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[Beal, Arlie Burdette]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 6, 1975     p. 6

Arlie B. Beal, 77 Last Rites Held February 24

Funeral services for Arlie B. [urdette] Beal, 77, of rural Bedford, were conducted at the Siam Church of Christ February 24 with Loren Daly officiating. Interment was at the Siam cemetery.

Mr. Beal, a lifelong resident of the Bedford rural area, died at his home February 21, 1975. He had been hospitalized in Omaha recently.

He was born December 27, 1897, at Bedford, the son of Elmer [Winfield] and [Clara] Cassie (Ashcraft) Beal.

He married Marie Kent June 23, 1934, Christian Church parsonage, Maryville, Mo., and they resided in Bedford until 1942 when they moved to the farm where they have lived until the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Marie; three daughters, Mrs. Ed (Agnes) Hemingway of New Berlin, Wisc., Mrs. Herbert (Arleta) Umphenour of Beatrice, Nebr., and Mrs. Kenneth (Beverly) Larabee of Bedford; a brother, Elvin, and sister, Miss Bernita Beal, both of Blockton; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, a brother and a granddaughter.


[Beal, Bernita E.]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      October 27, 1999     p. 5

Bernita E. Beal

Bernita E. Beal born January 10, 1913 died Friday, October 22, 1999 at the Lenox Care Center. Interment at Graceland Cemetery, rural Benton Township, Taylor County, Iowa.

Bernita Beal, daughter of Elmer [Winfield] Beal and Cassie Ashcraft Beal was born west of Bedford, Iowa. She grew to maturity in the Bedford area where she graduated from Bedford schools. She was a long time member of the Bedford Methodist Church.

She, along with her brother, Elvin, farmed in the Blockton area for many years.

Bernita was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Arlie [Burdette], Elvin and William.

Left to cherish her memory are her niece, Agnes Hemenway of New Berlin, WI and Arleta Umphenour of Beatrice, NE; also her cousins, Sandra Morlennsen of Raymond, NE and Ed Beal of Portland, OR.

Arrangements by Novinger Taylor Funeral Home of Bedford.


[Beal, Bernita E.]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     November 3, 1999 p. 6


This week took another long time resident of the community with the death of Bernita Beal. She and her brother Elvin lived northwest of town for many, many years. Bernita has made her home in a Lenox Nursing Home for some time. She was laid to rest Monday with a graveside service at Graceland Cemetery west of Bedford.

[Beal, Elmer Winfield]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 17, 1957     [p. 1]

Elmer Beal, 89, Died Sunday, Jan.13

Elmer [Winfield] Beal, 89, a farmer of the Bedford community, died at St. Francis hospital, Maryville, Sunday, January 13, where he had been taken only the day before.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Carl Stiefel, pastor of the Bedford church. Burial in Graceland cemetery.

He is survived by his wife. Also by two sons and a daughter, Arlie [Burdette] Beal and his wife of Siam, Miss Bernita Beal and Elvin Beal of near Blockton. There are two grandchildren. One son lost his life in World War II.


[Beal, Elmer Winfield]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 24, 1957     p. 4

Obituary - Elmer W. Beal

Elmer W. [infield] Beal, son of Bethel J. [udd] and [Barbara] Caroline Essington Beal, was born near Noblesville, Ind., March 16, 1867 and died January 13, 1957 at the age of 89 years, nine months and 27 days.

He came with his parents to Bedford in the summer of 1867 by covered wagon, locating on a farm three miles northwest of Bedford, where he grew to manhood.

When a young man, he became a member of the Methodist Gilead church, later changing his membership to the Methodist church in Bedford.

He was married to Miss [Clara] Cassie Ashcraft on February 3, 1897 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. [arren] D. [aniel] Ashcraft near Bedford. Four children were born to them, Arley, Elvin, William, who died during World War II, and Bernita.

 He was preceded in death by one son, one grandson, his parents, one sister, Juliette, and three brothers, Wesley, John and Edwin Beal.

He is survived by his wife, three children, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Beal had lived on their farm five miles west of Bedford since 1900.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, January 15, conducted by Rev. Carl Stiefel. Burial in Graceland cemetery.

[Beal, Elvin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 18, 1983     p. 4

Last Rites Held August 13 For Elvin Beal, 82

Funeral services for Elvin Beal, 82, of Bedford, were held August 13 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Mr. Beal died August 10, 1983 in Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. Interment was at Graceland Cemetery, rural Benton Township, Taylor County, Iowa.

Elvin Beal, son of Elmer [Winfield] Beal and Cassie Ashcraft Beal, was born west of Bedford, Iowa July 27, 1901. He grew to maturity in the Bedford area where he attended the public school and became a member of the Methodist Church.

Elvin spent several years as a young man in Wyoming where he was engaged in farming. He returned to Iowa in 1941 and engaged in farming as long as health permitted.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, William and Arley.

Left to cherish his memory are a sister, Bernita of Blockton, Iowa; other relatives and friends.

He was a kind and considerate person and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

[Beal, William O. “Willie”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    September 2, 1943    [p. 1]

Willie Beal, 35, Dies in North Africa

Parents of Sgt. Willie O. Beal, 35, received official word from the government last week of the death of their son August 20 in North Africa.

A letter received later stated he had died of bulam poliomyelitis, and that interment had been made there. Following the war the letter stated, arrangements might be made to have the body returned to the USA.

While Beal was graduated from Bedford high school with the class of 1926, he had been employed away from here most of the time since then. He was inducted into the army from Wyoming a year ago last March, and his experience as a caterpillar tractor operator was being put to use in the army.

Surviving are his parents, one sister Bernita of the home, Arlie of near Bedford and a brother Elvin of the home.


[Daugherty, Cyrena Annette Rockwell].

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     July 2, 1896      p. 2

Mr. and Mrs. Hyrum Rockwell from Creston, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Trotter, from Chicago, arrived on the 5 o'clock passenger this morning, brought here by the death of Mrs James Daugherty [Cyrena Annette Rockwell].

[Daugherty, Cyrena Annette Rockwell].

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     July 2, 1896      p. 3

Mrs. Mary Headley arrived yesterday from St. Joseph, to attend the funeral of her sister, Mrs. James Daugherty [Cyrena Annette Rockwell].

[Daugherty, Cyrena Annette Rockwell].

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     July 2, 1896      p. 3

Mrs. James Dougherty Dead

Mrs. Cyrena A. [nnette] Dougherty [Daugherty], aged 28 years, 1 month and 22 days, wife of James Dougherty [Daughtery], died at 2 o'clock Monday, June 29, at her home three miles west of Bedford. The funeral services were held at the home at 2:00 o'clock p. m. Wednesday and was conducted by Rev. M. C. Waddell. Interment was at the Titus cemetery west of Bedford.

The deceased was a kind Christian woman. She loved her family dearly, and in turn was loved and admired by a large circle of friends who will learn of her death with sincere sorrow. Everyone of the large concourse of people who attended the funeral bore testimony of the high esteem in which wife, mother and friend, now cold in death was held. Her life was a benediction, a beacon light to guide all who knew her into a better life. To the stricken family the heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended.

The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Rockwell of this city. In connection with her funeral it will not be out of place to here mention that Mr. and Mrs. James Dougherty [Daugherty] had the distinction of being the second couple married in Taylor County, who were born and reared in the county.

[Daugherty, James Hannibal]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 8, 1945      p. 5

James H. Daugherty Dies At Hospital

James H. [annibal] Daugherty, son of Ellen Harris and Abner Daugherty, was born December 20, 1860, near Bedford. He attended the Daugherty school in Taylor County.

He married Cyrena Rockwell in March of 1888. They had two daughters, Clara D. Kuhn, who died last October, and Lena G. [ertrude] Daughtery, who was with him at the time of his death. When these children were still young, the mother died.

In 1908 he married Miss Una [Irene] Lewis. They had two children, Cpl. James L. Daughtery, who is in the service of his country in the Marianas Islands, and [Una] Louise, Mrs. James Jewell of Carrol, Iowa.

He served his community in various ways, having been sheriff of the county, and a member of the Board of Supervisors.

He was at one time a member of the Elks and Masonic lodges, and of recent years was quite active in the I. O. O. F.

He is survived by his wife, his son, two daughters, and one sister, Mrs. Alice Crosson of Glendale, California. There are also five grandchildren, Thomas Kuhn, Jr., and Jane Kuhn Olson of Seattle, Washington, Lavelle Kuhn King of Blockton, Sally Jo Jewell of Carroll. There are five great grandchildren.

Two grandsons, Charles Phillip Kuhn and Pvt. Kenneth D. Kuhn, preceded him in death.

He was taken to the Municipal Hospital at Clarinda, Saturday, February 24, and died early Tuesday morning, March 6.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home at 2 o’clock this afternoon, conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson. Burial was in the Graceland cemetery.

[Daugherty, Una Irene Lewis]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     December 16, 1948      [p. 1]

Mrs. Una Daugherty Dies At Iowa City

Mrs. Una [Irene Lewis] Daugherty, 78, wife of the late Jas. H. [annibal] Daugherty, died at the University Hospital in Iowa City, Tuesday, December 14. She had been a patient there the past several weeks.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Gordon F. MacLean. Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.

[Helm, John Edwin]

Lenox Time Table

Wednesday     September 12, 2007       p. 3

John Edwin Helm, Stanberry, Missouri passed away Monday, August 27, 2007 at his home. Services were held Friday, August 31 at the Stanberry First Christian Church, with burial at Graceland Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa.

John, son of Oran and Eldred [Hildred] (Soma) Helm was born May 13, 1944, in Lenox, Iowa.

John worked in maintenance and he was a member of the Stanberry First Christian Church.

In 1969, John married Karen Thompson. He later married Joanne Durham on September 29,1992. She preceded him in death in 1998. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Left to cherish John's memory are daughters, Sharilyn and husband Jody Ledah, of Cambridge, Minnesota, Karen Anne and husband Troy Nies, of Killdeer, N.D., Kylie and husband Robert Anderson, Ulen, Minnesota; brothers, Fred Helm and wife Lorraine Helm of Stanberry, Missouri, Reed and wife Joanne Helm, and Jim and wife Sandy Helm all of Lenox, Ia.: sisters, Marcia Martin of Hawthorne, Nev., Sandra and husband Lawrence Wells of Queensbury, NY., and Aunt Edith Hall of Mariposa, Ca.; 4 grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be left to the family. John will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.


[Kenworthy, George Irwin]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday     February 21, 1895     p. 4

The funeral services over the remains of an infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kenworthy was conducted from the First Baptist church at 11 o'clock on last Saturday. Interment was made in the Titus cemetery, west of town. The child died from acute pneumonia, was aged three months and twenty-six days.


[Krieg, Iva Jane Atkins]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     July 7, 1955     p. 4


Graveside services were held July 7 at Graceland cemetery in Bedford for Mrs Iva [Jane] Atkins Krieg of Newton, Kan. She was a sister of Mrs Ina Bordner.

Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, July 7, 1955
Graveside services were held July 7 at Graceland cemetery in Bedford for Mrs. Iva Atkins Krieg of Newton, Kan. She was a sister of Mrs. Ina Bordner.

Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), Wednesday, July 6, 1955
Newton – Services here this Wednesday for Mrs. Iva J. Krieg, 65. She was active in the affairs of the auxiliaries of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.


[Morgan, Charlotte Clark]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday     April 11, 1916     [p. 1]

Mrs, Clarence Morgan.

Mrs. Clarence Morgan [Charlotte Clark] died at the home west of Bedford Sunday evening. The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Morning Star church, conducted by Rev. W. E. Robb, pastor of the Christian church of Bedford. Interment will be made in the Graceland cemetery.

[Parker, James Gilbert]

Bedford Argus

Thursday      April 17, 1879     p. 5


parker---James Gilbert Parker was born June 3d 1815 in Allegheny county Virginia. Died April 12th 1879 at his home in Mason Township.

Early in life, Mr. Parker, with his parents, became a resident of Highland County Ohio. He removed thence to Grant County Indiana where he was married to Miss Amelia Paras November 27, 1851. Four years afterwards he settled with his family in Olmstead County Minnesota; after living there for 9 years, forming many attachments and making for himself a home of comfort, he came to Taylor County Iowa to escape the long cold winters of Minnesota. Mr. Parker was a resident of Taylor County for 14 years and was considered one of the old settlers. Perhaps I could pass no greater compliment on his life than to say he had the esteem and respect of the whole neighborhood in which he lived and he was especially held in high regard by the members of the church to which he belonged. He was for 51 years an active member of the M. E. Church, much of the time holding official position. He was a wise counselor, and ever ready to bear a hand in the work of the Master. While he had much to bind him to the earth he was prepared, and willing, to die. Without a struggle or the movement of a muscle he passed away, from his home on earth to his home in heaven. He leaves a wife and nine children, together with a large circle of friends to mourn his loss, who mourn not as those who have no hope for they know that their loss is his gain. The funeral services were held in the Fitch schoolhouse last Sunday. The writer preached from II Tim IV 6, 7, 8. A large concourse followed the remains to the cemetery. W. C. B.

[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Iowa South-West, April 19, 1879, p. 3.]

[Patch, Edward Preston]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     July 27, 1961     [p. 1]

E. P. Patch Rites In Bedford Tues.

E. [dward] P. [reston] Patch, a long-time resident of Bedford and Taylor county, died at a nursing home in Iowa City, after having been in failing health for several months.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Bedford, Tuesday afternoon, July 25. Rev. Walter Williams of Murray, Iowa officiated. Burial in Fairview cemetery.

[Patch, Edward Preston]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      August 3, 1961    p. 7

Obituary - E. P. Patch

Edward Preston Patch, son of Stephen S. [mith] and Mary Jane Wilcox Patch, was born in Ohio, Nov. 30, 1874 and passed away July 23, 1961 in Iowa City at the age of 86 years and 7 months.

On Dec. 9, 1896 he was united in marriage to Emma Rupheno Stephens and to this union were born three daughters and one son. They are Ethel, Mrs. Guy Bower of Murray, Iowa; Lelia, Mrs. O. M. Eike of Hot Springs, Ark.; Charles Patch, St. Joseph, Mo.; Miss Dorothy Patch, Woodward, Iowa.

He was a member of the Berea Church of Christ and later transferred to the Christian church in Bedford, where he attended many years. He was also a member of Bedford Lodge, No. 91, I. O. O. F. and later in Clarinda for more than 60 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, two sisters and one grandson, O. M. Eike, who died in a plane crash over the Sea of Japan in February 1955.

He is survived by his wife, Emma; his four children; one grandchild, Martha L. Routh of Emmetsburg, Iowa; two great grandchildren, Donald Lee Routh and Robert Lewis Routh, both of Emmetsburg.

The ancestry of the Patch family in America dates back from 1570 to 1600. The work entitled “Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War" records the names of 62 Patches who served therein.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Bedford, July 25, 1961. Rev. Walter Williams of Murray, Iowa, officiated. Burial in Fairview cemetery.

[Patch, John]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      June 17, 1943      p. 6


John Patch was born in Union county, Ohio, August 27, 1851, and died Thursday, June 3, 1943 at the age of 91 years, 9 months and 6 days at his home in Brush, Colorado.

He was married to Emma Patch on January 4, 1874. She preceded him in death in Nov. 1930. To them were born nine children, six of whom survive. They are E. [dward] P. Patch of the home; H. [arman] S. [mith] Patch of Columbus, Kansas; Mrs. V. [ennie] G. [ordon] Stephens [Pearl Rose] of Bedford; Mrs. H. [erbert] F. Roe [Ethel Jessamine] of Brush, Colo.; Mrs. E. L. Cornish of Alamosa, Colorado; Mrs. H.[oward] S. Phillips [Emma Adelaide] of Wichita, Kans. All were present except Mrs. Cornish. He is also survived by 29 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. He was a faithful member the Church of Christ for the past 69 years.

The funeral services were held at the funeral home in Brush, Saturday, June 5. Burial was in the Brush cemetery.

[Patch, Nancy Jane Wilcox]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday      March 6, 1918      p. 8

Mrs. S. S. Patch Dead

Mrs. Smith Patch [Nancy Jane Wilcox], who has been in ill health for many years, died at her home in west Bedford early Tuesday morning. The funeral services will be held at the Christian church this afternoon.

[Patch, Nancy Jane Wilcox]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     March 7, 1918     p. 8

Nancy Jane Wilcox

Nancy Jane Wilcox was born in Circleville, Ohio, Nov. 18, 1838 and passed away at her home Tuesday morning March 5, 1918, aged 79 years, 3 months and 17 days. She was married to S. [tephen] S. [mith] Patch in Bedford, Iowa on Nov. 18, 1857, having lived happily together 61 years. To this union were born seven children, three of whom have passed to their reward. The four still living are Emma [Celonia Adelaide], Charles E., Ed P. [reston], and M. [elvin] E. [lmer] Patch, only two of whom were present. Sister Patch confessed her faith in Christ as her personal Savior and was obedient to His commandments under the ministry of Elder Joseph Peregrine in 1886 and has been a faithful disciple ever since.

She has been in frail health for about three years and for three months has been passing through severe suffering, terminating in her death, but she was very patient in the midst of it all. She leaves an aged companion, four children and other relatives and friends to mourn her departure but they sorrow not as those without hope.

The funeral services took place from the Christian church Wednesday afternoon and were conducted by Elder J. P. Lucas, a former pastor, in the presence of a large number of neighbors and friends. The floral offerings were beautiful and the music appropriate. Interment was in Fairview cemetery.

[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Free Press, March 13, 1918, p. 8.]

[Patch, Stephen Smith]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     May 29, 1924      p. 6

Stephen Smith Patch passed away Tuesday morning, May 27th, after an illness lasting several weeks. Mr Patch had been in poor health for some time. He was born in Union County, Ohio, January 26, 1835 and was over 89 years of age at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Church of Christ, conducted by Rev. Edgar Price. Interment in Fairview Cemetery. I. O. O. F. Lodge, of which Mr. Patch was a member, had charge of the services.

[Patch, Stephen Smith]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      May 29, 1924      p. 5


Had Been a Resident of Taylor Co. For Seventy Years

Smith Patch, nearly 90 years of age, died at the home of his son Charles here last Tuesday morning after a lingering illness of several months. He had been coming to town every day to visit around with his friends up until a few days ago when his condition took a turn for the worse and he was compelled to take to his bed for the last time. Death finally came to relieve him of his pain and troubles.

The funeral was held Wednesday May 28th, at the Church or Christ, conducted by Rev. Price and interment made in Fairview cemetery. Services were in charge of the I. O. O. F. of which he was a member of many years. He was the oldest member of the local order.

Following is the obituary as read by the minister:

Stephen Smith Patch was born at Marysville, Union County, Ohio, Jan. 26th, 1835 and died at the home of his son, Charles, in Bedford, Ia., May 27th, 1924, at 6:45 A. M. aged 89 years and 4 months.

He was married to Nancy Jane Wilcox, Nov. 18, 1857, who preceded him in death, March 5, 1918, at the age of 79 years. Seven children were born to them, five sons and two daughters: Wm. Wesley, David Willis and Dora, who died young and Charles E. of Bedford; Melvin Elmer of Alamosa, Colo; Edward P.[reston] of Bedford; Emma Celonia [Adelaide] of Eskdale, Colorado.

Stephen S. [mith] Patch came to Iowa in 1854, living near Osceola two years after which he moved to Bedford where he had since resided. He had been a resident of Taylor County for 70 years.

Brother Patch united with the Church of Christ at Bedford in 1866 of which he has always been a faithful member. He always attended services regularly until the last few months since his illness made it impossible for him to attend. He was a member of the Church of Christ 58 years.

The sons of Stephen S. [mith] Patch have a record of the Patch Ancestry as far back as 1570 and 1600. The work entitled, "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War", records the names of 62 Patches.

He was a member of Rebecca Golden Rule Lodge, No. 134 and also of I. O. O. F. lodge No. 91 and of Bedford Encampment No. 73.

[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Times-Republican, June 2, 1924, p. 4.]

[Riggle, Hamilton]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday      March 16, 1882     p. 4

Hamilton Riggle, of Mason Township, died last Friday, of consumption, aged about thirty-eight years. His will was filed for probate on Tuesday in the clerk's office.

[Riggle, Hamilton]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday      March 23, 1882      p. 2

From mason Township

Mr. H. [amilton] Riggle died at his residence on Saturday evening, the l l th inst, of consumption. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his early death.

[Townsend, William]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday     January 19, 1878      p. 3

Mr. William Townsend, an old and well-known citizen of Ross Township died on last Sunday.