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[Helm, Sarah Ann Billeter]


Monday    October 17, 1921

Mrs. Helm Passes Away

Mrs. Helm [Sarah Ann Billeter] passed away Friday evening at the home of her son, Roy Helm, who resides south of Bedford.  Mrs. Helm was the mother of Mrs. Joe Keith [Polly Adel] of this city.

Funeral services were held at Berea church yesterday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Leslie Cobb.  Interment was made in Graceland, or what is known as the old Titus cemetery.

An obituary will be published in our next issue.

[Helm, Sarah Ann Billeter]


Thursday    October 20, 1921

Obituary---Sarah A. Helm

Sarah A. [nn] Billeter was born March 13, 1842, at Brasil, Clay County, Indiana.  When a young woman of eighteen years, she came west with her parents and settled in Nebraska, near Fremont, later moving with her parents to Harrison County, Iowa.  A few years later they moved to Harlan, in Shelby County, Iowa.

December 17, 1865, she was married to Byrum Helm, who preceded her in 1907.  Immediately after their marriage they located on a farm in Ross Township, Taylor County, Iowa, which place she called her home to the time of her death.

To this union five children were born, Mrs. Joe Keith [Polly Adel] and Mrs. William [Lewis] McCoy [Susannah] of Bedford; Samantha, who died in infancy; Guy, who died at the age of twelve years, and [Levi] Roy, who lives on the old home farm.   She leaves eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, all of whom were present at the funeral service.

After an illness of less than a week, she passed away Oct. 14, 1921, in the home where she and [her] husband first located.  She was aged 79 years, 7 months and 1 day.

She united with the church of Christ when a girl and remained steadfast in the faith.

Mrs. Helm was of a home loving nature and had gathered about her a circle of friends who will miss her greatly in their daily life.

Funeral services were held at the Berea church Sunday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by L. [eslie] R. Cobb.  Interment was in Graceland cemetery.

[Helm, Byrum]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    February 7, 1907

Sudden Death

Just as we are preparing to go to press word reaches us that Mr. Byrum Helm, one of Taylor County's oldest and most highly esteemed residents, had died suddenly at noon today.

He has been a sufferer for some time with heart trouble and it is presumed that this was what caused his sudden death.  No funeral arrangements have as yet been made.

Mr. Helm was one of the brave boys who, in 1861, enlisted in the army, joining the company from Bedford that went out as a part of the 4th Iowa.  Here he distinguished himself for bravery as all the old boys in blue can testify.  He was a staunch friend, a kind and indulgent husband and father.  He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his sudden death.  The children are Mrs. Joe Keith [Polly Adell] and Mrs. Wm. McCoy [Susannah], of Bedford, and his son, [Levi] Roy.  They have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Mr. Wm. McCoy, who has been visiting relatives near Paris, Ill., is expected home today.

[Helm, Leamon Duane]


Thursday    January 2, 1913


Leamon Duane Helm was born September 17, 1846, and died at his home near Rifle, Col., December 30, 1912.  Mr. Helm moved to Bedford with his father and family when he was 13 years old and at the age of 16 years enlisted with Company F, Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry and remained in the war until the close.  He left Bedford many years ago for Colorado.  He leaves to mourn his death a wife, three sons, two daughters, two sisters and two brothers.  One of the sisters is Mrs. Amanda Marsh of this city.

[McCoy, William Lewis]


Thursday    June 18, 1931

William Lewis McCoy

William Lewis McCoy, son of Richard [Marcellus M.] and [Cynthia] Ellen [Clark] McCoy, was born in Edgar County, Ill., Dec. 31, 1859, and died at his home south of Bedford, Iowa, June 15, 1931, aged 71 years, 5 months and 15 days.  In 1882, he came to Taylor County, where he has spent the greater part of his time.  Jan. 11, 1888, he was united in marriage to Susie [Susannah] Helm, who survives him.  To this union, two children were born, one of whom, Guy, died in infancy, there surviving him besides his companion, one son, Clark [Billeter], of Topeka, Kans.; three brothers, Frank of Paris, Ill., and Warren of Vermillion, Ill., and Richard [Marcellus] of Terre Haute, Ind.; one sister, Emma McCoy of Vermillion, Ill.  In 1894 he obeyed the gospel, placing his membership with the Berea congregation, Church of Christ, continuing his membership there until death.

Funeral services were held at the Berea church, Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by L. [eslie] R. Cobb.  Interment was given in the Graceland cemetery.

[Cobb, Paul Monroe]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 5, 1974

Last Rites Held November 27 For Paul M. Cobb

Funeral services for Paul M. [onroe] Cobb, 65, of St. Joseph, Mo., former resident and well known business man in Bedford, were held November 27 at 9 a. m. at Meyerhoffer Fleeman Funeral Home in St. Joseph followed by graveside services at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.  Carl Cummings conducted both services.  Mr. Cobb died at Methodist Medical Center in Saint Joseph, Mo., November 25, 1974.

Paul M. [onroe] Cobb, son of Floyd M. [McCorkle] Cobb and Nellie E.[lizabeth] Stickelman Cobb, was born at Bedford, Iowa.  He grew to adulthood in Ross Township where he attended school and was a 1926 graduate of Bedford High School.

Following his marriage to Eulah E. [thel] Parrish they farmed in the Bedford area.  He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific.  Returning home he was a partner in forming the Bedford Building Supply, serving the needs of this community with complete building service.

He moved to Saint Joseph, Missouri 25 years ago where he was actively engaged in the building of houses under the name of Cobb Builders, Inc., with his son, Robert [Paul] Cobb.

Due to ill health he retired from this business a few years ago, but his love was still in the building business and he possessed great pride in the many homes that they built during his many years as a builder.

He and his wife were the parents of three children, one son and two daughters.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd M. [cCorkle] Cobb, and a sister, Mildred [Helen] Poore.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Eulah, of the home at 3323 Abbott Drive, St. Joseph, Missouri; son, Robert E. Cobb, of St. Joseph, Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. Virginia A. [nn] Joiner of Saudi Arabia and Mrs. Patricia L. [ouise] Thomas of St. Joseph, Mo.; 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild; his mother, Mrs. Nellie E. [lizabeth] Cobb of Bedford; four nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was a member of the Berea Church of Christ of Bedford and he was the first president of the St. Joseph Home Builders Association.

He was a kind and considerate son, husband, father and friend, and he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.


[Cobb, Charles Sumner]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 1, 1935    p. 4

Charles L. Cobb, 74, Blockton, Died Sun.

Charles S. [umner] Cobb, 74, a resident of Taylor County for many years, died at his home in Blockton Sunday, July 28.  The funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. R. Moore of Kansas City.  Burial was in the Rose Hill cemetery.

Charles S. [umner] Cobb was born near Bedford, Iowa, Dec. 25, 1860.  He was married to [Druzella] Eva J. [ane] Florea near Blockton, Oct. 16, 1884.  To them were born three children, Glenn A. [llen] Cobb of Blockton, Mrs. R. [alph] C.[lair] Yadon [Susan] of Barnard, Mo., and Mrs. A. [verill] J. Warden [Annis] of Blockton.

Surviving relatives are the wife and three children, two brothers, T. [homas] E.[lmer] Cobb and L. [eslie] R. Cobb of Bedford, and four grandchildren.

Mr. Cobb resided in the state of Iowa all of his life with the exception of four years spent in Kansas.  He spent the past sixteen years of his life in Blockton.

Brother Cobb obeyed the Gospel February 17, 1877, and remained a faithful and devoted disciple until his death.   He was active and zealous in church work until badly afflicted some five years ago.  The deceased was also an active member of society, interested in the welfare of the home, the community and the state.  He is not only a loss to the family and the church but a loss to society and to the world.

Mr. and Mrs. Cobb celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary last fall.

[Cobb, Druzella Eva Jane Florea]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 6, 1945    [p. 1]

Mrs. Chas. S. Cobb Of Blockton Dies

Mrs. Charles S. [umner] Cobb of Blockton died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. [verill] J. Warden [Annis] Tuesday night, following a long illness.  She was 79 years of age.

She is survived by three children, Mrs. Warden, Mrs. R. [alph] C. [lair] Yadon [Susan] and Glenn A. [llen] Cobb, all of Blockton.

The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, December 7, at Tent Chapel Church near Blockton, conducted by A. R. Kepple of Kansas City.  Burial will be in the Blockton cemetery.


[Cobb, Druzella Eva Jane Florea]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 13, 1945   p. 2

Mrs. Chas. Cobb

Druzella Eva Jane Florea, eldest child of Joshua and Mary Susan [Peterson] Florea, was born at Newport, Ohio, October 9, 1865, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annis Warden at Blockton, Tuesday, December 4, 1945, at the age of 79 years, 1 month and 25 days.

In the fall of 1868 she came with her parents by train to Savannah, Missouri, and then by wagon to Worth County, settling on the homestead south of Blockton, where she grew to womanhood.  She finished her schooling in Bedford and taught one term of school.

She was married to Charles S. [umner] Cobb on October 16, 1884.  They made the Blockton community their home, except for two short periods, four years in eastern Kansas, and six years near Bedford.

Three children were born to them, Glenn A. [llen] Cobb, Mrs. Susie M. Yadon and Mrs. Annis W. Warden, all of Blockton.  Besides, there are four grandsons and three great grandchildren, five brothers and two sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles [Sumner] Cobb, on July 28, 1935.

She became obedient to the Gospel in January, 1886, having been baptized by the late William Cobb, 65 years ago.  Theirs was a Christian home.  They loved the church and made many sacrifices for it.

Mrs. Cobb suffered a great misfortune seven years ago when a stroke of paralysis robbed her of the normal use of her body.  Her speech was taken from her, as well as the pleasure of going and coming as in her former years, but through all this there was no murmuring, no complaining of her lot.  She bore it all patiently and with a most commendable fortitude.

The funeral services were held at Tent Chapel Friday afternoon, conducted by A. R. Kepple of Kansas City.  Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery at Blockton.

[Cobb, Druzella Eva Jane Florea]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 13, 1945   p. 2

Attend Cobb Funeral

Out-of-town friends attending the funeral for Mrs. Chas. Cobb Friday were Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Hoover of Mount Ayr, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Payne of Conway, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Arneal, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Studer of Redding, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Adams of Sheridan, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Hall, Mrs. S. J. Simmons, James Warden and Mrs. Mary Reynolds of Grant City, Missouri.

Relatives present from out of town were L. [eslie] R. Cobb, Paul Cobb, Karl Cobb, Mr. and Mrs. T. [homas] E. [lmer] Cobb, Mrs. Minnie Coon, Mr. and Mrs. T. [homas] V. [alentine] Lacy and Lew Spencer, all of Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. W. Moriss Yadon of Maryville.

[Cobb, William]


Tuesday    February 14, 1922    [p. 1]

Death of Honored and Respected Citizen

William Cobb Passes To His Reward After A Lingering Illness Lasting Over 5 Years. 
Laid to Rest in Bedford Cemetery

"Uncle Billy Cobb is Dead."   These were the words flashed all over the city on Saturday morning of last week and while the news was not wholly unexpected, still it was a shock to the entire community, when the full realization of our loss was known.

About five years ago, Mr. Cobb was stricken down with paralysis, and has been a helpless invalid ever since.  He has born the long siege with a cheerfulness that was truly wonderful, and only through the tender care given him by his devoted wife and likewise his four sons, his passing days were peaceful and happy to the last.

The funeral took place on Sunday from the residence, but was merely a family gathering, the pall overhanging our city at present, caused by the small-pox regulations and quarantine forbidding all public gatherings, being instrumental in halting a public funeral, which was deeply regretted by all, as Mr. Cobb had hosts of friends who no doubt would have liked to pay their last respects to a beloved citizen.

The life work of William Cobb has been far-reaching and beneficial in its effects.  He has been closely affiliated with the material, political and moral progress of the community and is equally well known as a businessman, farmer, legislator, and likewise devoting much time to the ministry.  The forces of his life were thus nicely balanced, making his a well-rounded character, and his life work one of general usefulness.  He was numbered among the old settlers of Iowa, dating his residence in the state from 1845, and in Taylor County since 1855.  Mr. Cobb was a native of Indiana, born in Parke County on November 17, 1839, and at the time of his death was 82 years, 3 months and 10 days old, a ripe old age to say the least.

On Nov. 5, 1859, he was united in marriage to Miss Malinda Agler, who has been his inspiration as well as devoted helpmate through all these passing years.  To this union have been born, four sons, Chas. S. [umner], Thomas E. [lmer], Floyd M. [cCorkle], and Lester [Leslie] R., all married with families of their own, and who were at the bedside when the final release from his sufferings came to an end.

William Cobb was elected and served four years as county treasurer, from January, 1892, to January, 1896.  He proved an honest and efficient officer and retired from office with honor and respect.  In 1903 he was elected to represent his district in the state legislature and proved an able working member of that body.

Mr. Cobb was an honored member of the I. O. O. F. lodge of this city, and his better half a strong worker in the Rebekah order.   In religious life, Mr. Cobb affiliated with the Church of Christ, and was a working member of the official board up to the time of his affliction and was untiring in his efforts to lead all to a brighter and better life.

In the death of Mr. Cobb, Bedford loses one of its most beloved citizens, and the grief stricken family have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

"Hushed were the voices and

muffled the tread

Of kind friends who lingered near

my death bed;

But they saw not the angels who

entered unheard,

When the world, in its coldness,

says "I am dead."

Oh, tell them I've only been led

By the hands of the angels away

from the night,

Away from earth's darkness to

Heaven's clear light."

[Wight, Marcus]


Thursday    April 17, 1919    [p. 1]

Marcus Wight

Marcus Wight was born near Syracuse, New York, April 11, 1837, and died at Bedford, Iowa, April 10, 1919.  He came to Keokuk County, Iowa, in 1845, and from there to Taylor County, Iowa, in 1857.  He was married to Mary Jane Cobb Nov. 6, 1859, and two sons were born to this union, Walter Scott Wight, who lives at San Luis Obispo, Calif., and was here for the funeral, and Amos R.[euben] Wight, now living at Sacramento, Cal.

Mrs. Wight passed away Feb. 17, 1888, and on Dec. 31, 1889, Marcus Wight and Miss Chloe Lena Tarr were married.  Three children were born to this union, two died in infancy, one living, Miss Maymie, who is at home with her mother.  He also leaves two brothers to mourn.

Mr. Wight, in early life, belonged to the Methodist church, but in 1858 he united with the Christian church at Bedford and remained steadfast to the end of his life.  He served as elder to the local congregation a number of years and was active in all church life.  His last words were for the advancement of the Kingdom.  About 16 years ago, he with his family, lived in Barton County, Mo., where he led in establishing a church at Iantha.  A man full of good deeds, with friends by the score, at a ripe age has entered into rest and reward.

In Mr. Wight's earlier life in Bedford, he was quite active in business affairs and his demise will be learned with deepest regret.

The funeral services will be held at the Christian church this (Thursday) morning at 10:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. E. E. Lowe.

[Poore, Mildred Helen Cobb]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 19, 1964

Final Rites For Mrs. H. Poore

Funeral services for Mrs. Howard (Mildred) Poore, well-known local resident, held March 11 at the Bedford Baptist Church, were conducted by Rev. Colvin Caughey, Baptist minister at Kent, Washington.  Mrs. Poore died March 8 at St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph, Mo.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Included in the services was the following obituary:

On the rainy night of March 9th, 1915, a daughter was born in the home of Floyd M. [cCorkle] and Nellie E. [lizabeth Stickelman] Cobb of Ross Township, Taylor County, Iowa.  She was received with much joy and named Mildred Helen Cobb.  Mildred attended the Ross Center rural school.   She grew up in a Christian home and became a member of the Berea Church of Christ at the age of 14.

Mildred graduated from the Bedford High School in the class of 1932.  She taught rural schools near Bedford until the year of 1937, and on June 12th of that year she married Howard Ellis Poore, the ceremony taking place in their own home in west Bedford.  This home has been blessed through the intervening years by peace and happiness through a loving mother's care, one of the greatest blessings being the arrival of four sons; they are Larry Joe Poore, now of St. Joseph, Mo., Gary Lee Poore of Lincoln, Nebr., Don Edwin and Greg Owen Poore of the home.

Mildred for the last few years has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Bedford where she and her family have enjoyed serving Christ as Lord and Master.  She was a member of the Golden Rule Rebekah Lodge No. 134 and also of the Past Noble Grand club.

Mildred passed quietly away at the St. Joseph Hospital, March 8, 1964, just six hours before her 49th birthday.  She enjoyed some of her birthday cards and was told of others on the way.  She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd M.[cCorkle] Cobb.

She is survived by her husband, Howard, and her four sons, Larry, Gary, Don and Greg; her mother, Nellie E. [lizabeth Stickelman] Cobb of Bedford; her only brother, Paul M. [onroe] Cobb and his wife Eulah of St. Joseph, Mo., several nieces and nephews and all her friends.

She knew some of this life's sorrows, but she didn't complain.  She just enjoyed the sunshine that came with the rain.  She asked for "No eulogy please" and her wishes we would bring Her last words to her husband, for you were, Just thank our friends for everything.  "Thank you."

Friends and relatives form a distance attending the services were:  Miss Shirley Hill, Emporia, Kans.; Miss Barbara Crawford, Lincoln, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cobb, Mrs. Fred Thomas, Bob Cobb, Delmar Johnson, Mrs. Gwendolyn Traster, St. Joseph; Mrs. Beatrice Ely, Mr. and Mrs. Martin L. Poley, Mr. & Mrs. Cecil E. Poley, Des Moines; Jim Poore, Fort Riley, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Coon, Davis City, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Ellison, Denver; Mrs. Scott Mason, Coon Rapids; Ken Lucas, College Springs; Don Hartman, George Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Crawford, Clarinda; Mrs. A. B. Kiplinger and Ralph, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Sharp, Lester Hoover, Mt. Ayr; Mrs. Phillip Thompson, Cecil Thompson, Maryville.

[Cobb, Edna Perkins]


Thursday    June 10, 1915     p. 5


Mrs. T. E. Cobb

Mrs. T. [homas] E. [lmer] Cobb died at her home in Ross Township, Friday, June 4.  The funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Elder D. J. Poynter of Albion, Neb.   Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.  Over one hundred conveyances were at the home at the time of the funeral.

Edna A. Perkins was born November 24, 1870.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. [harles] A. Perkins [Mary Augusta Davis].  November 27, 1894 she was united in marriage with T. [homas] E. [lmer] Cobb.  To this union were born two children, Francis E.[lmer], and Edna Irene, who with the husband, survive.  She also leaves to mourn her death one sister, Mrs. I. [saac] L. [ewis] Bishop [Hattie Ellen], and one brother, C.[halon] F. Perkins.  She was a member of the Daughters of Rebekah, who with the Odd Fellows attended the burial in a body.

[Cobb, Edna Perkins]


Thursday    June 10, 1915     p. 5

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cobb returned to their home at Blockton Monday, having been here to attend the funeral of Mrs. T. [homas] E. [lmer] Cobb [Edna A. Perkins].

[Cobb, George Oliver]


Thursday      March 19, 1908

Died On The Train

Captain George O. [liver] Cobb, one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of Hopkins, died suddenly, Saturday, while on the train coming home from St. Joe.

Capt. Cobb was an old soldier with a most honorable record, and since the war has served in many offices of trust and responsibility with credit to himself and profit to his country.  No man in Nodaway County was better known, and his death brought sincere sorrow to many hearts.

[Cobb, Amos]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 14, 1960    p. 5

Amos Cobb Died In California

Amos Cobb, 59, a resident of Pacific Grove, Calif., for more than 12 years, and a former resident of Bedford, died at his home February 25.  He had been ill two months prior to his death.

He was born at Savannah, Mo., March 30, 1900, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. [dward] A. [rthur] Cobb [Louisa Elizabeth Holt].  After leaving Bedford he lived in Grants Pass, Oregon, and also in Berkeley, Calif., before moving to Pacific Grove.

He is survived by his wife, the former Maudie E. Morgan of Bedford, whom he married May 1, 1942; two sisters, Mrs. Sarah [Jane] Cobb Gelwix of Orinda, Calif., and Miss Marian [Elizabeth] Cobb, Burlingame, Calif.; two brothers, Arthur [Holt] Cobb of Cameron, Mo., and William [Francis] Cobb of Kirksville, Missouri.

Mr. Cobb was a member of the Elks Lodge and of the Pacific Grove Golf club.

Funeral services were held in Oakland, Calif., with burial in Mountain View cemetery of that city.

[Cavner, Mina Roberta Gohn]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     December 13, 1945     p. 2

Mrs. Donald Cavner

Mina Roberta Gohn, daughter of Frank [Benjamin Franklin] and Gertie [Gertrude Mae Cornell] Gohn, was born October 2, 1924 at Burlington Junction, Missouri and died in the Missouri Methodist Hospital at St. Joseph November 21, 1945, at the age of 21 years, 1 month and 1 day.

On March 12, 1945 she was married to Donald Cavner, who survives her.  She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Harley Hamm and her step-father, Harley Hamm, of Bedford, two sisters, Mrs. Charlie Marsh of Morristown, Tennessee, and Mrs. Ben Wilson of Elmo, Missouri; two brothers, Carl Gohn of Cassville, Missouri, and Pvt. Paul [Samuel] Gohn of Camp Roberts, Calif.

Her father, Frank Gohn and four brothers preceded her in death.

[Craig, Sarah Parks Reynolds]


Thursday    December 23, 1915

New Market

Sarah Parks was born in Adams County, Ohio, March 2, 1844, and died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Clyde Miller, in New Market, December 18, 1915.  She was married to John C. Reynolds November 14, 1861, and to this union was born one son, John Samuel Reynolds.  Her husband was killed in the army in 1864 and on January 1, 1868, she was married to William Craig and to this union was born one son, Daniel.  In 1874 they moved to Iowa and settled on a farm near Bedford, and from there they moved to a farm two miles northeast of New Market.  William Craig died June 16, 1909.  She is survived by two sons and one brother.

The funeral was held Sunday at the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. Mr. Hutchinson.  Interment was made at Memory cemetery.

[Morgan, Richard H.]


Thursday    December 23, 1915

New Market

Richard H. Morgan, age 76, died at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Guy Hayes, 1915 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, Neb., December 19, of gas asphyxiation.  Death was accidental, the visitor probably having switched on the gas after turning off the light.  The jetcock was loose and easily turned.   Mr. Morgan had been in Omaha two days, having come from the old soldiers' home at Leavenworth, Kan.   Mr. Morgan is well known in Taylor County, as he was in the livery business in New Market for a number of years.  He was an old soldier, having served in the 8th Iowa cavalry.