Obituaries
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[ADAMS, DELLA AMANDA]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 3, 1918
Miss Mary Adams of Des Moines, who was visiting at the home of her aunt, Mrs. M. C. Sharp, was called to Rolla, Missouri, Saturday by the death of her sister, Miss Della Adams.

[ADAMS, DELLA AMANDA]
Rolla Herald Democrat (Rolla, Missouri), Thursday, January 3, 1918
Miss Della Adams - It was sad news to many friends in Rolla to hear of the death of Miss Della Adams, which occurred Friday afternoon, December 26th, 1917.
Miss Della Amanda Adams was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. [tephen] N. [olan] Adams of this city. She was born at Petersville, Ill., April 29th, 1895, making her at the time of death 22 years, 7 months and 29 days old. She came with her parents to Rolla several years ago. She graduated from Rolla High School and during the past two years she has been stenographer at the real estate office of B. H. Rucker.
Miss Adams was a young lady of highest character, faithful and unassuming.
Rev. C. R. Wilson, of the Presbyterian Church, conducted funeral services from the family residence on Saturday and interment took place at Rolla Cemetery.




[BEADLE, OCTAVIA ELIZABETH RUSSELL]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 10, 1918
Octava Elizabeth Russell was born in the state of Maine Feb. 3, 1842 and departed this life Jan. 1, 1918, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. R. Dennison near Athelstan, aged 75 years, 10 months and 29 days. About one year ago she was stricken with paralysis, rendering her almost helpless, in which condition she remained till the time of her death.
She was united in marriage to A. B. Beadle in March 1881. To this union two daughters were born, Mrs. Katie Dennison of Athelstan and Mrs. Nellie Tuckson, of Doniphan, Neb. Besides these she leaves to mourn her loss a husband, one brother and also two children by a former marriage, Susan Hoffman of Wyoming and Elmer Russell of Nebraska.
When quite young she united with the United Brethren church and after going west she placed her membership in the M. E. church of Keystone, Neb. where she resided until about two and one-half months ago.
The funeral was conducted from the Baptist church of Athelstan Thursday, Jan. 3, by Challie E. Graham, after which the remains were interred in the cemetery at the same place.
The friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved ones and wish for them that comfort and hope which comes from a firm trust in a tender loving Saviour.
[Note: The first name is spelled Octavia on her Missouri State Death Certificate.]


[BLEDSOE, THOMAS MANLEY, 1822 - 1918]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 13, 1918
Eli Thompson has returned from Van Wert where he attended the funeral of Mrs. Thompson's father, Thomas Bledso, who had reached the advanced age of 96 years at the time of his death. Ben Bledso, of Edgbert, Wyoming and Thomas Bledso, of Barnes, Kansas, brothers of Mrs. Thompson, accompanied Mr. Thompson home for a short visit.
[Note: The last name is spelled Bledsoe on his headstone.]

[BOWERS, JARETTA GAIL]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, December 27, 1917
On Wednesday, Dec. [19] 1917, death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elza Bowers and called away their infant daughter, Jaretta Gail, who was born November 26, 1917.
The funeral services were held at the home Dec. 20, 1917, conducted by Challie E. Graham and the remains laid to rest in the Athelstan cemetery.
The bereaved ones have the sympathy of friends. Their little one has been "taken away from the evil to come," and is safe with Him who said, "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God." She has been transplanted from this world of sin to bloom in the fadeless paradise of God.



[BURRILL, LUCIUS WARREN
Rock Island Argus (Rock Island, Illinois), Thursday, September 2, 1926
Lucius Burrill Buried in Viola
(Special Correspondence) Viola, Ill., Sept. 2. – Funeral services for Lucius Burrill, aged 69, for many years janitor of the Modern Woodmen building in Rock Island, were held here at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Methodist church. Mr. Burrill came here by way of Rock Island Sunday for a few days visit with relatives and died suddenly Monday morning from apoplexy.
He is survived by his son Alfred of Estherville, Iowa, with whom he had lived for the last few years; and one daughter, Mrs. Addie Landen of Gerring, Iowa.
Burial was made in the Viola cemetery. Rev. J. Lowe Shively officiated.

[CANNY, ELMER]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 28, 1917
Elmer Canny Drowned
Elmer Canny, the 14-year-old son of Dan Canny and wife living north of Maloy, was drowned in a pond on the farm Friday afternoon, having been seized with an attack of cramps. He had been plowing corn in a field nearby and had tied his team to a fence while he took a swim. A companion, younger in years, ran for help when the lad began to sink but the body was not recovered for nearly two hours.

[CARLSON, C. A., - 1918

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 25, 1918
C. A. Carlson passed away at his home several miles northwest of Blockton on the 22d and the funeral services and interment took place at Clearfield.



[DANT, EMILY ADALINE "EMMA" GATES]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 20, 1917
Emily Adaline Dant, mother of Mrs. John Gray of near Maloy, passed away Friday, September 14th, aged 79 years, 6 months and 29 days. The funeral services were conducted from the Maloy Catholic church Sunday morning at 9:30.

[DANT, EMILY ADALINE "EMMA" GATES]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 27, 1917
Obituary - Mrs. Emaly Dant
On September 14 Mrs. Emaly [Emily] A. [daline] Dant, an old settler of Ringgold county, after an illness of less than a week, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. [ohn] E. Gray, near Maloy, aged 79 years, 8 months and one day. She leaves to mourn her death, besides numberless friends, six children - Edward C. [olumbus] Dant of Mount Ayr, James B.[artholomew] Dant of Conway, William P. Dant of South Dakota, Mrs. C. H. Wheeler of Mount Ayr, Mrs. Robert Campbell of Colorado and Mrs. J. [ohn] E. Gray of Maloy. All the children were at the bedside when she passed away.
Father Pouget, of the Immaculate Conception church, said a memorial mass and preached her funeral sermon. She was laid to rest beside her husband and children in St. Mary's cemetery near Maloy.

[DAY, VESTA M. WOLFE]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 17, 1918
Bert Wolfe went to the vicinity of Afton yesterday to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. L.[incoln] J. Day, who passed away Monday morning. Mrs. Day had been in poor health for some time.

[DEVAULT ALVA SHERMAN]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 2, 1917
Mrs. Louis Devault and son, Carl DeVault started for Colorado Friday morning on No. 3, called there by the serious illness of their son and brother, Abrah [Alva or Alvia] Devault, who had underwent an operation. Later—Mr. Devault died Friday and was buried Monday, the funeral being at 10 o'clock. He leaves to mourn his death his wife and two children, mother, Mrs. Louisa Devault, brother, Carl Devault and sister, Mrs. Chas. Showwalter, all of Blockton. Mrs. Devault and son did not arrive at Colorado till Sunday. The deceased had been in poor health a number of years, this being the fourth operation he had undergone. He was very industrious.

[DEVAULT ALVA SHERMAN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, August 2, 1917
Alva S. Devault Dead
Mrs. Louisa Devault and Carl Devault left Thursday morning for Del Norte, Colorado, called there by the fatal illness of Alva S. [herman] Devault of Center, Colorado, who had been taken to a Del Norte hospital. Mr. Devault passed away Friday morning before his mother and brother reached his bedside.
[Note: The first name is spelled Alvia on his headstone.]

[DEVAULT ALVA SHERMAN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, August 16, 1917
Alva Sherman Devault, son of John R. [ansom] and Louisa Devault, was born Feb. 28, 1882 and died at the Del Norte hospital, Del Norte, Colo., July 27.
Mr. Devault was united in marriage to Miss Alice Frederick Feb. 28, 1907. To this union were born two children—Alva, aged 6 years and John Perry, aged one year. After his marriage he resided on the home place west of Blockton for one season. On account of his health he moved to Center, Colo., nine years ago.
He was confined to the Del Norte hospital for nine weeks, about seven years ago and submitted to three operations for appendicitis and afterwards regained his normal strength.
The following is from the Center, Colo., Post-Dispatch: "Mr. Devault was a member of the local order of Odd Fellows who had charge of the services at the grave. Officiating were D. D. G. M. Wesley White and Chaplain Paul McCormick. Bro. Devault was made an Odd Fellow at Blockton in 1905 and was transferred to Center Lodge by card Feb. 15, 1910. By honorable deeds and noble acts, he acquired the highest honors in a subordinate lodge. In life Bro. Devault was a kind husband, father and brother, ever ready to assist one in distress. Besides the devoted wife and children to mourn his departure are his aged mother, a brother and sister, a large circle of friends and brothers and sisters in the fraternity.
The services at the church were conducted by Rev. Cooper and interment was made at Monte Vista."



[DUTTON, JENNIE H. GEDDES]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 4, 1917
Mrs. J. H. Dutton Dead
Word was received in town Monday morning that Mrs. J. [ohn] H. Dutton, formerly of this place but for the past several years a resident of Des Moines, died quite suddenly at her home in Des Moines Sunday night. She leaves besides her husband two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Tuggles of Des Moines and Mrs. Hon. J. A. Stephenson of Mount Ayr, who have the sympathy of their many Blockton friends.

[DUTTON, JENNIE HANNAH. GEDDES]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 4, 1917
Mrs. Jennie H. Dutton, wife of John E. Dutton, passed away at her home, 1522 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 68 years.
Jennie H. [annah] Geddes was married to John E. [verett] Dutton July 1, 1871. To this union four children were born. One died in infancy and Burton, a son, volunteered in the Spanish-American war and passed away at Jewell, Iowa, Sept. 7, 1898, having contracted typhoid while at Camp Thomas, Chickamauga, and brought home only to live ten days. Two daughters survive—Mrs. M. M. Tuggle of Des Moines and Mrs. J. A. Stephenson of Mount Ayr.
She is also survived by the husband, one sister, Mrs. Olivia Drew of Newton, ten years her senior and two grandchildren, Mildred and Wilhelmina Tuggle of Des Moines.
Mrs. Dutton was a member of the Methodist church, having given herself to Christ when a young woman and always living a good Christian life.
The funeral was held at the home Tuesday, October 2, at 2:30, conducted by Rev. C. S. Medbury. Mrs. Blackburn sang a solo. The home was filled with the most beautiful floral offerings.
Among the other relatives in attendance at the funeral were Anson Drew and wife of Des Moines; Mrs. Larimer and Mrs. Brooks of Oskaloosa; Mrs. Aletha Garrett and son, Lawrence, of Creston; Mary E. Dutton, L. E. Dutton and Laura Dutton of Des Moines. Besides a host of friends and neighbors.
Interment was made in the family burial ground at Jewell, Iowa.

[DUTTON, JOHN EVERETT]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 13, 1930
John E. Dutton Dead
Mrs. J. [ames] A. Stephenson, of Rosemead, California, arrived at Jewel[l], Iowa, last Saturday, where funeral services were held for her father, John E. [verett] Dutton. The Duttons were at one time residents of Blockton and have many Ringgold county friends. Mrs. Stephenson will arrive in Mount Ayr Saturday for a visit at the Clarence Spence home. – Mount Ayr Record-News.



[FARNSWORTH, IRA]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 25, 1918
Ira Farnsworth was born in New York June 22, 1828 and died at his home at Irena, Mo., aged 89 years, 9 months and 29 days.
He was united in marriage to Eliza A. [nn] Brown April 30, 1851. To this union 5 children were born, Rinaldo B., who died in infancy; Emma M. [elvina] Hibbs, who died in 1915; John T. [homas], who passed away in 1899; Rufus E. [dwin] of Grant City and Mrs. Mary Nye of Blockton. The surviving children were with him during his last illness and when he passed away.
Soon after his marriage he came to Taylor county, Iowa. At the breaking out of the Civil war in 1861 he was among the first to volunteer, enlisting in Co. E, 4th Missouri Cavalry and served until the close of the war in 1865.
He united with the Baptist church in early life and was a true consistent Christian until death. That he was "a grand old gentleman" is the tribute paid his memory by those who have known him for many years.
The funeral services were held at the Honey Grove church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the pastor of the Grant City Baptist church and interment was made in the Honey Grove cemetery.

[FLINT, LORAN GEORGE]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 19, 1917
Relatives here received a dispatch Sunday announcing the death of Loren Flint in Florida, his death occurring at a hospital in a city near his home. Mr. Flint was a former resident of this vicinity and his wife was formerly Miss Emma Fluke.
[Note: The first name is spelled Loran on his headstone.]

[FORDYCE, RACHEL MARIA]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 11, 1917
Word was received here yesterday that little Rachel Fordyce, daughter of John Fordyce and wife, had passed away in California, where the family had gone for the little girl's health.

[FOX, MALINDA JANE HUFFMAN JAMES]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 22, 1917
Mrs. Malinda Fox passed away at the home of her son, S. H. James, near Redding, November 8th at the advanced age of 103 years and 4 days. She leaves two sons and one daughter, seventeen grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren.

[GARTSIDE, ORELVIA THOMAS]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 31, 1918
Orelvia Thomas Gartside was born in Philadelphia, Penn., Jan. 9, 1848 and departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clara Ford, Jan. 25, 1918, aged 70 years and 16 days.
He moved with his parents to Taylor county when four years of age and has since made this vicinity his home.
He was united in marriage to Miss Maria Kemery on Nov. 5, 1871. To this union two children were born—Mrs. Clara Ford of Blockton, Ia. and Ora Gartside of Sheridan, Mo. He leaves to mourn his departure, besides his children, 8 grandchildren, one brother, William, of Chetopa, Kansas; one sister, Anna Turner, of Boise, Idaho and a host of other relatives and friends.
The funeral services were held at Forest Grove, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. E. G. Burroughs and interment was made in the Forest Grove cemetery.
[Note: The first name is also spelled Orelva.]

[GLENDENNING, WILLIAM H.]
Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana), Friday, July 20, 1917
Ryegate Man Bleeds to Death from Bullet Wound
Roundup, July 19. – William A. Glendenning, a prominent resident of Ryegate, was found dead at his home last night, death being caused, apparently, by the accidental discharge of a large caliber revolver, which he was cleaning. From appearances, he had seated himself on the bed to clean the weapon, when it was discharged, the bullet striking him in the thigh and ranging upward, severing the femoral artery. A pool of blood was found near the bed, indicating that he sat there for a few minutes, trying to stanch the flow, then walked a few steps to the door and sat down on the doorstep, where he was overcome by weakness and bled to death.

[GLENDENNING, WILLIAM H.]
Butte Miner (Butte, Montana), Friday, July 20, 1917
Ryegate Man Dies from Accidental Shot
Roundup, July 19. – While cleaning a revolver of large caliber yesterday, William A. Glendenning, a retired businessman of Ryegate, shot himself and died soon afterward. He apparently had seated himself on the bed to clean the weapon when it was accidentally discharged, the bullet striking him in the thigh and ranging upward, severing the femoral artery. A pool of blood was found on the floor by the bed, thence leading to the door where the body was found reclining on the doorstep, having bled to death before being discovered. The county attorney and sheriff are making an investigation, although there seems to be no doubt but that death was accidental, one chamber of the weapon having been discharged. Glendenning has resided in this district for a number of years and is highly esteemed.

[GLENDENNING, WILLIAM H.]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 26, 1917
The body of Will Glendenning arrived here from Ryegate, Montana, Tuesday morning and was taken to Redding for burial. His death was sudden and unexpected, but we do not have the particulars.

[GOFF, CHARLES HENRY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, May 30, 1918
Charles Henry Goff passed away at his home in Des Moines Saturday afternoon, the cause of his death being pneumonia. The remains were brought to Blockton on No. 1 Tuesday morning and taken to Honey Grove church where services were conducted by Rev. E. J. Laird. Interment was made in the Honey Grove cemetery.

[GOFF, WILLIAM O.]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 20, 1918
William O. Goff was born in Cabell county, West Virginia, October 20, 1840 and passed away at his home in Des Moines June 6, 1918, aged 77 years, 7 months and 16 days.
In the spring of '54 with his mother and brothers he left Virginia and moved to Springfield, Ill. After living there two years they moved to what is now known as Worth county, Mo. and located on the farm on which his brother, Charles, now resides.
In 1862 he was united in marriage to Maria Goliday and to this union 10 children were born, six of whom with the mother have preceded him. The surviving children are Mary Dillon, Hoxie, Kansas and Letha Studer and John and Benjamin Goff, Des Moines, the last three being with him when the end came. He also leaves one brother, Charles E. Goff, of Grant City and a host of other relatives and friends.
About twenty-five years ago he united with the Blockton U. B. church and some time before his death he remarked that he had tried to live so that he would be ready when the summons came to leave this world for a brighter home on high.

[HAYS, ELIZABETH PROPST]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 24, 1918
Passed Over
At her home at Table Rock, Nebraska, Saturday, January 19, Mrs. Elizabeth Hayes wife of Silas Hayes. Had she lived three more days she would have been 81 years of age. She came to Taylor county in 1860 and lived in the vicinity of what is now Blockton for several years. She was a sister of Daniel Propst and Mrs. J. M. Dennis of this place and Mrs. Hanna Evans of Bedford. Her husband, now in his 94th year, survives her.
[Note: Her married name is spelled Hays on her headstone.]

[HAYS, ELIZABETH PROPST]
Table Rock Argus (Table Rock, Nebraska), Friday, January 25, 1918
Elizabeth Propst was born in Virginia, January 23, 1837, and departed this life after an illness of two weeks on January 19th, 1918. Had she lived five days longer she would have been 81 years of age.
She moved with her parents to Scott county and later to Taylor county, where she was united in marriage to Silas Hays in the fall of 1860.
To this union nine children were born, five sons and four daughters, one daughter dying when about thirty-one years of age. Besides the nine children born to her, she raised four children of her husband by a former wife. Three sons and three daughters were present at the funeral.
In 1877, she, her husband and family of young children moved and located on a farm near Table Rock, and several years later they bought the farm upon which they lived until they moved to town nine years ago, and the farm is now owned by Robert Hays.
She accepted Christ as her Savior, sometime after her marriage and united with the Baptist church, and lived an exemplary Christian life.
The funeral services were held at the home at 1:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. C. Senbright, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and her remains were buried in the Table Rock cemetery.
She leaves to mourn her departure the husband, twelve children and other relatives, besides a host of friends.

[HAYS, SILAS]
Table Rock Argus (Table Rock, Nebraska), Friday, March 9, 1923
Oldest Citizen Passes Away
Silas Hays, who was 99 years of age on the 15th of past October and was the oldest person in Pawnee county and perhaps in southeast Nebraska, died at the home of his son, Joseph Hays in this city on Thursday morning at 3:30 o'clock. He had been in failing health during the winter and passed quietly away. Funeral services will be held at the home at 10 o'clock on Saturday morning. His aged wife died five years ago last January.

[HAYS, SILAS]
Table Rock Argus (Table Rock, Nebraska), Friday, March 16, 1923
SILAS HAYS - Silas Hays was born October 15, 1823, near the town of Jacksonville, Illinois. In 1845 at the age of 22 he was married to Sarah Jane Cox. Four children were born to this union, James, William, Robert and Henry. The family moved to Taylor county Iowa in 1858 and his wife died the following year. Later he was married to Elizabeth Propst and nine children were born to this union, Adam, Nevada, Joseph, Jennie, Creola, Thomas, Albert, Frank and Maud.
He moved with his family to Pawnee county about 1876. He spent the last years of his life in Table Rock at the home of his son, Joseph, where he died March 8, 1923, at the age of 99 years, 4 months and 21 days.
One daughter, Creola, died in 1900. Besides his 12 children he leaves [word unreadable] grandchildren and [word unreadable] great-grandchildren and unnumbered friends to cherish his memory. His was a remarkable life, long in years and long to be [words unreadable] and great and good impressions left on the hearts of all who knew him. Mr. Hays was a good man, loved and cherished by all who knew him for he possessed the qualities which drew men to him. He was kindhearted and gracious to others; absolutely honest and straight forward in his business transactions. A trait of his character was known in the community of the daughter, Mrs. Frank Davis, a couple of years ago: "I have lived all my life near my father, and I have never seen him when he was angry. He is such a good man and I am sure that is why God has let him live so long.
He lived during a wonderful period of time, and saw marvelous changes brought to the conditions of men. He saw our government grow from a little struggling nation into the mightiest nation on earth; he saw that nation torn and bleeding from our civil war, and saw it again united in brotherly love. He saw "the west" develop from a desert of waste [words unreadable] homes of happy, prosperous millions of people. He has seen the automobile and railroad take the place of the ox team; he saw the telegraph [words unreadable] practical use; and many others of the great things which have [words unreadable] living; and while these changes were going on, Mr. Hays going about faithfully performing the daily duties of a useful life.
Funeral services were held in the Christian church at 10:00 o'clock on Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. A. L. Ogden. The church was packed by friends who came to pay their tribute, and the remains were laid to rest in the Table Rock cemetery.

[HAYS, SILAS]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 15, 1923
J. M. Dennis left Friday morning for Table Rock, Nebraska, called there by the death of his brother-in-law, Silas Hayes. Mr. Hayes passed away Thursday morning at the age of 99 years and about 6 months. He was a former resident of this place and conducted a store here in the days of Mormontown, leaving here some thirty years ago. His wife, a sister of Mrs. J. M. Dennis and Uncle Dan Propst, passed away some four years ago.

[HOWARD, OGDEN'S INFANT, - 1917]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 15, 1917
Word was received in town Tuesday that the eighteen-month-old child of Ogden Howard and wife of Des Moines had passed away. The funeral was held in Des Moines yesterday.

[IDLEMAN, JOSEPH GABRIEL]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 3, 1918
Joseph G. [abriel] Idleman passed away at his home southwest of town Monday after an illness of several weeks, aged 69 years, 9 months and 1 day. The funeral services were held at the home yesterday at 11 o'clock.

[JENKINS, ADA MAY STOWELL]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 19, 1917
Ada May Stowell, daughter of Asa and Sarah Stowell, was born in Henry county, Illinois, July 21, 1868, and died at her late home near Wellsville, Kansas, July 8, 1917, aged 48 years, 11 months and 17 days.
She was united in marriage to H. [arry] L. [amont] Jenkins Jan. 20, 1892. To this union one child was born, Eula May, now Mrs. C. L. Lytle, of Wellsville, Kansas.
She united with the Methodist church in early girlhood and remained a consistent member and willing worker in all church work and will be greatly missed.
She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, a daughter, Mrs. C. L. Lytle; a grandchild, Margaret Lytle; a father, Asa Stowell of Clearfield; one sister, Mrs. C. Q. Besco of Bedford; two brothers, A. E. Stowell, of Bearmouth, Montana and A. G. Stowell of Blockton and numerous other relatives and friends.
The funeral was held at the family residence Tuesday afternoon, July 10, at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. E. Wright of Wellsville. Interment was made in the Wellsville cemetery.


[KETCH, LESTER W.]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 20, 1917
Lester W. Ketch, father of our townsman, Delta E. Ketch, passed away at his home in Mt. Ayr Thursday evening, September 13. The funeral was held from the Mt. Ayr Methodist church Saturday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ray M. Shipman. Delta Ketch and wife attended the funeral.

[KING, JOHN LEANDER, 1852 - 1918]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 4, 1918
Leander King, a brother of our townsman, W. E. King, passed away at his home at Grant City Tuesday after a long illness following a stroke of paralysis.



[LANGFORD, REX NEWBY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 4, 1918
Rex Langford Dead
"Our little Rex died at 4:10 A. M." was the substance of a telegram, dated at Pueblo, Colorado, Monday, July 1, sent by O. [scar] F. Langford to Mrs. Langford's mother, Mrs. J. H. Newby. This is sad news to the many friends of this estimable family, former Blockton citizens. After going to Colorado to live the lad, who was not overly strong here, became quite rugged and strong, and only the most intimate friends and relatives of the family were aware of the fact that he had been failing in health during the past four or five weeks. The News joins the many friends and relatives in extending sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Langford in this dark hour of bereavement in the loss of their only son.

[LANGFORD, REX NEWBY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 11, 1918
Death of Rex Langford (By Mrs. H. N. Kindred.)
Rex Newby Langford, son of O. [scar] F. and Jewel Langford, died after an illness of ten days duration, Tuesday, July 2, 1918, at 4:10 a. m. at the family home, 806 South Union Avenue, Pueblo, Colorado. He was born at Blockton, Iowa, Nov. 17, 1905, where he lived until two years ago when he moved to Pueblo with his parents.
Rex was in the eighth grade in school, finishing the last school year without missing a day or being tardy.
There was no marked indication of anything being wrong with his health until Friday evening, June 21. He had been busy all day building a ship, which he was planning to sail on the lake the Fourth of July. It was all complete even to the flagpole and he told his mother he wanted to get a little flag to put on it the next time he was downtown. All day while he worked at his ship he whistled and sang and seemed so happy. But in the evening his breathing attracted attention as being abnormal. His temperature was found to be 102. A physician was called immediately, who soon discovered that he had inflammation of the lining of the heart. He was put to bed though he begged not to be, and laughed at them for doing it, because he said he felt perfectly well. From that time on everything was done that human skill could suggest but without avail.
Rex was a good boy, kind, affectionate, obedient in the home and always thoughtful of others. His unselfishness was manifest all through his sickness, even to a few minutes before he died. For instance, in his suffering and tossing about he accidently hit his nurse and he reached up and took her face between his two thin hands and pulled her down and kissed her and said, "Excuse me."
He never forgot to be polite thru all his suffering. Every glass of water or piece of ice that he was given he thanked the one who waited upon him for it. He knew how worried his father and mother were and one of the last nights when he was fighting for breath, he asked the nurse "not to tell mama he had a bad night." Just a little while before he passed away, he asked where his father and mother were and when told that they were asleep and asked if he wanted to see them, he said, "No, I just wanted to know that they were near." Once he seemed to feel that he was carrying a load, as he asked his mother, "Is it much farther, mama?" and she said, "No Honey, I don't think so," and he said, "Well, I can't do it all alone, mama; you take one end and papa the other and we'll soon get there." When he would have his face turned from you and it was all drawn with pain, if he happened to turn and see you, he would smile and look so sweet and cheerful. He did not want anyone to know how much he suffered. He was conscious up to the last, asking every little bit where his father and mother and aunt were. He said not to bother them, that he just wanted to know where they were. Just three or four minutes before he died, he took medicine and moved his own little body over in the bed so the nurse could sit down.
He was anxious to be up the Fourth. Last year he spent the Fourth in bed from an operation for adenoids and tonsils. So every time the doctor came he asked him if he was going to be up for the Fourth. The last time he asked him he cried. He seemed to be discouraged that the doctor still said, "Well, we'll see."
No child ever suffered more nor was braver than Rex. If our brave boys in the trenches could have seen how brave this little fellow was when he knew he was facing defeat, it would surely strengthen their courage for their fight that we know will be victorious.
He was faithful member of Miss Strack's class in the St. Paul M. E. church, never missing a Sunday unless he was sick. The last two Sundays he had his father go and get his Sunday school paper for him.
He was a candidate for membership in the Boy Scouts troop of which the Rev. Frederick A. Hatch is scoutmaster. He had visited twice but had not been voted upon as three visits have to be made before one can become a member. Just a few weeks ago his father had purchased a boy-scout suit for him. Rex was certainly proud of it; [he] made a fine-looking young scout.
The funeral services were held at the residence at 10 a. m. Friday, July 5, under the direction of the Rev. O. K. Maynard, pastor of the St. Paul M. E. church. Mrs. Risley Ferguson sang, "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" and "Some Sweet Day." The Rev. Maynard read scriptures: Mat. 13: 1-6, 10, Jer. 31: 15-17; 2 Sam. 12:15-23, Rev. 21: 14 and 22:1, 2, 5. The Rev. J. A. McKee, secretary of the boys' department of the Y. M. C. A. of which Rex was a member, spoke words of eulogistic appreciation. He voiced the sentiments of all who knew Rex, when he said that he had found in his close personal touch with him that "Rex was the ideal American boy." The pastor also voiced the high regard in which Rex was held by all who knew him and emphasized the promise of blessedness and immortality given in the word of God.
The pall bearers and flower bearers were the little boy friends whose names Rex had written as a list to be invited to a party he was planning to have. The pall bearers were: Leonard Swanson, Ned Hathaway, Donald Crawford, Chester Collins, Robert King and Kerrick Corelio.  The flower bearers were Ralph Batie, Albert Tipple and Jerald Lee.
Besides those who mourn his loss in Pueblo, is his grandmother, Mrs. J. H. Newby of Blockton, who lived in the home of late years until the family came to Pueblo to reside and who loved Rex and was loved by him so dearly.
The body was laid to rest near Rex's great grandmother in the beautiful Mountain View cemetery, among the many, many beautiful floral offerings.
 





[MARTIN, OSA EDNA PAUL]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 4, 1912
Mrs. Osa Martin – Mrs. C. [harles] F. Martin of Wellington, Kan., died at 3 o'clock Monday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jesse Lovitt, near Gravity. Short funeral services were held at the Lovitt residence at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, after which the remains were brought to Bedford and taken to Wellington, Kans. for interment. The body was accompanied by Mr. Martin, J. W. Paul and Mrs. Lovitt. Funeral services were held at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home in Wellington.
Osa Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. [oseph] W. [arren] Paul of Bedford, was born October 24, 1874, six miles north of this city. When she was about 21 years of age she was married to C. [harles] F. Martin of Wellington, Kans. and that place had since been her home. She had been in poor health for years but she and her husband were starting on a trip which was to continue for several weeks, when she became ill at the home of her sister.
Surviving are the parents, two brothers, W.[illis] A. [llen] Paul of Arkansas City, Ark. and C. [lark] E. [dson] Paul of Bedford and one sister, Mrs. Rachel Lovitt of Gravity.

[MARTIN, OSA EDNA PAUL]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday July 4, 1912
GRAVITY – Strange are the ways of Providence. Mrs. C. E. Martin, who has been a patient sufferer for many years and has travelled many miles in search of health, reaches Gravity and the home of her sister, Mrs. Jesse Lovett, and in the neighborhood of all her relatives, and while on a pleasure trip, is taken ill and called to Heaven. She was watching and waiting to go, and we doubt not that if she had had the planning of the going it would have been changed any. Her mother and father were at her bedside during her last hours and after doing all that human hands and hearts could do, she passed to her reward. Her home was in Wellington, Kans.

[MARTIN, OSA EDNA PAUL]
Wellington Daily News (Wellington, Kansas), Saturday, July 6, 1912
Mrs. Osa Edna (Paul) Martin was born near Bedford, Taylor county, Iowa, October 24, 1874 and died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jesse Lovitt, aged 37 years, 8 months and seven days. She was the daughter of Warren and Sarah Jane Paul and was one of four children, W. A. Paul of Arkansas City, Arkansas; Clark Paul of Bedford, Iowa; and Mrs. Jesse Lovitt of Gravity, Iowa.
She was married to C. [harles] F. Martin in Bedford, Iowa, October 16, 1895 at the age of 21. She and her husband made their home in this city, coming to Wellington in April 1898, having previously resided in Belle Plaine about two- and one-half years.
Mrs. Martin was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal church when but a girl, while attending school in Humeston, Iowa. Since then she has always been a consistent Christian. She was always interested in the work of the Kingdom and the church. She was always in her place in the service of church when her health permitted, and no call of the church found her uninterested and unresponsive. Though reticent in giving publicity to her good works she was a liberal giver. Believing that "the tithe is the Lord's," she had practiced setting apart the tithe for the Lord's work for years.
She had been a patient sufferer for years and yet none knew what she endured. As the kindly providence of God had been over her life, so the hand of God seemed to lead her to her sister's home, where she was among her kindred and especially where her father and mother could be in attendance at her last hour.
After loving hands had done all that mortal could do she called her loved ones to her and bade them farewell until she should meet them in the home beyond. Then in full assurance of faith she went home to her God.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, father, mother, two brothers, and a sister, besides other relatives and a large circle of friends.
The funeral was preached at the home last Wednesday afternoon, July 3, at 3 p. m., conducted by Rev. S. Price and Rev. D. H. Switzer and followed by a large concourse of friends who knew and loved her. The body was laid to rest in beautiful Prairie Lawn cemetery.
[Note: The same obituary was published in the Wellington Monitor-Press, July 10, 1912.]

[MATTHEWS, ARTIE BLANCHE COWELL]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 26, 1917
Mrs. A. J. Matthews Dead
The sad news came to relatives and friends Sunday morning of the death of Mrs. A. [lfred] J. [ames] Matthews of near Maloy, who passed away during the night at a St. Joseph hospital where she had been taken for treatment. The sympathy of all go out to the bereaved husband and the little motherless son about a year and a half old. The funeral was held at Maloy Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. An obituary will be published next week.

[MOORE, JOHN PRATER]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 29, 1917
Wm. West and family attended the funeral of Mrs. West's brother-in-law, John Moore, at Bethel church Thursday.

[NAILL, MAUDE C. BOWEN]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 3, 1968
Maude C. Naill Rites Sept. 23
Funeral services for Mrs. William (Maude) Naill, 89, of Eureka, Calif., formerly of Sheridan, held September 23 at the Sheridan United Methodist Church, were conducted by Carl Cummings, assisted by Rev. Glen Colville. Mrs. Naill died September 19 in Eureka, Calif. Interment was at the Sheridan, Mo. Cemetery.
Maude C. Bowen was born September 14, 1879 in Jones County, Iowa, daughter of Hugh and Jane Elizabeth Bowen. When she was a very small child the family moved to Conway, Iowa, where she lived until her marriage March 2, 1902 to William W. Naill.
From the date of her marriage she lived in or near Sheridan, Missouri, until March of 1963 when she moved to Eureka, Calif.
Early in childhood she became a member of the Methodist Church. She was active in the church and its related organization as long as she was able.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Neil William, her parents and three sisters.
Left to cherish memories are her five children: Cyril of Telephone, Texas; Helen Neff of Des Moines, Iowa; Mildred Kyle of Eureka, Calif.; Hugh Naill of Crescent City, Calif.; Robert of Rio Dell, Calif.; niece, Marceline Barker of Fredonia, Kansas; eight grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and one great, great grandchild.
She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

[NAILL, NEIL WILLIAM]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Wednesday, August 15, 1917
Neal Nail Dies From Drowning
Steps in Hole While Wading in Platte River
Nail and Longfellow Families Had Gone for Day's Fishing Excursion—Mother Narrowly Escapes Death Attempting Rescue
One of the saddest tragedies of the southeastern part of the county happened last Thursday, when Neal Nail, age ten years, lost his life in the Platte river while wading with a companion. Funeral services were held at Sheridan Saturday. Burial was made at Sheridan.
Mr. and Mrs. William Nail and family and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Longfellow and family drove to the Platte river last Thursday on a fishing excursion. After dinner the Nail boy in company with Harry Longfellow went to the river and were wading in shallow water. They ventured too far and stepped off in deep water. Neil went under and cries soon brought the rest of the party to the rescue. The Longfellow lad could swim and got ashore. All efforts to find the Nail boy was fruitless until he was found about twenty minutes later by the oldest son of Charles Longfellow. A physician was called but he was dead.
While in the water frantically searching for her son, Mrs. Nail barely escaped from drowning. The family has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in the hour of bereavement.

[NAILL, NEIL WILLIAM]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 16, 1917
Jackson Twp. Boy Drowned in Platte
Neil Naill Waded Beyond Depth—In Water 15 Minutes.
A picnic on the Platte river near Sheridan, Mo., ended sadly last Thursday, when Neil Naill, the 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Naill, of Jackson township, was drowned.
The Nail family in company with the Charles Longfellow family, planned an outing on the river and taking the children started out early in the day with spirits running high.
Lines were set along the river bank and when fishing became dull the men wandered off a short distance while the children took off their shoes and stockings and waded in riffle. The mothers were nearby, and although warning the youngsters of wading beyond their depth, thought little of a tragedy being near.
Suddenly cries of the children attracted the attention of the parents and they hastened to where the children were, discovering that Neil had stepped into a hole. Harry Longfellow had also gone beyond his depth but was able to swim out. Mrs. Nail arrived in time to see her son going down the last time and frantically tried to reach  him but without avail.
The men commenced treading the water and diving in the hope of finding the victim but it was fifteen minutes before the body was secured and taken ashore. Although medical assistance was summoned immediately and first aid remedies applied the spark of life had been quenched and it was with heavy hearts that the picnickers returned home.
The funeral was held Saturday at the M. E. church in Sheridan, Mo., Rev. Schafer assisted by Rev. U E. Burroughs performing the last rites.
The Nail family only recently moved to Jackson township from Sheridan.

[NAILL, NEIL WILLIAM WASHINGTON]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, August 16, 1917
Neil Naill, son of Wm. Naill of near Sheridan, was drowned last Thursday. The family and some neighbors were picnicking, and the children were in the river wading when the lad got beyond his depth, sinking before help could arrive.

[NAILL WILLIAM WASHINGTON]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 19, 1923
Obituary – Wm. W. Nail
William W. Nail, son of David Wand and Frances Nail, was born near Taneytown, Maryland, July 20, 1875 and departed this life at his home near Sheridan, Mo., April 2, 1923, aged 48 years, 8 months and 13 days. When he was eight months old the family moved to Illinois and afterward lived at various times in Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. He was married at Conway, Iowa, to Maude C. Bowen March 2, 1902 and to this union were born six children, Cyrel, Helen, Neil, Mildred, Hugh and Robert, all at home, excepting Neil who died August 9, 1917.
He was baptized in infancy in the Dutch Reformed Church but united with the Methodist church of Sheridan during the ministry of the Rev. F. J. Smith. Never one to speak his inward feelings, he lived his religious life, instead of speaking of it and many times during his illness, he said he was not afraid of death but was confident of meeting his little son again. Never robust, he had been a semi-invalid for fourteen years and for the last three years, had been a constant sufferer but bore it with patience. No man meant more to his family nor left a sweeter memory to his wife and children.
The funeral services were conducted by the pastor of the Methodist church, assisted by the Revs. L. A. Walker of the Church of the Brethren and E. E. Lowe of Bedford. The burial was in the cemetery east of Sheridan. May the promised Comforter support these mourners in this trying time. – Edgar O. Wells.

[NAILL, WILLIAM WASHINGTON]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 5, 1923
William Naill Dead
Undertaker H. O. Mumma was called to west of Sheridan Monday evening, William Naill, a son of the late D. [avid] W. [ashington] Naill and a brother of Roy Naill of south of town, having passed away after a few weeks illness. Funeral services and interment at Sheridan.


[NYE, MARY EVELYN FARNSWORTH]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 7, 1962
Mrs. John Nye Dies
Mrs. John Nye, Blockton's oldest woman, died at her home there Sunday, May 27. Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Blockton on Memorial Day, May 30, at two p. m. Burial was in Honey Grove cemetery.

[PARSHALL, JEREMIAH KENDALL]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 7, 1918
J. [eremiah] K. [endall] Parshall, one of the earliest settlers of this part of the state and one of the oldest residents of Clearfield, passed away at his home in Clearfield Thursday, Jan. 24th, aged almost 81 years. He was a veteran of the Civil war, serving in Company K, 15th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, formerly Inza Stephens; three daughters, one son and a brother and sister.

[PAUL, JOSEPH WARREN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 10, 1918
M.[orris] R. Chandler and wife and daughter, Mrs. Pearl Bowen, went to Bedford Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mr. Chandler's brother-in-law, J. [oseph] W. [arren] Paul, who passed away Monday morning. The funeral was held from the Bedford M. E. church at 2 o'clock.

[PAUL, JOSEPH WARREN]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 10, 1918
Joseph W. Paul Dies Monday Morning
Funeral Held Tuesday Afternoon at First M. E. Church
Was Born in Jefferson County, N. N. in 1833—Aged 84 Years, 6 Months and 22 Days—He leaves to Mourn His Death a Wife and 3 Children
Joseph W. Paul, who had been in failing health for the past few weeks, passed away at his home in north Bedford at 1:30 A. M. Monday. He was one of Bedford's most highly respected citizens and a pioneer of Taylor County, having lived in the county since 1869.
Joseph W. [arren] Paul, son of Abijah and Polly Paul was born in Jefferson county, New York, July 15, 1833 and entered into rest from his home in Bedford, Iowa, January 7, 1918, at the age of 84 years, six months and 22 days.
His early youth was spent on the home farm in New York. There he received his education in the district schools. When he was but ten years of age his mother died and he went to live with a family of strangers, working on the farm and laying the foundation of the sturdy strength and vitality which enabled him to reach the length of years. At the age of 20 he left New York and came to Fulton Co., Ill. but soon returned and spent another year in New York. In the fall of 1855 he located in Henderson C., Illinois.
At Terre Haute, Illinois, March 6, 1861, he was united in marriage to Sarah Jane Chandler, who lives to mourn his departure. Their home was blest with four children, three of whom survive their father, Willis Allen Paul, of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Rachel O. [live] Lovett of Gravity and Clark Edson Paul of Bedford, who has lived next door to his parents and tenderly watched over their comfort. Another daughter, Mrs. Osa Martin of Wellington, Kansas, passed away in 1912.
About a year and a half after their marriage, Mr. Paul enlisted as a member of Company B, Ninety-first Illinois Infantry and served his country faithfully for three years, lacking ten days. He was on guard duty in Texas much of the time and June 17, 1863 he was captured with his regiment by Morgan's guerillas. He was paroled for some time and was exchanged at the time of the siege of Vicksburg. He rejoined his regiment and afterward participated in a number of battles. At the time the war closed he was engaged in building a fort on the Tombigbee river above Mobile. He was mustered out of service July 27, 1865.
Mr. Paul returned to his home in Henderson Co., Illinois and there engaged in farming until the fall of 1869 when he came to Taylor county, Iowa where he settled on a farm in Washington township, six miles north of Bedford. About 24 years ago, brother and sister Paul came to Bedford where in quiet contentment and well-earned retirement they have since resided.
Mr. Paul was converted in 1859 and united with the Methodist Episcopal church of which he has ever remained a loyal, interested, earnest member. His membership in the Bedford church through all the years that relation has existed has been characterized by a faithful, constant attendance upon the means of grace, a regularity of attendance which may well be emulated. For nearly 20 years he was a trustee of this church. He found delight in the ministrations of the Lord's house and five weeks ago last Sunday worshipped with us for the last time, in the first Sunday morning service of the Union revival. Hopeful and cheerful, friendly and companionable, fellowship with him was always delight. His closing days were marked by a beautiful submission to the will of the Heavenly Father, a calm and trustful waiting for the boon of Heavenly rest and reward, for which years of service has prepared him. Serenely and all unafraid he slipped away to that better land.
He was a member of Sedgwick Post of the Grand Army of the Republic and his surviving comrades in arms, united with a host of friends in the church and community in extending their sympathy and comfort to the bereaved companion and children. To them, he leaves the memory of a worthy and honorable life. May his influence linger as a fragrance in all our lives.
The funeral was held at the Methodist Episcopal church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of the pastor Levi P. Goodwin and he was laid to rest in Fairview cemetery.
[Note: The same obituary was published in the Bedford Free Press, January 9, 1918.]

[PAUL, SARAH JANE CHANDLER]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Monday, August 25, 1924
Mrs. Sarah Paul, Old Resident Dead
Mrs. Sarah J. [ane] Paul, an old resident of the city died at her home on North Madison Street yesterday morning at 1:15, aged 87 years, 5 months and 18 days. She had been in poor health for some time and had been seriously ill for the past week.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 2:30 at the Methodist church, Rev. Talley in charge. Interment in Bedford cemetery. Full obituary will be published Thursday.

[PAUL, SARAH JANE CHANDLER]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Monday, September 1, 1924
Obituary of Mrs. Sarah Jane Paul
Sarah Jane Chandler, daughter of Jesse and Rachael Wright Chandler, was born in Green county, Penn., March 6, 1837 and passed from this earthly existence on Sunday morning, Aug. 24, 1924, at her home in Bedford, Iowa.
She came to Illinois with her parents in the year 1844 where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to J. [oseph] W. [arren] Paul on March 6, 1861.
To this union four children were born. Willis A. [llen] Paul of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Rachael Lovitt, of Gravity, Osa E. [dna] Martin (deceased) of Wellington, Kan. and Clark E. [dson] Paul of Bedford.
In the year 1869 with her husband and family she removed from Henderson county, Ill. to Taylor county, Iowa. Here the remainder of her life was spent.
At an early age she united with the Methodist church and when she came to Iowa she brot her church letter with her. She has been a faithful, consistent member of the church all these years. Her love was for the church and her interest was always for the work of the Master's Kingdom.
Mrs. Paul was a member of a family of fourteen children, she being the third of the family. There are four surviving members of her family, M. [orris] R. Chandler of Blockton, B.[enson] F.[ordyce] Chandler of Gravity, both of whom were present at the funeral services. The sisters are Mrs. Nevada Raid of Guthrie, Okla and Mrs. Ellen Sutton of Pasadena, Cal.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist Church at Bedford and the body laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Bedford Cemetery.
[Note: The same obituary was published in the Bedford Free Press, August 28, 1924.]

[PAUL, WILLIS ALLEN]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 21, 1935
Willis Paul, 73, Dies Last Evening
Willis Paul, 73, a resident of Bedford, died last evening at the Mrs. Fred Besco hospital where he had resided the past several years.
No funeral arrangements have been made. His daughter, Mrs. Helen Johnson of Fort Smith, Ark., is expected to arrive here today.
Besides the daughter, he is survived by his brother, C. E. Paul of Bedford and his sister, Mrs. Jesse Lovitt of Gravity.

[PAUL, WILLIS ALLEN]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 28, 1935
Hold Funeral Service for W. Paul, Saturday
Funeral services for W. A. Paul, 73, who died Wednesday, Nov. 20, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. J. Stanley Decker. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
Willis Allen Paul, son of Sarah Jane and Warren Paul, was born at Terre Haute, Henderson county, Ill., Dec. 7, 1861. In early childhood he moved to Iowa with his parents, where he grew to manhood. He was a salesman by profession until he retired about fifteen years ago. He had made his home at the Besco home in Bedford for the past five years.
He is survived by an only child, Mrs. Helen M. Johnson and one grandson, Paul Johnson, both of Fort Smith, Ark. Also a brother and sister, Clark E. Paul of Bedford and Mrs. Jesse Lovitt of Gravity.
"Warm summer sun shine kind-
     ly here;
Warm summer wind blow softly
     here;
Green sod above, lie light, lie
     light—
Good night, dear heart, good night, good night."



[PETERSON, MARY JANE FATTIG]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 4, 1918
Mrs. Rev. C. [arl] O. [scar] Peterson, of near Grant City and mother of Mrs. S. C. Nye of this place, passed away at her home Thursday afternoon. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon.

[PETERSON, MARY JANE FATTIG]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 11, 1918
Mrs. Mary J. [ane] Peterson, nee Fattig, was born in Worth county, Sept. 26, 1868 and died at her home in Grant City June 27, 1918, aged 49 years, 9 months and 1 day.
Feb. 29, 1889, she was united in marriage to C. [arl] O. [scar] Peterson by whose side she faithfully walked for more than 30 years. To them were born six children, five boys and one girl. The boys died in infancy. The daughter is Mrs. Stacy Nye of Blockton.
She was an affectionate wife and a tender mother, a lover of home and its surroundings which she delighted in making home-like and pleasant. In her early life she sought the Lord and was baptised. Not long after she was married, she consecrated herself at the altar of prayer and received the full assurance of her acceptance with God. After her husband entered the ministry, she rendered valuable service. Her specialty was song and prayer.
She had been a faithful member of the United Brethren church for about 28 years. A life member of the Women's Foreign Missionary society, also a member of the W. C. T. U. Her health not having been good for a good many years she could not be as active in these channels as she would have liked. Her last illness was of short duration. Her constitution [words unreadable] all that skill and loving hands could do.
Her faith and trust in God remained firm to the end. Singing of her close walk and fellowship with her Saviour.
Besides a loving husband and daughter, she leaves a granddaughter, son-in-law, aged mother, two brothers, three sisters and many other relatives and friends. The brothers—Charles Fattig of Cambridge, Neb. and Willard Fattig, of Lenox; sisters—Mrs. David Fry of Ulysses, Neb.; Mrs. James Warden of Grant City, and Mrs. John Thompson of Irena.
there were short services held at the home Sunday at 2 o'clock and the regular funeral services were held at Honey Grove at 3:30 conducted by Rev. Kopp, assisted by Revs. Dewitt and Beauchamp. A very large assembly attended the funeral services. Her remains were laid to rest in the beautiful Honey Grove cemetery.

[PETTY, JESSE DISSON, 1836 - 1917]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, May 31, 1917
Mrs. D. T. Waldrip was called to Lineville Tuesday by the serious illness of her father, J. [esse] D. Petty. Mr. Petty passed away Tuesday night at 11 o'clock. The funeral will probably be held at Lineville today.



[ROWEN, HIRAM SIGEL]
St. Joseph Gazette (St. Joseph Missouri), Saturday, December 29, 1917
Hiram S. [igel] Rowen, 55 years old, a farmer of Grant City, Mo., died yesterday morning at a hospital here. He is survived by a son and five daughters. The body will be taken to Grant City for burial.

[ROWEN, HIRAM SIGEL]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 3, 1918
Mrs. J.[ohn] L. [ewis] Hammers was called to see her father, H. [iram] S. [igel] Rowen, who was critically ill, last week. Mr. Rowen was taken to a St. Joseph hospital where he passed away Thursday. The funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Mrs. Hammers has the sympathy of her many friends in her sad bereavement.

[RYBOLT, STEPHEN BALLARD]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 17, 1918
Dr. Ballard Rybolt, whose illness at Camp Dodge was mentioned last week, passed away Thursday morning at 8 o'clock. The body was brought to Blockton Saturday afternoon and taken to the home of Willis Rybolt, the old home of the Rybolt children. The funeral services were held at the Isadora church Monday, conducted by Challie E. Graham, assisted by Rev. E. J. Laird. Interment was made in the Isadora cemetery.

[RYBOLT, STEPHEN BALLARD]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 24, 1918
Stephen Ballard Rybolt was born in Worth county, Mo., Dec. 2, 1873, and departed this life at Camp Dodge, Iowa, Jan. 10, 1918, aged 44 years, one month and eight days.
He leaves to mourn their loss, three sisters and five brothers, as follows: Mrs. Mary J. Anderson, of Wessington, South Dakota; Mrs. Delia A. Spurgeon of Grant City; Mrs. W. H. Clark, of Blockton; John W. Rybolt, of Fairbury, Nebr.; Joseph Rybolt, of Rosebud, Mont.; Hezekiah Rybolt of Beatrice, Nebr.; Sherman Rybolt and Willis Rybolt of Grant City. Besides these, he leaves a host of other relatives and friends.
He united with the Christian church at Pleasant Ridge, Mo., under the preaching of Kate Weaver. Later he transferred his membership to the Isadora Christian church at its organization. Then on going to Des Moines to attend school, he united with the church at that place.
For a number of years he was a teacher in the Worth county schools, having graduated from the Stanberry Normal school both in the teachers and commercial courses. He later graduated from the St. Louis University Medical college of St. Louis, after which he engaged in the practice of his profession at Troy Mills, Iowa until last June, when he enlisted in the service of his country and was given rank as lieutenant of the 351st Regiment.
The funeral services were conducted from the Isadora Church of Christ, Jan. 14, by Challie E. Graham, assisted by E. J. Laird, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Isadora cemetery. The pallbearers were Drs. Phipps, Mills, Andrews, McKinley and Ross of Grant City and Dr. Miller of Blockton.
A large concourse of people were present to pay their tribute of respect to this Worth county young man who gave his life for his country and who was formerly one of the county's most respected citizens.
The funeral discourse was preached from 2 Timothy: 4: 6-8. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of a host of friends. May they put their trust in the God of Heaven and walk with Him to the tearless land of immortality where there is no more sorrow.
[Note: His headstone gives his birth year as 1874.]

[SMITH, BENJAMIN WILHOIT]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 26, 1917
B. [enjamin] W. [ilhoit] Smith, of the vicinity of Benton, who has been afflicted with cancer for possibly twenty-five or thirty years and has suffered severely during the past few years, passed away at his home between Benton and Clearfield yesterday morning, we understand. Burial will probably take place in the Clearfield cemetery.

[SPOONER, LUKE PRIOR]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 14, 1917
L. [uke] P. [rior] Spooner, of Grinnell and brother of C. F. Spooner and brother-in-law of H. M. Minks of this place, passed away at his home at Grinnell Friday, June 1st. The funeral was held at the home in Grinnell Sunday afternoon at 2:30, June 3d. H. M. Minks attended the funeral.

[STANDLEY, JOHN HARLAN'S INFANT, 1918 – 1918]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 25, 1918
Bereft
A little son was born to Harlan Standley and wife, living near Conway, Friday morning. The little one only lived a short time. Short services were held at the home and also at Platteville Monday, conducted by Rev. F. N. Redinger of Conway and interment was made in the Platteville cemetery.

[STARKE, CAROLINE PROPST]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 27, 1917
Died, at the home of her son and daughter, Walter Starke and Mrs. D. [avid] R. [ufus] Alley, at 3036 Newton street, Denver, Colorado, Mrs. Caroline Starke, wife of Rev. W.[illiam] B. Starke and formerly of Blockton, Sept. 7, 1917. The funeral service was held from the home, the 9th, and interment made in Denver.

[SULLIVAN, JAMES H., 1851 – 1917]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 28, 1917
Fatally Injured
J. [ames] H. Sullivan, a farmer about 65 years of age and living on a farm across the road from the Clearfield cemetery, was fatally injured in a fall into a ditch across the roadway at the northwest corner of the Clearfield cemetery last Friday evening about 10 o'clock. As we understand it, Mr. Sullivan had been to Omaha that day with an automobile dealer to get a new car and returning to Clearfield and finding a "bridge out" notice at the northeast corner of the Clearfield corporation, started to walk to his home a distance of about a half mile. The bridge at the northwest corner of the cemetery had been taken out during the day to be replaced by a concrete culvert and in the darkness, Mr. Sullivan walked into the hole. In falling into the ditch, he broke two ribs, the broken ribs penetrating his lungs and was otherwise badly bruised and injured. He managed to get out of the ditch and to his home, a distance of perhaps two hundred yards. He was taken to a Creston hospital Saturday morning but died just as they reached Creston.

[SULLIVAN, JAMES H., 1851 – 1917]
Minden News (Minden, Nebraska), Friday, July 6, 1917
Obituary – James H. Sullivan
The subject of this sketch—for many years a resident of Kearney county—was born on March 12, 1851 and died in a hospital at Creston, Iowa, at 8 o'clock Saturday night, June 23, 1917. Death was the result of an accident which he sustained while on the way home the night previous after a business trip to Council Bluffs. His home was on a farm near Clearfield, Iowa.
Mr. Sullivan was twice married. His first wife was Miss Catherine Flanery, to whom he was married forty-two years ago at Wenona, Ill. to which union nine children were born, all of whom survive the parents. The wife and mother died in 1885. The children of this marriage are Frank Sullivan, of Heartwell, Nebr.; Miss Mamie Sullivan, Tonopah, Nevada; Miss Nora Sullivan, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. H. A. Etzelmiller, Minden, Neb.; John Sullivan, Minden; James Sullivan, Fremont, Nebr.; Miss Elizabeth Sullivan, Los Angeles; Ralph Sullivan, Minden; and Miss Sadie Sullivan, Tonopah, Nevada.
Mr. Sullivan re-married in 1906, his second wife being Miss Josephine Reed of Quincy, Ill. To this union three children (Bernard, Helen and Lewis) were born, who with their mother make their home near Clearfield, Iowa.
Four brothers and three sisters also survive: Tom Sullivan and D. E. Sullivan of Peoria, Ill.; Lott Sullivan, Henry, Ill.; M. J. Sullivan, Wynoka, Ill.; Mrs. Goshen, Odell, Ill.; Mrs. Wm. Shea, Limecreek, Minn.; and Miss Sarah Sullivan, Peoria, Ill.
The family came to Kearney county in 1885, removing to Clay Center in 1906; from there to Omaha and later to Iowa. Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Catholic church, being among the number who helped establish St. John's church in Minden. He was devoted and generous in his support of the church and withal was a kindly, warm-hearted man.
Funeral services were held in the Catholic church at Creston, Iowa, on Tuesday forenoon, June 26, at 9:30 o'clock, high mass being celebrated. The body was brought to Minden Tuesday night and a brief service was held in St. John's Catholic church Wednesday morning, being conducted by Rev. Father Dowd, who spoke in warm terms of appreciation of Mr. Sullivan and his family of highly respected sons and daughters. Interment was made in the Minden cemetery.

[SWEARINGEN, JOHN THOMAS]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday,  July 26, 1917
Thomas Swearingen Fatally Injured
E. S., J. E., Emmit and Emory Brown and their wives and Mrs. S. A. Scott were called to Red Oak Sunday by the death of Thomas Swearingen. Mr. Swearingen was fatally injured in the C. B. & Q. railroad yards at Red Oak Saturday afternoon about 3 o'clock and passed away at his home in that city that evening about 11 o'clock. It seems that he was helping unload a load of rock from a car on an incline side track and was removing the rocks which had rolled or falled down against the car trucks when five other cars which had been switched on to the incline side track, struck the car beside which he was working, knocking it about 18 feet and derailing it. Mr. Swearingen it seems escaped injury from the car but received injuries from the falling rock from which he died as above stated. An obituary will be printed next week.

[SWEARINGEN, JOHN THOMAS]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, August 2, 1917
Death of Thomas Swearingen
J. T. Swearingen died at 11:30 o'clock Saturday evening at his home at 101 West Second street from injuries received when he was crushed by a freight car at 4 o'clock that afternoon.
Mr. Swearingen, who was in the employ of the railroad company, was unloading a car of rock with workmen near the roundhouse, and after all the rock had been taken from the car, Mr. Swearingen got down under the car to remove a pile of rock that had fallen on the ground between the rails of the track. While standing outside the track and bending over between the cars at his work another car was backed onto the switch and struck the cars between which Mr. Swearingen was working. He was crushed between the trucks of one of the cars and the pile of rock on the track and was thrown outside the rails.
The other workmen with Mr. Swearingen ran to his assistance and he was taken at once to his home where medical attention was given him. He remained conscious until 9 o'clock in the evening, when he fell into a sleep from which he did not wake and at 11:30 death came to relieve him of his suffering.
John Thomas Swearingen was born March 4, 1859 in Appanoose county, Iowa and was married to Matilda Erwin at Blockton in 1882. To this union seven children were born. They are Ray of Cushing, Iowa; John of South Dakota; Lewis of Persin, Iowa; Mrs. Martin Hartzler of East Lynn, Mo.; Ethel of Corsica, S. D.; Sam of Lake City, Iowa and Fay of Bedford.
Mrs. Swearingen died at Benton in February 1899. In 1901 Mr. Swearingen was married to Mrs. Emma Crow at Mt. Ayr, whose children are Mrs. Lewis Eaton and Mrs. J. W. Athey of Red Oak and Mrs. Frank McCracken of Wichita, Kans. Mr. Swearingen leaves, besides his widow and children, also three brothers and four sisters.
He came from Maloy to Red Oak in the fall of 1914. He was a member of the Christian church and also of the M. W. A. and I. O. O. F. lodges. The funeral was held at the Christian church Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. J. A. McKenzie conducting the service. The pall bearers were P. F. Pentosh, F. A. Waldron, D. H. Blank, Dr. C. C. Ingman, A. E. Connick and W. E. Zimmerman, and burial was in Evergreen cemetery. Those from a distance who were here to attend the funeral were Lewis Swearingen and wife, of Bedford; L. B. Swearingen and wife, of Persia; J. E., S. E., Emory and Emmett Brown and their wives of Blockton; Mrs. J. W. Scott of Maloy and Mrs. Frank McCracken and daughter, Zetta, of Wichita, Kansas.
The many friends of the bereaved family extend sincere sympathy to them in their sorrow over the loss of their loved one. – Red Oak Sun.

[TARLTON, CHARLES C.]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 18, 1918
C. [harles] C. Tarleton was born in Adams county, Ohio, Nov. 1, 1850 and departed this life at his home at Isadora, Mo., April 8, 1918, aged 67 years, 5 months and 7 days.
He came to Missouri when a boy and has resided here ever since.
He was united in marriage to Miss T. [hursa] J. [ane] Dungan April 16, 1874. To this union five children were born as follows: Mrs. Stella Zink, of Athelstan; Mrs. Ida Ewart, of Woodruff, Mo.; Charles Tarleton, of Cherokee, Ia. John Tarleton, of Larrabe, Ia. and Lillie Tarleton, who preceded him about ten years. His companion and many other relatives are left to mourn their loss.
He confessed faith in Christ seventeen years ago under the preaching of T. W. Cottingham.
The funeral services were held at the Isadora Church of Christ April 10, conducted by Challie Graham, after which interment was made in the Isadora cemetery.
We united with the friends in extending our sympathy to the bereaved ones and in wishing for them the comforting grace and guidance of Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.
[Note: The last name is spelled Tarlton on his Missouri State Death Certificate.]

[TARLTON, THURSA JANE DUNGAN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 20, 1918
T. [hursa] J. [ane] Dungan was born in the state of Ohio Oct. 9, 1852 and departed this life June 9, 1918 at the home of her son, Charles Tarleton, in Cherokee, Iowa, aged 65 years and 8 months.
She was united in marriage to C. [harles] C. Tarleton April 16, 1874. To this union five children were born as follows: Mrs. Stella Zink of Athelstan; Mrs. Ida Ewart of Woodruff, Mo.; Charles Tarleton, of Cherokee; John Tarleton of Larrabe, and Lillie Tarleton, who preceded her about ten years ago.
Her companion died April 8, 1918, since which time she made her home with her son, Charles.
She was a member of the Isadora Church of Christ, having united with it at its organization. She was a faithful attendant of the same whenever able.
The funeral services were held at the Isadora Church of Christ Tuesday, June 11, conducted by the pastor, Challie E. Graham, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at the same place beside her companion.
The bereaved ones have the sympathy of their many friends. May they all follow the Christ who leads the way to the tearless and deathless land.
[Note: The family name is spelled Tarlton on her husband's Missouri State Death Certificate.]

[TAYLOR, CLARA A. GRAY]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 21, 1938
Mrs G Taylor Rites Tuesday
Funeral Services to Be Held at Methodist Church
Mrs. Grant Taylor, 67, died at the St Francis hospital in Maryville early Sunday morning following a short illness. All of the nine living children were at her bedside when the end came. She had been taken to the Maryville hospital when her illness became serious last weekend.
Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. W Frank Lister in charge. Interment to be in Clarinda cemetery.
Mr and Mrs Taylor celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Dec 31, 1937, in Clarinda. Mrs Taylor had been a resident of Clarinda the past 14 years, having moved here from New Market.
Her husband and 9 children survive. All of the children are here for the funeral services, including Mrs Nathan Wilcox and Theodore Taylor of Tulsa, Okla, Mrs Elbert Borden of New Market, Mrs Will Nicholas of Burlington Junction, Mo, Mrs Earl Leaverton of Lincoln, Nebr, Mrs Russell McAlpin of Villisca, Mrs Lloyd Taylor of Shenandoah, Mrs Roy Cline and Mrs Fred Foster, jr, of Clarinda. Eighteen grandchildren, one great grandchild, five sisters and four brothers also survive.

[TAYLOR, CLARA A. GRAY]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, November 28, 1938
Clara A Taylor – Clara A Gray, daughter of Lucinda and Martin Van Buren Gray, was born in Nodaway county, Mo April 29, 1871 and passed away at the St Francis hospital, Maryville, Mo., Sunday, November 20th, after a short illness, at the age of 67 years 6 months and 21 days. She was converted and united with the Methodist church at Quitman, Mo, in 1904, transferring her membership to the Methodist church in New Market, Iowa, in 1924.
She was united in marriage with Grant Taylor of Nodaway county, Mo December 31, 1887. To this union there were born ten children. The early part of her life before and after her marriage was spent in northern Missouri. In 1909 she moved, with her husband and family, to Taylor county, Iowa, on a farm near New Market where they were identified with farming and farm activities for the next several years. They moved into New Market in 1920 and lived there until 1924 at which time she and her husband came to Clarinda where she lived at the time of her passing.
Mr and Mrs Taylor celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last January first. The occasion was not only one commemorating 50 years of happy marital companionship, but also one of fond recollections of willing sacrifices, mother love, devotion, and the realization of a full life, well lived—of a job well done.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Viva. Besides her husband and five sisters and four brothers, she leaves to mourn her passing the following children: Mrs. Will Nicholas of Burlington Junction, Mo; Mrs Earl Leaverton, Lincoln, Nebr; Mrs. Fred Foster, jr, Clarinda; Mrs. Roy Cline, Clarinda; Lloyd Taylor, Shenandoah; Mrs. Russell McAlpin, Villisca, Ia; Mrs Elbert Borden, New Market; Mrs Nathan Wilcox, Tulsa, Okla; Theodore Taylor, Tulsa, Okla; 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild and other relatives and Mrs many friends.
Mrs Taylor loved her home and children and enjoyed working with quilts and flowers which was her hobby during life.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Clarinda Nov 22 with Rev W Frank Lister in charge. Pall bearers were Robert Nicholas, Harold Foster, Eldon Taylor and Ivan Taylor, grandsons, John Brown and Jim Timmerman, grandsons-in-law. Interment was at the Dallas Center cemetery in Taylor County.
[Note: Her headstone gives her birth year as 1872.]

[TAYLOR, THEODORE FRANCIS "TED"]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, June 3, 1957
Services Saturday for Ted F Taylor
Former Clarinda Resident Died in California Hospital May 29
Funeral service was held here Saturday for Theodore F [rancis] Taylor, 46, former Clarinda resident who died at the Covina, Calif, hospital Wednesday.
Mr Taylor was born in Taylor County. His home was at Baldwin Park, Calif. He was hospitalized 20 days preceding his death.
Surviving are his wife, Ima Jean; seven children, Deloris, Shirley, Teddy, Sharon, Vickie, Linda and Bonnie; a brother, Lloyd Taylor of Clarinda; and five sisters, Mrs Chloe Nicholas of Burlington Junction, Mo, Mrs Earl Leaverton and Mrs Roy Cline, both of Kansas City, Mo, Mrs Hazel McAlpin of Clarinda and Mrs Nathan Wilcox of Tulsa, Okla.
The Rev William Lee, minister of the Glenwood Christian Church, officiated at the service at the Walker Funeral Home Saturday afternoon. Interment was in the Dallas Center Cemetery in the Taylor family lot.

[TAYLOR, THEODORE FRANCIS "TED"]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, June 6, 1957
EAST RIVER, June 3 – Ted Taylor of Baldwin Park, Calif, an uncle of Mrs Verlin Cade, died Wednesday. The funeral was held Saturday in Clarinda with burial in Dallas Center Cemetery.

[TAYLOR, ULYSSES GRANT]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, August 24, 1942
Grant Taylor Rites Held Here Sunday
Funeral services for Grant Taylor, 74, who died at Municipal hospital early Saturday morning were held from the Walker funeral home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev Harry Walling. He had been in ill health for several months. Burial was made in the Dallas cemetery by the side of his wife, who preceded him in death two years ago.
Surviving are nine children: two sons, Ted of Kansas City, Mo, and Lloyd of Lincoln, Nebr; seven daughters, Mrs Hazel McAlpin of Clarinda, Mrs Fred Joster [Foster], jr of New Market, Mrs Minnie Leaverton of Norfolk, Nebr, Mrs Nathan Wilcox of Tulsa, Okla, Mrs Elbert Borden of New Market, Mrs Roy Cline of Wilcox, Mo and Mrs Chloe Nicholas of Burlington Junction, Mo.

[TAYLOR, ULYSSES GRANT]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, September 17, 1942
Grant Taylor – Ulysses Grant Taylor, son of Nancy Emilene and Samuel E Taylor, was born in Jasper county, Iowa, Aug 14, 1868, and passed away in the municipal hospital at Clarinda at midnight, Aug 21, 1942, at the age of 74 years and 7 days.
The parents of Grant Taylor came from the state of Pennsylvania and Ohio to settle in this new western part of this country. They stayed in Iowa only a short time and moved on in a covered wagon to the northern part of Missouri where Grant grew to manhood along with his brothers and sisters.
He was baptized in infancy and was brought up in the faith of the United Presbyterian church.
In the year of 1887, December 31, he was married to Clara A Gray of Clearmont, Mo. To this union was born ten children, all living except Viva, who passed away in March 1918. They celebrated their golden wedding in 1937.
Mr Taylor leaves his nine children to mourn his death. All were at his bedside when the grim reaper struck, as they were with the mother who preceded the husband in death Nov 20, 1938. These children are Mrs Will Nicholas of Burlington Junction, Mo, Mrs Earl Leaverton of Norfolk, Nebr, Mrs Fred Foster, jr, of Clarinda, Mrs Roy Cline of Wilcox, Mo, Mrs Russell McAlpin of Clarinda, who lived with him, Loyd Taylor of Lincoln, Nebr, Mrs Elbert Borden of New Market, Mrs Nathan Wilcox of Tulsa, Okla, Theodore Taylor of Kansas City, Mo, their husbands and wives, 21 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, 2 brothers and many other relatives and a host of friends mourn his death.
Mr and Mrs Taylor started their married life in Nodaway county, Missouri, living there until 1909 when they moved to their large farm northeast of New Market. While living near New Market, these children became men and women, married and started their homes.
This couple was active in their community, working hard and always helping to build their community to make it a better place in which to live, always giving for the spiritual, educational and charitable causes.
In 1920 they left the farm, moved to New Market, lived there until May 1924 when they moved to their home in Clarinda where each spent their last days.
Funeral services were held at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda, August 23, in charge of Rev Harry Walling. Burial was in Dallas cemetery. Pallbearers were William Anderson, T H Earhart, Henry Witthoft, Clinton Turner, Del Hundley and Wade Schooley.
Relatives and friends from out of town attending the funeral were Mr and Mrs Ted Taylor and children of Kansas City, Mo; Mr and Mrs Earl Leaverton of Norfolk, Nebr; Mr and Mrs Nathan Wilcox and children of Tulsa, Okla; Mr and Mrs Roy Cline of Wilcox, Mo; Mr and Mrs W E Nicholas, Mr and Mrs Robert Nicholas and Mr and Mrs John Brown, all of Burlington Junction, Mo; Mr and Mrs Jim Timmerman of Nodaway; Mr and Mrs Lloyd Taylor and children of Lincoln, Nebr; Mr and Mrs Charles Anderson of Laird, Colo; Mr and Mrs W R Taylor and daughter of Kansas City, Mo; Mr and Mrs S E Taylor of Maryville, Mo; Mr and Mrs George Ripley, Mr and Mrs Sam Ripley, Mr and Mrs Everett Gray and daughter Rudolph Labonia, and Dick Gray, all of Clearmont, Mo; and Mr and Mrs Ira Gray and Mr and Mrs Carl Gray, all of Hopkins, Mo.

[TAYLOR, VIVA FERN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 14, 1918
Taylor county was the scene of two deaths last week caused by careless use of kerosene. On Tuesday of last week a seventeen-year-old daughter of Grant Taylor and wife, living near New Market, undertook to hurry up a fire by pouring kerosene on the fire from a three gallon can with the result that the can exploded and the young lady received burns from which she died early Thursday morning.

[TAYLOR, VIVA FERN]
New Market Herald (New Market, Iowa), Thursday, March 14, 1918
Viva Taylor Laid to Rest
Miss Viva Taylor who lost her life last Thursday morning from the effects of being cruelly burned by an explosion of oil, was laid to rest Friday afternoon in beautiful Dallas cemetery. Funeral services were held in the M.E. church at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Dr. W. E. Wiley of Green Top, Mo. The church was filled to overflowing and the casket containing the mortal remains of Viva was piled high with beautiful flowers, a mute testimony of the high esteem in which she was held.
It was a long cortege that followed deceased to her last resting place and there were no dry eyes among those who surrounded the open grave.
The relatives who attended from a distance were Mrs. S. C. Taylor, W. R. Taylor and Maggie Sallee, grandmother, uncle and aunt, of Maryville, Mo., Samuel E. Taylor and wife of Burlington Junction, Mo., Ozra M. Gray, Maryville, Mo., Ira Gray and family of Hopkins, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Gray, Mrs. E. D. Ripley, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Gray of Clearmont, Mo., Eva Anderson, Ouray, Colo., Mrs. Lizzie Bice, Burlington Junction.
Viva Fern Taylor was born in Nodaway county, Mo., December 8, 1901 and departed this life at her home near New Market, Ia., March 7, 1918, aged 16 years, 2 months and 29 days. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Taylor who, with seven sisters and two brothers, are left to mourn her loss. The sisters are Mrs. Chloe Nicholas of Burlington Junction, Mo., Mrs. Minnie Leaverton, Mrs. Alta Foster, Mrs. Morvia Cline, Mrs. Hazel McAlpin, all of New Market, and Edith, Mildred and two brothers, Loyd and Theodore, at home.
Viva when quite young united with the Methodist church at Quitman, Mo. and has lived a faithful and consistent member ever since. Viva was kissed by the death angel Thursday morning at one o'clock and twenty minutes and her spirit has winged its way to the one who gave it. She made a brave fight for life and all that loving care and medical skill could do was done to keep her life here but in vain, and she was gathered to Him who doeth all things well. Death at all times is a sad and unwelcome event but doubly so when it claims so young a life as this. The family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.

[THARP, ROY, - 1917]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 20, 1917
Roy, the infant son of Chas. Tharp and wife of Maloy, passed away Saturday and was laid to rest Sunday afternoon beside his little twin brother, Ray, who preceded him to the other world just two weeks before. The funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Augustine and interment was made in the family burial grounds.


[WARE, FLOYD JUSTIN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 18, 1918
Floyd J. Ware Dead
Floyd J. [ustin] Ware, president of the Blockton Bank, who has been in poor health for several weeks, resulting from a severe attack of pneumonia and has been seriously ill for the past two or three weeks, passed away last evening at 7:30 o'clock. Funeral services will be held at the home this afternoon at either 3 or 4 o'clock and the body will be taken to the old home of the family at Troy Mills on No. 2 this evening where funeral services and interment will take place Saturday.

[WARE, FLOYD JUSTIN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 25, 1918
Floyd Justin Ware was born in Jackson county, Iowa, July 24, 1856 and departed this life at his home in Blockton, Iowa, July 17, 1918, aged 61 years, 11 months and 23 days.
His boyhood days were spent in Linn county, Iowa where he grew to young manhood and became a farmer and stock raiser.
In the year 1876 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Gardner to whom he remained a faithful husband until her death on the 12th day of March 1912.
In March of 1882 he settled on a prairie farm of 160 acres near Troy Mills which he broke and improved and to which he added more acres until he became the owner of more than a section of land.
In March 1908 he started the first bank that was ever in Troy Mills, selling it three years later and moving to Blockton where he purchased the Blockton bank and remained owner and proprietor of the same until his death.
He leaves to mourn his loss two sons and one daughter, Thomas A. Ware, of Blockton; Milan A. Ware, of Granite Falls, Minnesota and Nancy J. Ondler of Walker. One daughter, Edith Blanche, died in infancy. He also leaves six grandchildren, Blanche, Pearl, Lurah and Ruth Ware of Granite Falls, Minnesota; Carl Ondler, of Walker and Floyd Ware, of Blockton. Two grandchildren, John Ondler and Nadine Ware, together with his loving wife, have preceded him to the better land.
Mr. Ware will be remembered as a man of simple habits, rugged constitution, everyday industry and economy, and he lived a life above reproach in all his relations toward his fellow men. Fair dealing and charity of both mind and heart were the characteristics with which he impressed those who came to know him. It was his constant purpose to live as near right as he knew, every day.
While not a member of any church, he was a firm believer in immortality, a favorite hymn of his being, "Shall we meet beyond the river, where the surges cease to roll." When the M. E. church was built at Troy Mills during the summer of 1898, he was one of the most devoted workers, the first load of stone for the foundation being hauled by him. He was also treasurer of the building committee and a member of the board of trustees, a position he held for a number of years.
Mr. Ware was a devoted husband, a kind neighbor and a loving father [words unreadable] miss him, especially his son, Thomas A., with whom he had been associated in business the past ten years and with whom he made his home since the death of his wife in March 1912.
But life is only a preparation for another and we shall all hope to meet him in the "Land that is fairer than this."
Funeral services were held at the home Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and were largely attended, the business houses of the town being closed. The services were conducted by Rev. E. J. Laird, of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Burhl Gilpin, of the Church of Christ. The relatives left on the evening train for the home of Mrs. Ondler at Walker with the body and services were held at the Methodist church at the old home of the deceased at Troy Mills Saturday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. G. E. Bernard and interment took place in the family burial lot in the Troy Mills cemetery.


[WEST, VIRGIL E.]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 7, 1918
Virgil West, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. L. [orenzo] West, was born in Worth county, Missouri, Oct. 17, 1896 and departed this life in Kansas City Mo., Feb. 1, 1918, aged 21 years, 3 months and 14 days.
Virgil confessed his faith in Christ and was buried with his Lord in baptism September 22, 1910, uniting with the Isadora Church of Christ. Since that time, he has been one of the most faithful of its members and an active worker in the church, bible school and Christian Endeavor. He was one of our very best young men and endeared himself to all who knew him.
He leaves to mourn their loss for a time, father and mother and two sisters, Elsie and Viola, besides many other relatives and a host of friends.
The funeral services were conducted from the Isadora Church of Christ Feb. 4, by his pastor and teacher, Challie E. Graham, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at the same place to await the call of the Master in that bright morning when the dead in Christ shall awake to life and immortality.
The bereaved ones have the sympathy of a host of friends, all of whom wish for them the comfort and blessings of the kind heavenly Father. May they not sorrow without hope but look joyfully forward to the happy reunion in the Father's house.

[WEST, VIRGIL E.]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 7, 1918
Mrs. D. S. Devore came Saturday from Tabor to attend the funeral of her nephew, Virgil West.

[WHITE, ANSEL LUKE]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 28, 1917
Ansel Luke White, only son of Luke and Margaret White, was born at Athelstan October 10th, 1916 and died June 18th, 1917, aged 8 months and 8 days.
He leaves father, mother, two sisters and other relatives to mourn his departure.
The funeral services were conducted from the home at Athelstan Tuesday, June 19th, at 10 o'clock, by W. M. Hunt. Text, Job 8:9; Matt. 18:3. Interment was made in the Platteville cemetery.
Tender Shepherd, thou hast stilled
Now thy little lamb's brief weeping
Ah, how peaceful, pale and mild
In its narrow bed 'tis sleeping,
And no sigh of anguish sore
Heave that little bosom more
In this world of care and pain
Lord thou wouldst no longer leave
   it
Clothed in robes of spotless white
Now it dwells with thee in light.

[WHITE, EVA ELEANOR KELLEY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 20, 1917
Death of Mrs. David White, Jr.
Eva Eleanor Kelley, daughter of James and Cynthia Kelley, was born November 26, 1888, at the Kelley home near Isadora and died Sept. 17, 1917.
She was united in marriage to David White, Jr., Sept. 18, 1910. To this union two children were born, Kelley and Ethel.
At the age of 15 she united with the Christian church.
The funeral services were held at the home Tuesday, conducted by Bro. McLaughlin of the M. E. church and interment was made near her father and brother at the Isadora burial grounds. She requested being buried in her wedding dress and it being the seventh anniversary of her wedding day, made the service more sad.

[WHITE, EVA ELEANOR KELLEY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 20, 1917
Mrs. Dave White, Jr., passed away at her home south of Athelstan Monday morning after a two weeks illness.

[WINEINGER, HOMER]
St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Missouri), Thursday, December 3, 1970
Homer Wineinger – Service arrangements for Homer Wineinger, 84, Green Acres, are pending at the Stamey mortuary.
Mr. Wineinger, a retired barber and salesman, died Wednesday night at a convalescent center. Born at Little Rock, Ark., he had lived here 40 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Alice Blake, St. Joseph and Captain Agnes Diaz, Omaha; three sons, Clay, William J. and James L. Wineinger, St. Joseph; one sister, Mrs. Ethel Constant, Topeka; 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His wife, Mrs. Clara Wineinger, died in 1968.

[WINEINGER, HOMER]
St. Joseph Gazette (St. Joseph, Missouri), Thursday, December 3, 1970
Homer Wineinger – Homer Wineinger, 84, died last night at a local convalescent center. His last residence was at Green Acres.
A native of Little Rock, Ark., Mr. Wineinger had lived here 40 years. He was a retired barber and salesman.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Alice Blake, St. Joseph, and Mrs. Agnes Diaz, Omaha, Neb.; three sons, Clay Wineinger, William J. Wineinger and James L. Wineinger, all of St. Joseph; a sister, Mrs. Ethel Constant, Topeka, Kan.; 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The body is at the Stamey mortuary.

[WINEINGER, HOMER]
St. Joseph Gazette (St. Joseph, Missouri), Friday, December 4, 1970
Wineinger Rites
Services for Homer Wineinger, 84, Green Acres, will be at 10 a. m. Saturday at the Stamey chapel. The Rev. Russell Ballard will officiate. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery.
Mr. Wineinger, a retired barber and salesman, died Wednesday night at a local convalescent center. He had lived here for more than 40 years.

[WINEINGER, LILLIAN EFFIE MCCONNELL]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 27, 1918
Word comes to us that Mrs. Homer Wineinger, formerly of this place but later of Grant City, passed away at a St. Joseph hospital last Saturday evening, having been taken to St. Joseph that morning.