Obituaries
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[AILSHIE, GEORGE CRAWFORD]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 6, 1924
George Crawford Ailshie was born in Green county, Tennessee, May 26, 1836. He departed this life Feb. 22, 1924, aged 87 years, 8 months and 27 days.
He was united in marriage to Mary March in 1857 and to this union three children were born. Two of them died in infancy. The other, John Ailshie, lives at Coalton, Ok. Mary March Ailshie died in 1864. On Nov. 13, 1873, he was married to Nancy Shinn of Moulton, Ia. to this union four children were born—Benjamin Franklin Ailshie, Anna Rebecca Roth and Charlotte and Henry, the last two dying at the age of 5 and 6 years. The first named lives south of Sargent and Mrs. Roth and her husband have made their home for a year or so with her aged parents.
Mr. Ailshie and family came to Custer county, Nebr., early in April 1894 and located on a farm in Cummings Park. In that vicinity he lived 13 years. At the age of 70 years Mr. Ailshie decided to retire from farming and moved to West Union. In 1913 they moved to Sargent.
Mr. Ailshie was converted in middle life, uniting with the Christian church. When they came to Nebraska he united with the Methodist church at West Union and later transferred his membership to the church in Sargent. He was an earnest Christian, a devoted husband and a loving father.
Mr. Ailshie enlisted in the Union army in 1862 and served [?] and 9 months, being mustered out before the close of the war. He then enlisted in the twenty-first Missouri infantry. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The funeral services were held at the M. E. church Monday afternoon, Feb. 25, at 1:30. Quite a large number of the American Legion in the khaki uniforms were present at the funeral, giving to it a truly military aspect. During the funeral ceremonies the Legion color bearer sat at the foot and the U. S. flag bearer at the head of the casket. Beside each sat a guard with a rifle. The songs used by a mixed quartet were "We are going down the valley," "We'll never say goodbye in heaven," and "Safe in the arms of Jesus." Rev. M. M. Long, pastor, read a portion of scripture and offered prayer. Rev. E. H. Maynard, now of Ord, but pastor of the church here for six years, read the obituary and then preached a funeral sermon in which he spoke very highly of Mr. Ailshie as a man of God, true to his beliefs and convictions.
The American Legion took charge of the burial services which were in accordance with their form of service. The chaplain had charge of the ritualistic service at the head of the grave, then three volleys were fired, and the service ended with the sounding of taps.
The above is taken from the Sargent (Neb.) Leader. Mr. Ailshie was an uncle of Mrs. G. R. Newton of this place and also has a number of relatives in this section.

[BEATTY, ELMER]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, May 28, 1925
F. M. Burton and wife received a message Sunday that their son-in-law, Elmer Beatty, had passed away at his home in Omaha on Saturday evening at 11:30, heart trouble being the cause of his death. He leaves beside his wife, formerly Miss Eva Burton of this place, one son, Richard, a lad about 14 years of age. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 and interment was made in the Woodmen cemetery.

[BEATTY, ELMER]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 4, 1925
Mrs. Lloyd Ramsay and son, of Nichols, who were in Omaha attending the funeral of her brother-in-law, Elmer Beatty, came Sunday to visit at the home of her parents, F. M. Burton and wife.

[BECKER, HENRY WILLIAM]
Iola Daily Register (Iola, Kansas), Friday, December 26, 1924
Mr. Henry W. Becker of 511 North Chestnut street died Wednesday evening at 8:30 o'clock. The funeral service will be held from the home Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. J. E. Reynolds, pastor of the First Christian church. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery.

[BECKER, HENRY WILLIAM]
Iola Daily Register (Iola, Kansas), Thursday, January 1, 1925
Obituary – H. W. Becker
Henry William Becker was born May 27, 1856 in Germany. At the age of sixteen he came to this country, making his home in Illinois, where he was married to Margaret Schimmelphenig September 2, 1886. The family later moved to Iowa where they resided until 1910, when they came to Iola, Kan. Besides his faithful wife, he leaves the following children: Albert, George, Lydia, Ethel and Mabel. Two daughters, Dora and Clara, preceded their father to the other world. There were eight grandchildren.
Many years ago he united with the Lutheran church and has since been faithful to its teachings and he attended its services when there was a church of his faith in the city and his health permitted. He was a kind and sympathetic husband and a splendid neighbor. He was sick for some time before his death, yet he bore his suffering with fortitude and his loving wife was with him at all times, seeking to give him every attention he needed. Many friends sympathize with the companion who is left, and they seek to comfort the children. The members of the family sorrow not as those who have no hope. —A Friend.
[Note: The same obituary was published in the Iola Daily Register and Evening News, January 1, 1925. His headstone gives his birth year as 1855.]

[BECKER, HENRY WILLIAM]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 8, 1925
Henry W. Becker Dead
Word was received here during the early morning hours of Christmas morning by A. A. Severns that Henry W. Becker had passed away at his home in Iola, Kansas, Christmas eve, Dec. 24.
Mr. Becker had been in very poor health for a year or so. On Friday before his death Art Franklin and wife, who were on their way home from an overland trip to Norman, Oklahoma, visited him and left him quite cheerful.
Mr. Becker was about 70 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Blockton from Illinois in 1900 and resided in the vicinity for ten years, moving to Iola, Kansas in January 1910.
He leaves, besides his wife, five living children—George, of Piqua, Kansas; Albert, of Illinois; Mrs. Lydia Kettle, of Iola and Miss Ethel Becker and Mrs. Mabel Smith of Kansas City. Two children have preceded him in death—Mrs. Dora Severns in 1913 and Mrs. Clara Zollers in 1923.
Mr. Becker was an excellent citizen, honest and upright, and his many old friends here will regret to learn of his death.

[BLAKEMORE, ELIZABETH PRIDDY BRYANT]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 3, 1924
Mrs. W. D. Blakemore, wife of the late Hon. W. [yatt] D. [eKalb] Blakemore, passed away at her home at Washington C. [ourt] H. [ouse], Ohio, March 25 and was buried at that point on March 27. She had been in very poor health for two or three years. Mrs. Blakemore was formerly Mrs. Elizabeth Bryant and was married to Mr. Blakemore who passed away on Feb. 28 last and was buried in the Platteville cemetery.

[BOWEN, HARRY]
Fayetteville Daily Democrat (Fayetteville, Arkansas), Tuesday, May 25, 1926
Dr. Harry Bowen of Harris is Dead
Dr. Harry Bowen, veterinarian, died at his home north of Harris early Tuesday morning. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at the residence at three o'clock and interment will be in Fairview Memorial cemetery northeast of Fayetteville.
Dr. Bowen was born August 30, 1869 and came here from Iowa about 18 years ago. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Beatrice Bowen, a native of England and by a son and daughter, Frederick Bowen of Springdale and Mrs. Turner Miller of near Harris. Several relatives from Iowa, Kansas and Missouri were expected to come for the funeral.
Pallbearers have been announced as follows: Jess Moore, Frank Fletcher, Hugh Miller, Wallace Shofner, Walter Smith and Edward Roberts. Honorary pall bearers will be selected from members of Modern Woodmen association.
[Note: The family headstone gives his birth year as 1868.]

[BOWEN, HARRY]
Fayetteville Daily Democrat (Fayetteville, Arkansas), Thursday, May 27, 1926
Dr. Harry Bowen Is Buried Here
Funeral services for Dr. Harry Bowen of Harris, who passed away Tuesday morning, were held at the residence Wednesday afternoon, Rev. O. L. Lierly officiating. Burial was at Fairview Memorial Park near Fayetteville.
Dr. Bowen was 56 years of age and was born in Abington, Ill. He was married to Miss Beatrice Waight in 1892. Two children survive besides the wife: a daughter, Mrs. Phania Miller and a son, Fredrick Bowen. Five sisters and three brothers also survive as follows: Mrs. Darlington, Ames, Iowa; Mrs. Fannie Murdock, Clearfield, Neb.; Mrs. Ada Sperrier, Long Beach, Calif.; Edwin Bowen, Fairfield, Iowa; Chester, of Ainsworth, Neb., and Claude of Wichita, Kansas, the latter being the only one who could come for the funeral.
The Modern Woodman service was read at the grave by O. L. Champion and honorary pall bearers were selected form members of the lodge. Active pallbearers were announced previously.

[BOWEN, HARRY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 10, 1926
Harry Bowen, formerly of the vicinity of Clearfield and known to many of our readers, died at his home near Fayette, Arkansas, May 25.

[BRESSLER, LAURA BELL OWENS HURLEY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 29, 1923
F. A. Siemiller and wife, A. B. Keplinger, wife and sons, Harold and Ralph; M. W. Siemiller and the Misses Dora and Bessie Siemiller, attended the funeral of a cousin, Mrs. Manuel Bressler, near Grant City Friday afternoon.

[BRISTOW, THOMAS JEFFERSON]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 29, 1925
Thomas Jefferson Bristow, son of Ralph A. and Levana Bristow, was born in Cedar county, Mo., Sept. 18, 1857, and passed away at the city hospital of Des Moines Oct. 22, 1925, aged 68 years, 1 month and 4 days.
The past few years of his life was spent in Des Moines. Constant activity was expression of his nature, always busy at his place of business or at home until Aug. 25th of this year when it became necessary for him to go to the hospital from which he was never able to return home.
He was a true and helpful friend, ever happiest when making others happy or helping them in trouble. To know him was to love him and his friends were numbered by his acquaintances.
He leaves to mourn his going his wife and children, two brothers and one sister—J. C. Bristow of Los Angeles, Cal.; W. H. Bristow and Mrs. Addie Smith of Mt. Ayr—and other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Kirkendall, pastor of the Mt. Ayr Methodist church, in the undertaking parlors at Mt Ayr on Sunday, Oct. 25th and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery, Mt. Ayr.

[CHILDERS, HANNAH VANSKYOCK]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 25, 1926
Grandma Childers Dead
Grandma Childers, mother of Manson and J. C. Childers of southeast of Athelstan, passed away at the Manson Childers home Saturday evening. Funeral services were held Monday.

[CHILDERS, LUCY HAYES SMITH]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 26, 1929
ATHELSTAN – This community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Mrs. Manson Childers who passed away about noon at her home southeast of town Tuesday. She leaves her husband and son Clarence. Funeral services were held Thursday in their new home that was nearly completed.

[CHILDERS, LUCY HAYES SMITH]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, December 19, 1929
Mrs. Manson Childers died quite suddenly at her home south of Athelstan Tuesday noon.

[CHILDERS, STEPHEN MANSON]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 11, 1952
ATHELSTAN – S. M. Childers Dies
S. [tephen] M. [anson] Childers died Saturday morning at his home south of town. He had been confined to his bed for some time. His son, Clarence, made his home with his father.


[CROUCH, CHANCY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 15, 1925
Chancey Crouch Dead
The following clipping was received at this office on Thursday morning of last week and while no dates are given, we gather from a date on the other side of the clipping that Mr. Crouch passed away on Dec. 29, 1924. Mr. Crouch and wife were residents of Blockton and vicinity for a number of years and will be remembered favorably by the old settlers who all speak of them and will regret to learn of the death of Mr. Crouch. The Crouch family have kept in touch with their old friends here by taking the News all these years.
"Chancey Crouch, an old-time resident of Colorado and Wyoming, died at his home here Monday. He was born near Liberty, Ill., March 15, 1851. His youth was spent in Hancock county, later moving to Taylor county, Iowa, where, on November 15, 1881, he was married to Miss Emma Beers. He brought his family to Colorado in 1908, making his home near Grover until six years ago when the family came to Cheyenne to live.
He is survived by his widow and the following children: Clinton D. Crouch, of Hereford, Colo.; Vernon L. Crouch and Mrs. Bessie Thompson of Cheyenne; Mrs. Paul N. Nelson of Ogden, Utah; five grandchildren; a sister, Miss Kate Crouch of Hamilton, Ill.; two brothers, Lanson Crouch, of Portland, Ore. and H. S. Crouch of Neosho, Mo.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Hobbs, Huckfeldt and Finkbine chapel. Interment will take place in the family plot at Lakeview. The services will be in charge of Rev. Guy E. Konkel and Rev. J. C. Blackman. The body will lie in state at the home, 415 West Twenty-fifth street, Wednesday from 11 o'clock until 1:30 o'clock."

[CROUCH, EMMA JANE BEERS]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 15, 1937
Mrs. Chance Crouch Dead
Mrs. Emma Crouch, widow of the late Chance Crouch, died at her home in Cheyenne Wyoming, after a ten days illness at the age of 77 years. Funeral services were held from the Cheyenne Methodist church on the afternoon of Easter Sunday, March 28. Her husband preceded her in death in 1925.
The Crouch family left Blockton a number of years ago and located in Cheyenne in 1908 where the parents continued to reside until their deaths.
The children surviving are the son, Clinton, living near Cheyenne and the daughter, Bessie Thompson, of Cheyenne.



[DARLINGTON, CHARLES]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 3, 1924
Chas. Darlington Dead
Chas. Darlington passed away at the home of a brother in Kansas City Friday morning after an illness of a few weeks. Mr. Darlington had been a resident of this place for over a year, looking after the large drove of cattle being fed out on the Davis farm. Some three or four weeks ago he became critically ill and was taken to the home of his brother in Kansas City where he passed away as above stated.

[DORN, DANIEL DARIUS]
Davenport Democrat and Leader (Davenport, Iowa), Sunday, October 25, 1925
Daniel Dorn, Iowa Pioneer Banker, Dies at Kellerton
Des Moines, Oct. 24. – Daniel D. [arius] Dorn, 77, a pioneer Iowa banker, died today at Kellerton, Ia., according to a telegram received by his son, Clinton R. Dorn, an attorney here. Mr. Dorn Lived in Des Moines for several years. He was born in Booneville, N. Y. and came to Iowa while still a young man. He is survived by his widow and four sons.

[DORN, DANIEL DARIUS]
Atlantic News-Telegraph (Atlantic, Iowa), Monday, October 26, 1925
Well Known Banker Dead
DES MOINES, Oct. 26. – Daniel D. Dorn, a pioneer Iowa banker, died yesterday at Kellerton, Ia., at the age of 77, according to a telegram received here by his son, Clinton R. Dorn, an attorney here.
Mr. Dorn lived in Des Moines for several years. He was born in Booneville, N. Y. and came to Iowa while still a young man. He is survived by his widow, four sons, Clinton R., Ralph D., Walter and Daniel D., jr., and two daughters, Ruth Dorn and Mrs. William B. Widener of Pasadena, Calif.
His son left for Kellerton yesterday to arrange for the funeral.

[DORN, DANIEL DARIUS]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 5, 1925
D. [aniel] D.[arius] Dorn, who lived northwest of this place at one time and whose illness at his home at Kellerton was noted last week, passed away the first of last week.



[FAUBION, SARAH JANE ENDICOTT]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 21, 1924
Sarah Jane Endicott, the eldest of sixteen children born to Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Endicott, was born March 20, 1845, in Barry, Clay County, Missouri and died Feb. 11, 1924, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. D. Mosbarger, in Grant City.
On March 6, 1870, she was united in marriage to J. [acob]  S. [mith] Faubion and to this union there was given seven children, three sons and four daughters, Mary Catherine and Lula May died in early childhood, and Hattie L. Jamison died Nov. 15, 1918. Three sons and one daughter survive, namely: I. [saiah] W. [akefield] Faubion and J. [ohn] W. [esley] Faubion of Grant City, A. [llie] R. [oy] Faubion of near Blockton and Mrs. Effie Mosbarger of Grant City. One sister, Mrs. Abe Wingo, of Parkville, Mo., and one brother, Daniel Endicott, of Linden, Mo., eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren, with other relatives, as well as a host of friends, survive to mourn her departure.
During her life she lived a very full one, deeply attached to the church whose ministry she loved; she never found time to throw her influence on the side of secular movements, whose goal is much the same as that of the church. She was beautiful in character, buoyant of disposition, a devoted loving mother.
The funeral service was conducted from the Grant City Christian church Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 13, at 1:30 in the presence of a large concourse of friends. Rev. R. L. Finch, of Des Moines, preached the funeral discourse and took for the basis of his remarks, John 14 and was assisted by Rev. A. S. Olson. Mr. Finch paid a glowing tribute to the life of the deceased. Interment was made in the Mt. Vernon cemetery where the body was tenderly laid to rest beside her husband.


[FREDERICK, CHANDOS CHESTER]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 23, 1925
Chandos Chester Frederick, son of Walter Frederick and wife, was born at Cross Timbers, Mo, Dec. 16, 1914 and passed away at his home west of Grant City July 18, 1925, at the age of 10 years, 7 months and 2 days.
When he was one year old the family moved to Taylor county where they lived until 1920, when they moved to Worth county, Mo., where he resided until the time of his death.
At the age of three months he had a sickness that left him a cripple the rest of his life. He leaves to mourn his death, a father, mother and two brothers, Clifford and Dale.
The funeral services were conducted from the home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon by Laurence B. Day. The body was taken to the Tent Chapel cemetery, south of Blockton, where it was tenderly laid to rest.

[FULLER, MARJORIE PAULINE]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 24, 1924
Little Marjorie Paulene [Pauline], daughter of J. [ames] C. [lifford] and Mary Fuller, was born in Blockton July 5, 1923 and died at the home of her grandparents, Day Carter and wife, at Tingley, Jan. 14, 1924, aged 6 months and 9 days. She leaves to miss her, her mother and sister, Alberta Carter Fuller; grandparents, Day Carter and wife, of Tingley, and K. L. Fuller and wife of Blockton, besides aunt and cousins. Practically all of Paulene's life has been of suffering. Pneumonia was the cause of her death. Her little life has become to us like the blooming of a beautiful flower, only such a short while yet the beauty of her little smile and fragrance of her life has left a hallowed spot in our hearts that can never be forgotten or replaced.

[FULLER, MARJORIE PAULINE]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 24, 1924
Marjorie Pauline, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. [ames] C. [lifford] Fuller, died at the home of Mrs. Fuller's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Day Carter, at 11 o'clock Monday evening. The little one had never been very strong during its stay here of about six months and contracted whooping cough which developed [into] pneumonia and the frail spark of life was extinguished. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. C. Shaw of Lenox and interment made in the Tingley cemetery. – Vindicator.

[GIBSON, LLOYD LAVERN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 8, 1925
Funeral services were held on last Friday from the Holiness church by Bro. Hunt for Loyd Gibson, little son of Mr. and Mrs. R. [euben] H. Gibson and interment was made in the Athelstan cemetery.

[GIBSON, LLOYD LAVERN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 15, 1925
Lloyd Lavern, infant son of Ruben and Cora Gibson, was born March 26, 1925 and died at a St. Joseph hospital on Oct. 1 at the age of 6 months and 4 days. He leaves to mourn his early death besides his parents, a brother and sister, Ruben, Jr., and Viola Bessie, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted at the Holiness church at Athelstan on Friday afternoon, Oct. 2, by W M. Hunt and interment was made in the Athelstan cemetery.

[GOFF, VIRGIL WAYNE]
St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Missouri), Sunday, June 29, 1969
Virgil W. Goff – Virgil W. [ayne] Goff, 73, retired farmer, Grant City, died Saturday at a St. Joseph hospital. He was a veteran of World War I, a member of the American Legion, a past master of his Masonic Lodge, a Shriner and an elder of the Christian Church.
Mr. Goff is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hazel Goff; a daughter, Mrs. Waurine Stephens, and a sister, Mrs. Grace Newton, both of Grant City; two grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 Monday at the Andrews chapel, Grant City. Burial will be in Honey Grove cemetery, north of Grant City.





[HIBBS, EVALINE ALLISON]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 28, 1924
Evaline Allison was born in Jacktown, Adams county, Ohio, June 21, 1831 and departed this life at her home in Sheridan, Missouri, Feb. 19, 1924, aged 92 years, 7 months and 29 days.
She was united to Jeremiah Hibbs Dec. 27, 1849, near Lowden, Ohio, by Landon Lovett, seventy-five years ago. To this union was born 10 children, three sons and seven daughters. Her husband, two sons and three daughters preceded her to rest. The husband, Jeremiah Hibbs, died on Jan. 16, 1894. A daughter, Rosalia L., died Jan. 31, 1853; Sarah F. died March 27, 1857; John Barr died Aug. 27, 1895; Dora C. died Feb. 7, 1896 and Edward A. [lbert] died April 21, 1913. Those still living are Elizabeth M.[iriam] Bohart of Cloverland, Washington; W. [illiam] H. [enry] Hibbs, of Sheridan; Mary Ella Jones of Sheridan; Rebecca Simmons, of Harrisburg, Oregon and Weltha A. [nn] Jacobs of Payette, Idaho. All the living children were present at the funeral except Mrs. Simmons. The deceased also leaves to mourn her departure 18 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends.
From Ohio Mrs. Hibbs came with her husband to Illinois and from Illinois they came to Missouri in 1857, driving through with an ox team. They were among the early settlers of this county and knew something of the hardships of those days. They made their home about a mile north of Isadora until the death of Mr. Hibbs, after which Mrs. Hibbs moved to Sheridan where she lived till her death.
Mrs. Hibbs united with the Christian church in early life and was baptized near Knoxville, Illinois and afterwards with her husband, united with the church at Isadora, Mo.
A short funeral service was conducted at the home Feb. 22, 1924, participated in by Challie E. Graham, L. A. Walker, Edgar O. Wells and P. D. Kline, pastors of the Gaynor City Church of Christ, the Church of Brethren, the Sheridan M. E. and Christian churches, respectively. After this the remains were taken to the Isadora Church of Christ where the funeral services were conducted by Challie E. Graham and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery at the same place.
The bereaved ones have the sympathy of their many friends in this hour of sorrow. May the kind loving Father comfort and richly bless them all. And may they be guided of Him to the Eternal Home where all tears are wiped away and where death never enters.

[HIBBS, THOMAS WILLIAM]
Mulhall State Journal (Mulhall, Oklahoma), Thursday, January 29, 1925
Death of Thomas Hibbs
Thomas W. Hibbs was born in Ohio Dec. 22, 1841, was married to Emma E. Walthour at Grant City. To this union was born four children, Willard B., Walter, Loren J. and Anna Mae.
Mr. Hibbs united with the Christian Church when a young man. He was ever faithful to his church. He had resided in this community for the past twenty-five years. He had a farm eight miles west of Mulhall.
Mr. Hibbs went to Dallas, Texas, a few weeks ago in the hope that a change of climate would prove beneficial to his health, but he got no better. Death came Jan. 23, 1925. His wife, three children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild survive him.
The body was brought to Oklahoma for burial. Rev. W. W. Martin, pastor of the Methodist church at Mulhall conducted the service at the Victor cemetery last Sunday. As Mr. Hibbs, at the time of his death was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the other members had charge of the burial services.
[Note: His Texas State Death Certificate gives his birthplace as Illinois.]

[HIBBS, THOMAS WILLIAM]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 5, 1925
Thomas Hibbs, a brother of Mrs. Clara Severns of this place and Randolph and Bruce Hibbs of south of town, passed away recently at the age of about 80 years at his home near Mulhall, Oklahoma. He was a former resident of Worth county, Missouri but had been away from that county for about a score and a half years.

[HIBBS, WILLIAM HENRY]
Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Monday, August 30, 1937
Funeral for William H. Hibbs Held at Sheridan
Funeral services for William Henry Hibbs, 82 years of age, who died Friday night at his home in Sheridan as a result of a paralytic stroke on Wednesday were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Christian church in Sheridan. Rev. Challie graham conducted the services. Burial was in the Sheridan cemetery.
Mr. Hibbs who had lived around Sheridan all of his life, is survived by two sons, Elmer Hibbs, Sheridan, and Ermon Hibbs, Maitland; one daughter, Mrs. Cecil Churchill, Sheridan; five grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Ella Jones, Sheridan. His wife died several years ago.

[HODGENS, HARRIET WISDOM]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 18, 1926
Harriet Hodgens Dead
Mrs. Harriet Hodgens, a sister of the late P.[ierce] J. Wisdom of Escondido, California and the late Grandma Eaton of this place, passed away on March 3 at the home of her son, John Hodgens, in Kansas.

[HOGG, JAMES RICHEY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 30, 1925
J. R. Hogg Dead
Richard Hogg passed away Tuesday afternoon about 4 o'clock from a gunshot wound, self-inflicted about the same time in the afternoon the day before, it is alleged.
It seems that during the winter Mr. Hogg purchased a farm near Shambaugh, over in Page county, and moved to the same this spring. On account of poor health, he had rented out all of the farm but a few acres and had made arrangements to go to a hospital for a severe operation but when the time came to go he refused to make the trip. Brooding over his condition seems to have been the cause of his rash act.
He leaves as his immediate family, his wife and two children, Vaughn and Dorothy.
Short services will be held at the home near Shambaugh this morning at 10 o'clock. Funeral services will then be held at the home of his sister, Mrs. E. C. Bruner, northwest of this place, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The place of interment had not been announced at the time this is written.

[HOGG, JAMES RICHEY]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 30, 1925
J. R. Hogg Shot Self Fatally
Former Resident, Now Residing Near Shambaugh, Killed Self.
Blame Bad Health. Was to Undergo Operation for Appendicitis. Died Day Following Shot.
J. [ames] R. [ichey] Hogg of near Shambaugh, formerly of this city and county, died Tuesday as the result of a self-inflicted bullet wound. Mr. Hogg had been in poor health for several weeks and was to undergo an operation for appendicitis, which he dreaded. He is reported as telling his surgeon in Clarinda that he would rather die than go on the operating table.
The shot entered his head above the right eye and came out back of the left ear. A .32 caliber rifle was the instrument used by Mr. Hogg. He never regained consciousness, although living for some time after the bullet had penetrated his brain.
He leaves a wife and two small children. Mr. Hogg's father killed himself fin a similar manner several years ago and it is possible that worry over this may have prompted this action.

[HOOVER, CHARLES WESTON]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 15, 1925
Charles Hoover, a cousin of J. H. Hoover of Redding, passed away in Des Moines on Friday and the body was brought to Mt. Ayr where interment was made on Tuesday.







[JARVIS, CLARA LEORA WATSON]
Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise (Bartlesville, Oklahoma) Friday, December 1, 1961
Mrs. Jarvis Dies; Services Set Saturday
Mrs. Clara Jarvis, 90, of 1949 S. Johnstone, died at 2:40 p. m. Thursday in a Dewey Nursing home following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Jarvis was born March 13, 1871 in Platteville, Iowa, where she received her education. She was married to Charles B. [urch] Jarvis on Oct. 29, 1890 in Platteville, and they established their home in Taylor County, Iowa until moving to Indian Territory in 1902. They settled on a farm in Comanche County, near Lawton and made their home there until 1927 when they moved to Hydro, where he owned and operated the Standard Drug Co. until his death in June 1941. For the past 16 years Mrs. Jarvis has made her home in Bartlesville with her daughter, Mrs. Rudie Janzen. She was a member of the First Methodist Church, life member of the W. S. C. S. in which she remained active until she became ill.
Survivors include four other daughters, Mrs. Carl Reeder, Caldwell, Kan., Mrs. Marvin Shelton, Norman, Mrs. Edwin Lomer, Corpus Christi, Tex. and Mrs. Mary Howerton, San Diego; Three sons, Ralph Jarvis, Hockessin, Del., Loren Jarvis, Elgin, Okla., and Garold Jarvis, Kelso, Wash.; one sister, Mrs. A. Turnbull, Diagonal, Iowa and 32 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
In lieu of other remembrances, friends who wish may contribute to a memorial fund at the First Methodist Church in her memory in care of the church office.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday in the First Methodist Church, with Rev. Brodace Elkins, pastor, officiating. Following services here the body will be removed to the Cache Funeral Home, Cache, Okla. Interment will be at 2 p. m. Sunday in the cemetery there under the direction of the Keeley-Neekamp Funeral Home.

[JARVIS, CLARA LEORA WATSON]
Lawton Constitution (Lawton, Oklahoma), Monday, December 4, 1961
Mrs. Clara Jarvis – CACHE (Special) – Services for Mrs. Clara Leora Jarvis, 90, a pioneer Comanche county resident, were at 2 p. m. Saturday in the First Methodist church, Bartlesville, with burial at 2 p. m. Sunday in the Cache cemetery.
Rev. Brodace Elkins, pastor of the Bartlesville church, officiated. Burial was under the direction of Cache Funeral home.
Born March 13, 1871 at Platteville, Iowa, Mrs. Jarvis married Charles B. [urch] Jarvis Oct. 9, 1890. They came to Indian Territory in 1902, settling on a farm near Lawton. In 1927 they moved to Weatherford and later to Hydro, where Mr. Jarvis owned and operated a drug company until his death in 1941.
For the past 16 years Mrs. Jarvis has made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Rudie Janzen, Bartlesville. Other survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Carl Reeder, Caldwell, Kas.; Mrs. Marvin Shelton, Norman; Mrs. Edwin Lemer, Corpus Christi, Tex. and Mrs. Mary Howerton, San Diego, Calif.; three sons, Ralph Jarvis, Hockessin, Del.; Loren Jarvis, Elgin; and Garold Jarvis, Kelso, Wash.; a sister, Mrs. A. Turnbull, Diagonal, Iowa; 32 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

[JOBE, LETTIE E. HIBBS]
Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa), Friday, January 8, 1926
JOBE – The body of Mrs. Lettie E. Jobe, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Kiefer, 3408 Military road, Wednesday, will be sent today to Barada, Neb. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at Barada.

[JOBE, LETTIE E. HIBBS]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 14, 1926
Mrs. James Jobe, the second daughter of Randolph Hibbs of south of town, passed away at Sioux City on Wednesday of last week, January 6. The Jobe family formerly lived in Blockton, we understand.

[JOHNSON, MAUD DUNCAN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 3, 1924
Mrs. Wm. Johnson received a telegram Sunday from her son, H. A. Johnson, of San Franada [Fernando], California, stating that his wife had passed away that morning. Wyoming was the native state of the deceased.

[JONES, LUELLA STARR]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 5, 1925
Luella Starr was born March 9, 1893 at Parnell, Mo., where she lived till the time of her marriage, and departed this life at the University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, Jan. 26, 1925, aged 31 years, 10 months and 17 days.
She was united in marriage to Harvey Jones June 28, 1911. To this union was born three children, as follows: Viola Marie, aged 12; William Henry, aged 10 and John Paul, aged 8. Besides her husband and children, she leaves to mourn her departure, her mother, Mrs. Luella Starr, of Blockton, and one brother, Forb Starr, of Torrington, Wyoming. Her father preceded her several years ago.
She gave her heart to God at 11 years of age and at the time of her departure was a member of the Blockton Christian church. She was a good Christian woman and while she had her health, was always to be found in her place in the church and helped all she could. She was a faithful wife and a kind, loving mother.
The funeral services were conducted from the Blockton Christian church Jan. 29, 1925, by Challie E. Graham, assisted by J. A. Brownlee, pastor of the Blockton M. E. church after which the remains were laid to rest in the Isadora cemetery.
The sympathy of a host of friends goes out to these bereaved ones and may the comfort and blessing of God follow them all the days of their lives.


[KIBBEY, ARSASUS]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 24, 1924
Earl Kibbey, of St. Joseph, came Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral of his grand uncle, A. Kibbey. His father, Oren Kibbey, is critically ill and was unable to come.

[LANGFORD, CATHERYNE JEWEL "KATIE" NEWBY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 4, 1926
Mrs. O. F. Langford Dead
Word was received here Sunday that Mrs. O. [scar] F. Langford had passed away at her home in Pueblo, Colorado, Sunday morning. Her mother, Mrs. J. [acob] H. [enry] Newby and Joseph Ledgerwood left on the early morning train Monday for Pueblo to attend the funeral.

[LANGFORD, CATHERYNE JEWEL "KATIE" NEWBY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 18, 1926
Joe Ledgerwood and Mrs. J. [acob] H. [enry] Newby arrived home on Wednesday afternoon of last week from Pueblo, Colorado, where they attended the funeral of Mrs. Newby's daughter, Mrs. O. [scar] F. Langford. The funeral was held at the home on Wednesday, March 3, and interment was made in the family burial grounds in that city. Mrs. Langford had not been in the best of health for the past year, although relatives here were not aware of the fact. Her death was very sudden, caused by a hemorrhage of the brain and occurred on her 46th birthday, Feb. 28. Besides her husband and mother, she leaves five brothers and one sister to mourn her departure: Shelby and Elmer Newby of Blockton; Clarence Newby, of Phoenix, Arizona; E. J. Newby, of Los Angeles, California; I. O. Newby, of Riverside, California, and Mrs. Joe Ledgerwood, of Blockton. The only child of this couple, Rex, passed away six years ago last July.

[LARREW, JOHN WESLEY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, August 27, 1925
Mrs. L. J. King received word during the week of the death of her brother-in-law, J.[ohn] W.[esley] Larrew, who passed away at his home at Burch Tree, Mo., August 18th. Mr. Larrew had been afflicted with paralysis for several years. He visited here at different times in former years and was known to a number of our people.



[LOWENTHAL, GUSSIE CUTTRELL JOHNSON]
Atlantic News-Telegraph (Atlantic, Iowa), Monday, September 12, 1949
Lowenthal Rites At Anita This Morning
ANITA – Funeral services for Mrs. Gussie Lowenthal, 86, were held at 11 a. m. today at the Long funeral home. Mrs. Lowenthal, resident here for 18 years, died suddenly Friday afternoon at her home after a several weeks illness.
Rev. Harold D. Butts, of the Anita Methodist church, of which she was a member, officiated at the rite. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. McDermott took care of the flowers; Mrs. George Smither and Mrs. Hayes Redburn sang, "Beautiful Isle," "Saved, by Grace," and "Good Night and Good Morning." Mrs. Gilbert Wehrman was accompanist. Casket bearers were nephews and grand nephews: Loren Johnson and Carlton Johnson of Denver, Colo.; Robert, Ollie and Russell Saxton and Harold Smith. Burial was in the Blockton, Ia. cemetery.
Daughter of the late Abram and Armenia Johnson, deceased was born in New Jersey July 17, 1863. She moved with her parents to Illinois and then later to Dexter, Ia., when a small child. She was united in marriage there in 1898 to Louis Lowenthal, and their married life was spent there and at Blockton and Mt. Ayr. Two children, who died in infancy, were born to the couple. She was also preceded in death by her husband in 1911 [1912].
Mrs. Lowenthal came to Anita in 1931 to make her home with her sister, Mrs. Frankie Morrical, with whom she lived and with her late brother, G. A. Johnson. She was a member of the Rebekah lodge in Des Moines, of the Anita WSCS, of the K. J. U. and Highland clubs.
Surviving are two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Morrical, also Mrs. Minnie Bellas, who has been staying here with her sisters for several weeks, of Alexandria, Va.; George Johnson of Dexter and a number of nieces and nephews.

[LOWENTHAL, GUSSIE CUTTRELL JOHNSON]
Anita Tribune (Anita, Iowa), Thursday, September 15, 1949
Long Time Resident Dies Suddenly
Mrs. Gussie Lowenthal, 86, died suddenly Friday afternoon at her home after several weeks of illness. Mrs. Lowenthal had not been in the best of health but had assisted in the care of her sister, Mrs. Frankie Morrical, who has been an invalid for several years following a fall.
Gussie Johnson Lowenthal, the daughter of the late Abram and Armenia Johnson, was born in New Jersey, July 17, 1863. She came with her parents to Illinois and then later to Dexter, Iowa, when a small child. She grew to young womanhood in the Dexter community and was married to Louis Lowenthal in 1898. They lived at Dexter, Blockton and Mt. Ayr. She was preceded in death by two children and her husband, who died in 1911 [1912].
Mrs. Lowenthal came to Anita in 1931 to make her home with her sister, Mrs. Morrical and her brother the late G. A. Johnson. She had taken an active part in many of the communities social and civic affairs during her residence in Anita. She was a member of the Rebekah lodge in Des Moines, of Anita W. S. C. S., the K. J. U. and the Highland club.
She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Morrical and Mrs. Minnie Bellus, who has been visiting her sisters for the past several weeks, of Alexandria, Va., a brother George Johnson of Dexter and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday morning at 11 o'clock at the Long Funeral home with the Rev. Harold Butts in charge. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. McDermott took charge of the floral offerings. Mrs. George Smither and Mrs. Hayes Redburn sang, "Beautiful Isle" and "Good Night and Good Morning." Mrs. Gilbert Wehrman was at the piano.
Pall bearers were Loren Johnson, Carlton Johnson of Denver, Colo., Robert, Ollie and Russell Saxton, and Harold Smith of Anita. Burial was in the Blockton, Iowa cemetery.

[LOWENTHAL, LOUIS MOSES]
Atlantic News-Telegraph (Atlantic, Iowa), Saturday, May 11, 1912
ANITA – G. A. Johnson was called to Dexter Wednesday by the death of his brother in law, L. [ouis] M. [oses] Lowenthal, who had been taken with a stroke of paralysis about a week before.
G. A. Johnson and daughter went over to Dexter Thursday to attend the funeral of his brother in law, L. [ouis] M. [oses] Lowenthal.


[MACKEY, VERA ERVIN]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 1, 1971
Former Blocktonite Dies in Garwin
Vera Mackey of Garwin, Iowa, formerly of Blockton, died in Garwin March 28. Funeral services and burial were in Marshalltown Tuesday.
Miss Mackey had made her home with Karen Parrish Judges, Garwin.

[MAINE, EMMA C. SHUSTER]
Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), Thursday, September 20, 1934
WEST PITTSTON – Mrs. Emma C. Maine
Mrs. Emma C. Maine, who visited relatives and friends in Wyoming Valley a number of times and a sister of Isaac T. Shuster of 215 Liberty street, West Pittston, died one week ago at Sierra Madre, Cal. Interment was made there.

[MAINE, EMMA C. SHUSTER]
Pittston Gazette (Pittston, Pennsylvania), Wednesday, September 19, 1934
Word was received on Monday by Isaac T. Shuster of 215 Liberty street, of the death of his sister, Mrs. Emma C. Maine, which occurred Sept. 12 at her home in Sierra Madre, California. Mrs. Maine was well known in this community, having visited here on numerous occasions. Interment was made in California.

[MAPLE, MARIA LONG]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 29, 1923
Death of Aged Lady
"Mrs. Maria Long Maple, aged 83 years, and a lifelong resident of Greene county, Pennsylvania, was burned to death at her home at Carmichaels yesterday morning. Mrs. Maple made her home with her son, John Maple and family and yesterday morning the family were in the orchard gathering apples when the daughter-in-law went to the house and found the room in flames and Mrs. Maple on the floor with most of her clothes burned from her body. She was dead when rescued. Just how she caught fire will never be known, but there was an open fire in the room, and it is supposed that her clothing caught in some manner from this. Mrs. Maple was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Long and was the last of a family of 13 children. Her husband, Alphonsus Maple, has been dead a number of years. She was a member of the John Corbly Memorial Baptist church at Garrard Fort. Three children survive as follows: John Maple, of Carmichaels; Mrs. N. V. Fry, Newton Falls, O.; Mrs. G. E. Fordyce of the state of Washington and Clark Maple, a stepson, of Leavittsburg, O. The funeral services will be held at the Maple home, Monday at 10 a. m. and will be conducted by the Rev. W. H. Johnson and Rev. F. W. Smith, of Carmichaels. The interment will be made in the Garard Fort cemetery."
The above clipping is a press dispatch from Waynesburg, Pa., dated Nov. 4 and the Mrs. Maple referred to was the last surviving aunt of our townsman, J. P. Minor, and was well known to many of our readers who formerly lived in Greene county.

[MELTON, CHARLES HENRY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 26, 1925
Charles H. Melton Dead
Wilford Melton went to Red Oak Monday, called there by the death of his brother, Charles H. [enry] Melton, who passed away Sunday morning at 7 o'clock after an illness extending over several weeks. The deceased was a former resident of this vicinity and will be remembered by many of our readers. He was 55 years of age and leaves a wife and seven children. Funeral services were held at Red Oak Tuesday.

[MILLER, ELIABETH JANE ZOLLMAN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 28, 1926
Grandma Miller Dead.
Mrs. E. [lizabeth] J. [ane] Miller passed away early Saturday morning. Mrs. Miller was Blockton's oldest citizen and death came from the infirmities of age. Her daughters, Mrs. Warden and Mrs. Adair, have been here several weeks helping care for her.
The funeral was to be held at the Methodist church yesterday afternoon at one o'clock.
Obituary next week.

[MILLER, ELIABETH JANE ZOLLMAN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 28, 1926
Mrs. J. W. Owens and children, Miss Viola and Richard, of Des Moines, came Sunday, called here by the death of her grandmother, Mrs. E. J. Miller.

[MULL, ADD]
St. Joseph Gazette (St. Joseph, Missouri), Thursday, April 9, 1925
Man is Fatally Injured When Hit by a G. W. Train
Add Mull, 46-Year Old Barber Living at 524 1-2 North Fourth, Is Victim
Inquest Will be Held Seemed to Walk Deliberately Into Side of Train, Witnesses Say
Add Mull, 46 years old, a barber, 524 ½ North Fourth street, was fatally injured when he was struck by a Great Western passenger train on Franklin street between Third and Fourth streets, Wednesday evening.
The injured man was rushed to the Missouri Methodist hospital in Fleeman-Faris ambulance, but he never regained consciousness. He died at 11 Wednesday night.
According to Dr. J. W. Mays, coroner, the man's neck was broken and there were two severe lacerations of the scalp, aside from several body bruises. An inquest into the death will be held he announced.
Several persons who witnessed the accident say that the man seemed to walk deliberately into the side of the train. He was struck by a mail car, according to Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Frantz, 918 North Third street.
Besides his wife, Mrs. Musie Mull, he is survived by four sons, Floyd, Jesse, Garland and Clifford Mull, all of St. Joseph; and a daughter, Mrs. Duane Stetters, St. Joseph. No funeral arrangements have been made.

[MULL, ADD]
St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Missouri), Thursday, April 9, 1925
Killed By a Train. Witnesses Say Add Mull, Barber, Walked Into Moving Great Western Passenger Late Yesterday.
Add Mull, forty-six years old, a barber, died at 11 o'clock last night in Missouri Methodist Hospital from injuries suffered at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon when he was struck by a northbound Great Western passenger train on Franklin street, near Third street. The injured man was taken to the hospital in a Fleeman-Faris ambulance, but he never regained consciousness.
Dr. J. W. Mays, coroner, said that death was due to a broken neck. Mull also suffered bad cuts about the face and body.
The dead man was going to his home at 524 ½ North Fourth street when the accident occurred. Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Frantz, 918 North Third street, were witnesses to the accident and they say that he was struck by a mail car. Mull, it is said, walked into the path of the train after the engine had passed.
The body was removed to Fleeman-Faris. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Musie Mull; four sons, Floyd, Jesse, Garland and Clifford Mull and a daughter, Mrs. Duane Stetters, all of St. Joseph. An inquest will be held.

[MULL, ADD]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 23, 1925
Add Mull, of St. Joseph and formerly a resident of Worth county, was killed by a moving Great Western train at the North Third street railroad crossing in St. Joseph. Witnesses disagree on the details of the accident. Some claim he was struck while dodging an automobile while others declare he walked into the train and was struck by the mail car.





[NEWTON, JESSE GRANT]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 6, 1924
Word was received here recently by relatives announcing the death of Jess Newton of Monterey, California. Mr. Newton was a son of Nelson Newton, one of the early settlers of this section and who years ago owned a large farm north of town on the county line which embraced the Art Franklin and S. L. Warden farms and the north R. J. Carr farm. The deceased left Blockton in 1901 and was interested in a stage route between Buffalo and Sheridan, Wyoming, for a number of years after leaving here and later went to California.

[NOBLE, HARRIET ANA BURLINGAME]
Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, July 1, 1915
Mrs. John Noble – Mrs. John Noble of New Market died on Sunday evening, June 27, 1915 and was buried Tuesday. She was the mother of Fred Noble, who is employed in the McDowell & Driftmier garage.

[NOBLE, HARRIET ANA BURLINGAME]
Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, July 1, 1915
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Noble were called to New Market suddenly on Monday morning by the death of Mr. Noble's mother, living north of New Market.

[NOBLE, JOHN STANTON, 1840 – 1925]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 23, 1925
Uncle John Noble Buried Sunday
Though Blind for Years, One of County's Most Active Vets
John Noble of New Market, nearly 85 years of age, died at his home last Friday, April 17th. The funeral was held Sunday, April 19th, from the home of a son, B. S. Noble of near New Market and interment made in the New Market cemetery.
Deceased was an old soldier, one of the boys of '61 and as a result of his service during the war, was totally blind for years and years. Everyone in Taylor county knew John Noble, it seemed, and admired him for his ability to get about and enjoy life even though so handicapped without the use of his sight. He hardly ever missed a session of the Taylor county district court and his active mind always closely followed the proceedings. And each year as the time came around for the National encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, Mr. Noble would make his plans to attend and be there to mingle with comrades assembled from the four corners of the United States. He loved companionship and was a good, cheerful, congenial companion to his host of friends.
Following is the obituary as published in the Clarinda Herald:
John S. [tanton] Noble was born at Oxford, Oakland County, Michigan, Oct. 15, 1840, died at the home of his son, B. S. Noble at New Market, Iowa, April 17, 1925, aged 84 years, 6 months and 2 days.
When only 14 years of age he came to Galena, Ill. and then to Sioux City, Iowa and entered government service in 1858 as teamster taking supplies from Omaha, Nebraska City and Leavenworth across the plains to Denver, Ft. Laramie and Salt Lake City. While returning to his home in Michigan in 1861 he answered his country's call for volunteers and enlisted at Winterset, Iowa, Company I, 4th Iowa Cav. for 3 years. H enlisted as a veteran in same company and regiment in 1864 and was discharged August 8, 1865 at Atlanta, Georgia. He came to Taylor county, Iowa near Hawleyville and was married to Harriett A. [na] Burlingame in November '65. To this union seven children were born, two (Bessie and Chauncy) died in infancy. The others are: Mrs. Hattie Beavers, New Market, Ia.; B. S. and F. [rank] L., New Market, Ia.; J. [ohn] F. [rederick], Clarinda, Ia. and J. A., Rock Island, Ill. His wife preceeded him to the better world in June 1915.
He also leaves 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and numberless friends, as everyone who knew him was his friend.
He was a charter member Upton Post No. 248, G. A. R., New Market, Ia., and until the last few weeks had been very active in G. A. R. affairs. In 1866 as a result of the hardships and exposures incident to army life at the front, "Uncle John" (as he was known by everyone) became totally blind, but in spite of this handicap was always cheerful and seemed to enjoy life as much as one with eyesight. He attended the reunions and encampments, both State and National, of the G. A. R.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, from the old home north of New Market, interment being in Old Memory Cemetery nearby, the name of the cemetery being specially appropriate in the present instance. Rev. Eli Osbourn, a former pastor of the deceased, had charge of the services. The pall bearers were all sons of veterans, four of them being sons of veterans who had been in the same regiment with Mr. Noble during the Civil War.

[NOBLE, JOHN STANTON, 1840 – 1925]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 30, 1925
John Noble of New Market, nearly 85 years of age, died at his home at New Market April 17. He was an old soldier and as a result of his service during the war was totally blind [words unreadable] was known to many people of the county, as he did not allow his handicap to keep him from getting around and enjoying life.






[RAY, ADA CORNELIA WAKE]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, May 14, 1925
W. C. Ray and J. L. Weese and wives went to Isadora Friday to attend the funeral of Mrs. W. [illiam] P. [leasant] Ray, who passed away on Wednesday of last week at her home near Isadora at the age of 56 years. The funeral was held at the Isadora M. E. church, the funeral being conducted by A. L. Olson, pastor of the Grant city Methodist church.

[RAY, WILLIAM PLEASANT]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 23, 1936
W. [illiam] P. [leasant] Ray died at his home near Isadora on July 9 at the age of 74 years. Mr. Ray had been married three times. In 1879 he was married to Ada C. [ornelia] Wake and to this union one daughter, Mrs. Wetha E. Freemyer, was born. Both his wife and daughter preceded him in death. In 1926 he was married to Annie Swett of Platteville and after her death was married to Mrs. Rosa Raper, who, with one grandson, Wm. A. Freemyer, and six great grandchildren of Nebraska City, survive him.

[RIDGE, JOHN A.]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 29, 1925
John A. Ridge was born near Grant City, Mo., on July 4, 1858, and departed from this life at the home of a cousin, Howard Ridge, near Isadora, on Oct. 15, 1925. His sudden death was a surprise to his many friends.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mart Ridge. When he was just a mere lad he was taken into the home of Hiram Andrews, Sr., where he grew to young manhood.
In early life he confessed his faith in Christ and was received into the Methodist church, being the choir leader at Bethel for many years.
He was married to Elizabeth Freemyer and to this union two children were born. One died in infancy and Mrs. Myrtle Yates of Mound City survives the father.
John Ridge was one of those quiet unassuming men who attended strictly to his own business. He was a hardworking man, asking an honest living on the farm wherever he could find something to do
The funeral services were conducted from the home of Howard Ridge to the Methodist church at Isadora, where in the presence of a large concourse of friends Rev. Arthur Olsen conducted the services, assisted by Rev. Lawrence Day. Interment was made in Bethel cemetery.
The pall bearers were Elzie, Robert and Ray Ridge, George Proctor, L. B. Walker and Clifford Frederick.

[SAMS, DEBORAH T. WRIGHT]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 29, 1925
Mrs. Eli Sams Dead
Mrs. Deborah Sams, widow of Eli Sams, who died some twenty-three years ago, passed away at her home in Mount Ayr the last of last week at the age of 93 years. Mrs. Sams was born in Pennsylvania and came to Ringgold county in 1868. Four daughters and one son survive, Miss Delphine Sams, of Benton; Mrs. Olive Robinson, of Mt. Ayr; Mrs. G. [lasier] E. Prentis, of Detroit; Mrs. Ella Burdette, of Diagonal and W. [ayne] T. Sams of Diagonal. She was a lifelong member of the Baptist church and the funeral services were conducted by Orr Campbell of Humeston, her pastor of many years ago.

[SEVERNS, ARTHUR A.]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 13, 1958
Arthur A. Severns Dies in Arizona
Arthur A. Severns, only son of Sidney and Ora Buson Severns, was born April 28, 1886 in Butler county, Nebraska and came with his parents and three sisters to Blockton.
He died in Phoenix, Arizona, Oct. 20, 1958, at the age of 72 years and six months.
He leaves to mourn their loss five children, Ralford of Fort Worth, Texas, Harold of Phoenix, Ariz., Mrs. Clifford Murren of Phoenix, Mrs. Cleo Muren of El Paso, Texas, James of Atlantic, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. F. A. Zollman of Lenox, Mrs. J. C. Minor of New Virginia; and by seven grandchildren.
Last rites were held in Phoenix on October 22, conducted by Rev. Elmer W. Hedges, pastor of the Christian church in Phoenix. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park there.

[SEVERNS, DORA ELIZABETH BECKER]
Iola Daily Register and Evening News (Iola, Kansas), Thursday, October 17, 1912
Death of Mrs. Severns.
Mrs. Dora Elizabeth Severns died about half past twelve today of tuberculosis at the family home 511 N. Chestnut street. Rev. O. C. Moomaw, of the Christian church, will conduct the funeral services but no other definite arrangements as to time and place have been made as yet and will be announced later.

[SEVERNS, DORA ELIZABETH BECKER]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), October 24, 1912
BLOCKTON – Word was received Friday of the death of Mrs. Art. Severns, formerly Miss Dora Becker, of this place. Miss Mable Severns started at once for her brother's home at Piqua, Kan. Mrs. Severns died of consumption, brought on by a severe cold contracted about a year ago while visiting relatives and friends here. She suffered a severe sickness of pneumonia after reaching her home.

[SIEMILLER, JOHN A.]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 22, 1927
John Siemiller Dead
John Siemiller passed away at a St. Joseph hospital Thursday afternoon after a several weeks illness. The body was brought to his home near Grant City and funeral services were held at the Honey Grove church Saturday afternoon and interment was made in the cemetery at the same place. A number of relatives and friends from here attended the services.

[SIEMILLER, SARAH M. "SADIE" DRUMMINS]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 3, 1926
Mrs. John Siemiller of near Grant City passed away Wednesday of last week. Funeral services were held Friday and interment was made in Honey Grove cemetery.

[SMITH, WILLIAM, 1847 – 1925]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 26, 1925
William Smith Dead
Andrew Smith, of Vernon, Kansas, was called back to Sheridan, Mo., last week by the death of his father, William Smith, a resident of this section for almost half a century.
William Smith was born in Lawrence county, Indiana, November 6, 1842 and passed away at his home near Isadora, Mo., March 14, 1925.
He moved with his parents in early boyhood to Iroquois, Ill. From there he enlisted in the Civil war, serving his country three and a half years.
He was married to Pricilla [Priscilla] Jane Black in Lacon, Marshall county, Illinois, Nov. 19, 1867 and to this union three children were born—Andrew of Vernon, Kansas; Hugh, who preceded him in death and Mary Dawson of Oelwein, Iowa.
They moved to Taylor county, this state, in 1880 and to Worth county, Mo., in 1881, where they resided until his death.
He was deeply interested in better roads and served his road district as overseer for a number of years, resigning Feb. 1, 1924, after becoming physically unable to care for it longer.
He leaves his wife, son and daughter and many relatives and friends to mourn his death.
Funeral services were conducted by P. D. Kline at Isadora and interment was made in the Isadora cemetery.
[Note: His Missouri State Death Certificate gives his birth date as November 6, 1847. Federal Census 1900 gives his birth date as November 1842.]

[SOBOTKA, EMANUEL]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 2, 1925
A number of the members of the Knights of Pythias order went to Diagonal Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral of Emanual Sabotka, who was a member of the lodge here. The lodge had charge of the services at the grave.
[Note: The name is spelled Emanuel Sobotka on his headstone.]

[SPENCE, HELEN ABARR]
Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Monday, February 22, 1926
SPENCE – Mrs. Helen A. Spence, wife of George Spence, died at her home here Sunday. Mrs. Spence came here several years ago from Carrizozo, N. M. Besides the husband, who has practiced law in Carrizozo for 20 years, she is survived by one son, George Spence of Los Angeles, Calif. and one daughter, Mrs. J. Callahan of Albuquerque. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the French Mortuary.

[SPENCE, HELEN ABARR]
Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Friday, February 26, 1926
Mrs. Helen Spence, Carrizozo Pioneer, Buried in Alamogordo
CARRIZOZO, N. M., Feb. 25 – Mrs. Helen Spence, wife of George Spence, a leading attorney in this county for more than 20 years, died at the home of her daughter in Albuquerque Sunday. Mrs. Spence has been in delicate health for several years and was cared for by her daughter, Mrs. J. Callahan. She was 73 years of age. Mr. Spence and son Clarence and Mrs. Callahan accompanied the body to Alamogordo for burial Tuesday, where it was placed beside the body of a son who was killed at Alamogordo in a railroad wreck about 18 years ago. Many Carrizozo friends went to Alamogordo for the funeral, which was conducted under the auspices of the Alamogordo Eastern Star.

[SPENCE, HELEN ABARR]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 4, 1926
Word came the first of the week of the death of Mrs. Geo. Spence, of New Mexico. She is a sister of J. C. Abarr and was about seventy-six years of age at the time of her death. – Redding Herald.

[SPOONEMORE, FRANCES BANION RAY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 29, 1925
Mrs. Frances Spoonemore Dead
Frances Banion Ray, according to her own statement, was born in Clark county Kentucky, Jan. 3, 1829 and passed away at her home north of Isadora Jan. 17, 1925, aged 96 years and 14 days.
She was married to James Henry Spoonemore Dec. 13, 1849, who preceded her in death in the year 1900. To this union were born twelve children—seven boys and five girls. Five sons and one daughter survive their parents.
Mrs. Spoonemore was perhaps the oldest woman in Worth county and has lived on one farm, where she departed this life, for 71 years. She was the fifth of nine children and the last of the Willis and Elsie Ray family. She began her Christian life at the age of 16 in the year 1845 and united with the Christian church, being a member of the church at Blockton. In that faith she triumphantly died and rejoiced in the fact that her title was clear to mansions in the sky.
This good woman passed through the real hardships of the early pioneer days and knew what it was to endure privations and the real meaning of hard work. She knew the meaning of sorrow and disappointments, yet she believed that all things worked together for good to them that love the Lord. She always counted it a great privilege to help her neighbors in the hour of distress and no worthy cause ever appealed to this mother in vain. She endeavored to live a useful life and it could be truly said of her in the work of the Master, "She hath done what she could." She was a wonderful mother and an affectionate wife and all that a neighbor could be.
She leaves to mourn five sons: J. [esse] C. [olumbus], William H. and Marion Spoonemore, of Sheridan, Mo.; Geo. Spoonemore of words unreadable]; Benjamine F.[ranklin]  Spoonemore, of Lenox, Ia., and one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Burrell of Canton, Oklahoma and a large number of grandchildren and great grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends.
The funeral services were conducted Tuesday, the 20th, from the Christian church at Isadora where the church was filled to its utmost capacity to pay the last tribute of respect and esteem to our honored dead. Arthur S. Olsen, pastor of the Grant city Methodist church officiated, assisted by L. B. Day, pastor of the Christian church. Interment was made in the Isadora cemetery.

[SPURRIER, ZENE]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 10, 1925
Zene Spurrier, at one time publisher of the Clearfield Enterprise and later took up the practice of law, passed away last month at a hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. At the time of his death he was editor and owner of the Geneseo, Kansas, Journal, which newspaper he had been connected with for the past nine years. He had gone to Colorado for his health.

[TAYLOR, MARY GARLAND]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 15, 1925
We understand Grandma Taylor passed away at the home of her daughter in Nebraska on Monday. The remains will be brought back to the home of her son, Walter, and her old home on Thursday.

[TAYLOR, MARY GARLAND]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 22, 1925
Ben Taylor and wife, of Winterset, and J. B. Freemyer and wife, of Nebraska, returned to their homes Saturday, being here to attend the funeral of their mother, Grandma Taylor.
Floyd Freemyer, of Keytesville, Mo., came last week, called here by the death of his grandmother. He made a brief visit with his father, J. H. Freemyer and at the Albert Lemon home.

[WALSTON, LILLIAN EATON KELSEY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, December 24, 1925
Lillian Eaton, third child of Oscar and Phoebe Eaton, was born at Harlan, Nov. 7, 1873 and passed away at Creston Dec. 12, 1925.
On June 29, 1892, she was married to D. N. Kelsey. To this union ten children were born. One boy and two girls died in infancy. There remain Mrs. Blanche Rundle, of Albany, Mo.; Mrs. Nellie Finley, of Mt. Ayr; Mrs. Josie Skinner, of Albany; Mrs. Illa Price, of Fargo, N. D.; Mrs. Nettie Brown, of Ottumwa; Mrs. Charlotte Michaels, of Ottumwa, and Lester Kelsey, of Delphos. There are also sixteen grandchildren. Mr. Kelsey passed away Dec. 6, 1920.
She was for many years a member of the church of Christ at Mt. Ayr, but after her marriage to W. R. Walston on Feb. 28, 1923, she transferred her membership to the church at Delphos. The husband and his daughter, Mrs. Katie Wendall, also mourn her passing.
The funeral was held Dec. 14 at 2 p. m. at the Church of Christ at Mt. Ayr, conducted by Rev. Ross Williams, assisted by W. L. Thornburg.



[WATSON, CHARLOTTE HEADLEY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 9, 1925
Charlotte Headley, daughter of William and Sarah Headley, was born at West Mecca, Trumbull county, Ohio, May 11, 1845 and died at her home at Diagonal July 2, 1925, aged 80 years, 1 month and 2 days.
She was united in marriage to Miles E. [lbert] Watson March 25, 1869, with whom she lived more than 55 years, until the death of Mr. Watson Nov. 4, 1924.
To this union five children were born: Mrs. C. [harles] B. [urch] Jarvis, of Cache, Oklahoma; Dr. E.[lbert] J. [ay] Watson of Diagonal; Alma D. [ell] Watson, of Blockton; Mrs. A. [rizona] Turnbull, of Diagonal, and a daughter who died in infancy.
Mrs. Watson came to Iowa with her husband in 1870 and has been a resident of Taylor county since that time until 1924, when, following the death of her husband, she moved to Diagonal that she might be closer to her children, two of whom reside at that place.
Mrs. Watson united with the Methodist Episcopal church in her girlhood and kept her faith steadfast until the end. She was a member of the Woman' Foreign Missionary Society and the Ladies Aid Society, participating in the good work of both of these societies.
In the midst of her great bodily pain which many times during the past two years was intense, she never lost her faith in God and [words unreadable] to bear the suffering. Many of the early settlers of Taylor county are rapidly moving over to the great beyond. Their [words unreadable] are missed. Mrs. Watson, together with her husband who died last November will be remembered by many [words unreadable] with whom [words unreadable] and to the town and community.
Funeral services were held at the Blockton Methodist church Friday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by J. A. Brownlee, pastor of the church, assisted by the Diagonal Methodist minister and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[WATSON, CHARLOTTE HEADLEY]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 23, 1925
Mrs. Chas. Jarvis, who was called to Diagonal by the death of her mother, Mrs. Miles E. Watson, has returned to her home at Cache, Oklahoma.

[WATSON, DELLA MAY MINOR]
Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Wednesday, June 6, 1956
Mrs. E. J. Watson of Diagonal Dies
DIAGONAL – Mrs. E. [lbert] J. [ay] Watson, 76, of Diagonal, died at 11:30 a. m. today at Greater Community hospital in Creston where she had been a patient for the past three weeks. She had been ill for several years.
The body is now at the Crew funeral home in Diagonal but funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Surviving are her husband, Dr. E. [lbert] J. [ay] Watson, a son, Elbert M. [inor] Watson of Diagonal and a daughter, Mrs. Gerald Lonnecker of Creston. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one brother, J. [oseph] C. [arl] Minor of New Virginia, Iowa.

[WATSON, ELBERT JAY]
Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa), Saturday, November 5, 1960
Doctor Dies
Dr. Elbert J. [ay] Watson, 84, of Diagonal, widely known southwestern Iowa physician, died Friday in the hospital at Creston. He was named "Iowa's Outstanding General Practitioner of 1955" by the Iowa State Medical Society. He retired in 1959 after 55 years of service.

[WATSON, ELBERT JAY]
Estherville Daily News (Estherville, Iowa), Saturday, November 5, 1960
Dr. Watson of Diagonal Dies
DIAGONAL (AP) – Diagonal's Dr. Watson, the physician who brought more than 2,000 babies into this world, is dead.
Dr. Elbert J. [ay] Watson, 84, died in a Creston hospital Friday following a month's illness.
The whole town turned out in 1954 to honor him on the occasion of his completion of 50 years of practice as a country doctor. In the Dr. Watson Day parade were many of the adults who were his babies at birth.
Funeral services were pending. A son, Elbert M. [inor] Watson and a daughter, Mrs. Gerald Lonnecker of Creston, survive.

[WATSON, ELBERT JAY]
Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Saturday, November 5, 1960
Dr. E. J. Watson of Diagonal Dies. Retired in 1959 After 55 Years
DIAGONAL – Dr. Elbert J. [ay] Watson, 82, retired Diagonal physician, died at the Greater Community hospital in Creston at 3 p. m. Friday. Dr. Watson had been a patient at the hospital for the past month.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday at the Methodist church in Diagonal. Rev. Paul Beymer of Cedarville, Mich., will officiate. Burial will be in the Diagonal cemetery. His body will lie in state at the Varner-Crew funeral home in Diagonal until 1 p. m. Monday when it will be taken to the church to lie in state before the service.
Elbert J. [ay] Watson was born on a farm in Taylor county and graduated from Blockton high school. He graduated from Ensworth medical college at St. Joseph, Mo., in 1904 and started his practice in Arispe in that year. He moved to Knowlton in 1906 and practiced there until 1918, when he and his family moved to Diagonal. He has practiced in Diagonal since that time.
Dr. Watson was honored by the people of the Diagonal community at a Dr. Watson Day celebration on June 15, 1954, when he completed 50 years in the practice of medicine. At that time, he estimated that he had delivered more than 2,000 babies. The number has been increased since that time.
Dr. Watson retired in 1959 after 55 years of practice.
He was a member of the American Medical Assn., the Iowa State Medical Society and the Ringgold county Medical Society. He had been a member of the staff of the Ringgold county hospital at Mount Ayr for a number of years and served as coroner of Ringgold county for 18 years.
He is survived by a son, Elbert M. [inor] Watson of Diagonal; a daughter, Mrs. Gerald Lonnecker of Creston; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
His wife, Della and two daughters preceded him in death.

[WATSON, ELBERT MINOR]
Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, October 23, 1967
E. M. Watson Dies of Gunshot Wound
DIAGONAL – Elbert M. Watson, 55, president of the First State Bank of Diagonal and state representative for Ringgold and Taylor counties, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday night. Dr. Duane Mitchell of Mount Ayr, Ringgold county medical examiner, said Mr. Watson's death was a suicide.
His body was found in the basement of the bank by Bill Herren, an employe of the bank. Dr. Mitchell said Mr. Watson had died about 7 p. m.
Authorities said a note was found at the scene, but they declined to reveal the text of the note.
Funeral services for Mr. Watson are to be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Methodist church at Diagonal. Burial will be in the Diagonal cemetery. His body is at the Varner-Crew funeral home at Diagonal.
Elbert M. [inor] Watson was born in Diagonal and had lived here all of his life. He was the son of the late E. [lbert] J. [ay] Watson and Mrs. Watson. Dr. Watson had been a physician in Diagonal for more than 50 years before his death several years ago.
Elbert Watson grew up in Diagonal and graduated from Diagonal high school. He attended the University of Iowa at Iowa City.
He served as the director of the Ringgold county department of social welfare for a few years before he joined the staff of the bank about 25 years go. He had been president of the bank for about five years.
Mr. Watson, a Republican, was elected to the Iowa house of representatives in the November 1966 election and was serving his first term as a member of the legislature.
He was elected as the Ringgold county member of the Area 14 board of education, which operates Southwestern Community college in Creston, when the area school district was established. He was reelected to the board for a three-year term in the school election on Sept. 11.
Mr. Watson is survived by his widow, Alberta; three daughters, Mrs. Jack Taylor of Diagonal, Mrs. Larry Pratt of Maryville, Mo. and Mrs. Bill Warin of Iowa City: three sons, Jay, a student at Southwestern Community college, and Steve and Mark at home; five grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs Gerald (Olive) Lonnecker of Creston.

Mr. Watson had been very active in Diagonal community life throughout his adult life.

[WATSON, ELBERT MINOR]
Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, October 30, 1967
Diagonal Mourns Loss of Elbert M. Watson
DIAGONAL – Elbert M. Watson, 55, a leading citizen of Diagonal, has been laid to rest, but the community remembers his long service to the community in which he grew up and in which he had lived for many years. Mrs. Watson, president of the First State Bank of Diagonal, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Oct. 22 in the basement of the bank. Circumstances indicated he was a victim of depression.
Elbert Minor Watson was born at Knowlton, near Diagonal, on May 18, 1912. He was the only son of Dr. E. [lbert] J. [ay] and Della Minor Watson. In 1918 he moved with his family to Diagonal.
He graduated from the Diagonal high school in 1930. During his school days he had been a delivery boy for Dolecheck's store and engaged in other odd jobs.
He attended Creston junior college, Simpson college and the University of Iowa at Iowa City.
He was married to Alberta Miller of Paragould, Ark. They made their home in Iowa and in Diagonal since he moved his family here when he entered the navy in World War II.
Mr. Watson is survived by his widow, Alberta; three daughters, Mrs. Jack (Dixie) Taylor of Diagonal, Mrs. Larry (Kay) Pratt of Maryville, Mo., and Mrs. Bill (Ann) Warin of Iowa City; three sons, Elbert Jay, Stevon Paul and Mark Irwin, at home; five grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Gerald (Olive) Lonnecker of Creston; a niece, Mrs. Eldon (Jorene) Sobotka of Creston; an uncle, Joe Minor of New Virginia; and a number of cousins and grandnieces.
Mr. Watson was preceded in death by his mother in 1956, and by his father, Dr. E.[lbert] J. [ay] Watson, in 1960. Dr. Watson had practiced medicine for more than 50 years. Two sisters, Anna June, who died in infancy in 1905 and Hazel, who died in 1954, preceded him in death.
Mr. Watson's first concern was always his family. He took pride in their personalities and achievements. He was constant in care and devotion to his parents.
Mr. Watson was associated with the First State bank in Diagonal for 20 years and was its president for the last five years. For many years he was associated in the bank with the late M. I. Roberts. He also had conducted an insurance agency in Diagonal for about 20 years.
Mr. Watson was elected state representative for Ringgold and Taylor counties in 1966 and had served the first year of his two-year term.
He was elected as the Ringgold county member of the Area 14 board of education which operates Southwestern Community college at Creston when the district was formed. He was reelected for a three-year term at the school election on Sept. 11.
His public service included serving as a member of the board of trustees of the Ringgold county hospital at Mount Ayr, as a member of the Ringgold county extension council, as director of the Ringgold county welfare department some years ago and as a member of the Diagonal board of education.
He was an active member of the Diagonal Methodist church, the Masonic lodge, the Diagonal Lions club and veterans organizations.
Mr. Watson, over and above his family and community interests, always found time for careful consideration of the problems of others, whom he helped in many ways.
Funeral services were planned to be held at the Diagonal Methodist church but were moved to the Diagonal community school auditorium because of the large attendance. About 1,500 persons attended the services on Oct. 25.
The Rev, Paul A. Beymer of Cedarville, Mich., a lifelong friend, conducted the services, assisted by the Rev. George McMullen, pastor of the Methodist church.
Mrs. Harold Taylor was organist, and her daughter, Mrs. Charles Gifford, of King City, Missouri, sang, "the Lord's Prayer," and "When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day."
Honorary casket bearers were D. E. Mitchell, M. D. and Grant Hayes of Mount Ayr; John Warin of Maloy; A. R. Sanderson of Shannon City; Bill Herron of Creston; Stanley Cregeen, Gene Gunsolley and Tom Lininger of Diagonal.
Bearers were Corwin Bonebrake of College Park, Maryland; David Roberts of Clearwater, Florida; Dale Herrington of Mount Ayr; Jay Snyder, Velmer Stephens and R. A. Beymer of Diagonal.
Interment was in the Diagonal cemetery.

[WEESE, LEVI JOHNSON]
Pasadena Post (Pasadena, California), Wednesday, January 21, 1925
Former Pasadean Killed in Accident
Word has been received here of the death of Levi J. [ohnson] Weese of San Diego, formerly of this city, which occurred January 15, as the result of injuries sustained when he was struck by an automobile.
Mr. Weese was 59 years of age and the father of Clara J. Weese of this city. He also leaves a brother, W. B. Weese of Blockton, Ia., and two sisters, Mrs. George W. Sanders of Blockton and Mrs. Calvin Childers of Athelstan, Ia. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

[WEESE, LEVI JOHNSON]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 5, 1925
L. [evi] J. [ohnson] Weese, well known here and a brother of W. B. Weese, Mrs. G. W. Sanders and Mrs. J. C. Childers of south of town, was killed in an automobile accident near his home at Pasadena, California on Jan. 20. He leaves a wife and a daughter.



[WILCOX, CORDELLA MARTIN]
Daily Democrat-Forum and Tribune (Maryville, Missouri), July 23, 1925
Mrs. Guy Wilcox Dies at Home in Iowa
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rush of Maryville Succumbs Following Long Illness of Consumption.
Mrs. Guy Wilcox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rush of Maryville, died this morning at her home, five miles northeast of Bedford, Ia., following an extended illness of consumption. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Mrs. Wilcox was about 45 years old. Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, four sons, three daughters, five sister and three brothers.

[WILCOX, CORDELLA MARTIN]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 30, 1925
Mrs. Guy Wilcox passed away on last Thursday morning at her home northeast of Bedford after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held at East Mission church Saturday afternoon and interment was made at Pickering, Mo. A husband and nine motherless children are left.

[WILSON, CAROLINE SHARP]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 3, 1926
Caroline Sharp, daughter of Madison Sharp and wife, was born in Ottumwa, Ia., Nov. 8, 1840 and passed away at her home at Sheridan, Mo., May 17, 1926, aged 85 years, 6 months and 9 days.
She was united in marriage to Jeremiah Wilson April 5, 1862. Twelve children were born to this union, seven of whom survive—James C. Wilson, North Platte, Neb.; Geo. A Wilson, Hershey, Neb.; Mrs. Lurinda Jenkins, King City, Mo.; Mrs. Laura Clark, Kansas City, Mo., and Manford Wilson, Sanford Wilson and Emma Wilson of Sheridan. There are also 34 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
The Wilson family lived up in Gay township at one time and are well known to a number of our readers.
Mrs. Wilson united with the Methodist church when nineteen years of age. During the last six or seven months of her life she has been a great sufferer at times and was confined to her bed.
Funeral services were held in Sheridan Methodist church May 19, conducted by the pastor, and interment was made in the Luteston cemetery.

[WILSON, JEREMIAH ALFRED, 1838 – 1903]
Sheridan Advance (Sheridan, Missouri), date unknown, 1903
Jeremiah Wilson was born in the state of Indiana, April 24, 1838, and died Sunday, April 25, 1903. He moved to the west in 1857 and resided in Iowa and Missouri from that time until his death, which occurred at Gentryville, Mo. He was married in 1862 and his wife and eight children survive to mourn his departure. His aged mother, 90 years old, is also still living.
Two years ago, Mr. Wilson moved to Gentryville, where he united with the Christian church, being a member at the time of his death. The body was brought to the home of his brother, W. A. Wilson, three miles northwest of Sheridan where the funeral was held Tuesday, conducted by C. F. Ward, minister of the Christian church and burial was in the Luteston cemetery. A large concourse of friends of the family attended the body to its last resting place. The surviving relatives have the sympathy of all in this bereavement.

[WINEINGER, JACOB]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 15, 1926
Jacob Wineinger, father of Mrs. S. M. Lough of Whitesville and Homer Wineinger of Grant City, passed away at his home in Grant City on April 3.

[WISDOM, ARTHUR ELLIS' INFANT, 1924 – 1924]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 24, 1924
Word comes to us indirectly that a daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. A. [rthur] E.[llis] Wisdom, living near Clark's Grove, Minnesota, on July 14th, passed away and [was] buried the 15th.
[Note: Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850 – 2001, gives the death date as July 13, 1924.]

[WISDOM, GILBERT]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 1, 1926
Word was received here the last of the week of the death of Gilbert Wisdom at his home at Ottawa, Kansas. Mr. Wisdom was a son of Francis Wisdom and wife of Ottawa, and formerly of this vicinity. The deceased will be remembered by a number of our readers, having formerly lived here and visited here several days last year. He leaves a wife and one child.


[WISDOM, SAMUEL STUMP]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 11, 1926
Samuel S. Wisdom, son of the late P. J. Wisdom of Escondido, Calif., passed away in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 19, after an illness with typhoid fever.

[WISDOM, SAMUEL STUMP]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 18, 1926
Brief mention was made last week of the death of Samuel Wisdom at Los Angeles, California, on Jan. 19, death being the result of typhoid fever. Samuel Stump Wisdom was born in Blockton 40 years ago last August and upon leaving here went with his father, the late Judge P. J. Wisdom, to Escondido, California, where he resided until 12 years ago when he located in Los Angeles. He had been a traveling representative of the Shinola company for a number of years and at the time of his death was their coast representative. He was also head of his own company, the producers of Kleanflush products. He is survived by his wife and daughter, Harriet, aged 10 years; also, his stepmother, Mrs. P. J. Wisdom, Sr.; of Escondido, and the following brothers and sisters: Guy W. Wisdom, Oceanside; Earl Wisdom, Los Angeles; Pierce J. and Milton V. Wisdom, Escondido; Will D. Wisdom, Berkeley; Mrs. Lee Walters, San Diego; Dr. Caroline Rankin, Los Angeles, and Mrs. Jennie Worthington, Ottawa, Kansas. The funeral services were held at the Little Church of Flowers in Glendale on Jan. 22, under the auspices of the Masons of Los Angeles and Glendale. Interment was made in Forest Lawn Memorial park.



[WOODS, ISAIAH, 1850 – 1925]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 19, 1925
Dock Woods, who has been ailing for the past month, was found dead in bed on Tuesday morning at the Geo. Booher home.

[WOODS, ISAIAH R., 1850 – 1925]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 26, 1925
Isaiah Wood, son of Samuel and Mary Wood, was born at [?]land, Ohio, Oct. 15, 1950 [1850] and departed this life Nov. 17, 1925, aged 75 years, 1 month and 2 days.
He leaves to mourn his departure, one brother, David Wood, of Athelstan, and one sister, Mrs. Minerva Weaver, of Blockton. Also, two half-brothers, Ishabod Wood, of Miami, Oklahoma and Elmer Wood of Anderson, Mo., and one half-sister, Mae Russell, of Idaho. His aged father and mother, two sisters and five brothers preceded him.
The funeral services were conducted from the Athelstan Baptist church, Nov. 18, by Challie E. Graham, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at the same place. Music was furnished by the Athelstan quartette. The pall bearers were Lon Kemery, M. F. Older, Chas. Rusco, Joseph Hays, Elbert Adams and Tine Raper. Quite a number of the friends were present to show their respect for the deceased and their sympathy for the bereaved ones. We commend the sorrowing ones to the kind Heavenly Father. May they be richly comforted by Him and led of Him to that sun kissed land, where death never enters, and tears never fall.