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[Adkins, Hazel Burch]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 29, 1973    [p. 1]

Hazel Adkins, 64 Rites Held Nov. 21

Graveside services for Mrs. Hazel Burch Adkins, 64, of Glendale, Calif, were held at the Conway Cemetery November 21. Mrs. Burch died November 17 in Glendale, Calif, after a ten-year illness.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Aaron (Stephanie) Nicholson; one brother, Franklin Burch, of Bedford; three sisters, Mrs. Ralph (Edith) Sayler of Victorville, Calif., Mrs. Vern (Pearl) Cloyd, Orange, Calif., Mrs. Eldon (Opal) Pool, Bedford; other, relatives and friends.


[Blood, Margaret Cecelia Scrivner McFarland]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    January 10, 1924    p. 2

Mose McFarland, who had been here attending the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Margaret Blood, left on the noon train today for his home at North Platte, Nebr.


Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Blood, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, who had been here attending the funeral of the former's mother, Mrs. Margaret Blood, returned to their home today noon.


[Blood, Margaret Cecelia Scrivner McFarland]

New Market Herald

Thursday    January 10, 1924    p. 2

Word was received from Bedford of the death of Mrs. Margaret Blood Sunday night at 12:30. Mrs. Blood leaves a number of relatives and many friends here to mourn her death.


[Blood, Margaret Cecelia Scrivner McFarland]

Bedford Times-Republican

Tuesday    January 8, 1924    p. 5

Margie Webb returned home yesterday afternoon by way of Corning, after a visit at the Mose McFarland home at North Platte, Nebr. She was accompanied here by Mable McFarland and Mr. McFarland, who were called here by the death of Mrs. Margaret Blood.

[Blood, Margaret Cecelia Scrivner McFarland]

Bedford Times-Republican

Tuesday    January 8, 1924    p. 5

Death of Mrs. Blood

Mrs. Margaret Blood of this city passed away Sunday night about 12:30 a. m., at the home of her niece, Mrs. Mary Cook, with whom she had been making her home for some time. Mrs. Blood had been seriously ill for the past six weeks.

The deceased was 87 years of age, and is survived by three sons, Chas., of Cheyenne, Wyo., Will, of San Diego, Calif., and Mose McFarland, of North Platte, Nebr.

At the time of writing the funeral arrangements had not been completed, but the funeral will probably be held at the Christian Church on Wednesday (tomorrow), and interment will be made in Fairview cemetery.


[Blood, Margaret Cecelia Scrivner McFarland]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    January 10, 1924    p. 8

Mrs. Mose McFarland and daughter Mabelle of North Platte, Neb., arrived in Bedford Monday, called by the serious illness and death of Mr. McFarland's mother, Mrs. Margaret Blood. Margie Webb, who had been visiting in their home, returned home with them.

[Clark, Harry]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     June 8, 1972

Harry Clark, 86, Rites June 3

Services   for   Harry Clark, 86, of Bedford, were held June     3   at   Shum-Novinger   Funeral Home here with Ollie Odle officiating.   Mr.   Clark   died at Clarinda     Municipal    Hospital June 1, 1972, after two weeks    illness.  Interment was at Bedford Cemetery, Bedford.

Harry   Clark, son   of John and   Mary   Bates   Clark, was      born in Webster County, Iowa, November 16, 1895.

At an early age Harry's father    died and he and his two brothers were raised by their mother.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Mr.   Clark is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. William      Clark, Otsego, Michigan, and     two nieces.

Mr. Clark was never married. He has lived in the Bedford   and   Gravity area since      1964. The past year and a half he has been a resident at the     Pearl Terrace Nursing Home.

Mr. Clark was an outstanding     craftsman    in    whittling.   The Bedford   Cub   Scouts, Den   1, Pack   136, adopted him and in      January 1972, at the Blue and Gold Banquet held at the Baptist church, he was made an honorary Cub Scout.

Mr. Clark was a wonderful, loving, kind neighbor and friend      to   many.   He will   be greatly missed by those who knew and     loved him.

[Cortner, Charles Benson "Charley"]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     October 12, 1972    p. 8

Charley Cortner Rites Held Oct. 6

Funeral services for Charley Benson Cortner, 74 of Blockton, held October 6 at the Blockton Christian Church, were conducted by Rev. G. W. Swan. Mr. Cortner died October 4, 1972 in the Ringgold County Hospital in Mt Ayr. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton.

Charles Benson Cortner, son of [Lawrence] Elmer [Benson] and Susan [Frances] Argo Cortner, was born in Taylor County, Iowa February 26,1874.

He grew up in the Blockton community, except eight years he spent in Oklahoma. When eight years old he came back to Blockton, where he has resided until his passing.

On August 19, 1931, he was united in marriage to Lula Elsie Hinton, at Grant City, Missouri. To this union were born three children Shirley, Johanna and Doyle.

The family came back to Blockton in 1959 from the farm, as Charles was forced to give up this occupation due to ill health.

He was a member of the Blockton Christian Church. While in Blockton he was glad to visit with friends and was patient in his suffering.

Those surviving include: his wife, Lula, of the home; mother (98 years old) living in a nursing home in Baldwin Park, Calif. (grandma Susie was a strength to the entire family having lived almost a century); daughters: Shirley E. [ileen] Cortner and husband of De Sota, Iowa; Johanna M. [ae] Minichovicz and husband [Raymond] of Chula Vista, California, Doyle Dean and wife of Blockton, Ia.; brothers: Harvey and David Cortner of Calif.; Jim Cortner of Audubon, Ia., Alfred Cortner of Winterset, Ia.; sister: May Atkinson of Ramona, Calif. One sister, Mary, preceded him in death; a host of other relatives and friends.

[Note:   Correct date of birth is August 14, 1898.   Source: correction in the October 19, 1972 Bedford Times-Press, p. 1.]

[Cortner, Charles Benson "Charley"]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     October 19, 1972    [p. 1]


Charles Benson Cortner, son of [Lawrence] Elmer [Benson] and Susan [Frances] Argo Cortner, was born in Taylor County, Iowa August 14, 1898.

Copy for last week's issue was incorrect.

[Cortner, Lawrence Elmer Benson]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    January 16, 1919    p. 8

Elmer Cortner Dead

[Lawrence] Elmer [Benson] Cortner, a farmer 50 years of age and residing on a farm southeast of town, took his own life early Monday morning. Mr. Cortner had been in poor health for a number of years. The condition of his health at times during the past two years had been very critical, necessitating trips to a hospital where he submitted to severe surgical operations. The condition of his health, his nervous temperament and his inclination to worry in the end destroyed his reason, hence his rash act.

He leaves a wife and seven children---five boys and two girls.

The funeral services were held from the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. G. C. Flannery, pastor of the Christian church, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery. ----Blockton News

[Note:  Reprinted from the Blockton News, January 9, 1919, p. 1.]

[Cortner, Lawrence Elmer Benson]

Blockton News

Thursday    January 16, 1919    [p. 1]


Lawrence Elmer [Benson] Cortner was born in Indiana April 4, 1868, and died at his home southeast of Blockton January 6, 1919, aged 50 years, 9 months and 2 days.

He was united in marriage to Miss Susie [Susan Frances] Argo November 28, 1895. To this union was born seven children—Mae, Charley, Harvey, Mary, James, David and Alfred, all of whom are living. His father, four brothers and one sister survive him.

He joined the Christian church in his early life. He was a kind father and a loving husband, and a good neighbor.

The funeral services were conducted from the home on Tuesday, January 7, by Rev. Grover C. Flannery and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

The family has the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

[Cortner, Susan Frances "Susie" Argo]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 14, 1973

Susie Cortner, 99, Rites Held June 8 In Blockton

Funeral     services    for   Mrs. Lawrence   (Susan) Cortner, 99, of   Monrovia, Calif., formerly   of Winterset and Taylor County, were held at the Blockton Christian   Church, conducted by Rev.   George Swan. Mrs. Cortner died June 5, 1973 at Monrovia, Calif.   Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton.

Mrs.   Susan   F.   [rances] Cortner was the former Susan Argo, daughter of   Alexander   and Mary Argo. She   was   born   at Maloy, Iowa February 26, 1874. She was married there November 27, 1895, to    Lawrence E. [lmer Benson] Cortner.

Mr.   Cortner preceded her in   death in 1919. She was also preceded in death by two children, Mrs. Mary Ochs of Leavenworth and   son, Charles   [Benson] Cortner, of   Blockton.

She leaves five children: Mrs. Mae Atkinson of Pomona, Calif., Harvey   and   David   Cortner of Baldwin Park, Calif., James Cortner of Audubon, Iowa   and     Alfred Cortner of Winterset; 18 grandchildren; great grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren.

Mrs.   Cortner was a devoted member of the Christian Church.

[Fine, Stephen Clem]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 17, 1973    p. 8

May 1973

Stephen Fine, 20

Funeral services for Stephen Clem Fine, 20, of Braddyville, were held May 11 at the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church in Hopkins, Mo. with Rev. Cecil Latta of Clarinda and Rev. David Carlson of Oakland, Neb. officiating. Stephen died May 8 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital from injuries received May 4 in a gun accident. Interment was at the Hopkins Cemetery.

He was a 1971 graduate of New Market High School and had been engaged in farming near Braddyville. He was born August 22, 1952 at Maryville, Mo.

He was a member of the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church in Hopkins.

Survivors include his wife, the former Teresa Tornholm, to whom he was married last March 9, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fine of Braddyville, a brother, Roy Maurice Fine, Jr., of Braddyville, and a grandfather, Galen Russell of Hopkins.

A memorial fund is being established at the Wray church, and contributions can be left at   Wilson Grocery in Hopkins or   with Rev. Loren Daly of New   Market.

[Fine, Stephen Clem]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 24, 1973    p. 8


Miss Della Smith and David Calhoun came from Omaha Friday to attend the funeral of Steven [Stephen Clem] Fine held in the Hopkins Methodist Church.


[Fine, Stephen Clem]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 24, 1973    p. 6


Mrs. Ona McMullen, accompanied by her sister, Miss Marie Muxlow, of Kansas City visited from May 3 to May 8 with relatives in Smith Center, Kansas. Miss Muxlow accompanied Mrs. McMullen home to attend the Steve Fine funeral. Mrs. McMullen took her sister home Friday.


[Gibson, Flora Louise Staab]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 29, 1973

Mrs. John Gibson Last Rites Held November 21

Funeral services for Mrs. John Gibson, 65, of Gravity, held November 21 at the Gravity United Methodist Church, were conducted by Rev. Robert Truitt. Mrs. Gibson died November 18, 1973 in her Gravity home. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Flora Louise Staab, the daughter of Wendelin and Mary Catherine Staab, was born near Valley Falls, Kansas, on December 9, 1907.

She attended public schools there and later attended State Teachers College at Emporia, Kansas. She obtained her teaching certificate and then taught for nine years in Kansas public schools.

On February 4, 1939, she married John Delbert Gibson. To this union were born four children, John, Linda, Dan and Lyle. The family moved to Gravity, Iowa in 1951.

Mrs. Gibson was active in her community. She was avidly interested in education, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, WSCS, and a member of the Sunshine Club. She was a loving wife, a devoted mother, and a friend to everyone.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Clarence, Elmer, Leo, Ed, and Dewey; and two sisters, Freda and Mae. She is survived by her husband, John; her children, John and Teri Gibson, Omaha, Nebr.; Jim and Linda McClurg, Bettendorf, Ia.; Dan and Claudia Gibson, Carmichael, Calif, and Lyle Gibson, Ames, Iowa; two grandchildren, Eric Hayden Gibson and Bradley Thomas Gibson; and one sister, Mrs. Rose Woods, Valley Falls, Kansas.

Her survivors include three brothers and three sisters.

[Hall, Hampton Travolia]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    September 27, 1973

Hampton Hall, 73 Rites Held Here September 25

Graveside services for Hampton T. [ravolia] Hall, 73, of Cedar Rapids, former Bedford resident, were held Tues., Sept. 25 at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford with Carl Cummings officiating. Mr. Hall died September 22 at a Cedar Rapids Hospital. Services were held Monday at Turner Chapel East in Des Moines.

Mr. Hall, a former director of Vocational Agriculture for the State Department of Public Instruction, was the state adviser to the Future Farmers of America from 1939 to 1965.

His survivors include his wife, son and daughter. His sister is Mrs. Achsah [Ruth] Hall Noonburg.

[Marshall, Belva Josephine]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 15, 1973

Belva Marshall, 87 Last Rites Held November 14

Funeral services for Belva Josephine Marshall, 87, long time Bedford resident, were held Wed., Nov. 14, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Carl Cummings officiating. Miss Marshall died November 12 at Rosary Hospital in Corning. Interment was at the Conway Cemetery.

Her other survivors include three brothers and three sisters.

[Morgan, Wayne]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 26, 1973

Wayne Morgan Dies in Newton

Wayne Morgan of Newton, Ia., formerly of Gravity, died at a nursing home in Newton April 1. Funeral services and interment were held in Newton.

Wayne Morgan was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Morgan, born near Gravity in 1902. He lived near   Gravity for many years.

He was married to Leona Moore who died a few years ago.

Mr. Morgan is survived by two sons, Eldred and Dwight and their families; a sister, Iva McPheron; two brothers, Earl, Gravity and Leland, Clarinda; and other relatives.

Attending the services from this area were: Mr. and Mrs. Leland Morgan, Clarinda; Richard Morgan, Sharon Smith, Iva McPheron and Beatrice.

[Robey, Louis]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 9, 1971    p. 4

Louis Robey, 69, Taken in Death

Louis Robey, 69, was found dead in his home west of the County Farm Sunday afternoon by Mr. and Mrs. Orville Humphrey who regularly stop to visit him because he lived alone.

Authorities were summoned after which Taylor Co. Medical Examiner, Dr. R. W. Jones, pronounced the death a suicide.

[Robey, Louis]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 16, 1971   p. 7

Last Rites Held Dec.8 for Louis Robey, 69

Funeral services for Louis Robey, 69, of Bedford held December 8 at Shum - Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Carl Cummings officiating. Mr Robey died at his home December 4, 1971. Interment was at Lexington Cemetery, Bedford.

Louis Robey, son of Frank W. Robey and Mary Kernen Robey, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, February 26, 1902. He grew to adulthood where he was born and followed the occupation as a farmer, living on the home farm all of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother who died in infancy.

Left to cherish memories are three sisters and two brothers: Edna Luther and her husband, Marion, of Bedford; Jessie Bond and her husband, Lloyd, of Winterset, Iowa; Jennie Uphouse and her husband, Albert, of Denver, Colo.; Clyde Robey and his wife, Helen, of Conway; Jake Robey and his wife, Mary, of Lawrence, Ind.; one niece, Ilene Frederickson; two nephews, John Sawhill and Phillip Robey; other relatives and many friends.

He enjoyed the farm and its various operations and, as long as health permitted, it was a part of his daily activity. When he could no longer take care of the duties they were shared with his nephew, Phillip Robey, who assisted in the farm operation the past few years.

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