Taylor County, Iowa Obituaries

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Clayton, Fidelia - Fidelia Clayton was born Aug 11, 1831 in Cyhuga Co., New York, and died April 2, 1920, at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 21 days. She moved to Harden county, Ohio, at the age of 12 years where she was married to G.W. Clayton, Sunday, Oct 26, 1851, Rev Hughes of the Methodist church officiating. From Ohio she moved with her husband to Lynn county, Iowa, from there they moved to Taylor county, Iowa, in 1885. Her husband departed this life Feb 25, 1888, aged 63 years. To the union were born nine children, two having died in infancy, Harry in 1910, and Mary Elizabeth at the age of 12. Those living are Charles Clayton of Siam, John E. Clayton, of Parker, S. Dak., Maggie J. Roush of Braddyville, Iowa, Oran D. Clayton of Lakota, N.D., William E. Clayton of Wisner, Nebr., also 19 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, who are left to mourn the loss of the loved one.

Mrs Clayton passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs Maggie Roush, where she had been living. The remains were taken to the M.E. church at Siam, Monday, April 5, and the funeral services were conducted by Rev Anderson of Braddyville, following which her body was laid to rest in the Siam cemetery.

Page County Democrat, Clarinda, Iowa, Apr 8, 1920


Clayton, David E. - David E. Clayton was born in Washington county, Ohio, July 17th, 1837, died in his home in Siam, Taylor county, Iowa, Feb 28th, 1916; age 78 years, 8 months and 11 days. Mr Clayton was reared to manhood on a farm in Ohio. In the year of 1857 he came to Gentry County, Mo., and in the following year came to Iowa. In the year of 1862 he returned to Ohio to visit his parents, and while at home Lincoln's call came for volunteers for the union army and on Aug 21, 1862, he enlisted in Co "G", Ohio Infantry, as a Sergeant, serving until the close of the war.

He was a participent in the following battles. Fort Donelson, Stone River, Chicamagua, Missionary Ridge, The capture of Jonesboro, and Atlanta, the Atlanta campaign, Shermans celebrated march to the sea, and the last regular battle of Bentonville. He marched with his regiment to Richmond, then to Washington, D.C., where he participated in the Grand Review. He was mustered out in Washington, D.C., with honors. Mr Clayton was united in marriage to Miss Harriett E. Griffith, on Feb 27, 1866, and to this union was born four children, Ora G., Alva J., Elza E. and Mary H., all living in Iowa except Mary, who as the wife of Mr Scrivener, lives in Craig, Mo.

Soon after their marriage, Mr and Mrs David Clayton moved to Taylor county, Iowa, where they have made their home ever since.

Mr Clayton was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal church in 1883 and have been a faithful devoted member, serving his church in various relations as an officer. He has been a subscriber to the North Western Christian Advocate for many years. Surly these lines are none too appropriate for such an active life.

Sleep on, Oh soul with peaceful sleep

From which none ever wake to weep

You've earned this long, much needed rest,

Sleep on, Sleep on, O loved and blessed.

Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, March 9, 1916


Churchill, Rosena Lodema Frank Brown - Rosena Lodema, daughter of Timothy and Catharine Frank, was born in New York, July 23rd, 1833. At the age of sixteen she was united in marriage to John Brown. To them were born two girls and two boys. One boy fell in battle, one went west and has not since been heard from. Of the daughters, Mrs Oren Welton lives in Clarinda, and Mrs Kate Alvard, in Gravity.

Mr Brown was a sailor and was drowned in the Erie canal.

The widow afterward moved to Richfield, Ill., and was there married to John Churchill in 1859. To them were born 2 girls and 3 boys, viz: -- Carrie, Charles, Frank, Eva and Eugene, all of whom reside in Colorado, except Eugene, whose home is in Gravity.

Mr Church died on his farm near Gravity some years ago and after remaining there a few years the widow broke up housekeeping and has since been making her home among her children.

A year ago she went to Colorado to make her home with her daughter, Mrs Carrie Morgan, at Plattsville. For several years she had been subject to heart disease and at 9 pm, May 29th, she fell down stairs and was picked up lifeless. It is supposed that the exertion of climbing the stairway brought on a fatal attack of heart trouble and that she was dead before the fall. The body was brought to the home of Mrs Welton on June 1 and the next day taken to Gravity for burial.

Funeral services were held in the M.E. church at Gravity at 2 pm today, (Friday.) Mrs Churchill was a member of that church, having held membership there for about twenty years.

Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 2, 1905

[104] Collar, Lillie Leota -

Funeral services were held for Lillie Leota Collar on Friday, January 15, 1988, 2 p.m. at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. Ted DeHass as the minister. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, la.
Lillie Leota Collar, daughter of Fred Branson and Mary M. Bailey Branson was born at Siam, Ia. on July 16, 1891 and departed this life on January 12, 1988 at Bedford Manor in Bedford at the age of 96 years, five months, and 27 days.
She lived in Taylor County and grew to maturity in the Bedford community where she attended the public school and the Baptist Church.     
In March of 1909 she was united in marriage to William C. Johnson at her parents' home and they lived on a farm west of Blockton, la.
To this union two children were born: Helen M. Sharp and Pauline L. Sharp, both of Bedford.
She was preceded in death by her husband William C. Johnson who passed away in 1936; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Branson; two brothers, Locke and William J.; and also her son-in-law Edward Sharp. In 1947 she was married to Olen Collar, and he passed away on July 2, 1987.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Pauline Sharp and her husband Oscar, and Helen Sharp; seven grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bedford.
She was a kind and considerate mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her. [Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa Jan 20, 1988]

[105] Churchill, Mark Thomas - Mark Thomas Churchill, son of Doyle Elmer Churchill and Floretta Tackert Churchill was born at Maryville, Mo. on December 19, 1956 and departed this life on January 11, 1988 near Maryville, Mo. age the age of 31 years and 23 days.
He lived on his family's farm near Gravity, Iowa, the farm where he grew up, the farm he loved, the farm that would always be his roots. He attended the public school in New Market and Bedford's Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
On May 2, 1981 he was united in marriage to Pamela Jean Larson at the United Christian-Presbyterian Church in Bedford where they would make their home.
To this union two children were born, Matthew Doyle Churchill and Steven David Churchill.
Mark was presently working at the Bedford Super Valu and a variety of part-time jobs while attending classes at Northwest Missouri State University working to fulfill the requirements to attend Kansas City, Kansas Community College mortuary school. He worked hard to achieve his goals and dreams to make life better for his family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Churchill.
Left to cherish his memory are his mother Floretta, his wife Pam and sons Matt and Steve; his brother Gary Churchill and wife Ann of Ankeny, la.; his sisters Margaret "Peggy" and Richard Hanson of Concord, Ca.; Susan and Joe Fitch of Omaha, Ne.; Teresa and Tom Rowe of La Cygne, Ks.; and Mary and Kevin Morse of Emerson, la.; his sister-in-law Penny Larson of St. Joseph, Mo.; nieces, nephews, in-laws, and many other relatives.
He was a member of Bedford's Sacred Heart Catholic Church and attended the United Christian-Presbyterian, also in Bedford.
Mark was a loving and considerate friend, neighbor, brother, son, father and husband. He always treated people with respect and fairness, qualities which were so important to him. He especially liked to do things for those people who had a special need for his thoughtfulness and talents. You could always find him scooping someone's sidewalk, mowing a yard, or doing some little household task for a neighbor. He always seemed to find time for anyone who needed him. He was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be so greatly missed. [Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa, Jan 27, 1988]


[106] Cabeen, Donald Robert -

Services for Donald R. Cabeen, 62, Shenandoah, were held September 1 at Reformed Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah officiated by Donnie Cabeen. Interment was at Coventer Cemetery in Page County, Iowa. Donald died Tuesday, August 29, 1989 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha following several years of declining health.
Donald Robert Cabeen, son of John R. and Edith (Stevenson) Cabeen, was born July 5, 1927 at Blanchard, Iowa. He grew up in the Blanchard and Clarinda areas, graduating from Clarinda High School in 1945.
After his schooling he entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II. On July 3, 1946 he was married to Bernadine Triebwasser and to this union five children were born.
He lived most of his life in Clarinda and Shenandoah areas where he worked at farming. Later he ran the North Star Service Station in Shenandoah and drove a truck for Melvin Moody and Jeff Shearer.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother Lyle Cabeen; and one sister Hazel.
Surviving are five children, John Cabeen of New Haven, Ind., Dennis Cabeen of Woodburn, Ind., Vicki Waasdorp of Clarence, N.Y., Larry Cabeen of Woodburn, Ind., and Peggy Sederburg of Essex, la.; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Howard Cabeen of Clarinda, Richard Cabeen of Bedford; one sister Eva Oxley of Clarinda; and a number of other relatives. [Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa Sep 27, 1989]


Craig, Una Louise Daugherty - Una Louise Craig was born June 12, 1911 in Bedford, Iowa, the daughter of James H. Daugherty and Una Ressequie Lewis Daugherty. She departed this life on October 30, 1995 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Una was a teacher in the Omaha Public Schools for 38 years.

She was preceded in death by husbands James Jewel and Robert Craig; daughter Sally Jo Schlater; and brother James Daugherty.

Survivors include granddaughters Julie Kregness of Omaha and Lisa Kregness of Pasadena, California; grandson Timothy Kregness of Phoenix, Arizona; and good friend Roy Jensen.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 3, 1995 at the Crosby Kunold Burket Swanson Golden Funeral Chapel, Omaha, Nebraska with Dr Edwin Steinmetz officiating.

Interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Omaha, Nebraska.

Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa, Nov 8, 1995

Curtis, Catherine Bauer

Mrs. Catherine Curtis died at her
home about 2 1/2 miles from Guss, Sunday,
July 28, 1918; at 10 o'clock. Funeral
services were held Tuesday,
August 30th, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon,
at the home, conducted by Rev.
Mr. Mills, and interment was made in
Maple Grove cemetery at Guss.
Mrs. Curtis was a daughter of Ambros
and Marguerette Gillmartin
Bauer. Her father was a native of
Germany and her mother of Ireland.
She was born August 18, 1854, in New
Jersey, and at the time of her death
was aged 63 years, 11 months and 10
days. Mrs. Curtis has been ill for
some time from a peculiar poisoning.
Her son-in-law, Vern Royal, passed
away a short time ago, afflicted with
the same trouble. She is survived
by her husband; daughter,
Mrs. Vern Royal; son, Scott Curtis, residing
near the parental home, and two
brothers, of Payton, Iowa. Also a
large circle of friends who mourn her demise.

Adams County [Corning, Iowa] Union Republican, Wednesday, July 31, 1918


Cox, Audrey Combs - Funeral services for Mrs Audrey Cox, 76, of 322 S 2nd Street in Sterling, Colo., were conducted 2 pm, Saturday from the Walters-Chaney Funeral Home, the Rev Donald B. App.

Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Mrs Cox died Thursday in a Sterling, Colo, hospital.

She was born March 16, 1899, in Gravity, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Nellie Severence Combs. She married Wilbur G. Cox in 1916 in Bedford, Iowa and the couple moved to Fleming in 1921. Mr Cox was road foreman for Logan County for many years.

He died April 14, 1960, and Mrs Cox moved to Sterling in 1961.

Mrs Cox was a member of the Protestant faith, Senior Citizens organization, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Kensington Club and the Logan County Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by two sons, Dean Cox of Keystone Heights, Fla, and Lt Col W. Duane Cox of Huntington, England; two daughters, Mrs Doris Butler of Sterling and Mrs N. Jeanine Daley of Fleming; two sisters, Mrs Cleo Coy of Buffalo, Wyo, and Mrs Opal Heath of Englewood; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Walters-Chaney Funeral Home in Charge of arrangements.

Collier, Melissa Noble "Aunt Lit" -

Brief mention was made in our last issue af the death of Mrs. L. C. Collier. Funeral services were
held Thursday afternoon in the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. E. L. Field. Interment was in
the Hawleyville cemetery.

Miss L. C. Noble was bom in Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin, Aug. 23, 1847. Departed this life
at her home in New Market, Jan. 27, 1920, aged 72 years, 5 months and 4 days.

On April 13,1871, she was united in marriage to George W. Collier to this union, was born one
daughter, Maudie, who only made a brief slay here, departing this life, July 3, 1879. On October 23,
1884, husband and father crossed to the other side. Mrs. Collier confessed her Savior in the fall of
1887 under the preaching of Rev. Shepard, and was baptized into the New Market Baptist church.
For many years she was Sunday school superintendent and on her last bed of sickness she was still
trusting her master and prayed that His will might be done. She leaves one aunt, Mrs. J. K. West
of Boulder, Colo., and six cousins and a host of friends.
Card of Thanks - .... .We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to those who so kindly assisted us in caring for our dear neice and cousin. Also for the many beautiful floral offerings. Mrs. Julia West, Mrs. Ella Bean, Mrs. Carrie Bryant, Carrol, Josephine and Victor Brown, Mrs. Eva McKee. NEW MARKET HERALD, New Market, Iowa, Feb 5, 1920


Crosson, Alice Isabel Dougherty - Graveside services were held in Fairview cemetery here Monday at 11 a.m. for Mrs Alice Crosson by Rev. Clement Loehr, Presbyterian minister, with many of the older residents of Bedford present to pay their last respects.

Alice Isabelle Dougherty, daughter of Abner N. and Ellen Dougherty, was born in Taylor county, Iowa, September 15, 1863, and died April 4, 1956, in Balboa, California, at the age of 92 years, six months and 19 days.

She was married to Frank E. Crosson, in 1887 and to them were born three children, Phil, who died in 1905, and two daughters, Mary and Ellen. The daughters, Mrs Mary McGuirk and Mrs Ellen Brice, now reside in California, Mrs McGuirk at Balboa, where, Mrs Crosson died, and Mrs Brice at Glendale, where Mrs Crosson made her home for a number of years after leaving Taylor county. Mrs Brice accompanied the body here and is visiting friends and relatives in this community this week.

Surviving besides the two daughters, are four grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, all residing in California.

Older residents of Bedford and community will remember the late Mrs Alice Crosson's husband as a former county superintendent of the Taylor county schools, and as a newspaper man and author of the 1910 Issue of the Taylor county history. They also remember Mrs Crosson as a practical nurse who served countless families in this city and community for a number of years. Her son-in-law, A.C. Brice, Jr., who died in July 1953, brother of Elmer T. Brice of this city, was editor of the Bedford Free Press for a few years before becoming associated with oil interests in Oklahoma and later in California; her other son-in-law, the late Charles McGuirk, was a successful journalist and short story writer.

BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Apr 12, 1956


Crum, William Edwin IV, "Ed" - William Edwin Crum IV (Ed), a Roseville [California] resident for 23 years, was born on November 4, 1942 in St Joseph, Missouri and passed away February 3, 2012, in Roseville at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Christine Crum and sons, William Edwin Crum V of Clarinda, Iowa; Christopher Todd Crum of Boone, Iowa; and Edwin Henry Crum of Dana Point, Calif; brother Jon crum of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif; grandfather to Caleb Crum and Katie Crum and great grandfather to Richard Dante Ponder. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Eugene Crum; parents William Edwin Crum III and Virginia Perkins Crum; and brothers Steven Crum and Michael Crum.

Ed followed his father, grandfather and great grandfather in the family's banking business, The Bedford National Bank in Bedford, Iowa and continued banking when he moved to California in 1978. He joined Hewlett Packard in 1989 and worked there until his retirement in September 2003. He especially enjoyed watching the trains at the Roseville switching yard and also enjoyed collecting railroad memorabilia. Memorial services to honor Ed were held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 in Roseville [California.]

BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Feb 22, 2012