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Burlington Hawk-Eye (Burlington, Iowa), Wednesday, June 17, 1903
Armstrong – W. [alter] B. [erkley] Armstrong, who was a traveling man for a music firm at Belle Plaine, Iowa, passed away at the Burlington hospital yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. He had lived in this city for many years, his home being at No. 508 Summer street. The deceased was fifty years old and was a member of Grace M. E. church. He leaves a wife and five daughters, Mrs. T. R. Long, Verlie, Rena, Lena and Ruth Armstrong.

Burlington Hawk-Eye (Burlington, Iowa), Thursday, June 18, 1903
Armstrong – the funeral of the late W. [alter] B. [erkley] Armstrong, who passed away after an illness of six years, at the Burlington hospital last Tuesday, will be held from his late residence at No. 508 Summer street this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 25, 1903
--A telegram was received by relatives in this city announcing the death of W. [alter] B. [erkley] Armstrong of paralysis at his home in Burlington on Tuesday evening at 6:00 o'clock. Mr. Armstrong was well known in this city, having been one of its residents and prominent business men. This will indeed be sad news to his many friends in this community. – Conway Record

[BAKER, J. N., [1820 – 1904]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 31, 1904
An Old Man Gone
J. N. Baker, an old resident of Jackson township, died Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, aged 83 years, 7 months, 11 days. Funeral service conducted yesterday afternoon by Rev. Griffith. Interment in Forest Grove cemetery.

[BAKER, J. N., [1820 – 1904]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 31, 1904
Death Claims an Old Resident
J. N. Baker, an old and well-known resident of Taylor county, departed this life at his home in Jackson township yesterday (Tuesday) evening at 4:30 o'clock, aged 83 years, 5 months and 15 days. It may be said that old age was the cause of his death and the end was peaceful and without pain. He leaves to mourn him his wife, two children and a host of friends. Funeral services were held today at 2 p. m. and interment made in the Forest Grove cemetery.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 21, 1904
A Former Resident Dead
Mary Luvinia Osborn Bishop, wife of William Preston Bishop, died at their home, 3642 61st street, Chicago, on Friday, Dec. 18, 1903. She was born in Preble county Ohio, March 10, 1843 and while still a child she moved with her parents to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
On May 6, 1875, she was married to William P. Bishop and for a period of ten years ably assisted him in his work as a minister in the Methodist church.
For the past seven or eight years Mrs. Bishop had been an invalid, and since June 1, 1900, had been unable to walk without assistance. She became very much worse since last June, during which time it has simply been a fight for life. She suffered intensely but at the end she went to sleep and passed away in perfect peace.
Funeral services were held at the residence Monday afternoon, December 21, at 2 o'clock. Leaving on the same evening, the remains were taken to the old home at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, for burial, being accompanied by the bereaved husband and son Carl.
On Tuesday, at 1:30 p. m. funeral services were held at the Methodist church at Mt. Pleasant. After these services she was laid to rest by the side of her mother.

[Note: The same obituary was published in the Bedford Times-Republican, January 14, 1904.]

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 3, 1903
--Mrs. John Laws received a telegram Monday announcing the death of her sister, Mrs. Henry Bond, at Abingdon, Ill.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 28, 1903
Peacefully Sleeping
William Marion Bowers was born in Jackson township, Taylor county, Iowa, April 7, 1894 and died at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Clint Norris, May 25, 1903, at 12:45. His death resulted from injuries received May 9 in Jackson township. He was brought to Bedford for treatment and everything that skilled physicians and kind parents could do for him was done, yet he suffered intensely at times. Toward the end however there was no suffering and he peacefully passed away. To mourn their loss, remain a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Bowers, and a brother and sister.
Funeral services were held at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Norris, in Bedford, Wednesday, May 27, conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith. Interment took place in the Forest Grove cemetery.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 20, 1939
Mrs. Anna Bradley, 67, Former Resident, Dies
Mrs. Anna Bradley, 67, died at the St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill., Friday, April 14, following an operation on Tuesday for the removal of gall stones. The funeral services were held in Greenview, Ill., Sunday and burial was made at Greenview.
Mrs. Bradley is a former resident of the Bedford community and was a member of the Golden Rule Rebekah Lodge here at the time of her death. She is survived by a sister and a brother. Mr. Bradley died several years ago. 

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 25, 1926
Cal Bradley Takes Own Life With 22 Caliber Rifle
Ill Health Was Given As Cause by His Immediate Family Was 52 Years Old
Highly Respected Farmer Living 4 Miles East of Bedford. Was Shock to Community
One of the most surprising tragedies in Taylor county came about Wednesday morning when the report went out that Cal Bradley had shot himself.
Mr. Bradley had been in very poor health for some time. In fact, Dr. Maloy reports Mr. Bradley in his office the night before and he stayed all night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Brice in Bedford. He went home Wednesday morning and with his wife was listening to the radio. Suddenly he jumped to his feet and left the house. Next Mrs. Bradley heard the report of a rifle shot. She rushed out to the smoke house and there he lay with the rifle across his chest. She called for neighbors. This was about 9 o'clock. The coroner, Dr. Gasson, was also called and Mr. Bradley lived until 2:30 in the afternoon. He rallied enough at one time to lead them to believe that he was going to recover.
The bullet entered his head near the temple and lodged in the top of his skull, a 22-calibre bullet.
He was 52 years old and leaves a wife and a host of friends to mourn his sudden demise.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 25, 1926
Prominent Farmer Ended Life Wed. Cal Bradley, Despondent Over Poor Health, Shot Self with a .22 Rifle
Cal Bradley, 52 years of age, a prominent Taylor county farmer and land owner, committed suicide yesterday, November 24th, by shooting himself in the head with a .22 rifle. He shot himself about nine o'clock in the morning and the spark of life lingered until 2:15 that afternoon. Friends of Mr. Bradley are at a loss to know the reason for this act, unless brooding over his ill health the past few years had affected his mind.
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley stayed all night Tuesday at the Elmer Brice home here in Bedford. He seemed to feel fairly well although he had been to a doctor earlier in the evening for medicine. He arose early yesterday morning, had breakfast at the Brice home, visited a short while and then he and his wife started for their farm home four miles east of Bedford.
They had been at home about two hours and were sitting listening to their radio when Mr. Bradley got up from his chair and went out the back door. Soon after, Mrs. Bradley heard a rifle report and a fall.
She tried to phone for help but could not get anyone and then she ran to the road and stopped some men going by.
They found Mr. Bradley lying on his back on the floor of the smokehouse which joins the porch at the rear of the house, with a rifle across his chest and an exploded shell in the gun.
His pulse was beating very weakly at that time. The men carried him into the house and called a doctor and by the time he reached the scene, Mr. Bradley's pulse seemed almost normal. It was thought he had a chance for recovery, but his death came a few hours later.
Funeral arrangements have not been made known to us at this time.

Pantograph (Bloomington, Illinois), Tuesday, November 30, 1926
Luther C. Bradley Funeral Services Held at Greenview
Greenview, Nov. 29. – (Special) – Funeral services for Luther Calvin Bradley were held from the residence of his brother, Newton Bradley, of this city, Sunday at 2 p. m., Rev. B. C. Temple officiating. Interment at Elmwood cemetery.
Luther Calvin Bradley was born on the farm now occupied by Elmer Bradley and after his marriage moved to Bedford, Ia., where he resided until the time of his death. While mentally deranged due to ill health, from which he had suffered for over a period of a year, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the temple. His wife, hearing the shot, rushed to the basement and fund him still alive and death came three hours later. Messrs. Newt Bradley and Sam Propst of this city rushed to the bedside but were too late. At the time of his death the deceased was 52 year, 9 months and 27 days old. The remains were brought to this city Saturday morning. He is survived by his wife, one sister, Mrs. Almeta Burns, Michigan; four brothers, Lewis, Colorado; Newton and Henry, Greenview, and Charles Bradley, Springfield.

Ottumwa Daily Courier (Ottumwa, Iowa), Saturday, December 26, 1931
Mrs. Sarah Bristow – Mrs. Sarah E. [llen] Bristow, 75 years old, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. B. Wood, Ottumwa, route 1, Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Mattie Carter of Fresno, Calif., Mrs. Emma Montgomery of Ottumwa, route 9, Mrs. Lillie Wood of Ottumwa, route 1 and Mrs. Della Thompson of Bedford; three sons, Clyde Bristow and Erwin Bristow of Bedford and Wayne Bristow of Council Bluffs; two brothers, James and John Beauchamp of Twin Falls, Idaho; two sisters, Mrs. Alice Bradley of Bedford and Mrs. Emily Swaim of Hopkins, Mo. and nine grandchildren. The body was taken on Burlington passenger train No. 5 this morning to Bedford where funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the First Christian church, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Harris. Burial will be made in the Graceland cemetery at Bedford.
[Note: She is buried in the old Bedford Cemetery, Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa, beside her husband, not in Graceland as stated in the obituary.]

[CARR, CORA EVA, 1885 - 1903]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 17, 1903
SIAM – Miss Cora Carr died on Friday morning of last week and was buried last Monday at the Shearer cemetery, the sermon preached by Elder Jamison. The remains were followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends.

Wilkes-Barre Record (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), Monday, April 7, 1969
Mrs. Leta M. Cobb
Mrs. Leta M. [aude] Cobb, 43 Charles Street, died last night at 9 at her home.
Born April 21, 1886 in Salem, Ill., she resided in Bedford, Pa. [Iowa], most of her life and for the last seven years she resided in Wilkes-Barre with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. [onovan] Cobb.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bedford.
Also surviving are a son, Ronald, Kirkland, Wash.; six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, a brother, Victor Knoles, Shenandoah, Ia.
Funeral will be held Wednesday from Andrew Mamary Funeral Home, 59 Parrish Street. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Sweet Valley.
Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 10.

Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), Wednesday, April 9, 1969
Mrs. Leta M. Cobb – Services for Mrs. Leta M. [aude] Cobb of 43 Charles Street, City, were held this morning in the Mamary Funeral Home, 59 Parrish Street, with Rev. Theodore I. Hubbard, of the Firwood United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Sweet Valley.
Pallbearers were a son, Richard D. [onovan] Cobb; grandsons, Richard P. and Donovan L. Cobb, Raymond Tubridy, David Hoffman and Joseph Mamary.

Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), Wednesday, August 16, 2000
Louise Cobb, August 11, 2000
Louise Cobb of Flying Hills, Reading, formerly of Harveys Lake and South Wilkes-Barre, died in Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville.
She was born in Boone, Iowa, daughter of the late Albert and Frieda Wichmann Ehmann.

Mrs. Cobb was formerly employed by Pomeroy's Department Store, Wilkes-Barre, for 23 years, retiring in 1974.
She was a member of American Contract Bridge League and was ranked as a national master. She was also a member of Harveys Lake Ceramic Club.
Her husband, Richard D. [onovan]; brothers, Paul and Walter Ehmann, preceded her in death.
Surviving are her children, Richard, Canton; Donovan, Sinking Springs; Diane Evans, Downingtown; Deborah Kutz, Mountaintop; 10 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; sisters, Helen Buettner, Syracuse, N. Y.; Delores Meyers, Red Creek, N. Y.; nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 from the Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Pikes Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday, 10 until the service.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
[Note: The same obituary was published in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, August 16, 2000.]

Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), Wednesday, March 14, 1984
Richard D. Cobb – Richard Donovan Cobb, Pole 281, Lakeside Dr., Harveys Lake, died Monday at Nesbitt Hospital.
Born Oct. 26, 1911, in Bedford, Iowa, son of the late Aden and Leta M. [aude] Knoles Cobb, formerly of Iowa, he was graduated from Bedford High School Class of 1929. Mr. Cobb was a purchasing agent for Nanticoke State General Hospital for 10 years, retiring in 1973. Prior to that he was an executive for F. C. Russel Co., Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Cobb was a member of Fisherman's Club of America and National Rifle Association. He was a Republican committee man in South Wilkes-Barre for many years. Mr. Cobb was a former member of Firwood United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre. He and his wife celebrated their 47thanniversary on April 12, 1983.
Surviving are his wife, the former Louise Ehmann; sons, Richard P., Auburn; Donovan L., Sinking Spring; daughters, Mrs. W. Marshall (Diane L.) Evans, Downingtown and Mrs. Richard H. (Deborah) Kutz II, Mountaintop; 10 grandchildren; and brothers, R. James, Seattle, Wash. and Ret. Lt. Col. Thomas Cobb, Alexandria, Va.
Funeral will be held Thursday at 11 from the Mamary-Durkin Funeral Home, Inc., 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, with Rev. David A. Feyrer officiating. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Pikes Creek. Friends may call Wednesday 7 to 9. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and Dallas Ambulance Association.

Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), Wednesday, March 14, 1984
Richard Cobb – Richard Donovan Cobb of Pole 281, Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, died Monday at Nesbitt Memorial Hospital, Kingston, where he had been a medical patient since March 9.
Born Oct. 26, 1911 in Bedford, Iowa, he was the son of the late Aden and Leta M. Knoles Cobb.
He was a 1929 graduate of Bedford High School.

Mr. Cobb was employed as a purchasing agent for Nanticoke State General Hospital for 10 years, retiring in 1973.
Prior to that, he was an executive with F. C. Russell Co., Columbus, Ohio.
A member of the Fisherman's Club of America and the National Rifleman's Association, he was a Republican Committeeman in south Wilkes-Barre for many years.
Mr. Cobb was a former member of Firwood United Methodist Church.
He and his wife celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary April 12, 1983.
Surviving are his wife, the former Louise Ehmann; sons, Richard P., Auburn; Donovan L., Sinking Spring; daughters, Mrs. W. Marshall (Diane) L. Evans, Downingtown; Mrs. Richard H. (Deborah) Kutz II, Mountaintop; 10 grandchildren; brothers, R. [onald] James Cobb, Seattle, Wash.; retired Lt. Col. Thomas Cobb, Alexandria, Va.
Funeral will be Thursday at 11 a. m. from Mamary-Durkin Funeral Home, Inc., 59 Parrish St.; Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. David A. Feyrer officiating.
Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Pikes Creek.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Dallas Ambulance Association.

[COOK, CYRUS O., 1817 – 1903]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 21, 1903
Death of C. O. Cook
Cyrus O. was born in Chenango county, New York, March 18, 1817 and died at his home in Bedford, Iowa, May 17, 1903.
He spent his youth and major part of his life in his native state. He moved to Hardin county, Iowa in 1884. Those who have been most intimately acquainted with Mr. Cook speak of him in the highest terms as a kind, harmless, hardworking and accommodating neighbor.
Early in life he made a profession of faith in Christ as his Savior and Redeemer. He was stricken with paralysis some three or four weeks ago, from which he never rallied. The funeral service occurred at the house Tuesday, May 19, at 10 a. m., Rev. Griffith officiating. The singing was worthy of mention—Misses Ethel Maxwell and Etta Evans, Elder Ferguson and J. W. Beauchamp were the singers. The service was not a lengthy one, as the remains were taken on the 12:27 train for interment at Steamboat Rock, Hardin county, Iowa, to be buried by the side of his daughter, who died some years ago.
The remains were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. George Ballou, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Rockwell and his son, R. D. Cook, from Parsons, Kansas. His wife, being too feeble to accompany the remains of her beloved husband, has the sympathy not only of the Free Press but of the entire community.

Warren County Democrat (Monmouth, Illinois), Friday, March 30, 1900
Mrs. Ann M. Dennis was called to Kirkwood this afternoon by the serious illness of her mother-in-law.

Warren County Democrat (Monmouth, Illinois), Friday, March 30, 1900
Elizabeth Dennis – Mrs. Elizabeth Dennis died this morning at 3:30 o'clock at the home of Mrs. Randall in Kirkwood where she was staying. The immediate cause of her death was dropsy, but she has been in very poor health for several years.
Elizabeth Ryan was born in Washington county, Penn., Sept. 2, 1819. She was married to Robert Dennis in 1839 and they came to this county in 1850. To them were born ten children, two of whom are living, R. W. Dennis of Hale township and Mrs. Nels Peterson of Russell, Kan. Mr. Dennis died in January 1875.
The funeral will be held at the home of Mrs. Randall in Kirkwood tomorrow at 1 o'clock.

[DENNIS, JOHN M., 1847 – 1889]
Warren County Democrat (Monmouth, Illinois), Thursday, May 9, 1889
Funeral Services – The last sad rites over the remains of John M. Dennis, under direction of Post 81, were conducted from the First Baptist church of this city at 1 o'clock last Friday afternoon. The concourse of sympathizing friends, relatives and comrades was large. Rev. J. H. Watson delivered a most impressive discourse, comforting to those bereaved and instructive to all who heard. Not the least beautiful part of the service was the music by the choir.
The remains were taken to Kirkwood cemetery for interment. The pall bearers were old comrades as follows: Cap. G. O. Cole, J. S. Glover, Adoniram Edwards, Jacob Ackerman, J. H. Cummings of Post 81 and Denzil Williams of Post 330. At the grave Capt. J. M. Turnbull of this city pronounced the following address:
In the fiercest of our struggles in the late war, when the fate of our nation seemed to tremble in the balance; when by exposure, poisonous climatic influences and battle, our ranks were being thinned at an alarming rate, our comrade, then a boy of seventeen years, joined Co. K, 11th Ill. Cav. Vols. Possibly not fully comprehending the hardships in store for him and not caring; fired by a patriotism—to the boy an indefinable love of country—that grandly rose above the fear of death.. Nothing less than the offer of his life would suffice. He was placed at once upon active service in the field, not being allowed the more gradual induction into army life by being placed in a camp of instruction and at once with so many of our brave boys, placed on duty with veteran soldiers and veteran duty required of him. Ah! If I could recall the marches and battles which these boys had to endure immediately after going into the field, you would understand why we have this sad duty to perform today. Our heroes were in the ranks individually, unwritten and unsung. But it is no less true that we now stand by the bier of a true representative of the highest type of hero. Comrades, sad as our office today may be, we know that soon we will all be called—as our comrade has been—to leave the ranks here and to join the majority beyond. We can with profit study and imitate his virtues as a citizen, a father and Christian soldier, and so round out our lives. We call to mind his dignity and manly bearing as our Commander and his earnestness in all charitable work. The pathos with which he would say, "Does any comrade know of a comrade or his family, sick or in want?" showed plainly that his charity was not confined to local organization. In the presence of his lifeless body, by this open grave, we mingle our tears with his bereaved mother, his fatherless daughters and their widowed mother and pledge them our sympathy in this their deep distress and as has been done so beautifully we would point them to Him of whom it has been said, "In Thee the fatherless findeth mercy."

[DENNIS, JOHN M., 1847 – 1889]
Warren County Democrat (Monmouth, Illinois), Thursday, May 9, 1889
Rev. S. [ilas] J. McCormick of Malvern, Iowa, who was called here by the death of J. [ohn] M. Dennis, has passed the week with friends and relatives. He occupied the Baptist pulpit Sunday morning at the request of the pastor, Rev. Watson.

[DENNIS, JOHN M., 1847 – 1889]
Warren County Democrat (Monmouth, Illinois), Thursday, May 9, 1889
Mrs. Elizabeth Dennis arrived from Bedford, Iowa, Tuesday, to visit her son J. [ohn] M.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa, Thursday, February 25, 1904
--W. [ayne] O. [lford] Denton was called last week to Shenandoah by the death of his mother. Mrs. Denton was a resident of Bedford about thirty years ago, being a prominent member of the Christian church here. She was a kind and dutiful wife, a loving mother and a true friend.

Ringgold Record (Mount Ayr, Iowa), 1880
DIED--DUNNING - On Monday Oct. 22nd, 1880
Charles B. Dunning, aged 25 years
The deceased was born in Mt. Ayr on the 5th day of December 1855 and was the first child born in the town. He had grown up from childhood to manhood in our midst, was well-known and respected by all who knew him, and his loss is deeply felt by all. Charley's last sickness was of short duration, he being up town and attending to his business on the Friday preceding his death. He has been suffering for some time with that terrible disease, diabetes, the same which destroyed his father's life. He had been married but a little over a year and a half and leaves a heart-broken young wife to mourn his untimely death. The funeral service was conducted at the M. E. Church at 11 o'clock on Tuesday, by Rev. Geo. W. Roby of Bedford, who, we believe, officiated at Charley's marriage. After the friends had taken a last look of the well-known features, the funeral cortege moved to our beautiful Woodlawn [Woodland] Cemetery, north of the city [Kellerton], where all that was mortal of Charles B. Dunning was laid away to await the final resurrection, where there is no more sickness nor death, neither sighing or shedding of tears.

Burlington Daily Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa), Thursday, November 25, 1880
Charles Dunning, banker, of Mt. Ayr, one of the foremost business men of the place, died Monday evening of diabetes. He had been afflicted about a year but was attending to business Saturday as usual in no expectation of an attack. The funeral took place at Mt. Ayr Tuesday.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 7, 1903
Died From the Effects of a Kick
A Twelve Year Old Lad Near New Market Kicked by a Horse and Died From the Effects
On the farm of Thomas Foster Saturday afternoon his twelve-year-old son, Howard, was fatally injured as a result of being kicked by a horse. The boy was hauling manure in the field with a team and wagon. In some manner he used the prongs of his fork to start the team, by jabbing one of the horses. For this treatment, the horse kicked, striking the fork of which the handle took the boy in the right side of the abdomen, knocking him down and causing internal injuries. He got up and walked from the team to the house, knowing that he was hurt but not thinking the injuries serious. This happened in the afternoon and in the evening Dr. McColm was sent for, but the doctor could do nothing, as the injuries were in such a position that they could not be reached. The patient grew gradually worse and died Sunday evening. The funeral services were held Monday at the Liggett school house, west of this city, in charge of Rev. E. S. Menoher. Interment was had in the Memory cemetery. – New Market Herald

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 21, 1903
--Miss Ida Hebener returned from Des Moines Tuesday, where she had been called by the death of her sister. Her many Bedford friends deeply sympathize with her in her bereavement.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 8, 1903
Death Under the Wheels
The sad news reached Bedford Tuesday morning that Burt Hedley, son-in-law of R. B. Rockwell, met death under the wheels of a freight train in the yards of St. Joseph while acting in the capacity of brakeman. The man was riding on the bumper and lost his balance and fell under the wheels of engine and was almost instantly killed. He was well known here, having lived in Bedford some time. Mr. Rockwell and George Ballou went to St. Joseph to look after the funeral arrangements.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 24, 1903
BLOCKTON – Mr. Thomas King recently received news of the death of his uncle, Ichabod Henkle at his home near Plymouth, Oregon at the age of 93 years. Mr. Henkle was born in West Virginia in 1810 and moved to Lee county this state in 1839, where he remained until 1853 when he moved to Oregon and resided there until his death.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 14, 1904
Ellis M. Hornback Dead
Dies in Sanitarium at Springfield, Illinois After Third Operation—Interment in That City
A telegram was received by Dr. Roberts yesterday announcing the death of Ellis Hornback at Springfield, Illinois, at 7 o'clock in the morning. His death was due to an operation, the third that he had undergone. About the 1st of January Mr. Hornback took the measles. As he was recovering from this disease a mastoid abscess developed. His death comes as a shock to his friends here, because only last Thursday word was received that Mr. Hornback had undergone another operation and was improving.
Mr. Hornback was nearly 32 years of age. He and Mrs. Hornback lived in Taylor County for the last three years. They first lived on a farm east of town but owing to his poor health, were compelled to give up agriculture and move to town. They lived in the northern part of the city for nearly two years. Before moving to Springfield, they resided at the sanitarium.
Mr. Hornback leaves a widow and no children. Mrs. J. W. Walter southeast of Bedford, a niece, is the only near relative. Mr. Hornback made a large number of friends here who weep for the departed brother.
The funeral services will be held at Springfield and interment will be at Fair oaks cemetery in that city.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 24, 1904
--Word has been received in Bedford of the death of Ellis Hornbeck at Springfield, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Hornbeck were at one time residents of Bedford, having moved into town from the farm on account of the sickness of Mr. Hornback. Deceased was aged 32 years, 4 months and 1 day. He was a member of the Woodman camp of Bedford and was insured for $2,000. The body was interred in Indian Point cemetery, Ill., on Tuesday morning, March 22.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 31, 1904
Ellis M. Hornback Dead
From Daily Paragraph, Bloomington, Ill.
Greenview, Ill., March 21. – Died at the Prince sanitarium in Springfield, on Sunday, March 20, 1904, at 4 o'clock a. m. Ellis M. Hornback, aged 32 years, 8 months and two days, of a complication of diseases. Deceased was born and grew up to manhood two miles southwest of this city until September 30, 1896, when he was married to Miss Huldah Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Williams at the parsonage of the C. P. church in Greenview by Rev. W. B. Harris. Three years ago, he moved with his wife to near Bedford, Ia., where he bought a farm of 160 acres. He in company with his wife returned here on a visit December 1, 1903, and shortly after his arrival was taken down with the measles at the home of his uncle near Petersburg. On February 4, he was taken to Springfield where he was operated on for a mastoid abscess. The operation was successful, and he was on the road to recovery when he was attacked by his old enemy, Bright's disease, which in connection with his other ailments, caused his death. When he was 16 years of age, he united with the C. P. church of Lebanon, this county, and has always lived an active Christian life. Deceased was also a member of the M. W. A. of this city but had transferred his membership to Iowa, where he was in good standing.
The body was brought to his city at 2:30 p. m. Monday and taken to the residence of Mrs. Wm. Eldridge. The funeral will occur at the Cumberland Presbyterian church Tuesday at 10 o'clock a. m. conducted by Rev. R. D. Miller, of Petersburg, after which the remains will be taken to Indian Point cemetery for interment. The bereaved wife, also three sisters and three brothers of the deceased, remain to mourn his demise.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 16, 1903
C. F. Jackson Claimed by Grim Reaper
Wednesday evening of last week Mr. Jackson retired in his usual health. About 5 o'clock Thursday morning Mrs. Jackson was awakened by an unusual noise and at once found that Mr. Jackson was in a dying condition. She aroused the family at once, who barely got to him before he passed away, heart failure being the cause.
Charles Franklin Jackson was born in Stark county, Illinois, September 9, 1858. He removed with his parents to Taylor county, Iowa, in the spring of 1882 and settled on the farm in Nodaway township, known as the Spaulding farm, where he has since resided. He was married to Miss Josephine Ross September 16, 1884. To this union were born four children—Clarence, the eldest, died at the age of two years; Vernard, now fourteen years of age; Benjamin, aged ten years and Leila, aged five years, survive with their mother. Mr. Jackson was a member of the Baptist church in Illinois but did not identify himself with any church organization after his removal to Iowa. He was a member of the Maple Grove I. O. O. F. at Guss. At the time of his death he was one of the trustees of Nodaway township. He dealt heavily in the purchase and sale of livestock and consequently was well known over this section of the country. To know Mr. Jackson was to know him favorably and he probably had as few enemies as any man in our county. The appreciation of his good citizenship could not be designated in stronger terms than was shown by his friends and neighbors at the funeral services, which were held at the home of the deceased, Saturday at 2 p. m. The services were conducted by the I. O. O. F. of Maple Grove. Many members of the Villisca order of Odd Fellows were present and participated in the exercises. The funeral address was very ably delivered by Rev. Wm. McClelland, who also conducted the funeral services of Mr. Jackson's father and mother. Interment in Prairie Rose cemetery.
The family has the sympathy of the entire community.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 5, 1903
--John Burnside returned Monday from Adair where he was called by the sickness of his cousin, Harry Kearns. Sad to say, after great agony, the young man died. The first reports that came stated that young Kearns was suffering with blood poison caused by pulling a tooth, but such was not the case. Blood poison resulted from his having accidentally bit a small place in his cheek. Mr. Burnside's mother remained for a longer stay.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 17, 1904
--Thomas King received word Tuesday from his brother, A. [den] D. King, superintendent of the national cemetery at Springfield, Missouri, that his wife, formerly Miss Mary Roberts, was dead and that the remains would be brought here and taken to Platteville for interment. The remains are expected to arrive today, and the funeral will take place tomorrow, the arrangements as to time of funeral not yet having been made. – Blockton News

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 25, 1904
Obituary – Evert Ulrich, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. [ames] E. [noch] Larrison, died February 21, aged 4 months, 15 days. He was preceded to the better world by Eva May, Edith Barbara, and Edmond Brown, Edith being the oldest of the deceased ones, only seven weeks old, leaving with the parents, Ethel and Elmer. Rev. John Ross preached the funeral. Text: Zech. 8:5 – "And the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof." The parents desire to express thanks to all who gave aid and sympathy in their hour of bereavement.
[Note: The last name is spelled Larison on the parents' headstones.]

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 25, 1904
--The 4 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. E. [noch] Larrison, southwest of Bedford, died Sunday and was buried in Bedford cemetery Monday. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of many friends.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 4, 1903
From Death Unto Life
Grace Octavia, daughter of Chas. Lucas, was born in Bedford, Iowa, February 2, 1891. When only three years old her mother died and in 1899 little Grace lost her health but by the best of care from time to time, life was prolonged until Thursday morning, May 28, at 1:30 when the messenger called her to her heavenly home. She died at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Miller, at Clarinda, Iowa. Deceased was a faithful and consistent member of the A. M. E. church and Sunday school at Clarinda. A father, sister, brother and many relatives and friends survive her.
Funeral services were held at the home of G. W. Lucas, in this city, Sunday, May 31, at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. J. Phillips of Clarinda. A quartette from the First Baptist church furnished the music. Interment took place in Bedford cemetery.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 22, 1903
A Former Bedford Girl Dead
The sad news reached Bedford of the death of Miss [Mrs.?] Lizzie Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Smick, former residents of Bedford but now of Santa Barbara, California. Miss Lizzie Smick was a member of the Bedford Rathbone Sisters and the same order at Santa Barbara conducted the funeral service at the grave. Deceased was twenty-three years old. Mr. and Mrs. Smick have the sympathy of many Bedford friends in their bereavement.

Warren County Democrat (Monmouth, Illinois), Thursday, June 6, 1889
Jacob McCormick – On Tuesday, June 4th, occurred the death of Jacob McCormick at the residence of his brother-in-law, P. H. Moody, in Hale township.
Jacob McCormick was born in Green County, Penn., January 14, 1814. He was married to Eliza Wilson April 1836. They moved to Morrow county, Ohio in 1845, remaining there until 1850 when they came to this county and settled near Centre Grove. They resided in this county until 1862 when they removed to Iowa and were in that state till 1869 and returned to Illinois. In 1882 occurred the death of his wife at Blandinsville, Illinois and since that time he has made his home among his children here and in the west. To them were born ten children, six of whom survive: Elisha of Bedford and Rev. S. [ilas] J. of Malvern, Iowa; Mrs. N.[ancy] A. [nne] Dennis, R. [obert] B.[arnes] and N. [ewton]  J. [udson] of this city and Mrs. Jesse Payne of Elsie, Nebraska.
The subject of this sketch made a profession of religion at the age of twenty-seven in Pennsylvania under the ministration of Rev. James Woods and was admitted to membership in the Baptist church at Bates Fork, his wife having been received into membership previously. His life was an exemplification of the profession he had made, and that life was devoted to the cause of his Master. His zeal and labors resulted in the organization of the Kirkwood Baptist church and to his labors was largely due the completion of that church building which was the first in Kirkwood. The charter members of that church were: Jacob McCormick and wife and son Elisha, Mary McCormick, A. C. Martin and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Shoemaker, Asa Richardson and Phoebe Newell. He was given to a Christian charity that forbade laying up worldly treasures, but the fruits of his consecration were realized in a peace of mind that knew no trouble in his last hours and he was only waiting for the summons to enter eternal life at the call of the reaper, Death. His last moments were a peaceful sinking to rest. His constant attendants were two sisters, Mrs. P. H. Moody and Mary McCormick and nothing for his comfort was left undone that devotion and love could suggest.
The funeral service was conducted from the residence at 2 o'clock yesterday by Rev. J. H. Watson and the remains were laid to rest in the Kirkwood cemetery. The pall bearers were old neighbors of the deceased: John and Conrad Pape, Jacob Frank, William Hickman, David Rhinehart and James Brown.

Warren County Democrat (Monmouth, Illinois), Thursday, May 9, 1895
We regret very much to hear of the illness of N. [ewton] J. [udson] McCormick. Three years ago, when we first began to write for the Democrat, he was editor and long will we remember with pleasure his many kind and pleasant words. May Jesus be with him as he passes through "The valley of the shadow of death."
KIRKWOOD – Several from here attended the funeral of N. J. McCormick who died at Raritan, Saturday.


Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 17, 1903
--E. [lisha] McCormick received the sad intelligence of the death of his brother, Rev. S. [ilas] J. McCormick, at the home of the latter's son, R. R. McCormick, Villisca, September 12, aged 61 years, 10 months and 7 days. The funeral was held Sunday and the body interred in the Villisca cemetery. Rev. McCormick is well known to many of Bedford's old settlers, having preached in the Baptist church here several times.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, September 18, 1903
After a protracted illness lasting over a period of five years, death claimed the Rev. S. [ilas] J. McCormick as its victim at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning. Up to the fifth of July the reverend gentleman had been able to occupy his pulpit at Clearmont, Missouri, regularly, but at that time his health began to wane more rapidly, and he was forced to resign active work in his chosen profession and with his wife came to Villisca to make his home. They took rooms in the comfortable home of their son, R. [obert] L. McCormick, and in spite of every effort to prolong his life, he passed into his eternal rest on the date we have mentioned.
Deceased became a Christian in 1868, being baptized by Rev. R. E. Norton into the fellowship of the Kirkwood, Illinois Baptist church. He was married to Barbara Lewis at Leon, Iowa, in 1872 and to this union were born the two surviving children, one son, Robert L. and a daughter, Mrs. F. E. Cavins, both of this city. Mr. McCormick was ordained to the ministry at Avon, Illinois, in 1874, his labors extending since that time over three states, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. He was a faithful and fearless proclaimer of the Word of God, his preaching always being supported by his earnest and devout life, thus gaining for him a wide circle of appreciating friends outside the limit of his own denomination. He was pastor of the Baptist church of this city at two different times and was widely and favorably known as a broad-minded man in every particular. He was holding his second pastorate at Clearmont, Missouri, when his failing health forced him to resign. That he was held in the highest regard is attested by the fact that the Clearmont church sent a beautiful floral tribute—a pillow of roses—borne by the hands of a committee from that church consisting of the Misses Ollie Carpenter and Helen Hall. His former parishioners of this city and the members of the A. O. U. W. also added tokens of respect in the form of floral offerings. The Baptist church, from which the funeral services were held at three o'clock Sunday afternoon, was packed with mourning friends and relatives, Rev. H. A. Smoot, the present pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. W. J. Watson of Malvern, officiating. Burial was in the Villisca cemetery. His thirty years of ministry stands as a monument to his life on earth, his self-denial and hardships here accounting for him an inheritance that is eternal and unfading. He died as victoriously as he lived and when the books are opened and the final roll call made, the name of Rev. McCormick will be among the redeemed. His companion and children have the heart-felt sympathy of all in their bereavement. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Dennis of Monmouth, Illinois, and two brothers, E. [lisha] and R. B. McCormick of Bedford, Iowa and Mason City, Illinois, respectively.

Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Monday, August 4, 1969, p. 46
Carey J. [udson] McCracken, 99, who came to Portland in 1905 during the Lewis and Clark Exposition, died Friday in a local hospital.
Mr. McCracken, of 2874 NE Alameda was born in Bedford, Iowa, November 15, 1869. He was a civil service employee in Honolulu before coming to Portland, where he worked 50 years as an accountant for J. F. Shea Construction Co. He retired nine years ago.
Mr. McCracken was active in the Oregon Symphony Society and the Portland Art Museum.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jean Park McCracken.
Private services were held Saturday with interment in Riverview Cemetery.

Des Moines Tribune (Des Moines, Iowa), Monday, January 21, 1946, p. 14
McCracken, 90, Dies in Denver
Christopher C. [olumbus] McCracken, 90, formerly of Des Moines, died of pneumonia Saturday at Denver, Colo., where he had lived for the last two years.
Born in Kokomo, Ind., Mr. McCracken lived in Des Moines most of his life and was a painter here. He was a member of the Baptist church.
Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Lora Reed and Mrs. Beulah Talbot of Denver and Mrs. Bethel Wedekind of Oxnard, Cal.; two brothers, Carrey [Carey] and Thomas McCracken of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Mrs. Ida Dippell [Dippel] of Portland; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday at Lilly's funeral home, with burial at Glendale cemetery.

[MCKIM, CHARLES, 1874 - 1903]
Bedford Free Press Extra (Bedford, Iowa), Friday, April 10, 1903
Awful Tragedy Occurs Chas. McKim Shot His Wife Four Times Escapes but is Run Down and Shoots Himself in the Head, in the Bedford Cemetery.
He Died at Ten O'Clock Last Night There Is Little Hope That Mrs. McKim Will Recover. The Town in Great Commotion. An Awful Deed. The Result of a Quarrel With His Wife, in Which He Badly Beat Her.
Another double tragedy occurred in Bedford last night that has set the town wild with excitement. As a result, Chas. McKim lies a corpse and his wife is lying at the home of her father with three frightful bullet wounds in her face and neck and little hope is entertained for her recovery.
About 8 o'clock last night McKim went to the brick barn and asked for a saddle horse. He saddled the animal himself and remarked to the bystanders, "Better tell me good-bye, boys, as you won't probably see me here anymore. I will light out in the morning." He then got on the horse and rode away.
At 8:30 the neighbors of Tom Maxwell were startled by pistol shots coming from Tom's home. Tom's daughter, Mrs. Chas. McKim, came flying out of the house crying at the top of her voice that she had been shot. . ..
McKim entered the front room, pulled a 32-calibre revolver, advanced on his wife, exclaiming, with an oath, that her time had come. He fired three shots, point blank in her face. Then the woman, in a frenzy, grappled with the assassin in an attempt to save her life. Mrs. Tom Maxwell also grappled with the murderer and was violently thrown to the floor and badly hurt. Mrs. McKim then rushed out of the house, with McKim in pursuit. Two more shots were fired.
Then the assassin ran to his horse that was tied north and east of the house, jumped on the animal and tried to make his escape. In a few minutes the officers were in pursuit. He was sighted by some boys on the road going west to the Bedford cemetery.
The man hunt then began. Quite a number of men spread out to surround him. Sheriff McGinness and H. M. Long went through the grave yard and closely scanned every object. They soon saw a man lying flat on the ground and approached him. When within ten feet of the man, the sharp report of a pistol rang out on the still air. Immediately McGinness and Long fired their revolvers over him and went up to the man. They found that his aim had been true. Blood and brains were coming from an ugly hole in the right side of his head, a little back and above the ear. . . .
Putting the man in the buggy, the horses were whipped up and soon arrived at Dr. Standley's office, where McKim was placed on a table and breathed his last at 10 minutes after 10.
Drs. Standley, Archer and Clabaugh were at the bedside of the wounded woman in a short time and administered to her. One bullet entered the head in the right eyebrow, one in the throat, another in the upper part of the right breast. The probe was freely used to trace the balls, but they could not be located. 
A closer examination will be made this morning and probably an operation performed. Strange to say the woman was not made unconscious by the bullets nor was she knocked down by them. There is small chance of her recovery. . . .
At the time of the tragedy no one was in the house except Mrs. McKim and her mother.
This awful deed was the result of a beating that McKim had given his wife without any cause about three weeks ago, when he was arrested at the instance of her whom he had promised to cherish and protect. . . .
McKim had not been living with his wife since his arrest.

[MCKIM, CHARLES, 1874 - 1903]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 16, 1903
Laid to Rest by Side of Brother
The Body of Chas McKim, the Suicide, Buried in the Bedford Cemetery—A Signal Warning to Others
Saturday afternoon of last week the funeral services over the remains of Chas. McKim were held at the home of his parents, being conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith. There was nothing that could be said of a consoling nature to the sorrowing parents and other relatives. The case was indeed a sad one and possessed of no redeeming features. The man died as he had lived, and no hope could be extended that there was peace and rest for his soul beyond the grave. The text was an appropriate one, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is life eternal thro' Jesus Christ our Lord." The body was buried by the side of his brother in Bedford cemetery, on the identical spot where he had fired the bullet into his brain that ended his mortal existence.

Evening Gazette (Monmouth, Illinois), Thursday, February 13, 1902
Mrs. Eliza Moody – Mrs. Eliza Moody, relict of the late Peter H. Moody, died at her home, six miles west of the city, this morning at 5:30 o'clock.
The funeral will be held from the home tomorrow at 1:30 o'clock.

Evening Gazette (Monmouth, Illinois), Friday, February 14, 1902
Mrs. Ann M. Dennis and daughters Jessie and Addie are attending the funeral of Mrs. Eliza Moody this afternoon. Mrs. Moody is an aunt of Mrs. Dennis.

Evening Gazette (Monmouth, Illinois), Saturday, February 15, 1902
Mrs. Eliza Moody – The funeral services of Mrs. Eliza Moody were held at the home, six miles west of the city, yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by her pastor, Dr. J. H. Delano, assisted by Rev. W. J. Sanborn of this city. Appropriate music was rendered by the choir of the Kirkwood Baptist church.
The pallbearers wee George Spence, A. Stewart, Geo. Palmer, A. Carmichael, Henry Abbey and Mr. Ackerman.

Evening Gazette (Monmouth, Illinois), Tuesday, February 18, 1902
Eliza McCormick Moody – Eliza McCormick Moody died Feb. 13, 1902, aged 77 years and 4 months. She was the wife of P. [eter] H. Moody fifty-seven years, he having died one year before her. They were born and married near Waynesburg, Greene county, Pa., the day of her death being the fifty-eighty anniversary of their wedding. They moved from Pennsylvania to Illinois in 1858 and settled on the farm two miles north of Kirkwood, where they have lived since that time.
Mrs. Moody became a Christian when fifteen years of age. Hers was one of the those constant, every day Christ-like lives that gave an uplift toward better living to all her surroundings. This was especially true of her influence for good in her own home over young persons who were associates of her children.
The writer enjoyed the hospitality, friendship and helpfulness of the home of P. H. Moody and wife so much when a boy and young man that he knows that her unconscious, unspoken power for good was very great. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Yea blessed are those who live in the Lord and their works do follow them."
A halo of grace and joy rested on her spirit during the last few days of her earthly life. God most graciously fulfilled his promise to her that gray hairs shall be a crown of glory to one who walks in the ways of righteousness. A few hours before death came she said: "I am beyond earthly love now and Jesus is with me in the valley."
It was still the valley of death with her pained and tired body, but her happy spirit had already ascended and had met Jesus "in the place which he went away to prepare for her." Glorified together with Him before leaving the body was the ransomed spirit of that loyal wife, faithful, kind mother and devoted Christian. May her memory still extend a loving, helpful hand to her children and many friends to lift them into the better life is the sincere prayer of S. J. McCormick.
[Note: The same obituary was published in the Warren County Democrat February 20, 1902.]

Monmouth Republican-Atlas (Monmouth, Illinois), Friday, February 21, 1902
Mrs. P. [eter] H. Moody died at her residence north of Kirkwood at 5 o'clock Thursday morning, Feb. 13, after a lingering illness with heart trouble. She was born near Waynesburg, Pa. and was 77 years old and her maiden name was Eliza McCormick. She was married in Pennsylvania 57 years ago to Mr. Moody whose death occurred a year ago. They moved to Illinois in 1853, settling on the farm north of Kirkwood, where they had since resided. She was a good Christian woman who leaves many warm friends. The funeral was held at the residence Friday morning.      Agnes

Warren County Democrat (Monmouth, Illinois), Thursday, February 14, 1901
Peter H. Moody – Peter H. Moody died at 11:45 o'clock Tuesday morning at his home, 2 miles north of Kirkwood. He has been ill with gastritis since last October and has failed gradually till death came.
Mr. Moody was born in Green county, Pa., Oct. 26, 1820 and was married to Eliza McCormick in Green county Feb. 13, 1844. They came to Illinois in 1858 and moved on to the farm where they have lived ever since.
Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Moody, seven of whom with the mother survive the deceased. The children living are Robert and S. L., of Belfast, Wash.; C. S. of Alaska, Frank, of Bedford, Iowa; John H. of Kearsage, Ill.; Mrs. Jane Fellows of Portland, Oregon and Mrs. Elizabeth Dennis of Kirkwood. Two half-sisters of Mr. Moody are also living.
The deceased has been a consistent member of the Baptist church for 44 years. A large circle of friends sympathize with the family in the loss of a fond husband and father, and an honorable and upright citizen.

[MORLEY, JOSEPH, 1837 - 1903]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 23, 1903
Joseph Morley Dead
Joseph Morley, father of Louis and Frank Morley and Mrs. Dr. Clabaugh, died Tuesday at his home in Savannah. Dr. Clabaugh and Louis and Frank Morley attended the funeral. Sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 22, 1914
Morris Infant Dies
The infant child of Mrs. Fred Morris, born a few days ago, died today. Mrs. Morris is at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Bristow.

[MORRIS, MARY, 1914 - 1914]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, January 27, 1914
The infant daughter born to Mrs. Fred Morris, a week ago Friday night, died Thursday morning. Interment taking place Thursday evening in the Bedford cemetery.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 15, 1914
Frederick Morris – Death of Frederick Morris, formerly of Bedford, which took place in Goodland, Kan., November 18, not having been reported to the Bedford newspapers at the time, The Times-Republican is requested to publish the following obituary notice taken from the Goodland Republic. Mr. Morris was ill eleven weeks.
"Frederick Morris was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, October 20, 1840, died in Goodland, Kan., November 18, 1813 [1913], aged 73 years and 29 days.
"At the age of 14 he, with an older brother, came to America and resided in Ohio a few years and then went to Illinois. On July 9, 1861, he enlisted as a volunteer in company A, 59th regiment of Illinois infantry, and was honorably discharged from service September 17, 1864 at Chattanooga, Tenn.
"On January 17, 1870, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Henshaw of Knoxville, Ill., who preceded him to the better land September 16, 1912.
"To this union were born eight children, five of whom are now living.
"In 1875 the family moved from Illinois to Taylor county, Ia., where they resided until February 1912, when they moved to Goodland, Kan.
"He leaves to mourn his departure three sisters of London, Eng. and five children: Bertha B. Morris, Mrs. Kittie Winsell and John Morris of Goodland, Kan., Mrs. Jessie Burks and Fred Morris of Lang, Can., who could not be present on account of sickness.
"About twenty years ago he was converted and united with the First Baptist church of Bedford, Ia. and has lived a true Christian life until the time of his departure."

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 4, 1912
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bristow received a letter Friday from their daughter, Mrs. Fred Morris, at Lang, Saskatchewan, Can., conveying the sad intelligence that their four-year-old son, Freddie, had died Monday. The little one had from a very early age been afflicted with epilepsy which was the cause of his death. The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of a large circle of friends here.


Nebraska Signal (Geneva, Nebraska), Friday, September 18, 1903
PROPST, MARY J. – At her home in this city at 5:40 a. m. Saturday, September 12, 1903, Mary J. [ane], wife of Dr. M.[organ] Propst, aged 47 years, 2 months and 13 days. Mary J. [ane] King was born at Platteville, Ia., June 30, 1856. She was married there to Dr. M. [organ] Propst October 8, 1871. They came to their present home in Geneva in the fall of 1886 and this has continued to be their home.
Mrs. Propst was a member of the Methodist church and was earnest and active in the charitable and other church work that fell to her lot. She had a warm place in the affections of many people and her death is sincerely mourned. Mrs. Propst had been ill for six or eight months and a part of that time suffered greatly, but she bore her suffering patiently.
There survive the deceased, her husband and three sons, Dr. W. [aldo] E. [merson], Carl and Clyde. The funeral took place from the Methodist church at 3 p. m. Sunday and was conducted by Rev. E. M. Evans. The casket was open at the residence from noon until 2 p. m. and was not opened at the church. In spite of the threatening weather the large church was filled with those who had come to pay the last tribute to this friend and neighbor. The interment was in the Geneva cemetery. Members of the family desire The Signal to express their deep appreciation of the many acts of kindness and sympathy performed by friends during the past months.


Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 24, 1903
BLOCKTON – Dr. King was called to Geneva, Nebraska, Friday, on account of the sickness and death of his relative, Mrs. Propst. He was accompanied by Dr. King of Hopkins.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, November 14, 1916
Mrs. Calvin Bradley departed Monday for Greenview, Ill., called by the sickness of her mother, who suffered a stroke of paralysis.

Pantograph (Bloomington, Illinois), Friday, November 17, 1916
GREENVIEW – John Propst, of Neosho, Mo., arrived here Thursday, being called by the serious illness of his mother, Mrs. Mary Propst in Sweetwater.

[REED, ARCHIE W., 1882 - 1904]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 18, 1904
Pneumonia Claims a Victim
Thursday morning of last week Archie Reed, a young man who came here from Benton Falls, Maine about six weeks ago and who has been living at the Willis Vosburg home in the south part of Bedford, died of pneumonia, aged 23 years, 1 month and 12 days. The body was taken to the Campbell undertaking rooms and in response to a message from the father the remains were shipped to his former home for burial. Comparatively little is known of deceased, but it is sad to think of him dying away from home and friends.

[REED, ARCHIE W., 1882 - 1904]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 18, 1904
Dies of Pneumonia
Archie Reed Passes Away at an Early Hour Yesterday—Three Weeks Illness
Archie Reed, a young man who had been making his home with Willis Vosberg in the south part of town, died at 4:10 yesterday morning of pneumonia after an illness of three weeks. The young man is but little known here, having resided in Bedford but a little over six weeks. His parents reside at Benton Falls, Kennebec county, Maine, where a dispatch was sent early yesterday morning apprising the family of his death.
Decedent was 23 years of age December 3, 1903 and came to Bedford from Kansas the first of January with Mr. Vosberg. He has been in the west for nearly five years. His parents are said to be quite well to do, his father holding a position of locomotive engineer on a Maine road. The young man came west with a desire to see the country and had planned going home in the early spring.
The day before he died, he was able to be up and about the house, stating that he felt better than at any time during his illness and was feeling good up until a very few minutes before he breathed his last. He leaves father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Reed, two sisters and a brother to mourn his loss.
A telegram was received from his father this morning requesting that the remains of his son be shipped to Fairfield, Maine. Undertaker Campbell, who has had charge, will ship the remains on the evening's train.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 22, 1903
In Loving Remembrance of Mae
Vina Mae Robinson died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. [eorge] F. [rederick] Robinson, Sunday evening at 8:50, October 11, 1903. The deceased was born in Stark county, Ill. and when but a babe moved with her parents to Taylor county, where she has since spent her short life. She leaves father, mother, five sisters and three brothers to mourn her loss. When quite young she united with the Christian church and died trusting in her Savior. Funeral services were held at High Prairie by Elder Cobb, after which the lifeless body of dear Mae was laid to rest in Titus cemetery.
[Poem not transcribed.]

[RUSSELL, JAMES S., 1827 – 1904]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 11, 1904
Suddenly Bereft of Life
An Old Resident of Bedford Suddenly and With No Warning Crosses the Silent River
Again, has Bedford been called upon to give up one of its oldest and most highly respected citizens. The news of the sudden and unexpected death of J. [ames] S. Russell came as a shock to our people, even though so many sudden deaths have occurred in our midst during the past year.
Thursday afternoon Mr. Russell took occasion to go out in the back yard of his home in north Bedford. Not returning as soon as expected, search was made, and the lifeless body of the old gentleman was found still in death. His death was caused by paralysis. He had sustained two strokes previous to this last one.
For a quarter of a century this respected old gentleman had resided in Bedford and had many friends in town and surrounding country. He leaves five sons and daughters and a beloved wife. The children are: W. G. Russell, Omaha; Claude Russell, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Mrs. Hughes, Clearfield; Mrs. Dickinson, near Hopkins and an unmarried daughter. They were all telegraphed the sad news.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2:30 at the Presbyterian church by Rev. Barackman. Interment in Fairview.

[RUSSELL, JAMES S., 1827 – 1904]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 11, 1904
Russell Dies Suddenly
Drops Dead While Walking in the Yard Yesterday Afternoon
J. [ames] S. Russell, an old resident of the city, dropped dead shortly after noon yesterday while walking in the back yard of his residence on the Gravity road in the north part of the city. His death was unexpected and came as a great affliction to the family and a shock to his many friends. The venerable gentleman had been in his usual spirits and apparently his usual health. He had a short time ago suffered two strokes of paralysis and it is believed his death is due to a third and very severe shock.
Mr. Russell had resided in Bedford for over twenty-five years and is quite widely known. He was a grand old man and well-liked by his large circle of friends who will be pained to learn of his sudden taking away and will extend condolence to the family in their great misfortune.
Besides his wife he leaves two sons and three daughters to mourn his loss. The sons are W.[illiam] G. [rant] Russell of Omaha; Claude Russell of Cheyenne, Wyoming; the daughters, Mrs. Thos. Hughes of Clearfield; Mrs. J. A. Dickinson of near Hopkins and Miss Russell at home. Mrs. Dickinson was in the city, coming here to attend the last sad rites of her friend, Mrs. Washington Hall, and with her younger sister were at the funeral when the word came to her that their father had died.
The children were all telegraphed for yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Russell arrived this morning and a telegram was received from Claude Russell stating that he would be here in the morning. Mr. and Mrs. Hughes are expected this evening. They reside a short distance from Clearfield and for that reason it took more time to get the news to them, but they are expected this evening.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 in the Presbyterian church conducted by Rev. Barackman. Interment will be made in Fairview cemetery.

[RUSSELL, JAMES S., 1827 – 1904]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 11, 1904
J. E. Russell of Viola, Ill. and Will Russell and wife of Omaha, who have been here to attend the funeral of the late J. [ames] S. Russell will return home this evening.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 8, 1903
A Suicide at Blockton
John Seaton Deliberately Plans to Send His Soul Into Eternity. – Drinks Two Ounces of Carbolic Acid
John Seaton, the 22-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Seaton went into his father's barn in north Blockton Monday night, went up in the hay mow, carefully prepared his overcoat for a bed, drank a two-ounce vial of carbolic acid and laid down on the coat and died. He was not found until late Tuesday evening, cold and stiff in death. An empty bottle bearing the label of a Des Moines drug house lay by his side. The last seen of John alive was when he got off the noon train from Des Moines on Monday.
The young man left a letter to his mother stating that he did not want to live any longer as he was despondent that no one cared for him and also mentioned the names of three girls—Millie, Olive and Louisa in such a way as would lead one to infer that there was some kind of trouble between them. Justice J. M. Bean held an inquest over the remains and the verdict was in accordance with the above facts.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 24, 1904
--Mrs. M. [arshall] C. Fuller received a message Monday morning conveying the sad news that her sister, Mrs. Jennie Sheaffer, of Shawnee, O. T., was lying at the point of death. She began making preparations to go to the bedside of the sick sister, but soon received another message stating that she was dead. Mrs. Sheaffer spent several months in Bedford and made many friends here. Her death was unexpected, no news of her sickness having reached Bedford.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 15, 1903
--Will Stephenson and wife were called to Blockton last Sunday to attend the funeral of Mrs. J. [ohn] H. Stephenson who had been sick for some time.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 16, 1960
Mrs. Della Thompson Rites Were Monday
Mrs. Della Thompson of Bedford died at the Court Street Nursing Home, Sunday, June 12. Funeral services were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home on Madison Monday afternoon. Rev. Anthony Blankers of the Bedford Methodist church officiated. Burial in Fairview cemetery.
Della Bristow was born at Chillicothe, Missouri on July 27, 1882 and died at the age of 77 years, ten months, 14 days.
On March 5, 1904, she was united in marriage to Fred H. Morris. To this union four children were born, all except one of them preceded her in death. Mr. Morris died in 1918. In 1921 she was married to L. [oa] S. [ylvester] Thompson, who died in 1954.
Surviving are her daughter Ruth and husband, Mr. and Mrs. William Gaule, sr., of Chatham, Ill.; four grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. There is also one sister, Mrs. L. B. Wood, Ottumwa, Iowa; two brothers, Clyde Bristow of Ottumwa, I. W. Bristow of Bedford.
She was a member of the Baptist church.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 20, 1903
At a Ripe Old Age
Miles Watson returned Saturday from Empire Prairie, Mo., where he was called by the death of his mother, who had lived to the advanced age of 85—far beyond the allotted time of humanity—quietly and peacefully passed away. Life's machinery had done its work well but worn out it ceased to work, and a well-rounded life was ended. She had been a most constant and faithful member of the Baptist church for over half a century. Her life is worthy of emulation and her example and precepts will live, perhaps unconsciously, in her posterity for generations to come. Such is the imprint of a Christian life on those who come after. – Blockton News

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 28, 1903
Obituary – Mrs. Jennie Sperry Weaver was born in Iowa City, Iowa, May 12, 187[0] and died April 19, 1903.
God, in his infinite mercy and all wise providence, saw fit to remove from our midst by death on April 19, 1903, our beloved sister, Mrs. Jenny Sperry Weaver. We bow in humble submission to the divine will of Him "who doeth all things well." We have lost one whose presence and memory shall ever be found to recall and cherish with an affectionate regard an example of pure friendship and noble generosity. "She hath done what she could." The fond remembrance in which she is held by all will form the "silver lining to the dark cloud which hangs over us."
When quite young she commenced attending the Sunday school in the Baptist church, first as a scholar. Soon she was chosen teacher for the infant class. When about fifteen years old she was converted and became a member of the Baptist church. She was an active worker in the church, always doing her part. She was a graduate from the Iowa City academy and commercial college. While at college, she met Mr. Weaver. Their love for each other continued and on October 3, 1894 they were married. They lived in West Liberty, Iowa for about three years. While there she connected herself with the Presbyterian church, as there was no Baptist church there. She felt she could be more in touch with the work if a member. Since living near New Market, the inconvenience of getting to church has prevented her from going, which was a great disappointment to her. The Baptist church would have been her choice could she have gone. She leaves a husband to whom she was much attached, two children and an aged mother, two brothers, four sisters and other relatives besides many friends to mourn their loss.
Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday at 2 p. m., after which the remains were laid to rest in the Dallas Center cemetery. A large body of friends followed the remains to its resting place.
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved relatives, feeling that her noble life and her complete resignation to the death call will soften their sorrows.  A. W. H.

Fremont Daily Tribune (Fremont, Nebraska), Tuesday, February 24, 1942
Wednesday Services for Mrs. Laura Whelpley, 80
Funeral services for Mrs. Laura Whelpley, 80, early day Fremont school teacher who died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. R. Thomas, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p. m. at the Congregational church.
Rev. Charles Lichte of Oskaloosa, Ia., will officiate, assisted by Rev. Arthur Taylor. Burial will be at Ridge cemetery. At Mrs. Whelpley's request, the casket will not be opened at the services.
Mrs. Whelpley is the mother of Mrs. Wendell Berge, wife of the assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the department of justice in Washington, D. C. Mrs. Berge has just left for Washington last week after a three weeks visit with her mother.
Mrs. Whelpley was born at Bedford, Ia., and attended Iowa university. She taught in the Fremont schools until her marriage to L. D. Whelpley in 1890.
Besides Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Berge, she is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Carl J. Lord of Port Washington, N. Y. and Mrs. Edward Dumbauld of Winston-Salem, N. C. Other survivors are three brothers, C. McCraken [McCracken], Des Moines, Ia.; Carey and Tom McCraken [McCracken] of Portland, Ore. and one sister, Mrs. Iowa Depell [Dippel] of Portland.
The body is at the Bader Funeral home.

Fremont Daily Tribune (Fremont, Nebraska), Thursday, February 26, 1942
Funeral Services for Laura Whelpley Held
Funeral services were held yesterday at the first Congregational church for Laura M. Whelpley with Rev. Charles R. Lichte of Oskaloosa, Ia., officiating assisted by Rev. Arthur W. Taylor.
Mrs. Carl L. Byorth sang the twenty-third psalm. Mrs. Clifford S. Anderson was organist. Serving as pallbearers were Louis J. Larsen, S. S. Sidner, Fred Stewart, Paul Teigeler, Fred Teigeler and Dr. J. T. Young. Burial was in Ridge cemetery.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 13, 1903
Died in the Hospital
Friday night of last week, Miss Lola, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Wilcox of Bedford, died in the hospital at Clarinda, where she had been for about five years. She had been an invalid nearly all her life and was twenty-five years old at the time of her death.

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Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 26, 1903
--Wm. Wilkins received word of the sudden death from what was supposed to be heart failure, of his nephew, Paul Wilkins, at Horton, Kansas. The Wilkins were at one time residents of Bedford.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 16, 1903
Died After a Long Illness
After a long sickness extending over a year, Mrs. L. [ouis] A. [ndrew] Wilson died Tuesday midnight, aged 27 years, 1 month and 28 days. She leaves a husband and a little four-year-old child to mourn their great loss, who have the sympathy of many in their sad bereavement. The funeral services were conducted at the home this morning at 10:30 by Rev. Griffith. Interment in Bedford cemetery.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 23, 1903
Mrs. Ida Belle Wilson was born in Clark county, Iowa, May 17th, 1876 and died at her home in Bedford, Iowa, July 14, 1903.
She was afflicted with consumption for many months but was patient and hopeful through all her suffering. The end came very peacefully. She had at different times expressed her hope in her Savior as her ground of hope for the future. She leaves a husband and little Gladys, four years of age, to mourn her departure. Before her death she gave her little daughter into the care of her sister, Mrs. Hindman, of Shenandoah, who has taken her to her home.

Ottumwa Courier (Ottumwa, Iowa), Monday, May 13, 1996
Jerry Wood 
OTTUMWA – Jerry L. [eslie] Wood, 87, of 302 N. Fellows, died at 7:16 p. m., May 10, 1996 at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
He was born Aug. 15, 1908 in Bedford to Leslie and Lillie Bristow Wood. He married Elizabeth Carol Baum on June 20, 1937.
He attended school in the Ottumwa area and was deputy sheriff, was in the State Bureau of Criminal Investigations and worked for General Foods. He joined the Ottumwa Police Department in 1941, retiring in 1960, having served as chief of police for several years. He served in the U. S. Navy in the Shore Patrol and was a member of the Iowa State Chiefs of Police and O. B. Nelson Post No. 3 of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Joan Schooley of Galesburg, Ill.; three grandsons; five great grandchildren and a sister, Gladys Allen of Fort Dodge.
The service will be 10 a. m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Callen officiating. Entombment will be in the Shrine of Memories Mausoleum. . . .
Pall bearers will be Carol Pearson, Paul Kurth, Ted Foxworth and Mike, Doug and Jeff Schooley.

Memorials may be made to the Ottumwa Policeman's Association.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 23, 1903
--W. B. Cobb and family were called to Savannah Monday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Cobb's grandmother, Mrs. Woodcock. Will returned in a day or so, while the rest of the family remained to make a longer visit.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 23, 1903
Called Away by Death
D. C. Mohler, George Mohler, Will Mohler, Mrs. Thos. Greer and Mrs. C. C. Mohler left Friday to attend the funeral of their sister's husband, R. [euben] W. [allace] Young, who died that morning at his home in Freemont county.