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[Welsh, James, Jr.]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday    June 27, 1878    p. 3

----A young man named James Welsh, Jr., age 19 years, and living about 6 miles south of Brooks, committed suicide yesterday morning, about 9 o’clock, by shooting himself with a shot gun.  He went about the business apparently in a remarkably cool manner.  After writing a few lines to his father, who was at a neighbor’s at the time, he went up stairs, got a quilt and pillow, and laid them on the floor; he then tied a short string to the trigger of the gun, and the other end to the ramrod, by which means the gun was discharged directly over the region of the heart.  No reason has been assigned for the rash act.  The unfortunate young man lived with his father, with whom he was keeping house, his mother being dead.  He had a good common school education and was a bright boy.---Corning Courant.


[Hazelton, Fred]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday    November 14, 1878    p. 3

----Mr. Fred Hazelton died yesterday at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. J.[acob] B. Coup, in the twenty-fourth year of his age.  His disease was consumption.  The funeral took place from the Christian Church today at ten o’clock, Rev. Roach delivering the funeral sermon.

[Singleton, Rudy Glen]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday    April 6, 1944    [p. 1]

Singleton Dies In Kansas City

Rudy G. [len] Singleton died at his home in Kansas City Monday, April 3, following a short illness.

He was born in Bedford June 17, 1885, where he lived until 1907.  On November 21, 1921, he was united in marriage to Miss Helen Haidsiak and to them was born one son, T. Sgt. Marvin Singleton, now serving with the armed forces in North Africa.

Mr. Singleton was in the jewelry business at the time of his death.  He was a member of the Blue Ridge Christian church.  His parents, Clay C. [rittenden] and Sina [h] B. [elle Wysong] Singleton, preceded him in death a number of years ago.  Besides his wife and son, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ralph Livingston [Edna Phon], of Bedford, and a brother, Roy E. Singleton, of Omaha, Nebr.

Funeral rites were from the Wetmore Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. A. A. Ross of the Presbyterian Church.  Interment was made in Bedford cemetery.

[Bundy, Henry D.]


Thursday    August 22, 1912    p. 5

Henry D. Bundy

Henry D. Bundy, who was a well known resident of Taylor County until recently, died at his home in Eldorado Springs, Mo., Monday.  He leaves the wife and one daughter, Jennie.  Mr. Bundy was a veteran of the Civil War and came to this county in 1869.  During his long residence here he was held in high esteem by a large number of acquaintances.  About two years ago, he went to Eldorado Springs.

[Witt, Daniel Lee]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 8, 1964    p. 4

Infant Son of Wm. Witts Dies

Funeral services for Daniel Lee Witt, month old son of Spec/4 William and Eleanor Witt, were held Oct. 2 at Meyers Chapel in Council Bluffs with Rev. Donald Wooge officiating.  Daniel Witt was born Sept. 1, 1964 at Walton Hospital at Fort Dix, New Jersey and died Sept. 27.  Interment was at Cedar Lawn cemetery, Council Bluffs.

He leaves, besides his parents, one sister, Dianne, at home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Witt, Minden, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Breach, Conway, great grandmothers Mrs. H. L. Eberhardt and Mrs. W. M. Hannah of Council Bluffs and Mrs. Lewis Alff of Oakland.

[Fabricius, Margaret Sorenson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 8, 1964    p. 4

Mrs. Fabricius Dies In Mo.

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret C. [Sorenson] Fabricius, 84, former Bedford resident, were held yesterday (Oct. 7) at the McFadden Mortuary in Audubon, Iowa.  Mrs. Fabricius died Oct. 4 at a rest home in Gallatin, Mo.  Interment was at Arlington Cemetery, Audubon.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Anna McMurphy of Kidder, Mo.


[Lewis, Mary Jane Van Meter]


Thursday    February 11, 1904


Mary Jane Lewis (nee Mary Jane Van Meter) was born in Elizabeth Town, Hardin County, Kentucky, October 11, 1811, and died at her home in Bedford, Ia., February 6, 1904, at 11 o’clock.

She was married to Wm. Lewis at Elizabeth Town, Kentucky, January 15, 1828.  To this long and happy union thirteen children were born, seven sons and six daughters.  Of this number 6 have preceded mother to the other shore.  Mrs. Thomas McCracken [Elizabeth Ann] and Mrs. W. [illiam] F. [ranklin] Evans [Amanda] of Bedford, and Mr. Jacob Lewis of Walla Walla, Washington, Charles Lewis of Nevada, and Mr. John and Joseph of Sheridan, Wyoming, remain to remember mother and thank God for such a consecrated life.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis and family came to Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa, in 1856, and remained here ever since.  Her devoted husband died in Bedford February 15, 1878, aged 80 years; so she has been a widow for nearly 26 years.

She has been a devoted mother and has been fortunate in having two daughters who, all these years, have constantly and with true devotion have seen to her every want.  Everything that hands and hearts can do was done for her.  She is one of the pioneers of this place, coming as she did nearly half a century ago.  Truly, the old settlers are passing away.

Sister Lewis was truly a Christian wife and mother.  She accepted the Saviour when thirteen years of age, and has been a consistent, faithful Christian ever since.  She was (if not one of the constituent members of the Bedford Baptist Church) one of the early members of this church.  She belonged to a remarkable family and was the youngest of fourteen children.  Of her ten brothers nine were deacons of Baptist churches.

The funeral service took place at the home of Mrs. Thomas McCracken [Elizabeth Ann], her daughter, Monday, February 8, at 10 a. m., D. W. Griffith, her pastor, officiating.  Interment in Fairview cemetery.

[Kemery, John Barton]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday    April 3, 2002    p. 5

John Barton Kemery

Funeral services for John Barton Kemery were held March 26, 2002, at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, Iowa, with the Rev. Sandra Wainwright officiating.  Burial was in the Snow Hill Cemetery near Coin, IA.

John Kemery was born November 18, 1919, in Bedford, Iowa, to James Francis and Myrtle Violet Dunmire Kemery and died March 20, 2002, in Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Florida.

He was united in marriage to Norma Dean Bradley on January 30, 1943.  To this union two children were born, J. Barton Kemery and Barbara A. Kemery.

As a young man he worked as a mechanic and then drove trucks hauling feed, grain, livestock and gasoline.  His favorite occupation was driving a school bus transporting students for 29 years for the Villisca Community School District, retiring in 1990.

He served in the Army during World War II and the Army of Occupation, driving for the Stars and Stripes newspaper.  He was a member of the American Legion.

He loved going to sports activities of the local school system and spent many happy hours driving the teams and attending games.  Another sports event he liked to attend was the College World Series.  He also liked drinking coffee with friends and swapping stories and enjoying the fellowship.

Preceding him in death were his parents, uncle, George Kemery, and one granddaughter, Rebecca Lynne Kemery.

Survivors include his wife, Norma; son, J. Barton Kemery and wife, Barbara of St. Louis, MO; daughter, Barbara Kemery, of St. Louis, as well as granddaughters, Elizabeth of St. Louis, MO and Jennifer of Atlanta, GA; and grandson, Michael of St. Louis, MO.

Memorials may be made to the Villisca EMT’s.

[Gillette, Ada Lauretta “Retta” Cree]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday    April 3, 2002    p. 5

Ada Lauretta Gillette

Funeral services for Retta Gillette, age 102, of Lenox, who died March 23, 2002, were held Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at 11:00 a. m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox with Pastor Tim Maxa officiating.  Interment was held in the Washington Cemetery in Gravity.  Memorials can be directed to the Sharpsburg United Methodist Church.

Ada Lauretta Gillette was born November 2, 1899, in a house five miles northwest of Clarinda in Page County, Iowa, the daughter of Daniel Robert Cree and Ada Lauretta Clabaugh Cree.  Just eighteen days later, her mother died so Retta was raised by Arthur C. [larence] and [Carrie] Etta Clabaugh.  She lived most of her life in Taylor County, attending rural schools to the ninth grade.  On September 9, 1917, she was united in marriage to George M. Gillette in New Market, Iowa.  Four children were born to bless this union, Darlene, Ivan, Dean and Lois.

In 1920 Retta turned 21, the first year women were allowed to vote.  She voted in every election until 1997 when she moved to Arkansas to stay with her daughter.  A year later her health required her to return to Lenox, living at the Lenox Care Center.  Retta loved to play dominos and made sure the rules were always followed; this was something she enjoyed past the age of 100.  She took great enjoyment in working with her plants.  She had a garden where she raised grapes and pears and enjoyed making jelly and canning.  Retta enjoyed staying at home and looked forward to a good visit with friends and family when they stopped by.  She was life-long member of the Sharpsburg United Methodist Church.

Left to cherish Retta’s memory is a daughter, Darlene Taylor of the Woodlands, Texas; her favorite cousin, Cloyd Pfander, 103 of Bedford; two daughters-in-law, Doris Gillette of Danville, Iowa; and Thelma Gillette of Davenport; sixteen grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Preceding Retta in death were her husband, George in 1972; her parents; two sons, Ivan and Dean Gillette; a daughter, Lois Ferris; three brothers, Ora, Glen and Arthur; three sisters, Rilda, Elva and Carrie; and Bertha Maley, who was raised with Retta.

[Gaule, James Henry]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 16, 1967    p. 7

Final Rites Held November 5 For James H. Gaule

Funeral services for James H. [enry] Gaule, 83, of Clearfield, were held November 5 at the Clearfield Christian Church with Rev. Jim Dorsey officiating.  Mr. Gaule died at Rosary Hospital in Corning November 3, 1967, after a lingering illness.  Interment was at the Clearfield Cemetery.

James H. [enry] Gaule, son of William and Mary McCort Gaule, was born near Lenox, Iowa on October 3, 1884 [1886].

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Ruth Marie, at the age of eighteen months.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; three sons, Clifford and Earl of Clearfield and Lloyd of Rochester, Ill.; three daughters, Bertha Tamerius of Denver, Colo., Mabel Wood of Clearfield and Darlene Mobley of Grant City, Mo.; three daughters-in-law, Leota (Mrs. Clifford), Nioma (Mrs. Earl) and Josephine (Mrs. Lloyd); two sons-in-law, Howard Wood of Clearfield and Denzel Mobley of Grant City, Mo.; 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard of Diagonal and Philip of Conway.

[Gaule, Mary Jane McCort]


Tuesday & Saturday   December 25 & 29, 1923    p. 2


Mary Jane McCort was born in Jones County, Iowa, March 2, 1856, and died Dec. 12, 1923, at Bedford, Iowa, at the age of 67 years, nine months and 10 days.  Her death was unexpected due to a complication of diseases.  She was brought up from childhood in the Catholic faith.  At the age of 7 years, her mother died, leaving her to her father’s care.  She was united in marriage to Wm. Gaule on April 17, 1875.  To this union were born eleven children, 10 sons and one daughter.  They are Larry [Lawrence Francis] of Shannon City, Ia.; Mrs. Katie Cummings of Gravity, Ia.; Thos. E. [dward], of Bedford, Ia.; James H. [enry], of Diagonal, Ia.; Patsy E.[ugene], of Blockton; Richard, of Earl Grey, Sask., Canada; Robert, Chas. E.[llsworth], and Philip, all of the home address;  also 17 grandchildren.  The husband and two sons preceding [preceded] her in death.  All were present at the time of her death except one son, Richard, of Earl Grey, Canada.


[Round, Silas Andrew]


Tuesday & Saturday   December 25 & 29, 1923    p. 2


Silas Andrew Round, eldest son of Philip D. [avid], and Malona R. [Chadwick] Round, was born near Boscobel, Wis., on Feb. 13, 1858, and passed away at his home near Conway, Ia., on December 13, 1923, aged 65 years and ten months.  At the age of ten years he moved with his parents to Worth County, Mo., and located three and one-half miles northeast of Sheridan, Mo.  He lived there until the year of 1913, when he moved to Iowa.

On July 21, 1878, he was united in marriage to Mary S. [errelda] Scarbrough.  To this union was born twelve children, as follows:  James A. [ndrew], of Conway, Ia.; Mrs. T. [heodore] J. Reith [Malona Ellen], of Bedford, Ia.; Mrs. A. [lmond] H. [enry] Brown [Nancy Lavenia], of Conway, Ia.; Philip W. [illiam], deceased; Mrs. C.[larence] A. Toops [Emma Fidella], of Blockton, Ia.; Floyd R. [oy], of Dull Center, Wyo.; Ralph H. [erbert], of Conway, Ia.; Madge R. [oseland], deceased; Lester L. [loyd], of Bedford, Ia.; Mrs. Carl Brooks [Golda Edith May], of Blockton; Theodore A. [lmond], of Blockton, Ia.; and one son who died in infancy.  Besides his loving wife and nine living children, he leaves to mourn his departure sixteen grandchildren, one brother, Philip, of Los Angeles, Calif., one sister, Mrs. W. [illiam] W. [ilbur] Brumfield [Lucy Lavenia], of Sheridan, Mo., one half brother, Cyrus, of Farragut, Iowa, one half sister, Mrs. George Kinney [Martha Ann], of Villisca, Ia., besides a host of other relatives and friends.

In early manhood he confessed his faith in Christ and united with the Baptist church.  In later years he transferred his membership to the Christian church of Blockton, Iowa, of which he was a faithful member until death.  His one and last request was for his wife and children to be at his bedside, which was granted him; they were all with him with the exception of one son, Floyd R. [oy], of Wyoming, who was unable to be with him.

He was a constant sufferer for the last year and a half.  All the help possible for his recovery was rendered to him, but it seems it was God’s will for him to go; and he was prepared to meet his Savior without any complaint.

“We will miss him, sadly miss him,

As we journey here alone.

But we know that he is dwelling,

In a brighter, sweeter home.

Though his once pain stricken


Sleeps beneath the cold, cold


His gentle spirit now is

Sweetly resting with its God.

“Dearest father, he has left us.

And our loss we deeply feel,

But ‘tis God who has bereft us;

He can all our sorrows heal.

Yet again we hope to meet thee,

When the day of life is fled,

When in heaven with joy to greet


Where no farewell tear is shed.

A short funeral service was conducted at the home by Ernest B. Borst, pastor of the Conway M. E. church, after which the remains were taken to Sheridan, Mo., where the funeral services were conducted from the Christian church by Challie E. Graham, and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery of the same place.

The esteem in which Bro. Round was held was shown in the large crowd that attended the funeral services, and by the many fine floral offerings.  The many friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved ones, and wish for them the richest blessings of The kind Heavenly Father.


[Round, Eve J. Winemiller]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 27, 1939    p. 3


Mrs. Floyd Round

Mrs. Floyd Round, a former resident of the Sheridan, Mo., community, died Sunday, June 25, at the Bishop Randall hospital in Lander, Wyo.

The funeral services were held the following Wednesday afternoon at the Nazarene church in Riverton, Wyo., and burial was in the Mountain View cemetery.

Eve J. Winemiller, daughter of the late John Winemiller and Olive [Levonia Daniels] Winemiller, was born Nov. 28, 1887 at Sheridan, Mo.  She graduated from the Sheridan, Mo. High School with the class of 1907 and taught school in the community for four years.

On Dec. 31, 1911 she was married to Floyd [Roy] Round.  To them were born three sons, Ralph B., Ashford L. and Clyde W. Round, who with the husband, survive.

The family resided in Missouri until 1918 when they moved to South Dakota, then to a ranch near Douglas, where Mrs. Round taught school for a year.  They moved to a ranch near Riverton where they resided for seven years and then moved to Ft. Washakie, their present home.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Round was 51 years, 5 months and 27 days of age.  All close relatives excepting her invalid mother and three sisters were at her bedside at her passing.

Mrs. Round was active in all community affairs and in organization work.  She was president of the Woman’s Club, a member of the Arapahoe Community church and superintendent of the Sunday school.

Attending the last rites from this community were Mrs. Mary Round, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Round, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cole and daughter, all of the Clearfield community.

[Round, Eva B. Winemiller]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      August 28, 1975    p. 4

Mrs. Ralph Round Final Rites Held In Clearfield

Funeral services for Mrs. Ralph (Eva B.) Round, 87, of Clearfield, held August 18 at the Clearfield Christian Church, were conducted by Carl Cummings and Hiram Kegerrels.  Mrs. Round died August 15, 1975 at Clearview Home in Clearfield, Iowa where she had been a resident the past 17 months.  Interment was at Clearfield Cemetery.

Eva B. Round, daughter of John and Olive [Levonia] Daniels Winemiller, was born November 28, 1887 at Sheridan, Mo.

Eva and her twin sister Eve were the first children to be born in Sheridan, Mo.

She received her education in Sheridan and was a schoolteacher for two years before she married Ralph [Herbert] Round, January 25, 1911.  Ralph and Eva lived in the Clearfield area 46 years, moving into their new home in Clearfield in 1959.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Helen McClintock; a son-in-law, Dwight England; her twin sister, Eve Round; a sister Mamie Winemiller; and two brothers, Homer and Owen Winemiller.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph; a son, Donald and wife, Maxine, of Clearfield; a daughter, Jeane England of Corning, Ia.; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; a sister, [Clarinda] Elizabeth Emmons, of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Eulalea Sanders of Pleasanton, Calif.; a number of nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Ralph Round is a brother of Lester Round of Bedford.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Presbyterian Church.

Memories will always remain of her good life so well lived as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and neighbor and she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

[Brumfield, Lucy Lavenia Round]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 17, 1947    p. 6

Obituary – Mrs. W. W. Brumfield

Lucy Lavenia Round, youngest daughter of Phillip [David] and Malona [Chadwick] Round, was born in Crawford County, Wisc., August 2, 1863, and died at her home in Blockton, March 3, 1947, at the age of 83 years and 7 months.

At the age of 5 she moved with her parents to Worth County, Mo., and 19 years ago moved to Blockton, where she had since made her home.

She was married to Wm. W. [ilbur] Brumfield near Sheridan, March 21, 1883.   To them were born ten children of which three preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Christian Church.

She is survived by her husband; a brother, Phillip S. Round of Calexico, Calif.; seven children:  J. [ames] H. [erbert] Brumfield of Blockton; Mrs. Millie Schneller of Grand Junction, Colo.; Mrs. Bertha Argo of Baldwin Park, Calif.; Mrs. Effie Barton of Mapleton, Iowa; Mrs. Margaret Hennegin of Sheridan; Mrs. Zona Miller, Bremerton, Wash.; nineteen grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren.

The funeral services were held at the Christian church in Blockton Wednesday afternoon, March 5, Rev. Homer Cole, pastor of the Grant City Christian church, officiated.  Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.


Attend Brumfield Rites

Among the out-of-town relatives attending the funeral were:  Mrs. C. P. Barton, Patty and Inez of Mapleton, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hennegin and children of Sheridan; Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Cain, Harvey and Donna of Nevada, Iowa; Denzel and Doris Brumfield of Des Moines; Earl Woodard of Bedford.

[Shinabargar, Etta Eckerman]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 17, 1947    p. 6

Mrs. Shinabargar Dies

Mrs. Etta [Eckerman] Shinabargar, 86, died March 28 in San Diego, Calif.  She had been at the home of her sons, Marion of San Diego, and Harry, of Santa Rosa, Calif., for several months.  Mr. Shinabargar died Nov. 16, 1946.

The funeral services were held at the Swanson funeral Home, conducted by Rev. J. Vernon Wheeler, pastor of the Methodist church.  Burial was in the Hopkins cemetery.

[McCracken, George]

Iowa South-West

Saturday    January 11, 1879    p. 3

----Mr. George McCracken, brother of Thomas [Jefferson] McCracken, of this city, was killed in a runaway accident on the 16th of last month, near Poplar Grove, Howard County, Ind.

[Heatherington, William]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 10, 1949     [p. 1]

Pension Board Member Dies

Wm. Heatherington, 68, a former member of the Taylor County Pension Board, died January 27 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Vern Wilson, near Gravity.  He had been in ill health for several weeks, and succumbed unexpectedly, following a heart attack.

The funeral services were held in Clarinda at the Walker Funeral Home, with the New Market I. O. O. F. in charge.  Burial was in the Prairie Rose cemetery.