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[Smith, Emory Franklin]

Blockton News

Thursday     September 22, 1921     [p. 1]


Emory Franklin Smith, son of Frank and Effie [Dye] Smith, was born at Athelstan, Iowa, April 27, 1918, and departed this life on Sept. 15, 1921, aged 3 years, 5 months and 18 days.

He leaves father and mother, three sisters---Alta, Zelma and Reva---Alma having preceded him to the beyond; two brothers, Cecil and Curtis; one grandfather, two grandmothers and many relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

Funeral services were conducted at the Holiness church at Athelstan at 2:30 Sunday afternoon y W. M. Hunt, assisted by Brother Charlie Dobson. Text, Matthew 18:2, 3.  Interment was made in the Athelstan cemetery.

Sleep on in thy beauty,
  Thou sweet angel child,
By sorrow unblighted,
  By sin undefiled.

Like the dove from the ark,
  Thou has flown from this rest;
From the wild sea of strife,
  To the home of the blest.

[Stephens, Spencer]

Blockton News

Thursday     September 22, 1921     [p. 1]

Spencer Stephens Dead

Connor Stephens returned home last week from Mt. Morris, Greene County, Pennsylvania, where he was called the first of the month by the fatal illness of his father, Spencer Stephens, who passed away at his home at Mt. Morris Sunday, Sept. 11, at the age of 81 years, 11 months and 26 days.

The late Mr. Stephens was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, Sept. 15, 1839, and always enjoyed good health until last year and had reasonable good health until the last two weeks. He was a Civil War veteran, seeing service with the 140th Pennsylvania infantry in such battles as Gettysburg. His wife preceded him in death about 15 years. Six children survive their parents: Mrs. R. B. Price and Leroy Stephens, of Morgantown, West Virginia; Dr. A. C. Stephens, of Van, Boone county, West Virginia; Connor Stephens, of Blockton, Iowa, and Mrs. J. J. Long and Stacy Stephens, of Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, all of whom were present at the funeral, which was held at Mt. Morris, the 13th. Two brothers and two sisters also survive the late Mr. Stephens.

[Strobel, Jacob B.]

Clearfield Chronicle

Thursday      May 18, 1967     p. 11


Jacob B. Strobel was born in Wittenberg, Germany on November 26, 1880.

He was the son of Henry and Ursula Strobel.

The family came to America in 1881 and settled in Cass County, Iowa, then to Missouri and back to Mt. Ayr, Iowa.

He was the oldest of ten children.

He was united in marriage to Saddie [Sadie] Alloway in 1905 and to this union one daughter, Virgie Strobel Hubbartt was born.

He was a rural mail carrier for 15 years on Ringgold County routes later working on construction work in Missouri and Taylor County.

He farmed in Taylor County until he came to Davis County in 1959 to live with his granddaughter and family.

Left to mourn his passing are two granddaughters, Mary Jane Foster of Bloomfield, Iowa and Betty Jean Upshaw of Colton, California; four great grandchildren, Sharon and Lynn Foster and Debra and Mark Upshaw; one brother, Charles of Holly, Michigan; and one sister, Minnie Dale of Clarion, Iowa, besides several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1922 and by his daughter in 1965.

Last rites were conducted from the Christian Church in Blockton, Iowa on Tuesday, May 9th with Rev. G. W. Swan officiating, burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Blockton.

[Strobel, Sadie Belle Alloway]

Blockton News

Thursday     March 30, 1922     [p. 1]

Mrs. J. B. Strobel Dead

Mrs. J. [acob] B. Strobel passed away Monday evening at a St. Joseph hospital following a surgical operation. The body was brought to Blockton Tuesday afternoon on train 54 and taken to the home of [words missing] press Wednesday afternoon complete arrangements have not been made for the funeral.

[Strobel, Sadie Belle Alloway]

Blockton News

Thursday     April 6, 1922    p. 4

The funeral of Mrs. J. [acob] B. Strobel was held at the Methodist church Thursday morning at 11 o’clock. The services being conducted by Rev. Edgar Thompson of Lorimar, formerly of Maloy, assisted by Rev. A. G. Simmons of the Methodist church. Interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery. We expected to print an obituary but none has come to hand.

[Strobel, Sadie Belle Alloway]

Blockton News

Thursday     April 13, 1922    [p. 1]


Sadie B. [elle] Alloway, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Townsend Alloway, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, March 11, 1879, and died at Ensworth hospital, St. Joseph, Missouri, March 27, 1922, aged 43 years and 16 days.

She was united in marriage to Jacob B. Stroble [Strobel] Feb. 14, 1905. To this union one child was born, Virgie Mae.

She united with the Baptist church at Maloy about twenty years ago where she was a faithful member until her removal to Blockton two and a half years ago. She was a true Christian, a faithful and loving wife and mother and a loyal friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, daughter, father and two brothers, [words unreadable] Thursday, March 30, conducted by Rev. Thompson, assisted by Rev. Simmons, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Supinger, John Henry]

Blockton News

Thursday      October 25, 1934     [p. 1]

John H. Supinger Dead

John H. [enry] Supinger, who has been in failing health for two or three years, passed away at his home in Blockton early Monday morning at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 20 days.

Funeral services were held at the home yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior, and interment in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

Obituary next week.

[Supinger, John Henry]

Blockton News

Thursday      November 1, 1934     [p. 1]


John Henry Supinger, son of Henry and Martha Supinger, was born in Virginia July 2, 1848, and passed away at his home in Blockton Oct. 22, 1934, at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 20 days.

On December 12, 1869 he was united in marriage to Sarah Jane Zollman, who preceeded him in death March 5, 1920.

Seven children were born in this home---Mary E. [lizabeth] Reynolds, of Blockton; William H. deceased; Lottie A. Link of Grant City; John R. [ichard], of Blockton; Lula E. Flaherty, of Murray; [Martha] Agnes Zollman, and Ben H., of Grant City.

Besides the surviving children he leaves one brother, Samuel B. Supinger, of Lexington, Virginia; 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren to mourn his death.

He came to Ringgold County, Iowa, in the spring of 1877, and in the year 1903 retired from the farm and moved to Blockton where he spent the balance of his life.

Mr. Supinger united with the Methodist church in 1920 and was faithful in attendance as long as his health permitted, and always assisted in the finances of the church. He was honest and upright in all his dealings and was successful financially.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday at 2 o’clock conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior, and interment in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

[Supinger, John Henry]

Blockton News

Thursday      November 1, 1934     p. 8

Among those from a distance attending the J. [ohn] H. [enry] Supinger funeral Wednesday were his daughter, Mrs. J. H. Flaherty, and Mrs. Agnes Neidt and children, of Murray; Roy Ramsbottom and family, of Creston, and Mrs. H. M. Miller and Dr. Emory Sheumaker and wife, of Mount Ayr.

[Supinger, John Richard]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      July 26, 1945     p. 8

Obituary – J. R. Supinger

John Richard Supinger, older son of the late John H. [enry] and Sarah Jane (Zollman) Supinger, was born in Ringgold County, near Blockton, December 4, 1878 and died Saturday July 21 at a hospital in St. Joseph, where he had been taken the previous Monday for treatment. He had not been in good health for several years but the last illness was only of a few days. Mr. Supinger resided all his life in this community and was a carpenter by vocation.

Mr. Supinger and Miss Cora Freeman were married in 1898. She died in 1902. He was married in 1910 to Miss Bertha C. Zollman of Virginia. They were the parents of one daughter, Jane, now Mrs. Elmer Swank of Shenandoah.

He is survived by his wife, daughter, and five grandchildren, Elmer, Anna Mae, Phyllis, John R. and Patty Swank; one brother B. H. Supinger of Grant City; three sisters, Mrs. Lulu Fluharty [Flaherty] of Murray, Iowa, Mrs. Mary Reynolds, Mrs. Lottie Link and Mrs. Agnes Zollman, all of Grant City.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon with Rev. J. E M. Chambers officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Supinger, Sarah Jane Zollman]

Blockton News

Thursday     March 11, 1920     [p. 1]


Sarah Jane Zollman Supinger, beloved wife of John Henry Supinger, was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, October 14, 1847, and died at her home at Blockton, Iowa, March 5, 1920, aged 72 years, 4 months and 21 days.

She was the daughter of Adam and Angeline Zollman of Rockbridge, Virginia, and grew to womanhood in that state. She was one of nine children, five of whom survive her. They are Willie, Harry, Brackston, Marietta and Odessa.

She was united in marriage to John H. [enry] Supinger on December 12, 1869. To this union was born seven children, Mary Ella, Blockton; William H., deceased; Lottie A., Grant City; John R., Blockton; Lula E., Murray, and Martha Agnes and Benjamin H., of Grant City. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren and one great grand child, besides other relatives and a large circle of friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Supinger came to Iowa in 1877 and settled on a farm near Blockton where they reared their family. In recent years they lived in Blockton where the deceased spent her last years in quietness. For twenty years or more she was in delicate health and was confined to her home most of the time.

Mrs. Supinger made many friends among her acquaintances, often visiting in the old home and friends of Rockbridge, Virginia, and her neighbors testify of her excellent Christian character. She was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church in early life, and continued her quiet but faithful relation to the church until her crowning. She was a good wife, a faithful mother and a true friend. She bore her affliction patiently and as one waiting for her Lord. She was ready when the summons came. She is not for her Lord hath taken His own.

Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, J. W. Harwood, in the home Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Sutton, Sarah Elizabeth Poor]

Blockton News

Thursday     September 22, 1921     [p. 1]


Sarah Elizabeth Poor, daughter of Samuel M. and Julia Ann Poor, was born in Jefferson County, Indiana, July 24, 1849, and departed this life Sept. 16, 1921, aged 72 years, 1 month and 22 days, at her home in Blockton, Iowa.

She was united in marriage to Thomas Jefferson Sutton Feb. 14, 1867.

In the year 1867 they moved to Taylor County, Iowa, and since that time she has made her home in the vicinity of Blockton.

She is survived by her husband, three sisters and five brothers---J. [ames] H. Poor, of Blockton, Iowa; Wendel Poor, of Enfield, Indiana; Richard Poor, of Enfield, Indiana; Daniel Poor, of Medora, Indiana; Ephraim Poor, of Wisconsin; Mrs. Sulustus Thompson, of Washington, Indiana; Mrs. Margaret Ewald, of Louisville, Indiana; Mrs. Francis Burris, of California. Her sisters Mrs. Harriet Zike and Mrs. Martha White preceded her to the better land.

In early girlhood she united with the United Brethren in Christ and lived the Christian life. Being deprived of her church association on coming to Blockton she united with the Church of Christ.

Besides her husband and brothers and sisters she has many relatives and friends who mourn her departure.

Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock conducted by Challie E. Graham of the Isadora Church of Christ and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

[Sutton, Thomas Jefferson]

Blockton News

Thursday      October 21, 1926     [p. 1]


Thomas Jefferson Sutton, son of Hezekiah and Phoebe Sutton, was born in Scott county, Indiana, December 30, 1844, and passed away at home in Blockton, Iowa, Oct. 13, 1926, aged 81 years, 9 months and 13 days.

He enlisted in Company B, 16th Indiana infantry, in August 1862, and served in the army three years. There are only three of his company living, and one, Bob McKnight, of Creston, was present to pay his respects to him the day of the funeral.

He was united in marriage to Sarah [Elizabeth] Poor Feb. 14, 1868 [1867]. They came to Taylor County, Iowa, the following year, where he has since resided, with the exception of a few years that he lived in Worth Co., Mo. His companion passed away Sept. 16, 1921. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Susanna Ray, of Medora, Indiana; one half sister, Mrs. Rachel Wineinger, of Blockton; three half brothers, Robert Sutton, of Kurtz, Indiana; John Sutton, of Medora, Indiana, and George Sutton, of New Castle, Indiana, besides many other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were conducted from the home Oct. 16th, by Challie E. Graham, assisted by H. V. Reeves pastor of the Blockton Christian church, and the remains were interred in Rose Hill cemetery. The music was furnished by the singers of the Blockton Church of Christ, and the hymns sang were “Rock of Ages,” “Death Is Only a Dream,” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” The pallbearers were selected from the American Legion and were as follows: Thos. P. Johnston, Earl Ogle, Howard Mackey, Willis McCalla, William Cole, and Cullen Wilson.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the many friends. And may they be richly comforted of the kind Heavenly Father in this time of sorrow.
[Note: Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 gives the marriage date as February 14, 1867 in Jackson County, Indiana.]

[Sutton, Thomas Jefferson]

Blockton News

Thursday      October 21, 1926     p. 4

Rev. S. M. Zike and wife, of Gladbrook, and Mrs. Floyd Zike, of Stuart, were called here last week by the death of Uncle T. [homas] J. [efferson] Sutton. Rev. Zike recently completed a four-year pastorate at Dumont and now has the charge at Gladbrook.

[Thurman, Francis Marion]

Blockton News

Thursday     September 29, 1921     p. 4

F. [rancis] M. [arion] Thurman, an old time resident of Ringgold County and well known to many of our readers, passed away at his home at Mt. Ayr Sept. 15 at the age of 56 years. Interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton.

[Thurman, Mary McCalla]

Blockton News

Thursday     July 9, 1925    [p. 1]


Mary McCalla, daughter of James and Annie McCalla, was born October 22, 1851, in Philadelphia, Pa., and passed away at the home of a son, near Beaconsfield June 30, 1925, aged 73 years, 8 months and 8 days.

She came to Iowa with her parents in 1857 who settled on a farm near Clarinda and where she grew to womanhood. She engaged in teaching school for three years. She was married to Francis Marion Thurman, Dec. 27, 1876. To this union 11 children were born: Annie Poor, of Maloy; James, of Hatfield, Mo.; Nancy King, of Hutchinson, Kansas; Albert, of Shenandoah; Rosa Hillhouse, of Lamar, Colo.; David, of Grand River; Frank and Jess, with whom she was making her home near Beaconsfield, and three children who died in infancy.

The husband preceded her in death Sept. 15, 1921.

She united with the Reformed Presbyterian Church when quite young and lived a consecrated Christian life.

She leaves to mourn her death, besides the five sons and three daughters, one sister, Jane Cox, of Blockton; two brothers, James McCalla, of Clarinda, and S. A. McCalla, of Blockton; forty-one grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted at the Blockton Christian church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 by H. V. Reeves, pastor of the church, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Thurman, Mary McCalla]

Blockton News

Thursday     July 9, 1925     p. 4

James McCalla and wife and son and daughter, Leslie and Mrs. Robert Speakman, of Clarinda, were here Thursday attending the funeral of Mr. McCalla’s sister, Mrs. Mary Thurman.

[Townsend, Maude Durkee]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday       March 9, 1899     p. 8

Death at Blockton

Last Saturday at Blockton, occurred the sad death of Mrs. Townsend [Maude Durkee], the young wife of Dr. Owen Townsend of that town. She leaves an infant son about four weeks old and broken hearted husband to mourn her departure.

[Treynor, George Spencer]

Blockton News

Thursday     February 7, 1929     [p. 1]

George S. Treynor Buried Here

Friday’s Des Moines Register:

Funeral services for George S. [pencer] Treynor, 65, who died early Thursday morning at his home 922 Emma Avenue, after a prolonged illness of heart trouble, will be held at Dunn’s funeral home at 4:30 p. m. Friday. Burial will be at Blockton, Ia.

He is survived by his wife, four brothers, W. [illiam] H. and Dr. V. [ernon] L.[awrence] Treynor, of Council Bluffs; I. [rving] M. [arshall] Treynor, of Des Moines, and T. [homas] P. Treynor, banker of Sioux City, and three sisters, Mrs. C. W. Hart, Kate V.[irginia]  and Cora P. Treynor, of Los Angeles.

Mr. Treynor was the son of Thomas B. Treynor, who for many years was owner and editor of the Council Bluffs Nonpareil. Mr. Treynor came to Des Moines from Council Bluffs 26 years ago and for 15 years was a special agent of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

The body of Mr. Treynor arrived here on the afternoon train Saturday and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery. The body was accompanied by Mrs. Treynor, formerly Miss [Laura] Mae Longwell of this place, and Mrs. George Strouse, a neighbor of the Treynor family in Des Moines. Mesdames Treynor and Strouse returned to Des Moines on the evening train Saturday.

[Turnbull, Elizabeth Mary McNurlen Poor]

Blockton News

Thursday      October 12, 1933     [p. 1]


Elizabeth Mary McNurlen-Turnbull, daughter of Henry and Charlotte McNurlen, was born near Waynesburg, Penn., June 16, 1856, and passed to her reward October 3, 1933, at her home in Blockton, aged 77 years, 3 months and 17 days.

At the age of 14 she confessed her Saviour.

She came with her parents to Washington, Iowa, from the home in Pennsylvania and later to Jefferson county, where on December 14, 1872, she was united in marriage with William Turnbull. To this union were born ten children, three sons and six daughters remaining to cherish mother’s memory. One son, William, Jr., died in infancy.

In March, 1877, she with her husband and two sons came to Ringgold county, locating on a farm near Mormontown (now Blockton). After 38 years continuous residence, the family circle was broken by the death of the husband and father, which occurred June 16, 1912.

In the year 1914 she moved from the farm to Blockton, and on April 13, 1918, was united in marriage to J. [ames] H. Poor of Blockton. Mr. Poor’s death occurred October 5, 1921.

She was a kind and indulgent mother, one who met the cares and disappointments of this life with a smile. Her concern for her family overshadowed her own trials, and it was her creed to put others first. She derived her greatest pleasure from helping those in trouble, always trusting in the unseen Power for guidance and strength.

To mourn mother’s passing and cherish her beautiful example there are three sons, A. [rizona] Turnbull of Diagonal, B. [uena] Turnbull of Oregon, Mo., and Vance Turnbull of Blockton, and six daughters, Mrs. Stella Evans of Chariton, Mrs. Zulia Caylor of Derby, Mrs. Warda Cortner of Sheridan, Mo., Mrs. Thurza Kobbe of Blockton, Mrs. Vera Keating of Tacoma, Washington, and Buna [Buena Vista] at home. There is also one sister, Mrs. G. W. Moore of New Virginia, 38 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and a host of friends who are grieved by the ending of a beautiful and unselfish life.

Funeral services were held at the Blockton Christian church Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Chas. Showalter. Burial in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

The music was furnished by Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. Wall. The songs sang were “The Old Rugged Cross,” “When They Ring the Golden Bells for You and Me,” and “There Will Be No Disappointments in Heaven.”

[Von Oesen, Edna]

Blockton News

Thursday      May 22, 1930     [p. 1]

Edna Oesen Dead

Little Edna [Von] Oesen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl [Von] Oesen, died early Tuesday morning at the age of 3 years and 7 months. Private funeral services were held at the grave Tuesday afternoon conducted by Chas. S. Cobb. The bereaved family has the sympathy of their many friends in their sad bereavement.
[Note: The last name is spelled Von Oesen on the headstone.]

[Watson, Alma Dell]

Blockton News

Thursday      April 7, 1927     [p. 1]

Miss Alma Watson Dead


Alma Dell Watson, daughter of Miles E. [lbert] and Charlotte [Headley] Watson, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, Jan. 4, 1880, and died at the Ira Menelaus home in Blockton April 1, 1927, aged 47 years, 2 months and 27 days.

After her graduation from the Blockton high school she chose nursing for her vocation, and graduated from the training school for nurses at the Iowa Methodist hospital in 1905. Later she attended the Iowa National Bible Training School at Des Moines and upon completion of her work there, was ordained a deaconess of the Methodist Episcopal church. Following this, she acted as field nurse in Des Moines for a number of years.

Later, her health, which had never been good, prevented her from doing that work which she loved so much and in which she had hopes to re-engage.

During the years she has been in her hometown she has shown herself an untiring worker in every department of church work. At various times she has had charge of the Junior League work and at the time of her death was serving as superintendent of this organization. Her influence in this work will remain through the years.

As was said of her Master, so it may be said of this, our departed sister, “She went about doing good.” Of the full extent of this, few have known or may ever know but God’s kingdom has come much nearer because of her life.

The father and mother and one sister preceded in her in death. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. A. [rizona] Turnbull of Diagonal, and Mrs. Chas. B. [urch] Jarvis of Cache, Okla., and one brother, Dr. E. [lbert] J. [ay] Watson of Diagonal.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church on Monday afternoon, being conducted by her pastor, Frank M. Ullery.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 7, 1927
Miss Alma Watson Dead
Miss Alma Watson, who apparently had been in usual health during the winter,
suffered a stroke Friday afternoon about 3:30 and never regained consciousness, passing away that evening about 8:30. Miss Watson was making her home with Ira Menelaus and wife with whom she had been living with most of the time for several years. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[West, Sarah Louisa Hill]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      June 10, 1948     p. 2


Mrs. West Dies In St. Joseph

Mrs. Sarah Lou [isa Hill] West, 86, of Sheridan died at the home of a daughter in St. Joseph Tuesday, June 1. She had been in failing health for a number of years. She and her son Fred West lived together in Sheridan until she was sent to a hospital and from there to her daughter’s home to be cared for. She was a mother of 11 children.

Surviving are 3 daughters and 5 sons. Her husband, Caskus [Cassius M.] West and three children preceded her in death.

She united with the Christian Church at Blockton and retained her membership there.

Funeral services were held Thursday June 3 at the Sheridan Christian church with Rev. Oscar rush of Grant City officiating. Burial was in the Blockton cemetery.

[Wheeler, Martha Emily Cook]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     June 24, 1915      p. 8

Mrs. S. Wheeler

Mrs. S. [olomon] Wheeler died at the home about twelve miles east of Bedford Thursday, June 10. The funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock conducted by Rev. William Mercer, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Blockton. Interment was made in the Rose Hill cemetery.

Martha Emily Cook was born at Salem, Iowa, July 21, 1850, and spent most of her life at Buchanan. November 25, 1869, she was united in marriage to Solomon Wheeler. To this union were born eleven children, three sons and eight daughters. Besides the husband she is survived by four daughter and two sons. They are Mrs. J. R.  Anderson of Wheatland, Wyo., Mrs. J C. Gray of Powell, Wyo., W. E. Wheeler of Blanchard, Ia., Mrs. Carrie Sanford of Pawnee, Neb., Mrs. Fronia Robinson of Duluth, Minn., and Wesley Wheeler, who is at home.

Early in life Mrs. Wheeler united with the Christian church and led a faithful Christian life.

[Wheeler, Martha Emily Cook]

Blockton News

Thursday      June 17, 1915     [p. 1]


Martha Emily Cook was born at Salem, Iowa, July 21st, 1850, and spent most of her early life at Buchanan, this state. At the age of nineteen years, on the 25th day of November, 1869, she was united in marriage to Solomon Wheeler, and to this union eleven children were born---three sons and eight daughters. Four daughters and two sons are now living---Mrs. J. R. Anderson, of Wheatland, Wyoming, who has been here several days; Mrs. J. C. Gray, of Powell, Wyoming; W. E. Wheeler, of Blanchard; Mrs. Carrie Sanford, of Pawnee, Nebraska; Mrs. Fronia Robinson of Duluth, Minnesota, and the youngest son, Wesley, who lives at home, all of whom were present except Mrs. Gray who was unable to be present on account of sickness.

Her last illness was of several weeks’ duration dating back to the sickness and death of her loved daughter, Bertha, whose death occurred on March 22d.

Early in life she united with the Christian church and has lived a faithful Christian life.

Her death occurred on Thursday, June 10, 1915, at the age of 64 years, 9 months and 20 days.

Funeral services were conducted at the home on Friday at 1 o’clock by Rev. Wm. Mercer of the Blockton M. E. church and interment took place in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Wheeler, Solomon “Sol”]

Blockton News

Thursday     July 10, 1924    p. 4

The body of Solomon Wheeler, father of Wesley Wheeler of west of town, arrived here Thursday morning from Wheatland, Wyoming, where he passed away June 30, 1924, at the age of 75 years. Funeral services were held at the Christian church and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Williams, John Henry “Cool”]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     September 24, 1908     p. 4

Cool [John Henry] Williams, formerly of Blockton, was buried at the cemetery at that place, Tuesday. He died at Centerville, where he had been making his home for some time. Mr. Williams was a stock buyer, and a man of considerable means. His wife was formerly Miss Malissa Carr, and is the daughter of A. Carr of Blockton. Mr. Williams also had numerous other relatives and many old friends in that vicinity.

[Williams, John Henry “Cool”]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     October 1, 1908     p. 7


Cool [John Henry] Williams, well known to many here, died at Allerton, Wayne County, Monday of last week. The remains were taken to Redding where the funeral services were conducted by Elder Van Horn of Des Moines. Interment was made in the Rose Hill cemetery at this place. Deceased was a son-in-law to A. Carr of this place. He had been in poor health for several years.

[Williams, Mary Melissa Carr]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 3, 1955    p. 6


J. R. Crew was called to the Wion Nursing Home in Mt. Ayr by the death of Mrs. Mary [Melissa] Carr Williams, 90, of Blockton. Funeral services were in Blockton Sunday afternoon.

[Wisdom, Bernice Leota]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 29, 1983     p. 4


Miss Bernice [Leota] Wisdom, a former resident of Blockton, died in Council Bluffs this week and funeral services were there with burial in the Blockton Cemetery.

[Zollman, Mary Josephine]

Blockton News

Thursday     January 24, 1924     [p. 1]


Mary Josephine Zollman was born Sept. 1, 1910, near Blockton. She was the second child of Mr. and Mrs. W. [illiam] R. [eese] Zollman. She died in Noyes hospital, St. Joseph, Mo., after undergoing a surgical operation. Every means was used to restore her health but it seems that her little life was not spared because of disease.

She leaves her father, mother, two brothers and one sister, Harry, Ben and Marjorie; a host of friends and her playmates at Pleasant Ridge school. She was loved by all who knew her and the beautiful floral offerings sent by her teacher, Miss Son, and the pupils as well as the Farmers Produce company and many other beautiful flowers, all were evidence of her life held in so much esteem. A large number of her friends were present at the funeral which was held from the home Thursday, Jan. 17, at 1 p. m., conducted by Frank R. Gillihan and L. B. Day, of Grant City, and the remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

A sweet little life is gone to enrich the other world, and what is this world’s loss is heaven’s gain. Let us make her example ours, that of loving kindness, patience, purity and a faith that understands, and if we do this little Mary will not have lived in vain.

[Zollman, William Harry]

Blockton News

Thursday     March 25, 1937     [p. 1


[William] Harry Zollman, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. [illiam] R. [eese] Zollman, was born July 9, 1907, near Blockton, Iowa, and passed away at his home northeast of Grant City, Mo., on March 19, 1937, at the age of 29 years, 8 months and 10 days.

On January 16, 1935, he was married to Irma [Edith] Thomas at Maryville, Mo. To this union one son was born, Charles Roger, who was 8 months old at the time of his father’s death.

Harry was a great lover of home and expressed a regret that he could not stay longer with his family, but when it became inevitable that he could no longer do so he gave up and said he was willing to go.

He leaves besides his companion and little son, his parents, one sister, Marjorie, a student at the Chillicothe Business College; one brother, Ben, at home, and a host of other relatives and friends. One sister, Mary, preceded him in death in 1934 [1924].

Funeral services were conducted from the Grant City funeral home Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. L. B. Day, assisted by Rev. G. D. Noland. The pallbearers were James and Roy Supinger, Albert Zollman, Junior Bell, Ed Flaherty and Earl Link. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

[Zook, Isaac James]

Blockton News

Thursday     January 30, 1919     [p. 1]


Isaac James Zook, son of Solomon and Mariah [Jones] Zook, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, July 25, 1836, and passed away at his home at Blockton January 26, 1919, aged 82 years, 6 months and 1 day.

At the age of ten years he came with his parents to Ohio and from there they moved to Indiana. In 1859 when he was 23 years old he crossed the plains with an ox team caravan, braving the dangers of the trackless plains and the Indians tomahawk. He stayed in Colorado for two years. In 1861 he came to Iowa where he enlisted for three years or during the war. He was mustered into the service of the U. S. Jan. 18, 1862. He was with General Grant in the campaign from Ft. Donnellson to Vicksburg. He went through the siege of Vicksburg and as a result of the terrific cannonading his hearing was very much impaired. After the surrender of Vicksburg he was transferred to Chattanooga. He was in the battle of Chickamauga, one of the hard fought battles of the war. He started with Sherman to the sea but was captured at Atlanta, Georgia. He was taken to Andersonville prison where he was kept for three months and finally after being reduced to about skin and bones he was exchanged with other prisoners whom they thought no longer useful to the Union army. He was re-enlisted March 11, 1864, and was discharged July 19, 1865. He was promoted to corporal. He was wounded three times. In the shoulder, hand and chest. Like Paul he carried on his body the marks of his service to his country.

He was a member of Co. H, Sixteenth Infantry.

Few men served their country longer in war or better. At the close of the war he returned from Louisville, Kentucky, where he received his discharge, to Iowa and took up the work of farming.

He was married to Mary [Ellen] Williams Carr, daughter of Louis and Elizabeth Williams, in Clinton County, near Toronto. They took up their residence on a farm near Monmouth in Jackson County. From there they moved to Clinton County and then to Buchanan County and from there to Blockton. In 1886 they moved to a farm near Redding where they resided 33 years. They retired from the farm on Sept. 5, 1918, moving to Blockton where he passed away.

He was converted and united with the Methodist church in 1874. During all his residence near Redding he kept up the G. A. R. post at that place, being the treasurer of the post at the time of his death.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Mrs. Mary Zook; his step-son, Henry L. [ewis] Carr, and wife; grandchildren, C. B. Carr, wife and son, Kermit, and Beulah May Carr; a niece and nephew, Miss Luella Linton and Henry Linton, who made their home with them for a number of years, and a host of friends and comrades.

The funeral services were held in the Methodist church Monday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Grover C. Flannery. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.