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[Ailshie, James Alexander]

Blockton News

Thursday    July 10, 1919   p. 5


James A. [lexander] Ailshie, son of John [Daniel] and Annie [Troubaugh] Ailshie, was born in Greene County, East Tennessee, August 4, 1840 [1836], and departed this life June 26th, 1919, at his home near Crane, Mo., aged 79 years, 11 months and 9 days.

When a young man he came with his parents to Moulton, Appanoose County, this state, and later to Taylor County where he resided continuously for 30 years. He served his country three years in the Civil War, enlisting in Co. A, 4th Iowa. He was with Sherman on his march to the sea.

On April 22, 1867, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary [Serena] Deshazer. To this union eleven children were born, all of whom survive except James who died in 1915. The surviving children are Mrs. Geo. Newton [Frances Jane], Blockton; Mrs. C. [harles] E. [dward] Jarman [Carrie “Ida”], Redding; Mrs. Stanley Mendenhall, Billings, Montana; Mrs. Charley Jacobs, Blue Jacket, Oklahoma, and John E. [dmond], Frank R. [obert], Will A., Earnest, Ira and Mrs. Herschel [Talmer] Smart [Edith Rose], Crane, Mo.

John Ailshie, of Athelstan, and George Ailshie, of West Union, Nebraska, are brothers of the deceased.

His last illness extended over a period of several months. Funeral services were held from the home and the body was laid to rest beside that of his wife who preceded him by eleven years.

[Note:  His Missouri state death certificate gives his birth date as August 4, 1836 and his age at death as 82 years, 10 months and 22 days.]

[Anderson, Louis Bliss “Lou”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 30, 1962      p. 5

L. B. Anderson Of Lenox Dies

L. [ouis] B. [liss] (Lou) Anderson, 81, retired Lenox farmer and widely known auctioneer in this area, died early Tuesday at a Corning, Ia., hospital. He had been a farmer in the Clearfield, Ia., and Lenox areas many years before moving to Lenox in 1924. He was a native of Illinois.

Services are pending at the Lenox Bender Funeral Home. Survivors Include his wife, Edith; two sons, Ernest, of Whittier, Calif., and Wayne, Spokane, Wash.; a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Noble, Panorama City, Calif.; seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren.

[Argo, Alexander J. “Alex”]

Blockton News

Thursday    November 29, 1917    p. 4

A. [lexander] J. Argo, who had been in poor health for several months, passed away at his home in the west part of town yesterday morning at 3 o'clock. The funeral will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 o'clock at the Christian church.

[Argo, Alexander J. “Alex”]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    December 5, 1917    p. 6


A. [lexander] J. Argo died at his home in Blockton Tuesday night. Funeral services were from Christian church conducted by Rev. E. J. Laird, and interment in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Argo, Mary Elizabeth Gulick]

Blockton News

Thursday    July 8, 1909     p. 3


Died, at her home near two miles southeast of Blockton, Monday morning, July 5, 1909, Mrs. Mary E. [lizabeth] Argo, aged 70 years, [?] months and 24 days.

Mary E. [lizabeth] Gulick was born in Macon County, Illinois April 12, 1839. She was married to A. [lexander] J. Argo, February 3d, 1861, at St. Joseph, Champaign County, Illinois. They came to Mahaska County, this state, in the fall of 1861, and in the spring of 1868 moved to Ringgold County where they have since resided.

There was born to them five children, two sons and three daughters, three of whom survive---Mrs. Alice Nickles, David Argo and Mrs. Susan Cortner, all of whom were with her [in her final moments].

The deceased joined the Christian church in her youthful days but in later years because of poor health, was united with her home church. She was an exemplary wife and mother, true and devoted, whose death will be regretted by all.

The funeral took place at the home Tuesday at 10 o’clock, the funeral sermon being preached by Rev. G. W. Wood. Interment took place in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Askren, Robert F.]

Blockton News

Thursday    April 8, 1909    p. 5

R. [obert] F. Askren, of Mt. Ayr, died a few days since at his home in that city. He had lived in Mt. Ayr near 40 years and was a useful and well-known man. He had filled several county offices including superintendent, auditor and county attorney. He was about seventy years of age.

[Barker, Elmer]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 30, 1962      p. 2

Rites Held For Elmer Barker, 48

Final rites for Elmer Barker, 48, were held Aug. 10 at the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox with full military services. Short services were held in Oregon City, Oregon prior to the body being returned to Lenox.

Elmer, son of James and Sarah Barker, was born near Downing, Mo., July 19, 1914 and passed away at the Portland Osteopathic hospital in Portland, Ore., Aug. 5, 1962. He served his country in World War II in the European Theatre.

He was married to Geneva [Ellen] Houchin and one daughter, Sharon, was born to this union.

On Jan. 31, 1953 he was married to Lela Nelson.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He leaves to mourn, his wife, Lela of Oregon City, Oregon; a daughter, Sharon; one sister, Ethel Spring; three brothers, Ellis of Greeley, Colo., Jesse of Conway, Luell of Sharpsburg; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leeman Nelson, several brothers and sisters-in-law, several aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews and a host, of friends.

[Barnhill, Otis Burnette]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 30, 1962      p. 3

Obituary - Otis Barnhill

Otis Burnette Barnhill was born July 28, 1880 In Jones county, Iowa, to Nathan and Mary Applegate Barnhill and died on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1962 at the Clear View Home in Clearfield, Iowa.

In Shenandoah, Iowa, where he attended school, he was united in marriage to Amy Noble on Jan. 1, 1900. To this union five children were born: Hazel, Mrs. Gene Morey of Clearfield, Lloyd of Barneston, Nebr., Glenn of Tingley, Joe of St. Louis, Mo., and Dorothy, who is deceased.

In 1907 the Barnhill family moved to a farm near Lenox and in 1948 Mr. and Mrs. Barnhill moved into Lenox. In January of this year they became residents of the Clear View Home in Clearfield.

Mr. Barnhill was a member of the Lenox Christian church.

He is survived by his wife; four children; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; one brother, Robert; nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 18, 1962 in the Lenox Christian church with the Rev. David A. Shaeffer and the Rev. Bruce Henderson officiating. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

[Besco, George Hallett]                                 [Besco, Lillie Mincks Ostrander]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     October 23, 1958    p. 7

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Besco Both Died Last Week

Last rites for Mrs. George Besco were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, Thursday afternoon, October 16, with Rev. I. G. Wilkins of the Blockton Methodist church officiating. Burial in Rose Hill cemetery at Blockton.

Lillie Mincks, oldest of nine children and daughter of [Hiram] Minor and Nancy [Ann Spooner] Mincks, was born June 18, 1871 in Centerville, Iowa, and died in Bedford, Sunday, October 12, 1958.

In 1872 they moved to Taylor County. She was married to William Ostrander January 7, 1890 and to this union two sons were born. Mr. Ostrander died in 1910.

On January 20, 1918 she was married to George [Hallett] Besco. She is survived by her husband, George, and by two sons: W. C. Ostrander of Barstow, Calif., and Glen Ostrander of Oelrich, South Dakota. Also by one brother, Phil Mincks of Bedford; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Slaughter of Des Moines, Miss Ola Mincks of Columbia, Mo.

Her entire life was spent in the Blockton community until four years ago when she came to Bedford.

Later—Mr. Besco passed away at the Armstrong Nursing Home in Bedford, Saturday, October 18 at the age of 82 years, 11 months, three days

Funeral services for Mr. Besco were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, October 19 and were also conducted by Rev. I. G. Wilkins of Blockton. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery at Blockton.

George H. [allet] Besco, son of Joseph [Edward] and Isabel [Steele] Besco, was born November 15, 1875, in Taylor county, Jefferson township.

On January 20, 1918, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Lillie Ostrander. She preceded him in death on October 12, 1958.

George spent his entire life in Taylor County.

He leaves to mourn his passing his twin-brother, Henry [Ernest] Besco of Bedford; another brother, Edna [Richard] Besco, Conway; a sister, Mrs. Lala [Ellen] Wintermute of Conway. Three brothers, Jim, Charles and Fred Besco and two sisters, Mrs. Lottie Jewitt and Mrs. Lula Harvey preceded him in death.

[Brown, Rinaldo]

Blockton News

Thursday    April 8, 1909    p. 4

The death of Rinaldo Brown, of Isadora, occurred a few days since. In some respects he was a remarkable character. He was born in Troy, New York, March 16th, 1819, and being upwards of 90 years of age when he died had rounded out a long and useful life. He came to Wapello County, this state, upwards of sixty-two years ago where he was married to Nancy McCrady [McCready] in 1847. To them were born ten children, five of whom survive. M. [arion] C. Brown, formerly of this place and now of Oklahoma, is a son. His wife having died he was married in 1876 to Sarah E. [lizabeth] Roberts of this county, who survives him. He served in Co. 1, 4th Regiment, U. S. Artillery in the Mexican War and was captain of Missouri State troops during the Civil War and was a member of the Methodist church for more than fifty years. He was a miller by trade and erected a mill at Isadora in 1864, known as Brown's Mill. In all things he was counted a just and upright citizen and he passed from works to rewards honored by all.

[Eyre, Craig Alan]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     September 6, 1962    p. 6

Obituary - Craig Alan Eyre

Craig Alan Eyre was born July 13, 1949 to Ralph and Arlene Churchill Eyre at Council Bluffs, Iowa, and passed away Aug. 15, 1962 at the age of 13 years, 1 month and two days.

Craig was to enter 8th grade at East Side Junior High school this fall. He attended Bethany United Presbyterian church, was a member of the family Y. M.C.A. and was treasurer of Jr. Lodge No. 15 I.O.O. F.

Craig was active in dramatics and outdoor activities at his school last year. He was also interested in art and had a large collection of old coins.

Those who are left to cherish his memory besides his parents are a sister, Kay, at home; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Jessie Churchill of Gravity, Iowa; paternal grandfather, Charles Eyre of Corning, Iowa; and many relatives and friends.

[Farlow, Armina Jennie Griffith]

Bedford Times-Republican

Monday     May 2, 1921     [p. 1]

Death of Mrs. Wm. Farlow

Word was just received here of the death of Mrs. Wm. Farlow, Sunday morning at her home in Beatrice, 'Nebr. Mrs. Farlow [Armina Jennie Griffith] was at one time a resident of Bedford. Our readers will remember reading about Mr. Wm. Farlow's death a few months ago.

Beatrice Daily Sun (Beatrice, Nebraska), Tuesday, May 3, 1921
Mrs. Jennie Farlow Dies
Mrs. Jennie Farlow, widow of the late W. [illiam] N. [elson] Farlow, died Sunday morning at 7:45 at a local hospital after a long illness, aged 64 years. Her husband passed away just four months ago. She had been a resident of Beatrice for the past 29 years.
The deceased is survived by two sons and one daughter. They are Orville W.[illiam] and Dale Farlow of Beatrice and Mrs. Vera McGee of Los Angeles. She also leaves a brother, Marcus Griffith of Blockton, Ia., who is the only surviving member of the family.
The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the First Christian church, conducted by Rev. C. F. Stevens of Bethany. Interment will be in Evergreen Home cemetery.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, May 5, 1921
Mrs. W. N. Farlow Dead
M. A. Griffith was called to Beatrice, Nebraska Saturday morning by the fatal illness of his sister, Mrs. W. [illiam] N. [elson] Farlow, who passed away at her home in Beatrice Sunday morning. Mrs. Farlow was Mr. Griffith's only sister. It will be remembered that Mr. Farlow passed away on February 4th, last. The Farlows formerly lived at Bedford but moved to Beatrice some thirty years ago. Three children are left—Mrs. G. F. Magee of Los Angeles, California and Orville and Dale of Beatrice.

[Farlow, Charles Cora]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    June 19, 1930     p. 5

Chilcote Bros. received a telegram yesterday from Beatrice, Nebr., announcing the death of C. [harles] C. [ora] Farlow. Mr. Farlow was a resident of this vicinity about 40 years ago, residing about 2 miles north of Bedford. Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Chilcote departed this morning for Beatrice, to attend the funeral, which will be held Friday.

[Note:   The 1920 and 1930 federal censuses give his name as Corey C.]

[Farlow, John]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    August 28, 1902    p. 3


John Farlow was born in Indiana in the year 1820 and died at Beatrice, Nebraska, Aug. 20, 1902, aged 82 years, 3 months, and 21 days. He was married in 1849; his aged wife and four children survive him. There were six children born to the union, one died in Indiana and one in this county.

Deceased united with the Christian church in early life and has lived a long and consistent life in the Masters cause. Text at funeral services: "Blessed in the sight of the Lord is the death of the Saint."

[Farlow, John]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    August 28, 1902    p. 3

The Funeral.

From Saturday's Daily

John Farlow died at his home in Beatrice, Nebraska, Aug. 21, 1902. The remains were brought here on the morning train and the funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock by Elders Cobb and Ferguson.

The burial services were held at Lexington Cemetery and many friends and relatives accompanied the remains to their final resting place.

W. [illiam] N. [elson] and C. [harles] C. [ora] Farlow, sons of deceased and [Jessie] Maude, a daughter, of Beatrice were present.

[Farlow, John]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    August 28, 1902    p. 3


A Former Resident of this County Dies in Nebraska and Will be Brought Here For Interment

From Friday's Dally Republican

John Farlow, a very aged man and a former resident of this county, died yesterday at Beatrice, Nebraska. No particulars of sickness and death having reached here, we can only say that the remains are expected to arrive on the night train. Funeral services will be held at the Christian church in this city tomorrow, conducted by Elders Wm. Cobb and Lee Ferguson. Interment will be in the Lexington cemetery.

Upon the arrival of the remains they will be taken to the Nendick home in the north part of town. More definite announcement cannot be given at this time.

In the death of Mr. Farlow, an old landmark of Taylor County disappears, as he was one of the old pioneers of this county, well known and highly esteemed by all old residents. He went out to Nebraska about two years ago to make his home with his son.

[Farlow, William Nelson]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    February 3, 1921     p. 7

William Nelson Farlow

William Nelson Farlow was born at Miami, In., October 10, 1852, and passed away at his home in this city, January 4, 1921, aged 68 years, 2 months and 25 days.

At the age of four years, the deceased accompanied his parents to Bedford, Iowa, where he grew up on a farm, attending the public schools of Bedford and finishing his education at the Iowa state college at Ames. At the close of his schooling he entered the Bedford National bank as cashier, which responsible position he held for about ten years. He was active in the affairs of Bedford, being elected to the position of county recorder of Taylor County, which he held for two terms, upon retiring engaging in the abstract and loan business.

In 1892 he removed with his family to Beatrice, Neb., where he made his home continuously up to his death, being engaged in the real estate and abstract business until 1909, when he became one of the stockholders and the manager of the Beatrice Brick Company, which institution was later merged into the Beatrice Brick Works of which he was in active charge when death called him to his home above.

He was married to Miss Armina J. [ennie] Griffith of Bedford, Ia., January 12, 1882. To this happy union were born three children, one daughter and two sons, Mrs. Vera Marie Magee of Los Angeles, Calif., and Orval [William] and Dale Griffith Farlow of this city, who with the bereaved widow, survive him. Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his home going, one grandson, Master Richard Farlow, two sisters, Mrs. Mona [Martha] Childs of Bridgeport, Neb., and Mrs. [Jessie] Maud Moses of Tribune, Kans., and one brother, C. [harles] C. [ora] Farlow of Beatrice.

Mr. Farlow was a member of the Masonic fraternity and also a Knight Templar and Shriner for many years. He was a consistent Christian, and for the past ten years was a loyal member of the First Christian church of Beatrice. He was a man held in high esteem by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held from the church of which he was a member, conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. W. Burks, and were attended by a large number of friends and neighbors and many of his Masonic brethren. Mt. Herman commandery, Knights Templar, had charge of the services at the grave. Burial was made in Evergreen Home cemetery. —Beatrice, Neb., Daily Sun.

The sympathy of many friends in Bedford and Taylor County goes out to the family in the hour of their great sorrow.

[Groves, Harry Lynn]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday    September 10, 1942    p. 7


Harry [Lynn] Groves, a former resident of Conway, died in the home of his daughter In Washington, D. C. Burial will be held in Conway.

[Groves, Harry Lynn]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    September 10, 1942    p. 3


Harry Groves Dies

Word was received here Sunday that Harry [Lynn] Groves of Washington, D. C., had died at his home there. His body was brought to Conway Thursday of this week for burial.

[Groves, Levi Lucas]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday    November 11, 1880    p. 3

—Died, at his residence in Washington Township, on Friday evening, the 5th inst., L. [evi] L. [ucas] Groves, in the 41st year of his age. The deceased was buried on Sunday at the cemetery in this city with Masonic rites, the fraternity in Bedford and the surrounding country very generally participating. Rev. J. E. Huston officiated at the cemetery and a large concourse of citizens was present to witness the ceremony.

[Hendricks, Ted Dale “Teddy”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 23, 1962    [p. 1]

Blockton Man Killed Tues.

Ted Dale Hendricks, 30, Blockton, was killed Tues. on a construction job near Denison, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife and four children.

[Hendricks, Ted Dale “Teddy”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 30, 1962      p. 6

Final Rites For T. D. Hendricks

Teddy Dale Hendricks was born February 6, 1932 near Troy, Iowa, son of Donald and Elizabeth Hendricks, and died August 21, 1962 at Denison, Iowa, at the age of 30 years, 6 months, 15 days.

He was married to Vera Ann Miller at Pulaski, Iowa on June 5, 1955. He is survived by his wife and four children, Belinda Ann, Brenda Sue, Bonnie Rae and Brent Wayne; one brother, Clarence William of Tucson, Arizona; one sister, Mary Pauline of Bloomfield, Iowa; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Hendricks and Mrs. Sylvia Wells, all of Bloomfield, Iowa, also a host of relatives and friends.

Ted was confirmed and became a member of the Troy, Iowa, Methodist church, which membership was later transferred to the Blockton Methodist church.

Services were held in Blockton Thursday and in Troy, Iowa Friday with interment in the Troy cemetery.

[Johnston, Cina Jane Dickerson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 13, 1969    [p. 1]

Mrs. Cina Johnson Rites Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Cina [Jane] Johnson [Dickerson Johnston], 95, of Hopkins were held at Swanson Funeral Home in Hopkins Monday. Mrs. Johnson [Johnston] died November 7 at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

[Note: Cina Jane Dickerson Johnston married F. Merriam Thompson, December 28, 1927 at Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri.   Source:  Missouri state marriage certificate. She chose to be buried with her first husband’s name.]

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. E. L. McKee [Carol], Kansas City, Kan.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-great grandchildren.

[Johnston, Cina Jane Dickerson]

Maryville Daily Forum

Saturday    November 8, 1969    [p. 1]

Mrs. Cina Johnston Dies In Hospital

Mrs. Cina Jane Johnston, 95, Hopkins, died at 7 p. m. Friday at St. Francis Hospital where she had been a patient five days following four months at the Nodaway Nursing Home, Maryville.

She was born May 12, 1874, in the state of Illinois and was the daughter of the late Isaac and Mary Brumhoff [Bomhoff] Dickerson. She came with her family in a covered wagon from Springfield, Ill., to Bedford, Ia., at the age of 5. She had lived several years in the Hopkins community. She was married Feb. 9, 1898, at Bedford, to Henry Pearl Johnston, who preceded her in death June 3, 1921. She was a member of the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday at the Swanson Funeral Home, Hopkins. The Rev. Russell Estes will officiate and burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Ia.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Elmer McKee, Kansas City, Kan., five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.

[McKee, Amy Landen]

Iowa South–West

Saturday    June 19, 1869    p. 3

DIED— In Mason Township, May 5th, 1869, of Consumption, AMY M. [Landen], consort of R. [euben] D. [ooley] McKee, in the 44th year of her age.

[McKee, Evalyne]

Iowa South–West

Saturday    June 19, 1869    p. 3

. —In Mason Township, on the 9th inst., of Typhoid Pneumonia, EVAlyne, daughter of R. [euben] D. [ooley] and AMY M. [Landen] McKee, aged 3 years, 3 months and 3 days.

[Ostrander, Glen V.]

Bedford Times-Press

March 6, 1975    p. 6


Glen V. Ostrander, son of William and Lillie Mincks Ostrander, formerly of Taylor County died in his home in Chadron, Nebraska last week.

His wife, Vera, the former Vera Stewart, and son, Harold, and family survive.

Glenn was first cousin of Mrs. Carl A. [ustin] Stickelman [Pearl King Kemery] and brother-in-law of Earl King, Gravity, Ia.

He had two nieces, Mrs. Byron Stevenson, San Bernardino, Calif., and Mrs. Hugh McMullin of Barstow, Calif.

[Steen, John Franklin “Frank”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 20, 1935    p. 8



Was Father of J. O. Steen---Bury At New Sharon

J. [ohn] F. [ranklin] Steen, 89, father of J. [ohn] O. [rlan] Steen, of Blockton, died Thursday, June 13.

He had been in poor health for several weeks. The body was taken to New Sharon, Iowa, where the funeral was held Sunday.

He is survived by three sons, J. [ohn] O. [rlan] Steen of Blockton, Roy Steen of New Sharon, and D. T. Steen of Fort Dodge. Relatives from here attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. J. [ohn] O. [rlan] Steen and daughter, Lois [Marie], and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald [Franklin] Steen.

[Steen, John Franklin “Frank”]

Blockton News

Thursday    June 27, 1935    [p. 1]

Buried at New Sharon

J. [ohn] F. [ranklin] Steen after a several weeks’ illness, died at the home of his son, J.[ohn] O.[rlan] Steen, June 13, at the advanced age of four score and nine years. The body was taken to New Sharon, where the funeral services were held on the Sunday following and burial was made in the family burial place. He is survived by three sons—J. [ohn] O. [rlan], of Blockton; Roy, of New Sharon, and D. [oran] T. [aylor], of Fort Dodge. J. [ohn] O. [rlan] Steen and wife and daughter, Miss Lois [Marie], and Gerald [Franklin] Steen and wife from here attended the funeral services at New Sharon.