pure womanhood

the mother love instilled into

the home circle will abide.

“Farewell dear mother, sweet thy


Weary with years and worn

            with pain---

We shall behold thy face


‘Tis ours to miss thee all our


And tender memories of thee


Thine in the Lord to rest, for so,

He giveth his beloved sleep.”

The funeral was conducted from the church in Platteville, Thursday, Feb. 15th, by the Rev. Carl Brown of Conway, Ia., and interment was made in the Platteville cemetery.  Her grandsons were the pallbearers.

Mrs. Matheny’s whole life was wrapped up in her home and her church.  To a marked degree she was unassuming, kind, gentle, patient and most lovable.  She was ever calm, cool and fair in her judgment and quietly strong and serene in the purity and sweetness of her life, and in her religious principles.  She was distinctly a homemaker and a character builder, and during the long span of her earthly career she lived a life so consistently true and steadfast as to reach the highest goal of attainment, a life that might well be accepted as a model of womanliness.  She was a splendid lady, who left an example all would do well to follow, and the entire community mourns with her loved ones the loss of a noble Christian woman, true friend and royal neighbor.

[Matheny, Marion Arthur]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday    March 19, 1942    p. 5

Arthur Matheny

Marion Arthur Matheny, son of John Collins and Mary Jane [Maddox] Matheny, was born August 5, [1887] at Platteville, Taylor County, Iowa, and died at his home in Platteville, March 4, 1942, aged 54 years and six months.

He was united in marriage to Carolyn [Pauline] Moore of Gravity, Iowa, September 21, 1916, and to them were born five children:  Arthur Green and John Rex of the U. S. Navy, Bonnie Jean, Mary Etta and Edwin Glade, all at home.  These, together with his widow, a granddaughter, Carolyn Marie, his three sisters, Mrs. Myrta [Wilmina] Cubbage of Holton, Kans., Mrs. Mary [Jane] Ewart of Platteville, Mrs. [Anna] Letitia Templeton of Shannon City; three brothers, J.[osiah] H. [arrison] Matheny and A. [lbert] L. [ewis] Matheny of Platteville, and D. [aniel] C. [uster] Matheny of Conway, survive.

Funeral services were Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the Platteville Methodist Church with the Rev. E. B. Stewart of Blockton in charge of the rites.  Interment was in the Plankton [Platteville] cemetery.

[Ewart, John Calvin]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday     May 8, 1918

Obituary   John C. Ewart

Mr. John C. [alvin] Ewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. [arr] Ewart [Mary J. [ane] Peterson], was born in Worth County, Missouri, August 26, 1871, and departed this life in Ravenwood, Missouri, April 23, 1918, aged 46 years, 7 months, and 27 days.

He was united in marriage to Miss Josie [Josephine Helen] Kemery.  To this union six children were born, as follows:  Oakley [Calvin], Leslie [Earl], Virgil, Ora [Alonzo], Troy [Daniel], and [Lea] Grace.  The oldest son, Oakley, is now with the colors in France, Virgil and Grace preceded the father to the beyond; also his companion.  He was again united in marriage to Miss May [Mary Jane] Matheny, who, with his sons, Leslie, Ora and Troy, survive him.  He also leaves three brothers, Edward, of Woodruff, Mo., Artellus [Artellous] of Parnell, Mo., and Earl of Taylor County, Iowa.

He was converted to Christ and united with the East Mission Baptist church in January 1917.  When it was apparent that he must bid farewell to earth and friends he said he was ready to go.  This is the greatest achievement of life.

The funeral services were conducted from the Forest Grove Church, April 25, 1918, by Challie E. Graham, pastor of the Isadora, Mo. Church of Christ and a boyhood companion and life-long friend of the deceased, after which the Bedford, Iowa Lodge I. O. O. F., of which the deceased was a member, took charge and conducted the services at the grave.

We unite with the friends in extending sympathy to all of the bereaved ones, and in wishing for them the comforting grace and guidance of the kind heavenly Father.

[Cubbage, Myrta Wilmina Matheny]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 17, 1955    p. 7

Obituary - Mrs. Myrta Cubbage

Myrta Wilmina, daughter of John Collins and Mary Jane [Maddox] Matheny, was born at Mineral Springs, Ohio, August 27, 1867, the oldest of a family of 14 children.  She came to Iowa with her parents in 1881.

She was married to William Cubbage on July 4, 1888, who preceded her in death in 1935.  To them were born nine children, four of whom preceded her in death.  They were Daniel Ralph and Lillie May and two in infancy.

Those surviving are five sons, William Cubbage of Kansas City, Frank Cubbage of Blockton, John Cubbage of Longmont, Colo., Bruce Cubbage and Harry Cubbage of Los Angeles; one daughter, Mrs. Edna Gray of Kansas City, Mo., at whose home she lived and passed away.  Also surviving are ten grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren.

Besides her own children, Mrs. Cubbage gave a home and mother love to two grandsons, Glade and Wayne Cubbage, the latter having lost his life in World War II.

She is also survived by one brother, A. [lbert] L. [ewis] Matheny of Blockton; two sisters, Mrs. Mary [Jane] Ewart of Blockton; Mrs. [Anna] Letitia Templeton of Creston.

Funeral services were held at the Platteville church, November 9, conducted by W. G. Travis of the Bedford Christian church.  Burial in Platteville cemetery.

[Murray, Nancy Jane Cubbage]


Thursday    February 22, 1923    p. 3

Is Now At Rest

Nancy Jane, the daughter of Abraham and Anna [Feathers] Cubbage, was born Oct. 6, 1837, in Coles County, Indiana, and died in Platteville, Taylor County, Iowa, Feb. 15, 1923, aged 85 years, 4 months and 9 days.

When six years old she moved with her parents to Knox County, Illinois.  She was married to Stephen Murray, Oct. 16, 1859, continuing their residence in Knox County, Illinois, until 1888 when they moved to Platteville, Iowa, where the husband passed away Jan. 28, 1909.

The deceased was the oldest of fourteen children.  The youngest and only surviving member of the family is William Cubbage of Platteville, Ia., who, with her six sons and one daughter, together with fourteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, mourn her departure.  Two of her sons died in infancy.  The surviving children are: W. D. Murray of Platteville, Ia.; Frank Murray, Albia, Ia.; U. [lysses] D. Murray, Conway, Ia.; Emery [Clarence] Murray, Grant City, Mo.; Leslie [George] Murray, Parnell City, Mo.; Edgar [Otterman] Murray, Conway, Ia., and Anna Swett, Platteville, Ia.

The funeral was conducted from the church in Platteville, Friday, Feb. 16th, by the Rev. Earl Brown of Conway, a former pastor of the deceased, who, when eighteen years of age, united with the United Brethren Church and was in later years identified in membership with the Methodist church in Platteville.  The six sons were the pallbearers, bearing the mortal remains of the beloved and aged mother to its resting place in the beautiful Cemetery at Platteville.

She has handed down to us the torch of faith; may it be ours to hold it high.  We will not break faith with her but will strive to remain true to the heroic example of faith and fortitude which she has left.  She was all that a true mother could be and has left to the children a Christian heritage that time cannot take away, or the powers of the world blot out.

The sympathy of all who knew them is extended to the stricken family.  The floral offerings were beautiful.  The Times extends sympathy to the family in the loss of their mother.

“The mother in her office holds

the key of the soul; and she

it is who stamps the coin

Of character, and makes the

Being who would be a savage

But for her gentle care, a Christian man;

Then crown her Queen of the


During the great Lincoln and Douglas debate at Galesburg, Ill., she was one of 36 girls who went from Knox County, Illinois, to hear them.

[Murray, Edgar Otterman]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 16, 1956    p. 5

Edgar Murray Died At Conway

Edgar [Otterman] Murray, 81, long-time resident of Conway and community, died at his home in Conway, Tuesday, August 14.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church in Conway at two o’clock Thursday afternoon, August 16.  Burial in Conway cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Dale Sleep and Mrs. Roy Fitzhugh of Bedford, Mrs. Paul Swanson of Maryville.

[Murray, Edgar Otterman]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 23, 1956     p. 7

Edgar O. Murray

Edgar Otterman Murray was born May 9, 1875 at Galesburg, Ill., and died at his home in Conway, Iowa August 14, 1956 at the age of 81 years, three months, four days. He was the son of Stephen and [Nancy] Jane [Cubbage] Murray, the youngest of nine children.

When a young boy he moved with his parents to Platteville, Iowa and grew to manhood there. He united with the Methodist church at Platteville when a young man.

He was married to Lovella [Lavilla] Welton on March 5, 1905 at the home of his parents in Platteville. To them three children were born: Leona Fitzhugh of Conway, Vera [Blanche] Sleep of Bedford, Edra Swanson of Maryville.

He spent most of his life in the Conway community and was steward of the Taylor County home 12 years before making his home in Conway.

Besides his wife and three children, he leaves to mourn his passing, 19 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren.

Services were held at the Methodist church in Conway, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Howard DeVore, Thursday, August 16.

Burial in Conway cemetery.


[Murray, Leslie George]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 25, 1937    p. 3

L. G. Murray

Leslie George Murray, son of Stephen and Nancy Jane [Cubbage] Murray, was born in Knoxville, [Knox] County, Ill., May 6, 1872 and departed this life Monday, Nov. 15, 1937 at the age of 65 years, 6 months and 9 days.

The funeral services were held at the Walker and Shum Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. F. Overhulser.  Burial was in the Platteville cemetery.

He came to Taylor County in his boyhood days and located in the Blockton and Platteville community.

He was married in 1897 to Grace Johnson.  To them were born five children, three sons and two daughters.  One son, Charles Bennie, died in August 1919.

Surviving are Forest Murray and Milo Murray of Athelstan, Mrs. Hubert Rush of Maryville, and Mrs. Jake Lawrence of Blockton.  There are also two grandchildren, one great grandchild and five brothers.  They are Ulysses and Edgar Murray of Bedford, Frank Murray of Henderson, Ill., Douglas Murray and E. [mery] C. [larence] Murray of Sheridan, Mo.  Two brothers and a sister, Otha Murray, Bertie Murray and Mrs. Anna Ray, preceded him in death.


[Round, Mary Quick Stephens]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday   January 21, 1982    p. 4

Services Held Wed. For Mary Round

Funeral services were held Wed., Jan. 20, for Mary [Quick] Round, 81, of Bedford.

Mrs. Round died January 18, 1982 in Ringgold County Hospital in Mt. Ayr.

Services were held in the Blockton Christian Church with Rev. Mel Smith officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery near Redding, Ia.


[Round, Mary Quick Stephens]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 28, 1982    p. 4

Mary E. Round, 81, Final Rites Were Held January 20

Funeral services for Mrs. Lester (Mary) Round, 81, of Bedford, held January 20 in the Blockton Christian Church, were officiated by Rev. Mel Smith.  Mrs. Round died January 18 in Ringgold County Hospital in Mt. Ayr.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery near Redding, Iowa.

Mary E. Round, daughter of William White Quick and Eliza Miller Quick, was born at Redding, Iowa, April 2, 1900.  She grew to maturity in the Redding community where she attended the public school and was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

On July 31, 1922, she married James Leroy Stephens at Des Moines, Iowa.  To this union two children were born.  They resided on a farm east of Blockton.  James Leroy preceded her in death on June 5, 1939.

Mary was united in marriage to Lester [Lloyd] Round May 1, 1975 and he preceded her in death on March 31, 1979.

Mary was a member of the Christian Church in Blockton, Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, and World War One Veterans.

Left to cherish her memory are:  two daughters, Mrs. Edith E. Campbell and son-in-law, Jack, Blockton, Iowa, and daughter Dr. Edna E. Peart, Denver, Colorado; five grandchildren:  J. R. Campbell and wife, Ann, Topeka, Kansas; Allen Campbell and wife Sandy, Denver, Colorado; Lisa Campbell, Des Moines, Iowa; Roger Peart, Durango, Colorado; Barbara Peart, Durango, Colorado; four great grandchildren:  Teresa and Curt Campbell, Denver, Colorado and Tracy and Jody Campbell, Topeka, Kansas; a step daughter, Lorraine O’Dell and her husband Bill O’Dell, and their children Bob and Martha; three sisters-in-law:  Maude Quick, June Stephens, Ruby Stephens; brother-in-law, Merritt South; nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed cooking (chocolate chip cookies a specialty), sewing, reading, and games with her great grandchildren.  Mary was a kind and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandma and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

[Round, Mary Blanche Collar]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 16, 1973    p. 6

Final Rites Held August 8 For Mrs. Lester Round

Funeral services for Mrs. Lester (Mary) Round, 73, of Bedford, held August 8 at the Baptist Church in Bedford, were conducted by Rev. Ollie Odle.  Mrs. Round died August 6, 1973, at Colonial Manor here.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Mary Blanche Collar, daughter of William and Lucy Matheny Collar, was born at Platteville, Iowa, December 10, 1899.

Her mother died shortly after her birth and she was reared in the home of her maternal grandparents, the J. [ohn] C. [ollins] Mathenys, and by her aunt, Mary Jane Matheny Ewart and uncle, A. [lbert] L. [ewis] Matheny.

She was married on November 30, 1919 to Lester Round, with whom she celebrated a Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1969.  To this union was born one daughter, Lorraine.  Also reared in the home was a nephew, Virgil Brooks.

Preceding her in death were her parents, one sister, two brothers and her aunt and uncle.

Surviving are her husband, Lester Round; her daughter, Lorraine, and husband Bill O’Dell, and their two children, Robert and Martha, all of Bedford, Iowa; her nephew, Virgil Brooks, and his wife, Betty, and their family, Pamela Brooks, and Mr. and Mrs. Ron Winborne and Ron, Jr., all of Fort Worth, Texas.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bedford, and the World War I Veterans Auxiliary.  She accepted Christ as her Saviour at an early age and knew her Lord well.

[Matheny, Marion Claude]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 19, 1967    p. 2

Rites Oct. 12 For Marion Matheny

Funeral services for Marion Claude Matheny, 36, of Bedford, lifetime Taylor County resident, held October 12 at the Bedford Baptist Church, were conducted by Rev. Ollie Odle.  Mr. Matheny died October 10 at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, Missouri.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Marion Claude Matheny, youngest son of James [Harrison] and Mattie [Ethel Newby] Matheny, was born near Platteville, Iowa, June 17, 1931.

On January 22, 1952 he was married to Ellen Ruth Stanley of Clarinda.  To this union four children were born.  He lived all his life in Taylor County as a farmer and mechanic.  His father preceded him in death in 1964.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen, two daughters, Carolyn [Caroline Irene] and Connie [Allene], two sons, Johnnie [John Edson] and Lonnie [Eugene]; mother, Mrs. Mattie Matheny; three sisters, Mrs. Cecil (Dorothy) Newkirk, Mrs. David L. (Ethel) Dant, Mrs. Dale  (Beulah May) Kernen; one brother, John Matheny; grandmother, Mrs. Ruth Matheny; a number of nieces and nephews, a host of other relatives and friends.

Besides being a wonderful loving father who thought the world and all of his children, he was a devoted husband, a kind neighbor, and a wonderful friend of many.  Marion was always cheerful and will sadly be missed by all who knew and loved him.