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Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, May 15, 1906
The last Sad Rites
The Body of Eva Abbott Laid to Rest
All that was mortal of Eva Abbott, the young woman whose death occurred Thursday under such particularly sad and distressing circumstances, was laid in its last resting place at Lexington cemetery Friday afternoon. The funeral was held at 2 p. m. at the home conducted by Rev. Price of Bedford and was attended by a vast number of friends of the family, who thus showed their heartfelt sympathy with sorrowing parents. The music was furnished by a quartet from Bedford composed of Mesdames Frank Crossen, A. C. Kinnison, Edwin Price and Mr. James Beauchamp.
Miss Abbott died at about 4 p. m. on Thursday about 26 hours after the fatal shot was fired. She never regained consciousness.
The deceased was twenty-six years of age and most of her life has been spent in this and Page counties.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 17, 1906
Funeral of Miss Eva Abbott
Miss Eva Abbott, whose death occurred at the home of her parents under such sad circumstances last Thursday afternoon, at 4 o'clock, was buried Friday.
The funeral service was held at 2 o'clock and was conducted by Rev. Price of Bedford and the interment was made in Lexington cemetery.
The sympathy of all is extended to the family in their dire bereavement.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, August 21, 1906
Mrs. G. M. Bradley received a message today stating that her stepfather, Thomas W. [ood] Beers, had died this morning at 5:30 at his home in Monmouth, Illinois. Mr. Beers had been in ill health for some time but had been confined to his bed for only two weeks. Mrs. Bradley will leave for Monmouth this evening.

[CHANEY, RICHARD, 1854 – 1906]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, May 1, 1906
Died While Visiting
Richard Chaney died Sunday morning at 5 o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Oliver Heater, of Bright's disease, aged 51 years, 6 months and 20 days.
The deceased was a resident of Kansas and had been here but a few days visiting with his sisters, Mrs. Heater and Mrs. Heller. He had been ill for some time, but his condition was not considered critical until a short time prior to his death. The body was shipped to Denton, Kans. for interment, leaving here on the early train yesterday.

[CHANEY, RICHARD, 1854 – 1906]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 3, 1906
Richard Chaney Dead
Richard Chaney arrived Thursday from Denton, Kas., for a visit with his sisters, Mrs. R. Heller and Mrs. Oliver Heater.
He has not been in good health for some time, suffering from Bright's disease. Upon his arrival here he was taken considerably worse and died at the home of Mrs. Heater Sunday morning at 5 o'clock. He was 50 years, 6 months and 20 days old at the time of his death.
The remains were taken to his old home at Denton, Kas., Monday morning for interment.

[CHANEY, RICHARD, 1854 – 1906]
Severance News (Severance, Kansas), Friday, May 4, 1906
The body of Richard Chaney, a brother of Jas. and George Chaney of Denton was brought from western Kansas and buried in the Denton cemetery on Tuesday.

[CHANEY, RICHARD, 1854 – 1906]
Morrill Weekly News (Morrill, Kansas), Friday, May 4, 1906
Mr and Mrs R Sawyer went to Denton Monday to attend the funeral of Mrs Sawyer's stepfather, Richard Chaney, who died in Iowa.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 5, 1906
A Sad Accident Son of J. F. Childs Killed in Loveland, Colorado
Early this week word was received from Loveland, Colorado, stating that the son of J. F. Childs had been killed. Only meager details were given and the many friends of the family in Taylor county have been hoping there was some mistake. The following letter shows that this hope was vain. Mr. and Mrs. Childs lived in Taylor county many years and left for Colorado only a short time ago.
Loveland, Colo. April 1, 1906. . ..
. . . We had a very sad accident here yesterday; a transfer man was moving Mr. Childs from the east side of town to the west side. They had on a load of furniture and a buggy trailing behind. Mrs. Childs was riding in the buggy. Mr. Childs' boy and girl were riding on the load of goods. They had to cross the railroad track just a block north of the depot. There was a caboose and about 10 cars of a freight train just below the crossing but there was no engine on the cars and the drayman thought he could get across but he had just got about two-thirds of the way across with the dray when the engine backed into the cars and hit the dray and broke it and the furniture all to pieces.
It knocked the drayman about 15 or 20 feet but didn't hurt him much. The little girl jumped before it hit and got away all right. The buggy pole broke and left the buggy standing about six inches from the cars; that saved Mrs. Childs but Floyd, the boy, was holding some furniture and could not get away. They think the stove fell on him. He had one leg broken in two places, one arm broke and his chest caved in. I was up there about a half minute after it happened, and Mr. Childs was very near crazy. Mrs.  Childs was so shocked she couldn't shed a tear or say hardly a thing. It was the awfullest sight I ever saw. They took the boy to the hospital, but he died about 2 o'clock. He only lived about 2 hours after it happened as it was about 12 o'clock when they got hit.
The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday; I am going if I possibly can get off.
I tell you it will be hard for his father to get over it as they were always together just like two old chums. I guess there wasn't a better boy in town than he was. . ..

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 21, 1906
Death of Florence Crombie
Florence M. Crombie died in Chicago at 11 ½ Part Avenue, on Monday, June 18th at 4 o'clock a. m., age 17 years and 11 months.
The deceased was well known in Bedford, having lived here for many years, making her home with Mr. and Mrs. T. V. Williams. For a long time she was a pupil at the Bedford High school, where, by her bright sunny ways, her amiable disposition and willingness to oblige she endeared herself to both instructors and schoolmates.
During the pastorate of Rev. Ware, she united with the Presbyterian church and was for a long time organist there. She was also a willing, active worker in the Christian Endeavor, during the leadership of Mrs. Brice.
In 1902 Mr. and Mrs. Williams, with whom she lived, moved to Chillicothe, Mo. and Florence went with them. A year later, desiring to fit herself so that she might bear her share of life's burdens, she went to Chicago to learn the millinery trade. Not very long after going to that city she was taken seriously ill and though, after a time her condition seemed to improve, she never recovered but gradually grew weaker until death relieved her from suffering. Her widowed mother is all the close blood relation left to mourn her, but she leaves many friends whose grief for loss of brother, sister or daughter would be no greater, keener or more poignant. She was kind hearted, patient in suffering, affectionate and loveable, and by many true friends in Bedford her name will always be held in kindliest and most loving remembrance.

Iowa South-West (Bedford, Iowa), Saturday, October 20, 1877
An Old Settler Gone
Last Monday morning the sad intelligence was given that Barton B. [urgess] Dunning had closed his earthly career. He had been ill but a short time and his death was a profound surprise to hundreds who had known him for many years. By his death the community loses a prominent citizen and the railroad organization loses a valuable and influential worker.
On Tuesday the last service was performed that mortal man can do for a deceased brother—that of burial. – Ringgold Record.

Ringgold Record (Mt. Ayr, Iowa), October, 1877
An Old Settler Gone
Last Monday morning the sad intelligence was given that Barton B. [urgess] Dunning had closed his earthly career. He had been ill but a short time and his death was a profound surprise to hundreds who had known him for many years.
He was born in Genoe [Genoa], Cayuga county, New York, April 1809. At the age of eight years his parents removed to Erie county in the same State, where he resided until 1832, when he and his father's family removed to Edwardsburg, Cass county, Michigan. In 1841 he met and wedded Laura L. [ucina] Stiles of Massachusetts, who was out west on a visit. They commenced life together on a farm near Edwardsburg, where was born to them three sons—Walter, Frank and Day. In 1852 he determined to explore the gold fields of California and for that purpose joined a party overland bound. He returned, however, in the fall of 1853, preferring a more eastern clime. —Again in 1855 he came west by rail to St. Louis, thence up the Missouri river to the mouth of the Grand rivers and thence to Mt. Ayr by wagons. The town was just located, no lots having been surveyed. In the fall of this year another son, Charles, was born. The following thirteen years were spent in dealing in livestock and merchandise. In 1868 he removed to Chicago where he remained until 1871, when the climate of California again attracted his attention. He and his aged companion then went out by rail to the Pacific coast, where they remained but six months ere they returned to Mt. Ayr, which has since been his home except during a visit to Chicago and a six months stay with his son Frank at Hopkins, Mo. Here he bent his energies toward securing a competency and succeeded in amassing a goodly fortune, without any outside help, he holding that honesty, truth and temperance, together with perseverance, would inevitably result in success in life.
He lived long enough to see his boys all comfortably situated and engaged in business. He leaves the worthy partner of his joys and sorrows to travel the remainder of life's thorny path sorrowing and alone. By his death the community loses a prominent citizen and the railroad organization loses a valuable and influential worker.
On Tuesday the last service was performed that mortal man can do for a deceased brother—that of burial.

[DUNNING, FRANK, 1845 – 1924]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, March 4, 1924
The Call of Frank Dunning
One of Bedford's Most Highly Respected Citizens for Half a Century Answers Call of Grim Reaper Saturday.
Frank Dunning, who has been ill for several months, passed away Saturday night at 11 o'clock, surrounded by his family. His death was expected at any time, but when the word was passed out that the spirit had left the body it was a shock to the entire community.
While a large percentage of Taylor county's business men who were attracted to this locality by reason of its broad opportunities and business conditions, becoming factors in its active life in past years, there are also found among the prominent representatives of the financial, commercial, manufacturing and agricultural interests those who have not only been witnesses of its growth but have aided largely in its yearly developments and progress. To this class belong Mr. Dunning, who was president of the Citizens State Bank of Bedford up to the time of his death. He was born near Edwardsburg in Cass county, Michigan, March15, 1845. The Dunning family came originally from England and the branch to which Mr. Dunning belong to was established in Connecticut at an early day.
At the age of 10 years Mr. Dunning accompanied his parents to Ringgold county, an open prairie country, with but few inhabitants and he assisted in surveying and laying out the town of Mt. Ayr, when the nearest house to the site of the then village was two and a half miles.
The events and experiences of pioneer life made a deep impression upon the mind of Frank Dunning. He received his education in the public schools of Mt. Ayr. When 13 years of age he began to buy cattle and mules and continued until a few years ago. In 1872 he moved to Bedford and purchased the interest of F. E. Walker in the banking business conducted under the then name of Dale, Smith & Company. In August 1873 he withdrew from that firm and in November 1874 purchased the bank of G. S. Plants & Company in Hopkins, Mo. In connection with J. C. Waterman and Goodsell Brothers, he organized the Citizens Bank, his partners being the late A. P. Evans, J. E. Anderson, Alexander Goodsell and Napoleon Goodsell. The bank was capitalized for twenty thousand dollars. At the same time Mr. Dunning still held his interest in the bank at Hopkins. The capital stock of the Citizens bank was soon after raised to thirty thousand dollars. Mr. Dunning remained the president of the bank and the entire responsibility of its management, organization and conduct has rested upon him from the beginning until the time of his death. In 1909 under his supervision, there was erected on the corner of Main and Central avenue a bank building which without doubt ranks with the best in southern Iowa. Back in the 90's he became connected with the Bedford Creamery. On Dec. 10th, 1906, the old building together with all the machinery and about three thousand dollars worth of butter was destroyed by fire. Hardly had the smoke cleared away until plans were perfected for the building of a new modern creamery. The new creamery is the largest in the state under private ownership.
In 1884, he became connected with James M. Pierce as publishers of the Iowa Homestead. In 1919 Mr. Pierce purchased Mr. Dunning's interests in that publication.
On the 10th of January 1878, he was married to Miss Rebecca M. [argaret] Weaver and unto them was born two children: Alice J. [osephine] who is now the wife of Bruce J. Flick of Des Moines and Francis [Frances] M. [ay] Both are left with their mother to mourn the loss of a husband and father.
Mr. Dunning at the time of his death was a member of the M. E. church. He was also fraternally connected with Taylor lodge No. 156, A. F. & A. M. and Molla Temple of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine at St. Joseph, Mo., Triangle Chapter No. 68, R. A. M., Creston Commandery K. T., also member of the Knights of Pythias.
In the loss of Mr. Dunning the county as well as Bedford has lost a citizen who will be missed. A man whose career has been of market value in this part of the state. The value of such a man in a community for a period of over 50 years, cannot be measured by any standard. He has been prominent in all public enterprises. In fact, he was identified with most of the good things that have marked the growth of this city and community during the half century that he resided in our midst.
The funeral will be held today (Tuesday) at 2:00 o'clock at the M. E. church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Talley, after which the body will be laid to rest in Fairview cemetery.
Out of respect all business houses will be closed from 2 to 3 o'clock during the funeral.
All county officials, city officials and business men met at 11 o'clock this morning and marched to the residence in a body to pay their last respects to the departed.

[DUNNING, FRANK, 1845 – 1924]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 6, 1924
Frank Dunning Buried With Honor Tuesday
Died at Home Here Last Saturday Night. Community Mourns
Frank Dunning, probably one of the most loved and highly respected business men of the community, died at his home here last Saturday night after an extended illness at the age of about 79 years. Funeral service was held at the Methodist church last Tuesday afternoon beginning at 2 o'clock and interment made in Fairview cemetery.
The body lay in state at the home Tuesday morning and hundreds went there to pay their last respects. At eleven o'clock that day, a group of men made up of the local ministers, attorneys, bankers, city officials, county officials, and representatives of every other activity in the community met at the post office, formed in a line of march and went out to the Dunning home in north Bedford. There were about one hundred men in this one group. Most all the stores in Bedford closed during the funeral.
The church was packed at the afternoon service. Members of the Masonic orders of the county attended in a body and took a part in the last rites. Four former ministers of the local Methodist church, Rev. Thompson, now at Chariton; Rev. Gable, now at Atlantic; Rev. Goodwin, now at Shenandoah and Rev. Willis, District Supt., now at Atlantic, assisted the present minister, Rev. Talley, in the services and all paid their heartfelt tributes to Frank Dunning, the man, the citizen, the true friend—and above all the Christian.
Following is the obituary as read by Rev. Gable:
Frank Dunning was born near Edwardsburg, in Cass County, Michigan, March 15, 1845. His forbears originally came from England. His parents, Barton B. [urgess] and Laura L. [ucina] Dunning removed from Edwardsburg, Michigan, to Mt. Ayr, in 1855. At that time the town of Mt. Ayr had not been platted. Later he assisted in the platting of the town.
The experiences of pioneer life were his and those early days left a deep impression upon his mind. The log cabin, the covered wagon, the stage coach, the wandering Indian, the sparsely settled country, were all very familiar to him. He loved to go back to those early days in memory and tell of the experiences that were common to the pioneers.
While the opportunities of education were limited, yet Brother Dunning was an educated man. Always a student of men and events he knew the trend of the day and could always interpret those tendencies of the times to his benefit and profit.
He came to Bedford in 1872 and purchased an interest in the banking business of Dale, Smith and Co. In August 1873, he sold his interests with that firm and purchased banking interests in Hopkins, Mo., where he continued until July 1877. At that time, he returned to Bedford and organized the Citizens Bank. He has been with that institution continuously since that time.
As a banker he has always been interested in the young man who was just venturing into business. Many a man will testify to the helpful guidance of Mr. Dunning in his early business career. Because of such interest he has been connected with many enterprises that have been for the building of a better town and community. He has been a man of fine, keen judgement as to the things that were helpful to the business interests of the community. When convinced that a certain line of activity and service was for the betterment of the town, he has always been ready to lend his support to such enterprises. Bedford and Taylor County have lost a most helpful friend in Mr. Frank Dunning.
On January 10, 1878, he was married to Miss Rebecca Weaver. Their children are Mrs. Alice J.[osephine] Flick of Des Moines and Miss Frances M. [ay] Dunning of Bedford. For these 46 years their home has been one for the radiating of the very finest influences. It is from such homes as this home was, that come the ideals and standards for community life. The whole life of Bedford and vicinity will be better because of the helpful uplifting influence of the Dunning home.
Brother Dunning united with the Methodist Church in 1861 at the age of 16. When he gave his heart to God and united with the church, he began by putting the best he had of effort and love and service into the work of the Kingdom. The Methodist church has none more loyal, more sincere in life and purpose than he. He was Sunday School teacher, Superintendent, class leader, steward and trustee, having filled all those places at some time in his life. Eight years ago, he represented the Des Moines Conference as delegate to the General Conference held at Saratoga Springs, N. Y. This church was his delight. His purpose was always to put the church and the Kingdom first in everything. How well he has succeeded is a matter of common knowledge with you all. The church service, the Sunday School, the prayer meeting, were his joy and his life. This building is a monument to his careful business sagacity and stands in its solidity as a symbol of the careful building that he did in the making of character. His interests reached out to men everywhere. He recognized that morality and religion are at the foundation of all that is worthwhile in life. Many men have been helped by his counsel. The influence of a life like his can be estimated only in terms of the eternal.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, March 20, 1906
Rev. Thompson and Mrs. Frank Dunning left this morning for Mt. Ayr to be present at the funeral of Mrs. Laura Dunning. Mr. Frank Dunning was in Chicago when his mother's death occurred but will reach Mt. Ayr today also.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 22, 1906
Death of Mrs. Dunning
Came to Mt. Ayr in June 1855
"Mother of Mt. Ayr " Passes Away Sunday, Aged Almost 91 Years. – Had Been a Methodist for 75 Years
It was with deepest regret that many Bedford friends learned of the death of Mrs. Laura Dunning, mother of Mr. Frank Dunning, which occurred at Mt. Ayr Sunday night at 9:30 o'clock. The deceased had spent a great deal of time at the home of her son in Bedford and was loved by the entire community. She was a devout Christian and a lover of home and all that word implies. In her long life of more than 90 years there are none who have done more good, both worldly and spiritually, than has Grandma Dunning. While she has closed her eyes in a last long sleep, it is but for a transitory moment for a grander and more noble awakening in the realms beyond and there at the feet of the Saviour the benediction of "Well done thou good and noble servant," will certainly be pronounced.
In speaking of her life, the Mt. Ayr News says:
Mrs. Laura L. Dunning died at 9:30 Sunday night at the home of her son, Day Dunning, in Mt. Ayr. Her death was due to old age, as she was almost 91 years of age. She had been bedfast for nine weeks.
The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday from the Methodist church conducted by Rev. W. B. Thompson of Bedford, former pastor here. Rev. J. H. Cedford will assist in the services.
Mrs. Dunning was the "mother of Mt. Ayr." She and her husband, Barton B. Dunning and their three sons—Walter, Frank and Day—came to Mt. Ayr in June 1855, being the first family to settle within the present limits of the town. They built a pole cabin on the present site of the United Presbyterian church, which was at once the first dwelling and first store in the town.
Laura L. [ucina] Stiles was born in Granville, Mass., May 20, 1815. At the age of 23 she moved to the home of a brother at Mishwauka, Ind. She was married in 1839 to B. [arton] B. [urges] Dunning and they lived for many years in Edwardsburg, Mich. They came west in 1855, and after looking for a location in Missouri came to Mt. Ayr, where the family has since lived. Mr. Dunning died in 1877. A son, Charles B., died in 1880. The other three sons are living—Walter in Denver, Colo., Frank in Bedford and Day in Mt. Ayr. Mrs. Dunning is the last survivor of a family of 14 brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Dunning joined the Methodist church when she was 15 years old and was a charter member of the Mt. Ayr church, so that she was a member of the church here for half a century and of the denomination for three quarters of a century. That she exemplified a pure, self-sacrificing religion is known to the whole community, her life here for over 50 years having proved to all who knew her that in both her strong and her gentle traits her life was modeled upon that of her Master. As no other woman has done, she has impressed her influence and example upon Ringgold county. When the community was having its first beginnings she accepted and discharged the full responsibilities of pioneer life, and when society took on a more definite shape she still by her virtues and her strength of character remained a leader of thought and action. In every home in the county her death will be sincerely mourned.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, January 16, 1906
Death of Lehman H. Dunning
Having succumbed to a second attack of neuralgia of the heart between midnight and daylight yesterday, Dr. Lehman H. [erbert] Dunning was found dead in his bed by members of his family at his home, 1304 North Pennsylvania street, at 6 o'clock yesterday. It is the belief of Dr. Albert C. Kimberlin, the family physician, who had attended Dr. Dunning during the night that death occurred during sleep.
Dr. Dunning was born at Edwardsburg, Mich., April 12, 1850 and came to Indianapolis in 1890, as the successor of Dr. T. B. Harvey as lecturer upon diseases of women and gynecological surgery at the Indiana Medical college. He had spent two years at the medical department of the university of Buffalo and had graduated with high honor and especial mention of his work by the faculty, from Rush Medical college, Chicago, in 1872.
He began the practice of medicine at Troy, Mich. and in 1875 was married to Miss Harriet Beauchamp of Edwardsburg, Mich. Mrs. Dunning and three children, Florence, Lehman, Jr., and Herbert survive him. In 1878 he removed to South Bend, where he remained in the practice until coming to Indianapolis. During this time, he studied in the schools and hospitals of Vienna, London, Paris and Berlin and produced many valuable essays and monographs upon diseases of women and abdominal surgery and became as well known for his skill in abdominal surgery as for his writings.
After coming to Indianapolis, he established a sanitarium on North Alabama street in 1891 for the treatment of the diseases of women. He continued to record the results of his observations, and it is probable that no other surgeon in the middle west has produced more valuable literature upon his splendid subjects in the last ten years than had Dr. Dunning. He retained his remarkable health to the last and was apparently as strong and rugged as at any time in his life. – Indianapolis Morning Star, January 5, 1906.
The subject of the above was the son of O. [scar] M. [ilton] Dunning of this city and about one year of his life prior to taking his medical degree was spent in Taylor county. During this time, he was variously engaged in teaching school, and for some months was a drug clerk in the pharmacy of Dr. A. M. Golliday. He is remembered by some of the residents of this community as well as in the neighborhood where his father was engaged in farming. Dr. Dunning was buried in Indianapolis, Saturday, January 6. Dr. M. [ilo] B. [enjamin] Dunning of Siam was present at his brother's funeral and returned to Siam Monday.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 21, 1928
Mrs. Frank Dunning Died at Des Moines
Funeral Services Will Be Held Tomorrow (Friday)
Wednesday morning the community was deeply saddened by a telephone message from Bruce J.[ames] Flick of Des Moines, telling of the passing of Mrs. Frank Dunning at their home.
Mrs. Dunning, with the Bruce Flick family, had spent several days in Chicago with Dr. and Mrs. F. T. Avery.
She seemed to greatly enjoy the trip and was apparently in her usual health, having remarked to her daughter Alice in the evening how well she felt and what a happy time they all had had. She passed quietly away while sleeping, in the early morning, June 20th, 1928.
Rebecca Margaret Weaver was born in St. Thomas, Pa., March 21, 1849, but when ten years of age came to Keithsburg, Ill., where she spent her girlhood.
In 1877 she came to Bedford with her brother, M. [errick] A. [ugustus] Weaver and his family and was married on Jan. 10, 1878, to Frank Dunning. To this union were born two daughters, Alice Josephine, now Mrs. Bruce J.[ames] Flick of Des Moines and Frances May of Bedford.
Mr. and Mrs. Dunning were residents of Bedford for almost fifty years and their influence and standard of living has been the highest and best always.
Mrs. Dunning leaves to mourn her demise, her two daughters and son-in-law and three grandchildren, Margaret, Robert and Frances Flick and many relatives and a host of friends.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 28, 1928
Rebecca M. Dunning – Rebecca M. [argaret] Dunning, daughter of Philip and Martha Weaver, was born March 21st, 1849 at St. Thomas, Pa., and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bruce J. [ames] Flick at Des Moines, Iowa, June 20, 1928, at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 29 days. When she was ten years of age, she moved to Keithsburg, Ill, where she spent her girlhood. In 1877 she came with her brother, M. [errick] A. [ugustus] Weaver and his family to Bedford, Iowa. She was united in marriage Jan. 10, 1878 to Frank Dunning. To them were born two children, Alice, now Mrs. Bruce Flick of Des Moines and Frances May of Bedford, Ia. She has lived in Bedford almost 50 years. Mr. Dunning passed away March 1, 1924. These two excellent people built their lives into this community as it is the privilege of few persons to be able to do. And the impression of these lives for good has been of inestimable value to many an individual and to the community. Mrs. Dunning has been a member of the Methodist church since childhood and of the local auxiliary of the W. F. M. S. for 49 years. Her membership was not a mere formal matter for she evidenced her vital interest in the welfare of the church in unusual faithfulness and was actively engaged in the work of the Missionary society, championing its interests to the very last. She died at the home of her daughter Alice in the early morning of June 20th, having just returned from a trip to Chicago where she had been visiting with Dr. and Mrs. F. T. Avery for almost a week.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, May 22, 1906
Died in Idaho
Mrs. Mary A.[nn]  Etheridge, formerly and for many years a resident of Taylor county, died in Boise City, Idaho, May 8.
Mr. and Mrs. Etheridge came to Taylor county many years ago and settled on the farm about two miles west of Blockton, where they resided until four years ago. They then moved to Idaho, where they have since lived.
[Note: Her maiden name is given as Booker, Brooker, and Zooker in various documents—birth, marriage, and death certificates.]

Taylor County Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 26, 1883
Births, Deaths and Marriages of Taylor County
A. [ndrew] J. Fairbanks, 16 years and 7 months, typhoid fever

Taylor County Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 26, 1883
Births, Deaths and Marriages of Taylor County.
J. [oseph] C. Fairbanks, 22 years and 3 days, typhoid fever


News-Review (Roseburg, Oregon), Saturday, August 26, 1916
Woman Found Dead in Trail Near Home
Nancy Fairbanks, Resident of Buck Creek is Overcome by the Heat.
Body Is Found by Son
Had Started to Go to Her Daughter's Home When Heat Caused Unconsciousness and She Fell to the Ground
Nancy A. [nn] Fairbanks, 77 years of age, was found lying dead in the trail near her home at Buck creek, about sixteen miles from Roseburg late last evening. She had started from her cabin to go to her daughter's home about a mile and a half distant when it is surmised that she was overcome by the heat and fell on her face, death resulting within a very few minutes.
Mrs. Fairbanks was a native of Illinois and came here about two years ago and has been living with her son on his homestead on Buck creek. Her daughter, Mrs. Willard Smith, resides near and the son had gone to Mr. Smith's ranch for the day to assist in stacking grain. In the morning he had left his mother at the house feeling very well, although the heat of the last few days had been very oppressive to her.
According to all evidences she left her home after finishing the morning's work, intending to go to the daughter's home as was her habit and had reached a point in the trail about two hundred yards from her cabin when she was overcome by the intense heat and fell to the ground. In falling she fell face downward and with her arms outspread, her face and arms being bruised severely.
She was found by her son on his return after work and was carried to the house. Mr. Ritter, the undertaker, was summoned to take charge of the body, but upon his arrival he quickly saw that it was a case for the coroner and called Mr. Jewett. After asking questions in regard to the occurrence and examining the ground, Mr. Jewett was positive that death was the result of the heat and decided that no inquest was necessary. The body was then brought to the morgue in this city.
The funeral was held this afternoon at three o'clock from the undertaking parlors, Rev. Eaton of the Baptist church officiating. Interment followed in the Masonic cemetery. Mrs. Fairbanks also had several children in the east who have been notified of her death.

Oregon Daily Journal (Portland, Oregon), Sunday, August 27, 1916
Heat Is Fatal to Mrs. Fairbanks, 78, of Glide, Oregon
Roseburg, Or., Aug. 26 – Evidently overcome by heat, Mrs. Nancy Fairbanks, aged 78 years, of Glide, was found dead last night by her son, about one mile from their home. Mrs. Fairbanks had started to walk from her home to that of her daughter during the afternoon, a distance of about two miles. Her son, upon returning home early in the evening, found his mother missing and upon searching found her dead.
Coroner Jewett was called this morning, but he decided death was due to heat prostration and that an inquest was unnecessary.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, July 10, 1906
Fateful Bolt of Lightning
The people of Glenwood were very much shocked Saturday to learn of the death of Roy Featherby, who was killed by lightning near Skidmore, Mo., the night before. The young man was the husband of a Glenwood young lady, well known here, as Miss Lillian Hullinger, who was formerly employed in the Opinion office. They were married only a few short months ago, the wedding having taken place at the home of the bride's parents here March 20th last.
Mrs. S. P. Hullinger the mother of Mrs. Featherby left for Skidmore Saturday morning. The remains were brought to Glenwood and interred in the Glenwood cemetery. The funeral being held from the Hullinger home on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Ward officiating.
During a heavy thunder storm at Skidmore last Friday afternoon the young man had taken refuge beneath a cottonwood tree. He had been out plowing and not returning to the house at supper time the hired man went to look for him. He found Featherby lying dead beneath the tree. It was apparent that the shock of lightning had killed him tho the bolt of lightning had not struck him but had shattered the tree. His watch was still running.
Roy Featherby when called was in the bright flush of youth, was but 21 years, 3 months and 9 days of age. Of a bright and pleasant nature, he made many friends. Altho a young man he was appointed foreman of the ranch on which he worked.
Only a few weeks before Mrs. Hullinger was down for a short visit with the young people and a more happy couple never lived. The heartfelt sympathy of the entire community here goes out to the young widow in her sad loss coming so early in life when everything seems at its brightest and best.
P. E. Featherby, the father of the deceased, came here from Hutchinson, Kans., to be present at his son's funeral. A number of relatives reside in Kansas. – Glenwood Opinion

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, July 10, 1906
The young man whose sad death is chronicled in another column of this paper was formerly a resident of Taylor county. His father resided for about fourteen years in Gay township and it was there that most of Roy's boyhood days were spent. They left here about six years ago, but still have many friends in this vicinity who will learn with regret of the sad accident which ended a young life just in the springtime of his usefulness.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, July 24, 1906
Wife and Mother Called
Mrs. William Flick died this morning at 9:30 o'clock at her home a mile south of Platteville. She had been ill for a long time and her death was not entirely unexpected, her friends having known for weeks that she could never again recover her health.
The deceased was about 60 years of age and was one of the old settlers of Taylor county, this having been her home nearly all her life. Her maiden name was Miss Elsia [Elsie] Warner [Warriner].
For many years she and her husband, William Flick, have resided on the same farm where death found her and she was known to nearly everyone in that part of the county.
She leaves to mourn her, her husband and two sons; James, who is now living at Chelan, Washington and George, who is still at home. She was a kind and affectionate mother, a loving wife, an accommodating neighbor and a true friend and her death brings sorrow to the hearts of all who knew her.
The funeral will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, conducted by Rev. Prewitt. Interment will be made at Platteville cemetery.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 26, 1906
The funeral of Mrs. Wm. Flick was held at the home in Jefferson township, Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. Prewitt. The deceased was one of the old settlers in that community and was highly respected by all. The attendance at the funeral was extremely large. Interment was made at Platteville cemetery.

Lincoln Daily Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), Wednesday, August 22, 1906
Mrs. Elizabeth Fry, aged 72 years, died at her home in Seward, Neb., yesterday afternoon. She leaves five children. The body was taken his afternoon to Blockton, Ia., for burial.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 23, 1906
Died in Nebraska
Mrs. Elizabeth Frye, more affectionately known to her hundreds of friends as Aunt Lizzie, died at the home of her daughter in Butler county, Nebraska, Tuesday afternoon. Her remains were brought to Blockton arriving there last night and the funeral occurred today.
Mrs. Frye is the wife of Henry Frye who died a few years ago at Blockton. For a great many years, they lived in Missouri, about seven miles southeast of Blockton but moved to the last named place some eight or ten years ago. Several children survive her.
[Note: Her married name is spelled Fry on her headstone.]

Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, August 22, 1906, p. 1
Jacob Heller was born in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, September 6, 1837, and died at his home in Nodaway, Iowa, August 16, 1906, aged 69 years, 9 months and 10 days.
When a lad of six years, Mr. Heller's parents moved to Crawford county, Ohio, making the trip overland. Here the family camped under a large oak tree in the midst of a dense forest while the father and two neighbors erected a log cabin. Here the parents resided until the time of the death of the father at a ripe old age, and here the subject of this sketch was raised. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in Company C, Forty-ninth Ohio infantry volunteers, and served about three years, participating in many of the great battles of the rebellion, among them Pittsburg Landing, Stone River and Chickamauga, being wounded at the last named place. At the close of the war he returned to Crawford county, and later, removed to Ogle county, Illinois. In 1871 he settled on a farm in Adams county, and has resided here until the time of his death. November 23, 1868, Mr. Heller was married to Miss Lydia Heller, of Ogle county, Illinois, and to them were born seven children, three dying in infancy. The four surviving are Martha Ellen, Emma Jane, John Franklin and Mary Laura.
Mr. Heller was injured in a cyclone August 1, 1906, while in the home of his daughter in South Dakota. At first the injuries were not thought to be serious, and for several days he gained strength; but later it was deemed wise to bring him home, where he arrived just a few hours previous to his death. He was well known in the vicinity of Nodaway, where he had resided for over thirty-five years. The funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church, of which deceased was a member, by Rev; J. E Coe, on Saturday of last week, under the auspices of the G. A.R. and W. R. C, the Grand Army burial ceremony being used at the grave. A large concourse, of people attended the funeral.

Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, August 22, 1906
NODAWAY – Jacob Heller, who was seriously hurt in a tornado at Cavite, South Dakota, was brought to his home here on No. 4 Thursday, accompanied by his daughters, Misses Laura and Emma and Dr. Winters of that place. He could not speak after he reached home. He fell asleep in Jesus early that evening. Mr. Heller was born in Pennsylvania in 1837 and was aged 69 years, 7 months and 10 days. He leaves a wife, three daughters, Mrs. Frank Parcher, Miss Laura and Miss Emma; and one son, Frank. They all are at home except Mrs. Parcher. Mrs. Heller and children lose an affectionate and loving husband and father. Mr. Heller was a member of the M. E. church of Nodaway. The funeral was held at the M. E. church Saturday at 3 o'clock conducted by Rev. Coe. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. We mention one given by the Post, of which he was a member, which gave testimony to the high place held by Comrade Heller in the love and esteem of his comrades. The old soldiers turned out in large numbers to his funeral and from them the pallbearers were chosen. The remains were laid to rest in the Nodaway cemetery.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, August 28, 1906
The following news item from the Corning Union Republican tells of the death of a good citizen who was well known in the north part of the county and also furnishes another good argument why Iowa is the best state in the Union to live in.
J. [acob] B. [enjamin] Heller, a former citizen of Nodaway was severely injured in a cyclone at Cavite, South Dakota. His daughters accompanied by a physician brought him to Nodaway where he died from the effects of the injuries received. The funeral services were held on Saturday of last week. Mr. Heller's house was blown down upon him during a storm. He had only recently gone to that country in the hope of making a home.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 26, 1906
Sad News
Howard Hensley received a telegram from Blandinsville, Ills., containing the sad news of the death of his oldest brother, Byers Hensley of that place at 7 o'clock this morning. The deceased was a man of 71 years of age and had lived at Blandinsville for over 40 years.
A sister of the deceased resides at Maryville. Howard Hensley will leave for the former home of his brother on the 9:20 train tonight.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, May 15, 1906
Death Claims Hursel Hindman
Hursel Hobart Hindman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Hindman of Bedford, died at the home of his parents Sunday afternoon at 2:45 o'clock, age 9 years, 9 months and 22 days.
Hursel had been sick for nine weeks with rheumatism, suffering intensely nearly all the time. He bore the pain with fortitude, but the long enduring agony was too much for his young body to withstand. God in His infinite wisdom and mercy called and his spirit, undefiled by contact with the rough world of the more mature, fled to join his brother gone before.
Two children are left to Mr. and Mrs. Hindman. Their eldest son having died some years ago, and now they are sorrowing for their next born. The sympathy of all who know them is with them in this their hour of affliction.
The funeral services were held at the home this afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. Jones. The floral offerings were very beautiful and among those present were many children who had come to look for the last time at the face of their little comrade and friend.
Hursel was a pupil in Miss Carr's room and in his class there were just seven and the six who still remain acted as pall bearers and bore all that was mortal of their former school mate to his last resting place in Fairview cemetery.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 17, 1906
Little Hursel Hindman Dead
After long weeks of suffering the soul of little Hursel Hindman returned to its Maker about 2:45 Sunday afternoon.
Hursel Hobart Hindman was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Hindman and would have been ten years of age next July. About two months ago rheumatism seized the little fellow and while he withstood its ravages and pain like little major, the frail body, but strong will was forced to succumb. In all the sufferings incident to his illness he retained his cheerful and uncomplaining disposition and when the final summons came it found the pure and innocent soul prepared to leave its little pain racked body for a higher and brighter world.
In his school work he was advanced and was a bright and lovable scholar. Among his little playmates he was a favorite. At Sunday School he was usually found in his class where also he was a prime favorite. In his class at school there were seven boys and the remaining six acted as pall bearers to their companion. They were Masters Rex Moody, Earl Fuller, Frank Cabbage, Arthur Miles, Moseley Dressler and Chas. Parmenter.
The funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev, Jones. School in the room which he attended, taught by Miss Isa Carr, was dismissed and all attended in a body as did also his Sunday School class. Among the many beautiful floral offerings was one from his class.
Hursel was a ray of sunshine in the home and a source of pride and comfort to the parents and his death will always leave an aching void in the hearts of these fond parents, realized only by those who have been called upon to give up their little treasures. These parents and the two little brothers remaining, as well as other relatives, have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa), Monday, April 22, 1940
Mrs. Johnston Is Dead at 86
Mrs. Martha A. [nn] Johnston, 86, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. W. H. McCartney, 2028 Ninth St., Sunday night after a four-day illness.
Mrs. Johnston was born near Crawfordsville, Ia. She lived in Iowa her entire lifetime with the exception of four years spent in Colorado. She came to Des Moines 31 years ago and had made her home with her daughter since.
She was a member of Westminster United Presbyterian church. Mrs. Johnston was the widow of Samuel A. [lexander] Johnston. Besides Mrs. McCartney she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. May Gergusen of Oak Park, Ill.; a son, Harry L. Johnston of Ames, Ia.; two brothers, R. S. Hawthorne, Neola, Ia. and John M. Hawthorne, Upland, Cal.
Services will be at the Harbach Funeral home at 8 p. m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Clearfield, Ia, Wednesday morning.

Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa), Tuesday, April 23, 1940
JOHNSTON – Mrs. Martha A. Johnston passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dr. W. H. McCartney, 2028 9th St., Sunday. Services will be held at the Harbach Funeral Home Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock. Interment Clearfield, Iowa. Wednesday at 10 a. m.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, July 17, 1906
A Young Life Ended
Alma Fay Key, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Key, died at their home in Sharps, Ia., July 14.
Funeral services was conducted from the Church of Christ at Blue Grove by the minister, J. D. Corbitt.
The body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. Many sympathizing friends and neighbors attended the services, showing their sympathy in many floral offerings.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 25, 1950
SHARPSBURG – Former Resident Dies
John Key received word last week of the death of his uncle, Charlie Key of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Key was a resident of the Sharpsburg community 45 years ago. He was the first rural mail carrier out of Sharpsburg. Mr. Key was unable to attend his brother's funeral.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 9 1906
Obituary – Don W. Lamaster was born in Lewiston, Fulton County, Illinois, June 14, 1887 and died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lamaster, six miles northwest of Parnell, Missouri, on August 2, 1906; aged 19 years, 1 month and 19 days.
He was a bright and intelligent young man and counted his friends by his acquaintances; as those who knew him had nothing but words of respect to offer.
It is sad for one just entering manhood, with the brightest of prospects before him, to be taken from the midst of their loved ones; but we have the blessed promise of reunion on the other shore.
While working in Nebraska last summer, he contracted that dread disease, consumption and gradually grew weaker until at one o'clock in the afternoon of Thursday of last week his spirit passed to the great beyond. His parents and his brothers and sisters were at his bedside.
He leaves a father, mother, five sisters and three brothers and a host of friends to mourn his early [departure].
The funeral services were conducted at the residence at 3 p. m. by the Rev. A. D. Seelig, Presbyterian minister of Grant City, Missouri. Interment was in Bethel cemetery.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 16, 1906
Obituary of Don W. Lamaster
Don W. Lamaster, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. [obert] E. [rwin] Lamaster, was born in Lewiston, Fulton county, Ill., June 14, 1887, and died at his home eight miles west of Grant City, August 2, 1906, aged a little over 19 years. He was a bright cheerful boy and made home happy and all his friends and associates loved him because of his cheerful and high-spirited life. He was a noble young fellow who aspired to be a man in every sense of the world.
There were ten children in this family, five girls and five boys, one son died 19 years ago, which now leaves five daughters and three sons.
Don was in Nebraska last year and while there became ill and gradually grew worse till his death. Don comes of a family who are widely honored.
The funeral was held from the house at three o'clock p. m. August 3, 1906, by the Rev. A. D. Seeling, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Grant City and the body was laid to rest in the Bethel cemetery. – Grant City Star.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 14, 1906
A Young Life Ended
A message has just been received telling of the death of Miss Susie McMahill, on yesterday afternoon, at the home of her parents, in Osborn, Mo.
The deceased is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McMahill, who lived for many years in this vicinity, moving to Osborn, Mo., only a year or so ago. It was here that the greatest part of Miss McMahill's life was spent and there are hundreds of friends in Bedford who will mourn her untimely death.

A few weeks ago, Miss McMahill was visiting relatives and friends here and was taken ill and was very sick when she was taken home. Typhoid fever developed and she grew steadily worse, until it became evident the end was near. Her relatives here were notified and several went to Osborn and were by her side when death came.
It was at first intended to bring the body to Bedford, but later advices state that it has been decided to have the interment there. Rev. Jones leaves this evening for Osborn to conduct the funeral which will occur at 3 p. m. tomorrow.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, June 19, 1906
Obituary – Susie B. McMahill was born in Taylor Co., Iowa, Nov. 17, 1886. She was converted and united with the Baptist church, Bedford, Ia. in 1900. The family moved to Osborn, Mo., in Nov. 1904, occupying the beautiful home one and a half miles south of Osborn. Here Susie's life was busy and happy when she was so enthusiastically engaged in church work, having two offices, organist and teacher.
About 4 weeks since, Susie and her sister Alma came to Bedford for a visit among friends and relatives. While on this visit and at the home of Mathew McMahill, her uncle, Susie was taken ill. She was removed to her home, but all that skill and nursing could do was unavailing.
On Wednesday, June 13, at 6 p. m. her spirit went home to God. She was reconciled and just before here death exclaimed, "Grandpa is calling for me. I must go."
Her devoted Christian life among the people of Osborn had made for her a host of friends and these vied with each other in loving ministries during her affliction. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McMahill, three brothers and one sister survive her.
The funeral services were held at the home by her pastor, C. F. D. Arnold and A. I. Jones, in the presence of an extremely large congregation of people who had gathered from town and all parts of the country to pay their tributes of respect and extend sympathy.
After the funeral the remains were laid to rest in Osborn cemetery.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 5, 1906
Death of A. J. McMurtry
A. [ndrew] J. [ackson] McMurtry died at the home of his son Roy in Sargent, Nebr., at 4:15 p. m. Saturday, March 24, 1906, aged 71 years, 12 days. The deceased was born in Knox Co., Ill., March 12, 1835. He moved from Illinois to Taylor county, Iowa in 1875 and from there to Nebraska in 1887, where he made his home until the time of his death. He was a member of the Masonic lodge. He was married in Illinois June 4, 1857, to Ruth Champion. To this union were born twelve children, seven boys and five girls. Those living are—Mrs. D. [elbert] C. Jared of Bedford, Iowa; Mrs. C. [harles] F. [remont] McMahill of Osborn, Mo.; R. [euben] F. [rederick] McMurtry of Broken Bow, Nebr.; J. [ames] L. [evi] of Comstock, Neb.; Mrs. Luther Pickett of Overton, Neb.; Mrs. Hettie McClure of Sargent, Neb.; Low [Lon], of Callaway and Roy at whose home his father died. Mrs. McMurtry died in 1899.
The funeral services were held in Henderson, Ill., March 27, 1906. Interment made in the Rice Cemetery.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 22, 1906
--M. M. Hamilton of Clearfield came across to Lenox last night to meet his brother, J. K. Hamilton, who had been to Bedford attending the funeral of an old acquaintance. He had expected to visit at the county seat for a few days, but a telegram was received yesterday from Peoria, Ill., stating that Robert Piner, a brother-in-law of the Hamilton's had died very suddenly at his home in that city. He came home from Bedford and will go at once to Peoria. – Lenox New Times.

Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, March 27, 1969
Carl Raper died in vet hospital
Car L [eslie] Raper, a long-time resident of the New Market and Clarinda communities, passed away at the veterans Hospital at Long Beach, California on March 21, 1969. He was the son of Richard A[ustin] and Spedie E (Powell) Raper and was born in Doddsville, Schuyler county [?], Ill. Five boys and five girls were in the family.
Carl moved with his parents to Iowa in 1902 and was in the vicinity of New Market and Clarinda until he moved to California in 1942. He was a veteran of World War I. Two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Jeter of Murray and Mrs. Grace Cooper of Council Bluffs, and a brother, Alonzo of Alpine, Calif. are survivors.
Graveyard services were conducted at the Dallas Center cemetery north of New Market on Wednesday with preacher James Epperson of the Church of Christ of Murray in charge. Casket bearers were Fred Bryson, Bill Hawhee, Harold Penwell, Charles Jeter, Elvin Wells and R R Watson.

Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, March 27, 1969
DALLAS TWP, March 21 -- Graveside services were held at Dallas Center Wednesday for Carl Raper, 75, who died at his home in Long Beach, Calif. Mr. Raper was a brother of Mrs Will (Mary) Penwell. The Penwells were former residents of Dallas.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, March 8, 1951
Charles Raper Dies
Charles Raper, who had been making his home with his sister, Mrs. Wm. Penwell on west Third street, died there at 11 p. m. Monday. Tentative arrangements for the funeral are set for Friday at 2 p. m. at the Sutphen funeral home, with the Rev. L. H. Athy in charge. Interment will be in the Dallas Center cemetery north of New Market.

Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, March 12, 1951
Charles Raper Buried Friday in Cemetery Near New Market
Charles Raper of Villisca, who was reared in the New Market vicinity, died on Monday of last week and burial was in the Dallas cemetery north of New Market on Friday afternoon. He had lived at Superior, Wisc., for nearly a third of a century and came to Villisca about 12 years ago and has been living with his sister, Mrs. William Penwell at Villisca.
Alonzo Raper of Clarinda is a brother, also Richard Jasper Raper of Seattle, Wash, Pearl Jetter [Jeter] of Murray, Ia. and Grace Cooper of Council Bluffs, all of whom were able to attend the funeral and Carl and Fred Raper of San Diego who were unable to come back.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, March 15, 1951
Charles E. Raper – Funeral services for Charles E. Raper, 74, were held Friday at 2 p. m. in the Sutphen funeral home conducted by the Rev. L. H. Athey.
The singing was by Mrs. Helen Penwell, accompanied by Mrs. Grace Nordyke and in charge of the flowers were Margaret Renaud and Opal Cerven. The pallbearers were Chas. Jeter, Franklin Jeter, Jimmie Cooper, Herbert Cooper, Harold Penwell and Harold Elliott and interment was in the Dallas Center cemetery north of New Market.
Charles Elsworth Raper, the first child of Richard Austin and Spedie Raper, was born in Taylor county, Iowa, March 8th, 1876, and died at the home of his sister, Mrs. William Penwell in Villisca Monday, March 5, 1951.
When a young man he moved to Superior, Wis., where he made his home until 11 years ago when he came to his sister's home where he lived until the time of his death.
In 1919 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Marie Hendrickson of Superior, Wis., who preceded him in death in 1937. His parents, one brother and two sisters also preceded him in death.
Late in life he became a member of the First Methodist church in Villisca. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Superior.
He leaves three sisters, Mrs. Wm. Penwell, Villisca, Mrs. Grace Cooper, Council Bluffs and Mrs. Pearl Jeter of Murray; four brothers, A. [lonzo] M. [onroe] Raper, Clarinda, C. [arl] L. [eslie] and L. [ewis] F.[redrick] Raper, both of San Diego, Calif., and R. [ichard] J. [asper] Raper of Seattle, Wash.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, March 15, 1951
Here to attend the funeral of Charles E. [lsworth] Raper held Friday afternoon were R. [ichard] J.[asper]  Raper, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. R. R. Watson, Sheffield, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Raper and son Morton, Des Moines, Mrs. Grace Cooper and son James, Council Bluffs; Mr. and Mrs. Cleldon Renaud, Oakland, Lon Raper, Dillie Shum and Max, Mrs. Nellie Wickersham, Clarinda; Mrs. Pearl Jeter and two boys, Murry, Howard Jeter, Fort Riley, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Wells, Harold Eliott, Jake Wells, New Market, Mrs. Everett Bryson, Fontanelle; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hawhee, Mrs. John Weakley, Keith Powell, Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Penwell, Farragut.

Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, December 11, 1930
Frank Raper, a pioneer resident of Dallas, passed away at the home of his son, Fred, in Des Moines Saturday, November 29, 1930, aged 89 years, 6 months and 20 days. His funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Christian church in New Market; interment was at Dallas Center. Henry Frank Raper was born in North Carolina and when 12 years of age he moved with his parents to a large farm near Doddsville, Illinois. They cleared and improved the farm and it is still owned by the family. August 2, 1861, he enlisted in the Union army and served four years. He was honorably discharged April 15, 1866. He came to Dallas township in 1868 and was employed on the Lewis Powell farm now the W. E. McAlpin farm. December 23, 1880, he was united in marriage to Miss Ida Powell. To this union two children were born, Rosie, who died in infancy and Lewis Fred, who has been in the employ of the Meredith Publishing company the last twelve years. His wife preceded him in death April 14, 1898. He was the oldest of twelve children. He is survived by his son, Fred, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and four brothers. A large number of relatives and friends attended the funeral. Mr. Raper was a kind husband and father and a good neighbor. A host of friends extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, September 25, 1906
Austin Raper Meets His Death at New Market, Sunday
Austin Raper, an old resident of New Market was killed at that place by the train Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
Raper was killed just west of the depot. He was going from town, walking along the end of the ties when he was struck by an east bound, double header, freight train. The engineer had whistled off brakes, intending not to stop at the depot. He apparently saw Raper but thought he would step off the track in time. As the train came nearer, the engineer whistled again, and then seeing that Raper was not going to leave the track, he whistled for brakes and threw on the air. It was too late however; the engine struck the man, threw him from the track and injured him so badly he died within a few moments.
The deceased has resided in New Market for some years. He was married and leaves a wife and several children. He is very hard of hearing and did not hear the approaching train and walking with his head down did not see it until he was struck.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 27, 1906
Austin Raper Killed by Train
Austin Raper, a resident of New Market, was struck by a train Sunday afternoon and died shortly after from the injuries he sustained.
The deceased was quite deaf and as he walked along the track near the depot it is presumed he failed to hear the danger signal sounded. He leaves a wife and family and the shock has been a serious one to them.

Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Friday, September 28, 1906
Richard Austin Raper was born in 1852 and died Sunday, Sept. 23, 1906, age 53 years, 11 months and 25 days. Mr. Raper was born in the state of Illinois where he lived until about twenty years old, when he moved to Iowa, where he met and was married to Miss Spedie Powell, Feb. 15, 1877, to which union eleven children were born, all of whom were alive at the time of his death. He was not a member of any church but had made covenant with the Advent church in Hawleyville about 1889. About 1893 he removed his family to Illinois where he lived until about a year ago, when he again removed to Iowa for his health, being in very poor health and almost entirely deaf. His death was caused from being struck by a railroad train after which he only lived about ten minutes. Funeral services were conducted at the home in New Market, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1906 at 2 p. m., by Rev. P. Lunsford, after which interment was made in the Dallas Center cemetery.

Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, July 19, 1954
Former Clarinda Printer Died Sunday at Seattle, Wash
Jasper Raper, 56, who was formerly a printer in Clarinda and New Market, died Sunday at Seattle, Wash, where he had been a linotype operator for many years.
He is survived by his wife and six children, also three sisters, Mrs Pearl Jeters of Murray, Mrs Grace Cooper of Council Bluffs and Mrs Mary Penwell of Villisca and three brothers, Lon of Clarinda, Fred and Carl of San Diego, Calif.

Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, January 14, 1915
Mr. Ray [Roy] Raper died at the home of his uncle at New Market last Saturday evening, the funeral was held at the home Monday and the remains were interred in the Dallas Cemetery.

Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, January 14, 1915
Roy G. Raper – Roy G. Raper, son of Mrs. R. A. Raper of Clarinda, died at the home of his uncle, Henry F. Raper, in New Market, Saturday, Jan. 9, 1915, from the effects of a gunshot wound received on the 4th inst. He was born in Taylor county, Ia., May 30, 1886. When a small boy he moved with his parents to Doddsville, Ill., where he lived for about ten years, when the family returned to Taylor county, Ia., since which time he has made his home in New Market. He is survived by a widowed mother, fiver brothers and five sisters. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Jan. 11, at the Christian church, New Market, conducted by the pastor; interment in Dallas Center cemetery, beside his father, who died about nine years ago.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Saturday, January 16, 1915
Roy Raper Dies

Succumbs at Uncle's Home After Lingering for Days With Wounds
Roy Raper, the former Villisca boy who shot himself in the face and head on Monday of last week, died this week at the home of his uncle, Frank Raper, at New Market. The young man's case was considered remarkable and his attending physicians are puzzled as to how he remained alive so long with such terrible wounds. The funeral services were held at the Christian church in New Market, conducted by Rev. F. T. Carter, after which the body was interred in the Dallas Center cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. William Penwell and Mrs. A. B. Ross of this city, and Elvin Powell of Nodaway, relatives of the deceased, attended the services.
More details concerning the causes leading up to the young man's suicide have been learned. He had been acting peculiar for several days before the tragedy and there was little doubt but what his mind was affected. He had received a stroke on the head by some means which might be attributed as the cause of his derangement. On the afternoon of the shooting he was at the home of his uncle and a number of the family were sitting at the table in the kitchen when Roy made the remark, "There will be something doing mighty quick," and jumped up and ran into the bedroom. He grabbed the loaded shotgun and had discharged the contents into his head and face before his uncle could reach him.
Besides his mother he has five brothers and five sisters to mourn his untimely death, as well as a large number of distant relatives.

Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 24, 1945
Mrs. Edie Raper, Nodaway, Dies Tuesday, Age 87
Mrs Edie Raper passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs Will Penwell, Nodaway, Iowa, Tuesday at 2:30 a m. She was 87 years old. Funeral services will be held at the Christian Church in New Market Thursday at 2 p m.

Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, June 18, 1945
Spedie E Raper – Spedie E [die] Raper, more familiarly called Edie, was born November 6, 1857, the daughter of Lewis and Mary Powell, in Elmo, Michigan, and passed away May 22, 1945, at the age of 87 years, 6 months and 16 days. During the past ten years she had made her home with daughter, Mrs Mary Penwell, at Guss, Iowa.
Mrs Raper left Michigan at the age of 11 years with her parents, coming by train to Afton and on to Hawleyville with a team, where she lived in a house built by her father. It is now known as the William McAlpin farm. Her life was spent in this part of the state with the exception of ten years in Doddsville, Illinois.
She was married to Richard Austin Raper in 1875 who passed away in 1907 [1906]. To Mr and Mrs Raper eleven children were born. Those living are Charley E [lsworth] Raper and Mrs Mary C[aroline] Penwell, both of Guss, Alonzo Raper of Clarinda, Mrs Grace Cooper of Council Bluffs, Mrs Pearl Jeter of Murray, Iowa, Carl Raper of San Diego, Calif., Jasper Raper of Ft Angeles, Wash, and Fred Raper, formerly of San Diego, Calif, but now in the service of the United States and stationed in the Pacific.
The three children deceased are Mrs Stella Elliott, Mrs Dora Ley, and Roy Raper. Mrs Raper was the last of a family of eight children.
Besides her eight children she leaves 31 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.
Since youth she has been a member of the Christian Church.
The funeral service was conducted by Ellsworth L Woods at the New Market Christian Church on Thursday, May 24, 1945, at two o'clock. Music was provided by Mrs LaVern Fuller and Mrs Robert Malcolm accompanied by Mrs Bessie Godfrey. Interment was in the Dallas Center cemetery. Casket bearers were Harold, Ivan and Dean Elliott, Elvin Wells, Fred and Lon Raper.
Relatives and friends from out of town attending the funeral were Mrs Pearl Jeter and son Franklin of Murray, Mr and Mrs Fred Raper, Mrs Merle Raper and family of Des Moines, Hazel McAlister, Bedford, Letha Carmichael, Villisca, Mable Hawhee and Gary, Bedford, Belva Bryson, Villisca, Harold Cervene, Stanton, Margaret Renaud and children, Council Bluffs, Mrs C A Penwell and Mrs Eva Penwell, Villisca, Ivan Eliot, Kansas City, Mrs. Albert Cooper, Clarinda, Mrs Mary McBain and daughter Lois, Cedar Falls, Mrs V L Hutchenson and daughter, Mary McNutt, Kansas City, Mo, Mrs Floyd Roe and daughter Geraldine of Mt Ayr.
Mr and Mrs Frank Ley and two children and Mary Lou Robertson of Collinsville, Ill, arrived too late for the funeral.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 17, 1906
A Mother in Israel Gone
An old citizen of Taylor county passed away. On May 11th, 1906, at her home in Grant township, Taylor county, after a sickness of some five weeks, Mrs. M. [ilton] H. [awkins] Sellers [Seller] passed to her Eternal Home. She was born in Fancy Hill, Va., July 3d, 1829. Her maiden name was Sarah Jane Leach. In 1851 she was married to her now bereaved husband, with whom she lived in happy blissful married life for more than 55 years. From this union there were born nine children, 6 boys and 3 girls, all of whom survive the mother.
For 26 years after her marriage they lived in Putnam county, Indiana, near Green Castle, from which place they came to Iowa and settled in Grant township on the farm where she died.
Soon after her marriage she was converted and with her husband united with the M. E. Church, in which communion she lived for more than 50 years, an earnest, constant, devoted Christian to the day of her death.
The funeral took place from her late home Sunday at 10 a. m., May 13th, and was attended by a large number of her old neighbors and friends. The sermon was by the Rev. A. J. Coe and her body was laid to rest in the Clearfield cemetery.
[Note: The last name is Seller on the family headstone.]

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, September 4, 1906
On a Sad Errand
David Baily and son Charles H. left here on the noon train Friday for Marne, Iowa, where they were called by a message telling of the death of Mr. David Bailey's sister, Mrs. Emma Shaw, which occurred Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock.
The deceased was 76 years of age and the mother of two children both grown to maturity. For two years she has been failing but only during the past three weeks has her health been so poorly as to alarm her friends.
Mrs. Shaw has never lived in this vicinity but has visited here and is known to many people in Bedford.
The funeral occurred at 2 p. m. Saturday.

Atlantic Daily Telegraph (Atlantic, Iowa), Thursday, September 6, 1906
Emma E. Bailey was born in Pennsylvania, Nov. 22, 1830. Her parents moved to Columbiana county, Ohio when she was a child. In 1852 they again moved to Cedar county, Iowa. May 5, 1856 she was married to Joseph Shaw in Iowa City. They lived in Cedar county until 1857 when they started for the West. They lived about five years in Nebraska and Kansas, returning to Cedar county in 1862. In 1875 they moved to Cass county and have lived in Marne and vicinity since. Mrs. Shaw was raised a Quaker. She professed Christ when young and at the time of her death was a member of the M. E. church of Marne. She was of a family of nine children, eight brothers, she being the only girl. Two of the brothers are now living, who were both at the funeral, David Bailey of Bedford, Iowa and Philip Bailey of West Liberty, Iowa. She leaves a husband and two children, Mrs. Bills, at whose home she died and Alonzo Shaw of Greenfield, who was at the funeral. Two children having died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw celebrated their golden wedding May 5, 1906. Mrs. Shaw departed from this life and entered upon a better on the night of the 30th of August 1906 and was laid to rest in the Marne cemetery on Saturday Sept. 1. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church of Marne, Rev. Dr. Carpenter, assisted by Rev. Mr. Geddes, officiating.

Atlantic Daily Telegraph (Atlantic, Iowa), Thursday, September 6, 1906
MARNE - Mrs. Joseph Shaw died Friday morning at one o'clock. The funeral services took place Saturday at two o'clock. A large number of friends gathered to pay their last respects to the dead for Mrs. Shaw was known and respected by all the people of Marne and vicinity.
Lon Shaw of Greenfield was here a few days of last week. He came to attend his mother's funeral.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 6, 1906
Called by Death
David Bailey and son Charles H. returned Monday from Marne, Ia., where they had been attending the funeral of the senior gentleman's sister, Mrs. Emma Shaw, which occurred Saturday at 2 p. m. o'clock.
The deceased was about 77 years old and was known to a good [many?] in Taylor county, having made frequent visits here.

Muscatine Journal (Muscatine, Iowa), Monday, June 4, 1906
The death of Mrs. Caroline Singleton occurred Saturday evening at 8:30 at the home of her son George Singleton of North Prairie, No. 1. Mrs. Singleton has not been in good health for several months, being a sufferer from heart trouble and other complications. The funeral services were held from the house this morning at 10 o'clock with interment at Oakridge.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, June 5, 1906
Death of Mrs. Singleton
Mrs. Scott Alcorn received a telegram Saturday night telling the death of her mother, Mrs. C.[aroline] L. [ouise] Singleton, of West Liberty, Iowa. Mrs. Singleton has been an invalid for a long time and some weeks ago was taken so seriously ill that Mrs. Alcorn was summoned. For many days she hung between life and death but eventually rallied and it was thought by the doctors that while she could never recover, she might live for months. She lived, however, for only one week, dying at 8 p. m. Saturday.

Muscatine Journal (Muscatine, Iowa), Wednesday, June 6, 1906
West Liberty, Ia., June 6. – Mrs. Caroline Singleton died Saturday, June 2, at the home of her son, George Singleton, North Prairie, after a long illness. Mrs. Singleton was born at Hartford, Conn., in 1838. Her maiden name was Caroline Tinney [Pinney]; in her youth she came to Iowa City. There she was married to John T. [homas] Singleton in 1857 and has been a resident here for a number of years. In 1887 she became a member of the Christian church. She leaves four sons and two daughters. [Mrs.] C.[lay] C.[rittenden] Singleton and Mrs. Scott Alcorn of Bedford, Ia.; H. [enry] W., of Minala, S. D.; J.[ames] P.[inney] and G. [eorge] A. [nson] of West Liberty and also Mrs. Bert Chase of this place. The funeral services were held from the house. Rev. F. W. Collins had charge of the services. Interment was at Oakridge. The pall bearers were Messrs. H. Duple, Phin. Schooley, A. F. Brown, Cass Milhone, Sam McLaughlin and John Freshwater. Music was furnished by Mrs. V. R. Lane, Miss Hazel Hindee, Archie Ditmars and F. W. Collins.

Iowa City Press-Citizen (Iowa City, Iowa), Friday, June 9, 1944
George A. Singleton Services Saturday
Funeral services for George A. [nson] Singleton will be held Saturday in the Oathout funeral chapel at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Raymond Ludwigson of the Christian church in charge. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery and the Iowa City Odd Fellow lodge will conduct graveside services.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 19, 1906
Death of Grotius Udel
Grotius N. Udel[l], who many years ago resided in Bedford and who for some time was editor of the old Argus, died at Centerville Monday at 8 a. m.
Udel[l] was a brilliant man and withal something of an odd genius and in his day was well known in Taylor county. He was a veteran of the civil war and was shot seven times at the battle of Shiloh. He has been an invalid for forty years.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 2, 1906
Mrs. James Whiffin has been in the city for several days, a guest at the home of her brother, Ben Shannon. While here she made arrangements for the removal of the body of her child, which died in infancy, from the cemetery here to Kansas City. The body was removed from the grave Tuesday and although thirty-three years have elapsed since burial the coffin was in a fair state of preservation. Mr. and Mrs. Whiffin have had a vault built at Kansas City and in this the body of the child will be laid, beside that of a son who died two years ago.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 18, 1906
Devillo Eber White – Son of Mrs. Emma White, of South Park, died at the family residence Saturday evening, September 15th. He was born in Bedford, Iowa, October 10th, 1885.
Deceased has been a resident of South Park for thirteen years and was not only highly respected but was greatly beloved by his many friends.
He was devoted to his mother and was exceedingly affable and pleasant with all. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble, which was the final cause of his death. Eber, as he was called, was one of four boys in the home—two of whom, together with the father, had preceded him to the great beyond, where now the father and three boys await the coming of the mother, the one remaining brother and the many relatives and friends left to mourn their going.
The funeral was unusually large and was from the home, Monday, September 17th, Rev. V. C. Evers pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. The burial ceremony was conducted by the Fraternal Brothers, of which order he was a member. – Georgetown-South            Park Gazette.


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, April 17, 1906
Death of Mrs. Worth
Mrs. Alice Worth died Saturday at her home at Whitesville, Mo., after an illness extending over a period of eight weeks. Mrs. Worth is the sister of W. T. Bruner of Bedford, J. W. Bruner of Ashland, Oregon and Frank Bruner of Ottawa, Kansas. Her only sister and her mother, Mrs. K. H. Bruner reside at North Henderson, Ills. All the above except the brother, J. W., were present at the funeral which occurred at 11 a. m. Monday.