Bedford Free Press, Bedford, Iowa, Nov 12, 1925 - Dec 17, 1925
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-17 Dec 1925 Bedford Free Press

Ed Gibson "killed in railroad accident near Bolckow, Mo. Burial in Lorimer Cemetery."


A.C. Brice Sr. passed away last evening at his home here, aged 81 years. He had been in failing health for some time and last Sunday evening suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he did not rally. —- paper torn off here—


Several from Gravity attended the funeral of the small son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Bean of New Market. Mrs. Bean before her marriage was Anna Parks of Gravity.


Chas. Boyden and family attended the funeral of her father, Mr. Duckett at Creston last Thursday.

-10 Dec 1925 Bedford Free Press


[Louisa Hutson Boatman]

Louisa, daughter of Isaah and Fanny Hutson, was born August 4,1845 at Knoxville, Illinois, and died December 4 ,1925 at her home near Conway, Iowa, 80 years and four months of age. She was united in marriage to Aaron Boatman, October 27, 1869 and to this union were born three children. With her husband, she came to Iowa in 1874 and settled near Conway and in 1883 they moved to the home where she died. She leaves to mourn her death, one daughter, Mrs. Etha Flinn at home, two sons, Will W. of Puebelo, Colo., and Bert of Creston; three grandchildren and one great grandchild, one sister and two brothers and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. Cunningham and burial was given in the Conway cemetery.


A Chariton, Iowa newspaper dated November 26, 1925 gives on account of the death of Rev. William B. Thompson a Methodist minister who had charge of the Bedford church at two different times. He passed away November 20, aged 74 years and a few days. He had retired from the minister and was living in Chariton, his boyhood home.

-OBITUARY- [Kittie Maria Anderson Harkless]

Kittie Maria Anderson was born in Fairview township, Fulton county, Ill April 12, 1865 [sic, 1856] and departed this life December 5, 1925 , aged 69 years, 7 months, and 23 days.

She was the daughter of Mahlon Anderson and Mary Beaver Anderson, next to the youngest of nine children. She was united in marriage on July 4, 1874 with John D. Harkless of Ellisville, Ill., and to this union were born six children, W.A. of Loudon Mils, Ill; Mrs. C.L. Keith of New Market; Lewis B. and H.J. at home. Two children died in infancy. The grandchildren are Ralph L. Harkless of Fairview, Ill., Mrs. Joseph Houck of Loudon Mills, Ill; Miss Mildred Harkless at home: Margaret and Leota Keith of New Market; all of whom were present at the funeral services. There are five great grand children living in Illinois; two sisters, Louisa Cook of Qunenamo, Kans and Miss Rebecca Anderson, who has lived with her many years. These with the husband many other relatives and hosts of friends mourn the loss of a kind, true and loving wife, mother and friend. Hers was a life of service, loving, kindness and gracious sacrifice. She always ministered to the needs of others without thought of self. Her work here is finished. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, for there is none who can fill her place.

The funeral service was held at the home last Monday conducted by Rev. Warrior of Gravity and interment given in the Fairview cemetery of Bedford.


Miss Elizabeth Carrigan died Wednesday, December 9th,1925 , at 9:15 P.M. at the home of her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Haddock of Bedford. Miss Carrigan will be remembered by many people of Bedford, as she was instructor of English Literature in the high school from 1900 to 1907.

The past five years she had made her home with her brother, Lewis, in Redding, Calif. For several years She had been in failing health. In September last she returned east to visit her sister, Mrs. Pennington of Hoisington, Kansas, and her sisters in Iowa hoping that a change of climate would benefit her, but it was of no avail.

Mrs. Haddock went to Kansas the latter part of October, and brought Miss Carrigan home with her on November 2nd where she has been tenderly cared for by Mrs. Haddock and another sister, Mrs. Frances Shew, of Grandview, Iowa. It was a great sorrow to Miss Carrigan that her weakened condition prevented her receiving her many friends. The funeral will be held at the Haddock home on Friday, December 11th, 1925, at two o'clock in the afternoon.

Interment will be in the Fairview cemetery, at Bedford. Friends are requested not to send flowers.


Frank Miller, farmer living one mile north of Lenox died at 8 o'clock Thursday night from injuries suffered about an hour earlier when the wagon load of lumber on which he was riding upset in the road a half mile south of his home. He was hauling the lumber from Lenox to the farm and it is believed the wagon turned over when the horses became freightened. The lumber fell on Mr. Miller and internal injuries resulted.

Surviving are the widow and 13 children. The family has lived in the Lenox community for a number of years.

-3 Dec 1925 Bedford Free Press


Martha, the little daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Walter Patrick died at the family home 2 miles south of Bedford, November 30, 1925 aged 2 days. She is one of twins born Sunday Nov 29. Interment was given in the Blockton cemetery Dec 1.

-OBITUARY [Winnie Jane Shimer Gold]

Winnie Jane Shimer was born on the 4th of April 1861, at Chesterfield, Indiana, and died at her home southeast of Conway, on Nov 25, 1925 at 11 a.m. aged 64 years, 7 months and 21 days.

She was married to George Gold on the 1st day of July 1882, and to this marriage there was born 3 sons: Pink J. Gold, Cleo C. Gold, and Glen L. Gold, all of Conway, Iowa. One son being born to her by a former marriage, namely Seborn C. Bronnenberg of Des Moines, Iowa and she had one adopted daughter, Alderina of Conway, Iowa. She had two brothers and one sister John H. Shimer of Lenox, Iowa, and Marion Shimer of Daleville, Indiana, and Elizabeth Cartwright of Anderson, Indiana; also four grand children. She was converted and joined the Christian church at the age of 54, of which, church she remained a faithful member until her death.

She was a kind and loving wife and mother a true companion, and a friend unto all. She was a patient sufferer for many years, and all that loving hands and skill could do was done, but it was the good Father's will that she should go. The funeral services were held in the M.E. Church of Conway, Iowa, conducted by Rev. C. Shaw, Friday November 27th, and interment was given in the Fairfield cemetery, at Lenox, Iowa.


-Little Allene Clara Oxley passed away at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Willis Oxley Tuesday, November 24th at 3 o'clock P.M., aged 5 days. She was laid to rest in the Siam cemetery Wednesday afternoon beside her little twin sister, Darlene Zarilda who preceded her in death. The young parents have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.


-Word was received here Friday of the death of Mrs. Warren Green in the state hospital at Clarinda.


-The funeral services of Mrs. Geo Gold who passed away of cancer at her home southeast of Conway, were held in the M.E. church in Conway last Friday afternoon, Rev. Shaw, Christian minister of Lenox preached the sermon and music was furnished by members of that church. Interment was given in the Lenox cemetery.

-26 Nov 1925 Bedford Free Press

-OBITUARY- Dr. Waldron (Jack) S. Davis, who in company with his wife, went to Florida, September 1st, in hopes of regaining his health, passed away there of heart trouble on November 5th. The remains were accompanied to Omaha by Mrs. Davis where the funeral services were held at the Hoffman Funeral Parlors Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock, November 10, after which the body was taken to Scottsbluff, Nebraska his former home, for burial, accompanied by his wife, his father, S.W. Davis of Pueblo, Colo., his two brothers, Harold T. of Omaha and Jesse M. of Lexington, Nebraska, a sister, Mrs. J.A. Bitting of Portland, Oregon and Miss Myrtle Wedner, of Omaha, sister of Mrs. Davis. The mother and other sister, Mrs. A.L. Barr who are in Nebraska City, were unable to make the trip.

Dr. Waldron S. Davis was born in Louisville, Nebraska April 14, 1895 and moved to Scottsbluff, with his parents in 1905, here he attended school until 1919, when he went to Omaha and entered Creighton, graduating from Creighton University in Dentistry in 1924.

Mrs. Davis will be remembered as the daughter of L.C. Widner of this city, Miss Ann Widner, who married to Dr. Davis April 1, 1923. They resided in Omaha he following his profession there prior to their going to Florida.

Before leaving for Florida, Dr. and Mrs. Davis visited for several weeks at the home of Mrs. Davis made a host of friends, as he did wherever he was known. These extend their heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Davis. The beauty and number of the floral offerings showed the esteem with which he was held by all who knew him.

-19 Nov 1925 Bedford Free Press


Mrs. Margaret Bennie Gray 65 years of age, died at her home in north Bedford last Sunday November 15th, following an illness of some few days. The funeral service was held last Tuesday afternoon in the Christian church at Gravity by Rev. Burkhart and interment given in the Gravity cemetery. The casket was open at the home here Tuesday forenoon. Her daughter, Miss Bertha Gray is a teacher in the local schools.

Following is the obituary as read by the minister:

Margaret Agnes Bennie was born in Macomb, Illinois, November 4th, 1860, and died at her home in Bedford, Iowa, Sunday afternoon, Nov 15, 1925. May 2, 1880, she was united in marriage with C.T. Gray and to them were given three children, Lewis R. of Norton, Kansas, Bertha of Bedford, and Claude C. residing on the home farm near Gravity, Iowa. Of her immediate family, one sister and two brothers remain: Mrs. F.F. Armstrong of Bedford, Dr. Bennie of Almend, Kansas and Robert of near Denver, Colo. All were present at the funeral service. Mrs. Gray was ready when the final summons came, and a weary soul has passed from earth to be at rest with the heavenly Father "who doeth all things well".

To the loved one, "Say not good night," but in some brighter clime bid me "Good morning."


Freeman Beard died at his home here last Tuesday November 17th, after being confined to his bed for nearly five months. His health had been very poorly for several years and he gradually grew worse until he was obliged to take to his bed last summer. Creeping paralysis is believed to have been his ailment. Every care that loving hands and medical science could provide was his. The funeral service was held this afternoon, Thursday November 19th, at 2 o'clock at the home conducted by the Rev. Paul G. Luce of the Presbyterian church and interment was made in Fairview cemetery.

Mr. Beard was a prominent and successful farmer and stockman in this county for years moving to Bedford from his farm in Ross township a number of years ago and managing his interests from here.

He was born in DeKalb county, Illinois January 20?, I867. His parents Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Beard came to Taylor county, Ia, in 1872, purchasing a farm of 320 acres in Ross township.

On this farm Freeman Beard and his brother Lawrence Beard, grew to manhood, attending the schools of the district in which they resided and helping with the operation of the farm as they grew to maturity. The father died in 1898 and the farm passed unto the possession of Freeman Beard who remained on the place and operated it until 1902, when he moved to Bedford.

February 11, 1892 Mr. Beard was united in marriage to Miss Mary McCormick and to them was born a son Harold Beard, who died shortly after graduating from the local high school.

Dr. Beard was a member of the Presbyterian church and identified with the local Masonic orders. His long residence in the county and his straight forward, honorable life, won him a wide and favorable acquaintance.


Mrs C.H. Parsons returned Saturday afternoon from a four weeks visit with her sisters, Mrs. Olive Quively and husband in Cedar Falls and Mrs. Pearl Ellis and family in Waterloo. Her visit was saddened by the passing away of her niece, Viola Ellis who had been ill several months of tuberculosis of stomach. She was well known here having spent a couple of summers here with her aunt and uncle.

-OBITUARY- [Nancy Katherine "Kitty" Hardesty Hultz Barnes Clayton]

MRS. C.A. CLAYTON- Nancy Katherine Hardesty, daughter of Alexander and Mary Elizabeth Hardesty, was born in Davis county, Kentucky Oct 3, 1848 and departed this life November 14, 1925, aged 77 years, 1 month and 11 days. She was one of a family of eight children, all of whom passed away in early life except one sister, Mrs. Wm. Landon who was with her in her last sickness. Her father passed away in 1854 and the mother in 1867. Her girlhood days were spent in Kentucky. In 1865 she was united in marriage to Thomas Hultz in Union county, Kentucky, who died in 1873. In 1875 she was married to H.H. Barnes of Park county, Ind, and was a dearly loved mother to his four children three of whom survive her. In 1876 they moved to Kansas where they continued to reside until Mr. Barnes health failed and they returned to his old home in Indiana where he passed away in 1895. She then came to make her home with her sister, Mrs. Landon near Siam and on November 8, 1900 was united in marriage to Chas. A. Clayton and lovingly filled a mother's place to his three children, two of whom have so kindly and lovingly helped minister to her in her long illness. She united with the liberty Baptist church in December 1875 in Park county, Indiana and transferred her membership to the Methodist church in Siam during a revival meeting held by Rev. J.A. Nayle.

Aunt Kitty as she was familiarly and lovingly called was loved by all for her kind and cheerful disposition and numbered her friends by her acquaintances. She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, Chas. A. Clayton, one sister, Mrs. Wm. Landon of Kent, Iowa, three step daughters in Kansas, who were unable to be present during her sickness and death, and two step sons Roy Clayton of Gerome, Idaho who was unable to be present Archie Clayton of Siam and one step daughter, Mrs. Dell Miller of Siam. Also a dearly loved sister-in-law, Mrs. Crystal Clayton who was so faithful in caring for her. There are seven grandchildren here to whom she gave her love and kindness and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral was preached in the Methodist church in Siam by the pastor, Rev. Bennett at 11 o'clock Tuesday. Interment in the Oak Grove cemetery. [Present day Shearer cem]


-Mrs. Tine Gray after a weeks' illness passed away Sunday afternoon at her home in Bedford. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Christian church here and interment made in the Gravity cemetery.


-Jay Older and family of Conception, Mo., who was here attending the funeral of his father, G.W. Older returned home Wednesday.

-MRS. CARROL NELSON'S MOTHER DIED Mrs. Carrol Nelson of this city received word last Thursday evening of the sudden death of her mother, Mrs. R.J. Pollock, at her home in College Springs, and Friday morning she and her son Robert went over to College Springs. The following account was taken from the Clarinda Herald of last Monday:

The funeral was held Saturday afternoon in College Springs of Mrs. R.J. Pollock who passed away Thursday evening at her home in northwest College Springs the result of a stroke which came on her gradually. Complaining to her daughter that she was feeling queer, the doctor was called but before he could arrive Mrs. Pollock was unable to speak coherently and afterward passed away. The funeral services were at the United Presbyterian Church in College Springs, conducted by the pastor, Rev. W.E. Minteer with interment in the beautiful cemetery adjoining the town. Mrs. Pollock formerly lived in the Covenanter settlement southwest of Clarinda, and is known to many people in the county. Three daughters are living Mrs. John Dale, Mrs. Ralph Stoops, and Mrs. Nelson of Bedford and three stalwart sons, Charles and Frank Pollock in College Springs and Fred Pollock of Blanchard. The husband also survives and has the sympathy of his many friends.

-12 Nov 1925 Bedford Free Press


Mrs. Luretta Burrell, mother of Attorney Richard Burrell of this city, died a week ago last Wednesday, Nov 4th, at the home of her daughter in Lenox, Iowa, where she had been making her home this winter, Mrs. Burrell was 82 years of age. She is survived by five children, 22 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.

-IN MEMORIAM-(Editor's note- On the anniversary of the visit back to Ohio of E.K. Harsh, subject of the following sketch, D.E. Harsh, his nephew, who is assistant easier of the Farmer's & Merchants Bank of Logan, Ohio wrote the sketch and mailed it here to relatives for publication.)

E.K. HARSH. Just one short year ago Uncle Elijah K. Harsh was enjoying his last visit with his brother, Samuel W. Harsh and other relatives and friends in Ohio. He arrived in Logan, 0., on Sept 9th, 1924, and had so timed his visit that he might be present at the Reunion of the Funk-Harsh relationship which was held at the Logan Fair Grounds on September 14th following. At this gathering of two hundred or more he was kept busy meeting or greeting relatives and friends whom he had not seen for years. Though tired at the close of the festal day he expressed himself as having enjoyed in the extreme what since has proved to be the last reunion on this earth for both he and his brother. Yes, one brief year ago he viewed for the last time the hills and dales of Hocking county, Ohio and scanned once more the scenes of his childhood. He saw the creek where he used to fish, the site of his boyhood home and the old abandoned sugar camp where in years gone by he with his companions had spent many happy evenings, boiling the sweet and delicious maple syrup and practicing their comic dialogues and speeches for school entertainments in the warmth and light of the camp fire. To these scenes he bade farewell forever. He also looked a fond farewell to the hills where as a young man he worked in digging iron ore and cutting cord wood for charcoal which was used in the blast furness for melting or smelting the ore. As we are writing, we are reminded that just one years ago today Oct 26th, 1924, a farewell dinner was given in his honor at his brothers home, and on the morning of Oct 28th, he gave a last "good bye" to his Ohio friends, and took the train for his home at Bedford, Iowa, where he arrived safely the following morning. His brother, Samuel W. who had already passed his 86th  milestone, enjoyed so much this visit. The weather conditions were ideal and both brothers seemed to be in extra good health for men of their years, both octogenarians by several years being well advanced in their eighty-seventh and eighty-fourth years respectively. On the eve of December 5th, 1924, this elder brother peacefully fell asleep immediately after eating his supper and his sudden and unexpected demise was a severe shock to Uncle E.K. Harsh. Although disease and the natural infirmation of age were preying on his vitality, yet there is little doubt but the sudden death of his brother served to hasten his own and the end came March 30, 1925.

On November 6th, 1873, he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Skinner of near Logan Ohio and after some years of farm life in Ohio, they determined to seek their fortune in the west and consequently about the year 1878, they moved to Nodaway county, Mo., and later located on a farm near Bedford, Iowa. Here about ten years ago he lost his beloved companion and since then for the most part he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Chester Wheelen. He was a good conversationalist and kept posted on the leading questions of the time. While he was true to his own convictions he was also respectful and tolerant of the views and convictions of others. His loss is keenly felt not only by his children and grandchildren, but also by his relatives and friends in Ohio.

A nephew, D.E. Harsh, Logan, Ohio.


[Bernice Ellen Johnson]

-Word was received by Mrs. Joe Johnson last week of the death of little Bernice Ellen, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Johnson of Circle, Mont. Death came very suddenly caused by bronchial pneumonia. Burial was given at Circle cemetery on Friday, October 30, 1925.


-Little Donald Dewey Shields was born Monday November 2 and passed away Wednesday November 4, being permitted to stay only two days with the parents who adored him. He leaves to mourn, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey L. Shields, also grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Joe Shields and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Nevins of New Market and a number of uncles and aunts. Interment was in the Siam cemetery Thursday at 10:30.