Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa obituaries
transcribed by: Lorelei Rusco -

Baird, Thomas Leander –

Thomas Leander Baird was born at Zanesville, Ohio, Feb. 16, 1852.  He died at his home in Allerton, Iowa, June 6, 1921 at the age of 69 years, 3 months and 21 days.  He came to Iowa with his parents in 1850.  In 1903 he moved from Columbus City to Clearfield, where he lived until 1919, when he removed to Allerton where he has since resided.

In 1871 he was united in marriage to Mary L. Orr who died the same year.  In 1876 he was united in marriage to Margaret [possibly Moore] who departed this life in 1882.  To this union was born one son, Robert S.  In 1886 he was united in marriage to Mary J. John.  To this union were born six children.  His wife and the following children survive him: Robert S. of Morning Sun, Iowa, Mary E, of Egypt, now home on furlough, John M. a student at Zenia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. Margaret E. Myrtle, T. Leland and Gladys A.  Besides  these of the immediate family, there are three sisters, Mrs. Robt. Moore, and Mrs. J. J. Moore of Columbus City, Iowa, and Mrs. W. Orr of Albia, together with many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Baird became a member of the Associate Presbyterian Church early in life. Later he transferred his membership to the Columbus City United Presbyterian Church,  and then to the respective United Presbyterian churches where he later resided. In each of these three churches he was chosen ruling elder.  It would be difficult to estimate the value of that service. Always he gave a whole hearted devotion to his work and continually sought to promote the interest of the Church of his master. This was done in perhaps even a greater way by the quiet influence of his consistent life. The community knew him to be a sincere Christian man, and one who testified to the value of the Christian life by seeking to live by his faith. The genuineness and largeness of his character showed itself in all his touch with fellowmen. In the home where a man's life is at its best, he built toward the great ideal.

Services were held at the home in Allerton, Thursday, .June 9th. The body was taken to Louisa County for interment. A number of Clearfield friends attended the funeral services.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa June 16, 1921

Beatty, John -

Mr. John Beatty, one of the long-time residents of this community, one of the fast-falling ranks of the Civil War veterans, died at his home on North Street Monday night at about nine o'clock,   He had been noticeably sick bit three or four hours.  Mr. Beatty was advanced in years, past 83 but had been pretty well all winter. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church yesterday at 11 a.m., with interment in the Clearfield Cemetery. 

John Beatty was born in the County Fermanagh, Ireland, May 8th, 1837, and came to the United States when thirteen years old, moving to Morgan County, Ohio.  Here he lived until the outbreak of the Civil War.  He enlisted in the 122nd Ohio Volunteers in August 1862 and was honorably discharged on account of physical disability, April 1st, 1864, having been engaged in the battles of Culpepper's Court House, Snicher's Gap, Bull Run, Petersburg, Hortonsville, Winchester, and Gettysburg.

On August 11th, 1864, he was united in marriage to Sarah Nelson of Morgan County, Ohio. To this union were born Jive children, all of whom survive. In the fall of 1864 they moved to La Salle County, Illinois, coming to Ringgold County, Iowa, in the spring of 1870, and with the exception of five years spent in Illinois, has lived in Ringgold and Taylor Counties.

The children are Addy M. Beatty, S. E. Beatty, Clyde Beatty, and Mrs. Belle Smith, all living in Iowa; Will Beatty of Ingomar, Montana. There are eighteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  The aged wife survives her consort of over 50 years.

He joined the Methodist Church before the Civil War, and has always given his church a large space in his time and thought.

The funeral service was conducted by his pastor in Clearfield Methodist Church, at 11 o'clock on Wednesday, February 9th. The house was crowded, and beautiful flowers spoke the affection of many. Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery,

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa February 10, 1921

Beatty, Sarah Nelson –

Sarah Nelson was born in Van Buren County Iowa on Feb. 7, 1843.  When about two years of age, the family moved to Morgan County Ohio, where she lived until after the Civil War.  On August 11, 1864 she was united in marriage to John Beatty.  To this union five children were born, four sons and one daughter, all of whom are living and all but Will were present at their mother’s side in her illness.

They moved to Illinois soon after the marriage and resided there until 1871 when they moved to Ringgold County and Taylor County, Iowa, and with the exception of five years spent at Bloomington, Illinois, they lived continuously in Ringgold and Taylor counties until their going away.  Mr. Beatty died Feb. 7th of this year.

Sarah Nelson joined the Methodist Church early in life and has been active in church work ever since.  She will be much missed in church, Sunday School and in the societies of which she was a member.  She passed away at her home in Clearfield April 7, 1921 being 78 years and 2 months of age.

The services were held in the Clearfield Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9th.  Rev. Douglass officiated.  The pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased.  The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.  Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery, by the side of the husband, so recently gone before.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa, April 14, 1921

Bruner, Mary Miller -

Mary Miller daughter of James and Jane Miller, was born in Orange County, Indiana April 17, 1832, and died Feb. 12, 1921 aged 88 years, 10 months and 21 days. Her mother died when she was eleven years old, leaving her to care for two small brothers and three sisters, all of whom preceded her in death except Mrs. Tom Lambley of Conway, Iowa.

In 1847 she was united in marriage to Will F. Bruner. To this union five children were born, Landy H., Joseph A. Nancy J. Hester A. and Willie all of whom preceded her in death. About 1853 she and her husband moved to Mercer county, Ill. until her death. Since the death of her children she has been cared for by her grandchildren. Her husband died in 1889.

One year ago last December she fell and fractured her hip and since that time has been a patient suffer.  Since October she has been at the home of her grandson Dan Bruner, and her daughter-in-law Susan Bruner.  She leaves to mourn her death, one sister, two daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, twelve grand children, and eighteen great grand children and Mrs. Peterson her nurse and companion and  a host of friends.

She has been an active member of the Methodist church since childhood. She always wanted to be helping someone, her greatest cross being that in her last days someone had to care for her.

Funeral services were held at the home of Dan Bruner Sunday p.m. at 2:30, Rev. Bundy officiating.  The body was taken to North Henderson, Ill. for burial.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa February 17, 1921

Craig, William Alexander -

Mr. Wm. Craig, who for several years has been part owner of the Restaurant and the chief baker, died on Wednesday of this week, in a private hospital in Clarinda.  He had been ill but four weeks, being attacked with a peculiar affliction of the brain, said to be one of the rare diseases.  On Friday the first instance, he left for the hospital, and never rallied from the attack of the disease. Toward the end he was unconscious for several days. 

Hofmeister and Craig have owned the old restaurant for three years, and Mr. Craig had been well liked.  He has a wife, and as we are informed, a grown up son and daughter.  The family continued to reside in Clarinda, so are not known here.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa April 14, 1921

Craig, William Alexander -

William Alexander Craig, son of James and Rosanna (Tonar) Craig was born in Clarinda, Iowa.  Died at his home in the same city, April 13, 1921.  During his boyhood days he attended the public schools Clarinda, and at different times was in the Baker and Restaurant businesses near his home town.  At the time of his death he was engaged in the same business in Clearfield, Iowa

On June 1, 1891 he was united in marriage with Miss Alice Loy.  She with their daughter, Mrs. Eunice Nichols of Mission, Texas, and their son William Donald Craig, and his two sisters, Mrs. Linnie Taggart. and Mrs. Nellie Patton of Omaha, mourn the loss of a devoted husband, loving father and an affectionate brother.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon, from the home on E. Main Street, conducted by Rev. J. M . Williams, assisted by Rev. A.B. Marshall, D. D., interment in Clarinda cemetery, where Nodaway Lodge A. F. & A. M. recited their impressive ritual.- Clarinda Herald.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa, April 28, 1921

Crew, Marvin I. -

The James Crew family received a wire at eleven Monday night stating that his nephew, Marvin I. Crew, was dead at his home at Marion, la. Later phone messages tell that he died very suddenly Monday evening, almost or quite without warning, presumably of heart failure.

Marvin was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J . Crew, and was for many years engaged with his father in the furniture and undertaking business in Clearfield. Since leaving here he has spent some time at Blockton, Lorimor, and Williamsburg, Iowa. But a few months ago he and his father moved to Marion and  were owners of an exclusive undertaking business there.

No one here remembers that Marvin was not sound as a young man can well be, and his sudden death comes as a great surprise. He was about 35 years of age. Mrs. Crew was Miss Edna Morey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Morey. Interment is to be today, at the old family home, Springville, Iowa.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa June 16, 1921

Crosson, Frank E. -

Frank E. Crosson died last week Thursday at his home in Bedford, and the funeral was held on Saturday afternoon.  He had been confined to his bed for three weeks. Born in Abingdon, Illinois in 1857, he was 63 years old at  the time of his death.

He came with his parents to Taylor county in 1873; began to teach school in 1879, and was in educational work until 1902, the last six years being an County Superintendent of this county.

He was married to Miss Alice Dougherty in 1887,  to whom were born three children, the daughters, Mary and Ellen surviving.  At the time of his death he was the editor of the Bedford Times-Republican.

His mother now lives in Clearfield, Mrs. Asa Stone.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa, February 3, 1921

Darlington, Martha Elizabeth Holbrook -

The people of Clearfield were greatly shocked on Monday morning as they heard of the sudden death of Mrs Wm. Darlington, which occurred as she slept some time in the night. We understand that there had been nothing whatever in her health conditions that might had been a warning of such an event. It is probably explained by heart failure. The relatives have the sincere sympathy of all their friends in their hour of affliction.

Martha Elizabeth Holbrook was born  June 27th, 1858 in ThoreauCounty, Illinois, and passed from this life at her home in Clearfield Feb. 7, 1921.  In early life she removed to Missouri, and from that state to Iowa, the family settling on a farm northwest of Clearfield. She was married to William P. Darlington, Nov. 15, 1883. To this union seven daughters were horn, of whom six are now living. They are by name: Mrs. Dora Seibert, Mrs. Mary Beatty, Mrs. Alice Hargin, Mrs. Myrtle Muir, and Grace Darlington, all of Clearfield and vicinity.  Mrs. Bessie Overholser resides in Eldorado, Kansas.

Mrs. Darlington united with the Clearfield Methodist church in 1906 and lived a consistent Christian life.

She leaves to mourn her loss, one brother and five sisters, her six daughters and thirteen grandchildren  and her side companion, W.P. Darlington.

The funeral services were held at Clearfield Methodist Church at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Feb. 9th. The pastor, Rev. Douglass officiated.   The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. Interment followed in Clearfield Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa, February 10, 1921

Davis, Theodore -

Mr. and Mrs. John Davis, living two miles northwest of town, lost their only child by death last Friday morning. Little Theodore, known as J. T., had been sickly from birth, and his brief life closed at about four o'clock Friday morning, at the age of six months and 23 days. He was born June 1st.

The funeral services were held at the residence on Sunday afternoon, Pastor Hignett of the Christian Church officiating. A brother and a sister of Mrs. Davis, Mr. O'Dell and Mrs. French, came from Brookfield, Missouri, to attend the funeral. The sympathy of many friends is extended to the parents in this hour of affliction.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa December 30, 1920

Denton, William Sherman -

William Sherman Denton was born in Petersburg, Ill., Dec. 1, 1864, and departed this life May 19, 1921, at the age of 56 years, 5 months and 7 days.

He grew to manhood at his old home in Illinois but for the past fifteen years has been in Iowa with the exception of one year spent in Nebraska.

He leaves to mourn his loss, two sisters of Oakland, Iowa, and four brothers, three of whom live in Illinois and one C. H. Denton of Clearfield

The body was taken to his old home for burial which took place Saturday May 21st, in the Petersburg cemetery beside his parents and twin sister, conducted by his old pastor, Rev. Smoot of Petersburg.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa May 26, 1921

Donaldson, Orville W. -

Orville W. Donaldson, son of Geo. and Lilly Donaldson, was born at Greenview, Ill.  Oct. 24th, 1894, and departed this life at the Unity Hospital, Jan. 27, 1921 age 26 years, 3 months and 3 days. The family moved from Greenview, Ill. to Sheridan, Mo., when Orville was about 5 years old and at the age of 7 moved to Taylor county, Iowa, where Orville has spent his young life.

On February 6, 1908 he was married to Miss Irene Frances Phelan of Conway, Iowa, and the same spring started housekeeping on their farm near Philips, Nebraska, and spent one year at that place, then returned to their farm near Conway, and because of failing health moved into Conway last October hoping it would be possible for Orville to regain his health, but after months of patient suffering when still and tender nursing had failed to restore health the patient sufferer said, “God’s will be done, not mine.”

In September 1920 Orville received his sacrament of Baptism by the Episcopal minister of St. Joseph, Mo. and made a very beautiful confession of faith and in this faith triumphantly claimed victory over death.

Besides a host of friends and relatives he leaves to mourn his loss his beloved companion, Father and Mother and sister, Mrs. Fern Hainey, all of Conway.

“Leaves have their time to fall, and flower to wither at the North winds’ breath, And stars to set, But Thou hast all reasons for thy own, Death.”

Funeral services were held at Conway Sunday, January 30th.  The address was given by Rev. F. N. Redinger assisted by Rev. C. G. Busby.  Interment was in Lenox Cemetery Monday January 31.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa February 3, 1921

Fowler, J. W. -

J. W. Fowler, born June 27th, 1837, and died December 2, 1920.  He was born in Elmira Township, Stark County, Ill., and there grew to manhood on the old home farm.  He remained with his father until he had attained his majority and then started out as agriculturalist his own account being actively

identified with farming interests in Toulan township for several years

In 1879, Mr. Fowler made his way westward to Taylor County, Iowa, purchasing a farm.  Energetic, enterprising and industrious, his labors as a farmer were rewarded and he has long been numbered among the most substantial and respected citizens of the community.

October 1893 at Winterset, Iowa, Mr. Fowler was united in marriage to Mrs. Mina Van Wye, a native of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Fowler had the reputation of being honorable and upright in his dealings, charitable toward the poor and a kind husband.

Those from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Milo Fleming of Lenox, Miss Florence McKenzie and Mrs. Tillie Gibson of Toulan, Ill., nieces of deceased; Mrs. Maude German and Howard Shaffer both of Conception, Mo. and Mrs. Louise Davis of Washington, Penn.  His one brother, Mr. Kirk Fowler of Gunnison, Colo.

The death occurred in the home in Clearfield.

The funeral was held Sabbath p.m. at his late home, S. Boyd Johnson Officiating.  Interment in the Clearfield Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa December 9, 1920

Herring, John Jackson -

John Jackson Herring was born December 28, 1870 in Shelby county, Illinois.  He died at his home in Clearfield, March 13, 1921 aged 50 years, 3 months and 15 days.  When but a child he moved with his parents to Missouri where he lived until after he was married.

He was married to Lulu M. Ammerman, Sept. 17, '03 and to the union were born three children, whom Mildred died many years ago, and two survive Cecil Ivan, who so faithfully cared for his father during his sickness, and Nellie Margaret of Belle Plaine, Kansas.

He united with the Baptist Church in his early manhood. He came to Clearfield in 1907, and was the foreman of the section on the railway for many years. His wife and daughter died at nearly the same time in Nov. 1909 during his residence here.    

H e leaves two children, mother, eight brothers and one sister besides other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday forenoon at the home of his brother B. A. Herring, conducted by Pastor Hignett of the  Christian church.  The quartet sang “Meet Me There”, “Shall We Gather at the River” and “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.” Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery by the side of wife and daughter.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa March 17, 1921

Lewis, Umbry Luther -

Umbry Luther Lewis, son of' Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Lewis of Midway, Tenn. was born near Creston, North Carolina on Jan. 28, 1896, and died on Jan. 8, 1921 at the hospital in Ft. Lyon, Colo , age 24 years, 11 months and 10 days.

He professed faith in Christ early in life, uniting with the First Baptist church at Philadelphia, later removed his membership to Clearfield, la , where he remained a faithful member.

On Jan. 17, 1920 he was married to Miss Sallie Ganey of Mound City,


He volunteered for service in the navy during the war, and nobly served his country until health would no longer permit. He went to Ft Lyon in Sept.. 1920, and remained there until his death with the exception of a few days visit with his parents at Christmas time.

He leaves to mourn his loss, a father, mother, wife, two sisters,  seven brothers, among them Willard, Flay and Paul of this community. On Jan. 18th many relatives and friends gathered at the St. Joseph Chapel to pay their last tribute to one that was loved by all. The many floral offerings showed the high esteem in which he was held. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Reed at Midway.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa February 10, 1921

Moore, Allie Lucille Waters -

Allie Lucille Waters, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. U. Waters, was born March 21, 1883 on the old home place where she passed away Jan. 23, 1921 at the age of 37 years, 10 months and 2 days.

She was married Sept. 11, 1901 to Albert Moore.  To this union were born, three children, Jean, Blanch and a son who died infancy.

She united with the Methodist Church at Calvary when a child and later placed her membership at the  Christian church in Lenox. She had been in poor health for a number  of years but death came sooner than was expected. She was a cheerful sufferer.

Her father and two sisters  preceded her. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, two daughters, mother, brother and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Lenox, Tuesday .Ian. 25, at 2:00 p. m. Interment in Fair view Cemetery.--Lenox T-T.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa, February 10, 1921

Otis, Jane –

At an early hour last week, the residence of Miss Jane Otis, in south Gravity, burned with all its contents.  When the fire died down, a charred body was found in the embers, doubtless all that remained of the owner. Miss Otis was left alone that night, and the cause of the fire will never be known.  The report that came to us said Miss Ann Otis was in the house, her sister being Omaha. This was an error, but we could not get phone connections to prove or disprove it.

Jane Otis was born in Ohio in 1842, and was about 79 years of age. She is said to have four living sisters, one residing at Clarinda. The body was found where was a small storage room in a part of the house remote from her bedroom, so she must have crossed the house before or after the fire started. She used a kerosene lamp, and was known to be subject to dizzy spells, and here may  lie the solution.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa, January 15, 1921.

Pierce, James -

James Pierce, publisher of the  Iowa Homestead and several other farm journals, died very suddenly at his home in Des Moines on Monday of heart failure. He had  made  a great success of his farm journal, and was rated as quite wealthy. He  was fond of breaking in to the political  game, always going fiercely into any movement that he favored. His work was critical rather than constructive,  and he fought bitterly for any cause he espoused, and as fiercely against any one movement that he opposed. He was born  in 1818, was a soldier in the Civil War, and once a publisher at Bedford, this county.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa November 4, 1920

Randolph, Rebecca D. Wilson -

Rebecca D. Wilson was born March 20th 1838, in the State of Ohio, and died at the home of her son, Morris, at Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Feb. 1, 1921, age 82 years, 10 months, and 11 days.

She moved with her parents when a child to Illinois, and was there married on Sept, 6, 1860, to Ira F. Randolph. To their union were born five children, a daughter and four sons, all now living. Mrs. Lydia Scheurman of Gibson City. Illinois: Frank Edward of Green Valley, Illinois; Chas. Morris, Siloam Springs; Ira Wilson of Clearfield; Nelson Albert, Seattle, Washington.

She gave her heart to Christ in early life, and was a member of the Methodist Church, and later of the Church of Christ, being a member of the Clearfield Christian Church until she moved with her son to Arkansas about three years ago.

Services were held at the home of Wilson Randolph on Sunday afternoon, and interment was in Clearfield Cemetery. Rev. Hignett spoke briefly, and was assisted in the service by Rev. Jackson.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa February 10, 1921

Richer, David -

MOUNT AYR. lA.~David Richer a farmer living seven miles north of Mount Ayr, committed suicide by hanging himself in a corn crib. He was not found for twenty-four hours after committing the deed; he was 79 years old and come from Bohemia twenty years ago. Declining health is supposed to have been the cause.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa, December 16, 1920

Smith, Rumma Haskins –

Rumma Hskins was born near Detroit, Michigan October 19, 1842.  There she grew to womanhood.  In 1863 she was married to James F. Smith.  Seven years later in 1870, she with her husband came to Ringgold county, settling upon a farm near the county line east of Clearfield, where their active life was spent.  In 1901 they retired from the farm and moved to Clearfield. Six years later in 1907, Mr. Smith died. She continued to reside there until last January, when she went Mount Ayr to the home of her son, A. I. Smith, where every possible care was given during the last months of dependence and helplessness.  She passed away Thursday evening, May 19, at the age of seventy-eight years and seven months.

Mrs. Smith was the mother of eight children, one of whom died in infancy and another, Stella, having died in early womanhood. Those living are: Mrs. Ida Bridgewater, of Norman, Oklahoma; Albert I. and George B., of Mount Ayr; Henry E of Boone, Ark.. Mrs. Ella Fitch of Lorimor, Iowa; Mrs. Belle Morey and Lee of Clearfield; and Mrs. Lyda Fint, of Humboldt, Kansas.

Mrs. Smith was converted and united nearly forty years ago with the Baptist church of Clearfield, of which she remained a member until death.

Funeral services were held May 22, at 12:30 at the A. I. Smith home, conducted by Rev. Charles G. Wright, pastor of the Baptist church. Burial was in the Clearfield cemetery beside her husband.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa June 2, 1921

Spurrier, Frank -

We learned on Monday of the death of Frank Spurrier of Mount Ayr.  He was quite well known here, being the father of Harry Spurrier, Albert Spurrier, and of their brothers, well known to Clearfield  people.  Mr. Spurrier had been doctoring for some time for cancer, and with apparent good results, but quite recently contracted a severe case of  erysipelas, and of this he died at the Methodist hospital in Des Moines. The remains were brought to Mount Ayr for the funeral and interment.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa October 28, 1920

Stephenson, J. R. -

J. R. Stephenson was born November 3rd, 1850 in Greene County, Pennsylvania, and on Wednesday, March 2, 1921 his spirit returned

to God who gave it.

He was united in marriage Dec. 25, 1873, to Miss Agnes Norton, whom he leaves to  mourn his loss. They had three children, John, Hessie, and Norton. The one daughter became Mrs. Cowley, removed to Detroit, Minn., and  died there in about 1898, leaving the only grandson, Chester Cowley, now of Detroit. The sons who survive live in Clearfield, John M., and Norton Stephenson.

Mr. Stephenson united with the Free Will Baptist Church in 1880 and lived in that faith until death claimed him, so he is not dead, but gone to sleep and while asleep, will be transported without a doubt, without a fear, for King Immanuel the ship will steer.

Funeral services were held at the late residence in the afternoon of Thursday and were largely attended. Rev.  S. Boyd Johnson of the United Presbyterian church of Clearfield officiated, Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery. A good man has gone, a kind and sympathetic neighbor and friend; a faithful and self sacrificing husband and father.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa, March 10, 1921

Thompson, James Hugh –

James Hugh Thompson was born Oct. 8, 1851 at Centerville, Iowa, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomson.  He departed this life Nov. 29, 1920 at the age of 69 years, 1 month and 29 days.

At the age of 16 he moved with his parents to Missouri where he made his home nearly all his life.  He was married to Miss Clara Cortum at Bloomfield, Iowa, Feb. 19, 1882.  To this union were born 8 children: Mrs. Ray Gross, Elmer and Hugh of St. Joseph, Mo., Mrs. Vernon Hudson of Kewanee, Ill., Mrs. Jessie Gray of Wray, Colo., John of Gentry, Ark. and Clifford and Miss Lila of Siloam Springs, Ark.  All of them, with their mother survive their father.  Besides these one sister, Mrs. Samantha Cox and one brother, Mr. John Thompson both of Maryville, Mo.  All of these were able to attend the funeral except Mr. John Thompson and Mrs. Gray.  Also 16 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends mourn his death.

About a year ago the family moved to Siloam Springs, Ark. for Mr. Thompson’s health.

Mr. Thompsons has been failing in health for several months but it was not considered serious until a few weeks ago.  Last week he came to St. Joseph for treatment in the Ensworth Hospital, where everything was administered for his aid and comfort.

He has been a follower of the Lord for 30 years and a member of the Free Methodist Church, and is known by all as a man of honesty and sobriety.

Funeral services were held at Maryville conducted by Rev. W. D. Grossbeck of Shenandoah, Iowa, pastor of the Free Methodist Church there.  Interment was in the Cain Cemetery near Maryville.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa December 9, 1920

Townsend, Ormina Belle Murdock “Mina” –

Ormina Belle Murdock Townsend was born June 3, 1858 near Berwick, Illinois.  She was married to Irvine [g] Townsend Dec. 13, 1893 and they moved to Clearfield, Iowa in 1900.

Two children were both to this union, Edward, who died at the age of two years, and Howard who is still at home.

She united with the Berwick Baptist Church in early girlhood, later joining the Clearfield Baptist Church by letter and of this church she has always been a loyal member.

She has left to mourn her loss, her husband and son Howard in the home, also three brothers, John Murdock of Little Rock, Arkansas, Allen of Clearfield, and J. F. Murdock of Berwick, Illinois, besides a number o nieces, nephews and many friends.

Services were held at the late home of the deceased on Saturday afternoon March 26, conducted by Pastor Hignett of the Christian Church.  After the service, the remains were taken to her old home at Berwick, Illinois there to rest beside the bodies of Little Edward and other loved ones gone before.

The bereaved husband and son are the objects of the sincere sympathy of a host of friends who have for so long known this good woman.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa March 31, 1921

Tuttle, Mary E. Ferguson -

Mrs. Glen Tuttle died at her home between Clearfield and Lenox, Sunday, January 30.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Ferguson, and leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, infant son, father,  mother, four sisters, three brothers, and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the U. P. Church in Lenox, Wednesday,

February 2.  Interment in Lenox Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa February 3, 1921