Obituaries
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[Mason, Susan Aurelia Morgan]

Bedford Times-Republican

July 23, 1908    p. 7

Susan Aurelia Morgan was born in the state of New York, June 8, 1843, moved to Illinois, and on the 25th day of August 1871, she was married to J. [ohn] W. Mason at Bloomington, Ill. To this union two sons were born, viz., Charley E. and Morgan W., who with their father survive her.

She moved from Illinois to southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri, where she spent twenty years of her life, the larger part of this time living in and near Bedford, Iowa. From this place she moved to Kansas, where she resided at the time of her death, which occurred at 10:30 a. m., July 12, 1908.

Her Christian experience extended back to the 17th year of her age. She was a devoted and faithful follower of the Master to the time of her death. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, and all who came in contact with her loved her.

An appropriate funeral service was conducted at the home by Rev. Everett and Rev. Scott, after which the body was laid to rest in Wa Keeney cemetery.

The beautiful floral offerings, which covered the casket, were presented by Mesdames E. Kellogg, H. Harlan, F. Naiman, D. Pershing, F. McCormick, W. W. Gibson, W. S. Gorrell, Misses Xepha, Zethyl and May Harlan and others whose names we did [not] learn.

In her loss the family is bereft of its best friend, the community of a willing helper, a kind, trusted neighbor, and the Christian world an excellent co-worker.

"None knew her but to love her,

None named her but to praise."

Western Kansas World, Wakeeney, Kas.

 [Ambrose, Jacob Henry]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      July 9, 1908    p. 4

J. [acob] H. [enry] Ambrose, of Gravity, who has been in Washington State for the past two years, died Friday. The remains are being shipped back to Gravity, where it is expected that the funeral will be held Sunday in the M. E. church. The burial will be had in the Bedford cemetery Sunday afternoon.

[Ambrose, Jacob Henry]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    July 23, 1908    p. 3

Obituary of J. H. Ambrose.

The deceased, Jacob Henry Ambrose, was born August 16, 1857, at Mason City, Ill.; died at the residence of his sister in Nooksack, Wash., July 3, 1908, being 50 years, 10 months and 17 days old.

He migrated from the place of his birth to California in 1881, thence to Taylor County, Iowa, in 1882. He was married to Mrs. Nancy A. Seibert of Gravity September 12, 1886 (her former husband having crossed the river of death July 26, 1880) and to this union were born two sons—Eleazor Franklin and Elmer Cleo—their ages being 21 and 16, respectively. Soon after their marriage they settled on the Parks farm four miles north of Gravity, where they resided for three years after which time they moved back to Gravity and engaged in business. Failing health compelled him to seek another climate in the hope that he might be restored, so in 1905 he left his home and family in Gravity and went to Nooksack, Wash., near which place he had financial interests in mining. A part of these interests he had sold for a sum sufficient to have eased his financial condition here. He expected to return home soon, but the financial crash came at such a time that his plans were entirely thwarted, and continued failing health prevented him from returning alive.

About thirteen years ago he was converted in Gravity under the preaching of Foote brothers, evangelists of the Presbyterian persuasion of faith, after which he united with the Missionary Baptist church, which represented his faith until his death. He was also a member in good standing of the following fraternal orders: Masons, Woodmen, Yeomen and Odd Fellows. I have been personally and intimately acquainted with J. [acob] H. [enry] Ambrose for over twenty years—always found him honest and truthful and inclined to do what he believed to be right toward man and God. He was quiet, reserved and timid in disposition until he became thoroughly aroused to what he believed to be right and just, then he became very firm. He was industrious, economical, kind-hearted and sympathetic, and a friend on whom you could depend in time of real need.

I don't think he ever enjoyed good health—at least during my acquaintance with him Hence, only those who have labored under that adverse condition of life can appreciate the fact that ill health stood in the way of every successful effort in life he made.

I have always looked upon Henry Ambrose as a true friend and a good citizen, and shall ever cherish his memory as such until otherwise convinced.

In response to a telegram his son Frank went to the place of his death, arriving seven hours too late to see him alive. His remains were brought back to Gravity on the noon train Friday.

In his original family there were ten children—five boys and five girls. Seven of this number survive his death; one brother, Geo. E Ambrose, of Mound City, Mo., and W. M. Gillies, of Nooksack, Wash., a brother-in-law, were present from a distance, the remaining relatives present being known in this community.

The funeral services were held in the M. E. church, conducted by the writer, assisted by Elder Babcock of the Baptist church and F. D. Seliards, pastor of the Christian church. The casket was completely and heavily covered with flowers given by friends and relatives. All of the fraternal orders of which he was a member were well represented, forming a long and imposing funeral procession. The Masons conducted the burial ceremony at the grave, assisted by the rest of the fraternal orders, which was very nice and impressive.

                                                                                    W. L. DUNLAVY.

 

[Price, Emerson J., Sr.]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      July 9, 1908    p. 4

Mr. [Emerson J.] Price, sr., father of Elder Edgar Price, formerly of this city but now of Council Bluffs, died at his home near Diagonal, Iowa, July 4th. The funeral was held Tuesday, July 7th. The deceased has visited in Bedford quite frequently and made many friends here, all of whom regret to learn of his death.

 

 [Pierce, Patrick H.]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday    March 11, 1913    [p. 1]

Patrick H. Pierce

Patrick H. Pierce, age 77 years, 9 months and 18 days, who had been suffering from gangrene, died at his home in north Bedford Thursday morning. The funeral services were held at the home Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. J. A. Currie. Interment was made at Fairview cemetery.

Patrick H. Pierce was born in Denmark, Lewis County, New York, May 18, 1835.  His parents died when he was quite young and at the age of 23 he came west and located at Oneida, Lenox County, Illinois. In 1861 he enlisted in Company C 42d Illinois, Volunteers Infantry and served for a period of three years and two months with that company after which he was honorably discharged September 17, 1864.

He was married to Miss Jane Hobbs in 1864 and to this union five children were born, two of whom, a son and a daughter, died in infancy. The surviving children, Henry L. [uverne], of Sioux Falls, S. D.; Mrs. G. [eorge] K. [iefer] Cetone [Irene Bernice], of Dayton, Ohio, and Mrs. Evans [Mary Frances], of Bedford, were present at their father's funeral. Mr. Pierce is also survived by a brother at Galesburg.

Mr. Pierce came to Iowa in 1866 and with the exception of one year, has lived here continuously and was always a friend to every one with whom he was acquainted.

[Pierce, Patrick H.]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday    March 11, 1913    p. 8

Mr. and Mrs. G. [eorge] K. [iefer] Cetone [Irene Bernice] arrived here Wednesday morning, from their home in Dayton, Ohio, called by the illness of Mrs. Cetone's father, Pat Pierce.

[Pierce, Patrick H.]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     March 13, 1913    [p. 1]

OBITUARY.

P. H. Pierce.

Patrick H. Pierce was born In Lewis County, New York, May 18, 1835, and died at his home in Bedford, Thursday morning aged 77 years. The funeral services were held at the home Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. John A. Currie. Interment was made in the Fairview cemetery.

The parents of Mr. Pierce died when he was quite young and when he was 23 years of age he moved to Oneida, Ill. August 10, 1861 he enlisted in Company C, forty-second Ill., infantry and served for more than three years. He was honorably discharged September 17, 1864. He was united in marriage to Jane Hobbs November 26, 1864. To this union were born five children, two of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are H. [enry] L. [uverne] Pierce of Sioux Falls S. D., Mrs. G. [eorge] K. [iefer] Cetone [Irene Bernice] of Dayton, Ohio, and Mrs. H.[arry] L. [ee] Evans [Mary Frances] of Bedford, all of whom were present at the funeral. Mr. Pierce came to Iowa in 1866 and has lived here continuously since that time except one year, which was spent in Illinois. He leaves to mourn his death his wife, three children and one brother who lives in Galesburg, Ill.

 

[Pierce, Patrick H.]

Bedford Times-Republican

March 6, 1913    p. 4

P. H. PIERCE IS DEAD

Passes Away After Illness of Blood Poisoning.

P. [atrick] H. Pierce died this morning of blood poisoning, which originated in his foot. Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the residence. Mr. Pierce is survived by Mrs. Pierce [Jane Hobbs], one son, H. [enry] L. [uverne] Pierce of Sioux City, and two daughters, Mrs. George Cetone [Irene Bernice] of Dayton, Ohio, and Mrs. H. [arry] L. [ee] Evans [Mary Frances] of Bedford.

 

 

 

[Trimble, David F.]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday    March 4, 1913    p. 5

David [F.] Trimble, who had a stroke of paralysis recently and was removed to the home of his sister, near Mt. Ayr, suffered a second stroke Friday from which he died Sunday night. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at Mt. Ayr.

 

[Trimble, David F.]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday    March 11, 1913    p. 4

Death of David Trimble.

The funeral of David Trimble, whose death was noted in last weeks issue, occurred at Mt. Ayr Wednesday, and was attended by his brother, T. [homas] W.[illiam] Trimble of Bedford, Dawson of St. Paul, and Frank of Mt Ayr. T.[homas]  W. [illiam] Trimble returned home Thursday evening and his brothers, Dawson and Frank, came over Friday for a few days' visit. The following taken from the Mt Ayr Record News, gives particulars not obtainable in time for last week.

David F. Trimble, who suffered a stroke of paralysis at his home in Bedford on January 13, and who was later moved to the home of his sister, Mrs. Guy Spicer of Rice Township, passed away Sunday, March 2. Mr. Trimble was a man of positive convictions and sterling character and was universally respected. Little hope has been entertained for his recovery since he was first stricken. He suffered the second stroke Friday and lingered until 12:35 Sunday when he passed peacefully away. The funeral services will be conducted tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Methodist Episcopal church and will be conducted by Rev. W. H. Cable.

 

[Trimble, Thomas William]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday   November 27, 1941    [p. 1]

T. W. Trimble Dies; Sold Coal For Years

T. W. Trimble, coal dealer in Bedford for many years, died at his home Thursday, night, November 20, after a lingering illness.

The funeral services were held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. Douglass Steffenson. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Thomas William Trimble was born at Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois, May 4, 1856, being aged 85 years, 6 months and 16 days at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Olive Cedora Trimble of Bedford; a daughter, Edna and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Adams of Bedford; and a son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. H. [arry] L. [eroy] Trimble of Des Moines. There are also three brothers and a sister, J. S. Trimble of Los Angeles, Calif., A. D. Trimble of Minneapolis, Minn., Frank Trimble and Mrs. Anna Stiving of Mount Ayr, Iowa.

[Trimble, Thomas William]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday    November 27, 1941    [p. 1]

Wm. Trimble Dies; Retired Merchant

William Trimble, 85, until a few months ago a business man here, died Thursday night at his home. He had been ill for some time.

Surviving are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Elmer F. Adams [Edna] of Bedford; a son, H. [arry] L. [eroy] Trimble of Des Moines; three brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were Sunday afternoon from the Walker and Shum Funeral Home with the Rev. A. D. Steffenson in charge. Interment was in Fairview cemetery.

 

[Jones, Isaac Newton]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday    October 17, 1940    p. 4

Isaac N. Jones.

Isaac N. [ewton] Jones was born at Lewiston, Ill., March 6, 1851 and died at the home of his daughter in Allerton, Iowa, October 2, 1940, aged 89 years, 6 months and 16 days.

On August 18, 1871 he was united in marriage to Mary A. [nn] McCullough and to this union were born 13 children, eight boys and five girls. His wife and 4 children, Ollie, Jennie, Frank and Alva [Holley] preceded him in death.

Left to mourn are his children Thomas and Minnie of Allerton; Newton and Wilber of New Market; Clara Baker of Gravity; Lola Luellen of Troy, Kansas; Rhoda of Berkeley, Calif.; Bert of Des Moines, and Ray [Jennings] of Lincoln, Nebraska. His grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and a host of friends also mourn.

He was converted in later life, uniting with the Baptist church and was a faithful member to the end. In his last illness he was kind and cheerful and when he realized he was nearing the end, he chose his own Scripture and made various suggestions for his funeral.

He was a kind and loving father, a good neighbor and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Pallbearers were Keith Luellen, Arlen Luellen, Darrel Cooper, Eldon Jones, Joan Jones and Dan Jones.

[Jones, Mary Ann McCullough]

New Market Herald

Thursday    November 10, 1921    p. 3

Good Woman Called

Mrs. M. A. Jones, a highly respected pioneer woman of this community, passed to her last reward Sunday morning at the home of her daughter in Allerton.  Deceased was ill only a few days and her ailment did not seem to be serious, but Saturday she grew worse rapidly and passed away the following morning. Her remains were brought here Monday evening and services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Christian church, conducted by Rev. Ray Snodgrass. Interment was in Memory cemetery.

Mrs. Jones was an early settler here and was known far and near for her motherly qualities. She reared a large family, yet always had time to lend a helping hand to others in sickness and distress. She will be sadly missed by her family as well as by her large circle of friends.

Mary A. [nn] McCullough was born Apr. 4, 1855 at Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa and died at the home of her daughter in Allerton, Iowa, Nov. 6, 1921, aged 66 years, 7 months and 2 days. When she was 3 years old her parents moved to Wapello county where she grew to womanhood and was married to Isaac N.[ewton] Jones Aug. 18, 1871. She and her husband moved to Wayne County in 1876. In 1893 they came to this vicinity. She leaves 11 children to mourn their loss, Minnie Knapp and Tom of Allerton, Ia., Frank, Newt, Bert, Wilbur, Rhoda O'Dell, Clara Baker and Lola Lewellen [Luellen], all of New Market, Alva [Holley] of Troy, Kans., and Ray [Jennings] of Clarinda, Iowa. Three years ago her son Ollie and her daughter, Jennie Cooper, preceded her in death. Her mother, aged 97 years, resides in Los Angeles, Calif. She also leaves thirty-two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, five sisters and two brothers. She became a Christian when a young girl and was faithful to the last. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, always denying for others.

 

[Jones, Alva Holley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 6, 1935    p. 2

NEW MARKET

A. H. Jones, 46, Dies In Oklahoma

A. H. Jones, 46, died at Erick, Okla., Thursday, May 30. The body was brought to New Market and the funeral services were held Monday, June 3, in the Church of Christ. The Rev. Ray Snodgrass of Wichita, Kans., a boyhood friend of the deceased, preached the sermon. Burial was in the Memory cemetery.

Alva H. [olley] Jones, son of Mary Ann [McCullough] and Isaac Newton Jones, was born in Allerton, Iowa, Nov. 26, 1888. When he was six years old the family moved to the New Market community.

February 15, 1911 he was married to Miss Vesta Cade. To them was born one daughter, Delores, who is now 16 years of age.

His mother, two brothers, Oliver and Frank, and one sister Mrs. Jennie Cooper, have preceded him in death. He is survived by his father, five brothers: Thomas Jones of Allerton, Newton Jones of New Market, Bert Jones, Wilbur Jones, and Ray [Jennings] Jones of Clarinda; 4 sisters, Mrs. Minnie Knapp of Allerton, Mrs. Rhoda O'Dell of New Market, Mrs. Clara Baker of Gravity, and Mrs. Lola Luellen of Troy, Kans.

In 1923 Mr. Jones moved with his family to Erick, Okla., where they have since made their home.

While still in New Market he united with the Church of Christ. While in Oklahoma he was six years a member of the board of deacons.

[Note:  His World War I draft registration card gives his birth date as November 26, 1887.]

[Jones, Alva Holley]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday    June 6, 1935    p. 5

NEW MARKET

Alva H. [olley] Jones, a former resident of New Market, passed away Thursday May 30, at his home in Erick, Okla., at the age of 46 years, 6 months and 4 days.

Surviving are his father, five brothers, Thomas of Allerton, Ia.; Newton of New Market; Bert, Wilbur and Ray, all of Clarinda. There are also four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Knapp Allerton, Ia.; Mrs. Rhoda O’Dell, New Market, Mrs. Clara Baker, Gravity and Mrs. Lola Luellen of Troy, Kans.

The body was returned to New Market Monday, June 3, where services were held from the Church of Christ. The Rev. Ray Snodgrass, Wichita, Kans., a boyhood friend of the deceased, conducted the rites. Interment was in Old Memory.

[Jones, Alva Holley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 6, 1935    p. 2

NEW MARKET

Attend Funeral

Relatives and friends from a distance who attended the funeral services of Alva H. [olley] Jones, Monday, included: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jones and son, Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Williams and daughter, Deloris, Mrs. Minnie Knapp and daughter, Hazel, and William Knapp, all of Allerton, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Knapp of Des Moines; Mrs. W. H. Seidler and son of Jamaica, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Luther Landstrum and daughter, Thelma of Red Oak; Mr. and Mrs. Gale Cooper of Knoxville; Theo O'Dell and Miss Fern Cooper of Chicago, Miss Excie Jones of Des Moines came Sunday but was unable to remain for the funeral services.

[Boltinghouse, Thelma Bernice Kirby]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday    October 17, 1940    p. 4

Mrs. Cleo Boltinghouse

Thelma Berniece [Bernice] Kirby, daughter of Earl and Millie [Permillia Reynolds] Kirby, [was] born November 8, 1919 at Pierce, Colorado and died October 6, 1940 at her home east of Bedford at the age of 20 years, 10 months and 28 days.

She came with her parents to Taylor County at the age of three years where she grew to womanhood.

She was united in marriage on March 7, 1938 to Cleo W. [hipple] Boltinghouse and to them was born a daughter, Permillia Mae.

She leaves to mourn her husband and daughter; her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Earl [Edward] Kirby of Blockton; two sisters, Mrs. Erma Leighton of Bedford and Mrs. Alta [Fern] Moser of Johnston, Colorado and three brothers, Dale of Johnstown, Warren and Ivan of Blockton; a niece and one nephew.

She was a member of the Christian church of Lenox and later placed her membership with the Bedford Church of Christ.

Funeral services were held from the Bedford Church of Christ on Wednesday, October 8, conducted by the Rev. E. F. Hagee, pastor of the Lenox church.  Interment was in the Lenox cemetery.

[Boltinghouse, Thelma Bernice Kirby]

Blockton News

Thursday    October 17, 1940    p. 5

Mrs. Cleo Boltinghouse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. [arl] E. [dward] Kirby of northwest of town, died Sunday, October 6, at the age of 20 years, 10 months and 28 days, following a few hours illness. Mrs. Boltinghouse had undergone a surgical operation for tonsil trouble some two weeks before. Miss Thelma Bernice Kirby and Cleo Boltinghouse were married March 7, 1938. Besides her husband she leaves a daughter, Pamelia Marie, aged eighteen months; her parents and two sisters and three brothers. Services were held at Bedford on Wednesday and burial in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[Boltinghouse, Thelma Bernice Kirby]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 10, 1940    [p. 1]

Mrs. C. Boltinghouse Succumbs At Home

Mrs. Cleo Boltinghouse, 20, died very suddenly at her home southeast of Bedford Sunday evening, Oct. 6. She had undergone a tonsillectomy two weeks ago and was thought to be improving, but became seriously ill Sunday morning and died about 5 o'clock that evening.

Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Bedford Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. F. Hagee of Lenox. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

Thelma Bernice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl [[Edward] Kirby of Blockton, was born at Pierce, Colo., Nov. 8, 1919. At the age of three years she came with her parents to Taylor County, which had since been her home.

On March 7, 1938 she was married to Cleo Boltinghouse at Hiawatha, Kans. To them was born one daughter, Pamelia Marie, who is now a year and a half old.

Surviving with the husband, daughter and parents, are three brothers and two sisters: Dale Kirby and Mrs. Alta Mosier [Moser] of Johnstown, Colo., Mrs. Irma Leighton of Bedford, Warren and Ivan Kirby of the home at Blockton.

She was a member of the Bedford Church of Christ.

 

[Kirby, Earl Edward]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 22, 1944    p. 4

BLOCKTON

Dale Kirby and family, Mrs. John Moser [Alta Kirby] of Colorado, Mrs. Irma Leighton of Council Bluffs, came Thursday called by the death of their father, E.[arl] E. [dward] Kirby.

 

[Kirby, Earl Edward]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 22, 1944    p. 8

E. E. Kirby Dies Near Blockton

E. E. Kirby, a resident of the Blockton community, died unexpectedly at his home Wednesday evening, June 14.

The funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Bedford Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. O H. Hallgrimson. Burial was in Memory cemetery at New Market.

Earl Edward Kirby was born in Page county Iowa, October 13, 1886, being aged 67 years, 9 months and 1 day at the time of his death.

On June 5, 1912 he was married to Miss Nellie [Permillia “Millie”] Reynolds. To them six children were born: Dale Kirby of Johnstown, Colorado, Mrs. Erma Leighton of Council Bluffs, Mrs. Alta Moser of Johnstown, Colo., Mrs. Thelma Boltinghouse who died October 6, 1940, Warren Kirby who is in armed forces somewhere in India, and Ivan Kirby of the home.

Surviving with the wife and children and five grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Eva Akers of Gravity, and Mrs. Mary Britt of Waterloo, two brothers Lawrence Kirby of Diagonal and Guy Kirby of Denver, Colo.

His father preceded him in death on January 28, 1928 and his mother on April 11, 1940.