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[Barnum, Minnie]

Bedford Argus

Thursday     February 20, 1879     [p. 1]

From Jackson Township

Death has been with us during the past week, and the stricken family of J. [ohn] Q. Barnum mourn the loss of their infant daughter [Minnie]. She was buried in the cemetery near Daniel Hoover's.

[Blake, Howard Eugene “Mick”]

Clearfield Chronicle

Wednesday     July 2, 1997       p. 4

Howard "Mick" Blake

Howard Eugene Blake was born May 16,1929 in rural Taylor County near Conway, Iowa to George and [Frances] Irene Phillips Blake and entered into rest at the Lenox Care Center at the age of 68 years, 1 month and 9 days.

Howard spent all of his life in Taylor County except for the time spent in the Panama Canal Zone serving in the Signal Corps during the Korean War.

Howard was engaged in farming and took great pride in his cattle and grain crops. On August 19, 1968 he was united into marriage with Lillie Million in Maryville, Mo. He was a member of the Lenox American Legion and was baptized by the Reverend Al Rusk.

Surviving to honor his memory are; his wife Lillie Blake of Lenox, two brothers, James (wife Martha) of North Pole, Alaska and Allen (wife Norma) of Charleston, South Carolina, three sisters; Dorothy B. Coulthard of West Des Moines, Marian Howes of Eagleville, Missouri, Ava (husband Dale) Wearmouth of Lorimor, Iowa as well as many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; George and Irene Blake, mother-in-law; Barbara (Padget) Million, sister-in-law; Lela (Million) Kitterman, brother-in-law; Lela Howes, nephew; Allen Doyle Blake and niece; Rebecca Blake.

Services were held Friday, June 27, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. at Larkin and Shelley Funeral Home. Officiating was Rev. Al Rusk, Pastor at Sharpsburg United Methodist Church.

Casket Bearers were Jerry Reed, Gary Swank, Merle Swank, Don Copeland, Wayne Preston, Jasper Ambrose, Larry Schroder, and Laverne Cordell. Music was provided by Rick Powell and Brain Bartelt.

Memorials  were established to Lenox Care Center and Lenox Ambulance Service. Interment was at Lexington Cemetery.

[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Times-Press, July 16, 1997, page 5. The paragraph naming the casket bearers was omitted.]

[Cole, Emma Esther Wright]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday      June 19, 1918     [p. 1]

Obituary Mrs. Emma Wright Cole.

Emma Esther Wright was born near Conway, Iowa, August 16, 1867, the oldest daughter of John P. and Catherine C. [ampbell] Wright. Was a graduate of the Bedford high school and taught in the public school of the county for many years. She united with the Methodist Episcopal church of Conway when a young girl and has continued her membership in this denomination for a period of over thirty-five years. The greater part of her life was spent in Taylor County; seven years ago she moved to St. Joseph, Mo. and in May 1917 moved to Sheridan, Wyo. with her family where she remained until her death which occurred Tuesday, June 11th at 1:30 a. m. at the hospital in Sheridan. Her death, caused by blood-poison, was unexpected and a surprise to her family and friends.

She was married on December 10, 1889 to Jas. C. [ornelius] Cole. To this union were born three children, Bernice Cole Karnes, Byron Wright Cole and Russell Leland Cole.

This noble mother wears on her breast a service pin with two stars. One represents the oldest son Byron W., a member of Troop D 15th Cavalry for the past four years stationed in the Philippine Islands who is now serving his country in France and the other her son-in-law J. Culver Karnes who is assigned at Embarkation Headquarters at Newport News, Va.

The father, a mother and an infant sister have preceded her in death. But one member of her family remains, a sister Mrs. Alla Wright Lewis and family near Conway. There are also to mourn her death several aunts and uncles, many cousins and innumerable friends.

The remains, accompanied by the daughter and son, arrived at Conway Friday noon, coming by way of St. Joe, where the son-in-law met them. Funeral services were held Sunday at 1 P. M. at the home of her sister, Mrs. Ernest Lewis in charge of Rev. L. P. Goodwin of the Bedford Methodist church and she was laid to rest beside her father and mother in Lexington cemetery.

The large company of people and beautiful floral offerings bespeak the high esteem in which she was held.

[Cole, James Cornelius “Corney”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     Dec. 16, 1948     p. 10

Former Resident Dies In St. Joseph

James C. [orney] Cole, remembered in Taylor County as Corney Cole, died unexpectedly at his grocery store in St. Joseph, Missouri, Thursday morning. He is survived by a daughter and a son, both of Colorado.

The funeral services were held in St. Joseph at 10 o'clock Sunday forenoon and burial was in the Lexington cemetery.

Mr. Cole was born at Union Star, Missouri, May 25, 1863. He was married to Miss Emma [Esther] Wright on Dec. 10, 1889. They were the parents of three children, one dying in infancy. Mrs. Cole died in June 1918. He was a brother of Wm. Cole of Bedford.

[Cole, Russell Leland]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     September 25, 1930     [p. 1]

Former Bedford Man's Body Arrived Monday

Was Found Dead in His Apartment in California

The body of Russell [Leland] Cole arrived in Bedford on the noon train Monday from San Francisco, Calif. The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home at 10:00 o'clock Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. M. R. Talley, and interment was made in the Lexington cemetery.

Very little is known by the family, concerning his death. The bodies of himself and his wife were found in their apartment. It seems that their car cannot be found and two rings were taken from Mrs. Cole. Russell was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornie Cole, former residents of Conway and Gravity. He was born in Taylor County and was 30 years old.

The following from out of town attended the funeral services: Mr. and Mrs. Cornie Cole of St. Joseph; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lamont and little daughter of Pueblo, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Byron Cole of Denver, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lewis, son John and daughter Helen, of Kansas.


[Davis, Carol Shum Hite]

Lenox Time Table

Thursday       August 6, 1964      [p. 1]

Carol Davis Dies

Mrs. Carol Shum Davis of St. Louis, Mo., passed away there Tuesday evening. The body is being brought to the Shum-Novinger Funeral home at Bedford. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. Mrs. Davis was the daughter of Orie and Helen [Rutledge] Shum and formerly lived here.

[Davis, Carol Shum Hite]

Lenox Time Table

Thursday       August 13, 1964    p. 3


Carol Shum Davis, 46, of St. Louis, Mo., daughter of Mrs. Helen Shum, formerly of Lenox, was burled at Lexington cemetery, Saturday, Aug 8. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at the Bauman Funeral Home in St Louis, with a short service at the Shum Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford Saturday morning. She leaves her devoted husband, Horace L. Davis, her dear mother, and a foster son, Roger Hite, his wife Claudia and daughter Kimberly.

[Davis, Carol Shum Hite]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 13, 1964     p. 4

Carol Shum Davis Dies in St. Louis; Final Rites Here

Carol Shum Davis, daughter of Helen Rutledge Shum and the late Orie [Clinton] Shum, died at the Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., August 4, 1964 at the age of 46 years. She became ill on Sunday (Aug. 2) and was taken to the hospital and died Tuesday of a cerebral hemorrhage.

She is survived by her husband, Horace L. Davis, mother Mrs. Helen Shum, a foster son, Roger Hite, his wife, Claudie, daughter, Kimberly and an uncle, Floyd Shum.

[Davis, Carol Shum Hite]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 13, 1964     p. 4

Relatives Here For Carol Davis Rites

Relatives here for the services for Carol Davis, who were dinner guests in the Ralph Rutledge home in Sharpsburg, include Mrs. Fay Day, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Day and children of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. George Rutledge, Charles and Kathryn Hickey, Helen Hegwood and Betty Thompson, all of Omaha; Mrs. Harriet Newport, Clarinda; Mrs. Allene Baldwin, Pueblo, Colo.; Mrs. June Shield, Wichita, Kans.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Day and sons, Kansas City, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Len Hoskins and children, Nebraska City, Nebr.; Horace Davis, Mrs. Helen Shum, Roger Hite, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hammond, John Lausche, all of St. Louis, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Kaisand, Mrs. Mary Kaisand, Mrs. Edith Hasselbrink, all of Grinnell; Mr. and Mrs. Merle Sharks, Newton; Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Shum and son, Iowa Falls.

[Griffith, Lloyd Martin]

Blockton News

Thursday     April 4, 1918     p. 4

Lloyd [Martin] Griffith, son of Mrs. Emma [Rosetta Martin] Griffith of Conway and a nephew of M. A. Griffith and wife of this place, and who will be remembered as having spent part of a winter at the home of his uncle and aunt here some few years since, passed away at his home at Conway Saturday evening at 7:30. He was attending automobile school at Kansas City when an attack of rheumatism or something akin to rheumatism, which had bothered him considerable at times in late years, came on him. Realizing what an attack of this kind meant to him he returned immediately to his home at Conway, arriving there two weeks ago today. He gradually grew worse and passed away as above stated. He leaves a wife, little son about 6 months of age, mother, sister and two brothers. It will be remembered that one of his sisters, Mrs. Guy Payton, of Earl Grey, Saskatchewan, Canada, passed away at Houston, Texas, on January 20, this year. The funeral services were held Tuesday and interment was made in the Lexington cemetery.

[Kitterman, Lela Esther Million]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday       June 25, 1997      p. 5

Lela Esther Kitterman

Lela Esther (Million) Kitterman was born June 17, 1946 to Barbara Ellen (Padget) and Clifford Allen Million in Sharpsburg, Iowa and passed away on June 11,1997 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Lela attended Sharpsburg Grade School and graduated from Lenox Community High School in 1964. She then attended and graduated from the American Beauty School in Des Moines, becoming a licensed beautician.

In 1965 Lela was united in marriage to John Kitterman and to this union two sons were born, Kenneth and Keith. Lela and her family lived in Des Moines and later moved to the community of Norwalk. Lela's caring personality lead [led] her to become a medication aid in the Regency Care Center in Norwalk.

Lela is survived by her husband John of Norwalk, Iowa; Kenneth and wife Ann of Des Moines, Iowa; Keith of Phoenix, Arizona; sister Lillie and husband Howard (Mick) Blake of Lenox, Iowa; as well as other family members and other dear friends. Lela will be fondly remembered as a person who loved and accepted people on their journey through life. Her work within the Al-Anon support group touched the lives of many people through the various offices she held and she most recently served as the director of the Spiritual Retreat. Lela was a member of the Methodist Church and Veritas. Her personal strength, courage, and her ability to make the most of every moment will be treasured by all who knew her.

Services for Lela Esther Kitterman were held Saturday, June 14, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. at the South Town Funeral Home Chapel in Des Moines, Iowa; with the Rev. Al Rusk of the Sharpsburg United Methodist Church officiating. A graveside service was held at 3:00 p.m. with burial at Lexington Cemetery north of the Lake of Three Fires in rural Taylor County.

[Scott, Chester Lee]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 23, 1963    p. 7

Chester Scott Rites Sunday

Funeral services for Chester Lee Scott, 37, held May 19 at the Bedford Baptist Church, were conducted by Rev. Colvin Caughey. Mr. Scott died May 16 at Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. The Bedford American Legion conducted a military service at Lexington cemetery, Bedford.

Included in the services was this obituary:

Chester Lee Scott was born July 15, 1925 in Ringgold County, Iowa.

He entered the U. S. Navy at the age of 18 and served eight years of active service.

He was united in marriage to Jewel Abernathy on Jan. 18, 1948.

Since leaving the service he has made his home in and around Bedford.

He is survived by his wife, Jewel, and son Michael, his mother and stepfather, Eva and Bright Steele of Bedford; his father, Chester Scott of Grant City, Mo. He is also survived by four brothers and one sister. They are: Darrell Steele of Denison, Iowa, Almon Steele of Oakland, Ia., Norlan [Earl] Steele who is in the U.S. Navy in Hawaii, David Steele, a student at Pueblo, Colo., and Mrs. Robert Peve of Hopkins, Mo., and many other relatives and friends.

[Steele, Norlan Earl]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      March 10, 1999     p. 5

Norlan Earl Steele

Norlan Earl Steele, age 65 of Orlando, Florida passed away February 26, 1999 in Tampa, Florida. He was born August 29, 1933 in Grant City, Missouri to Bright Chancey Steele and Eva Belle Scammahorn Steele.

Norlan was in the US Navy and a retired FTG1. He was a graduate of Bedford Community High School. Mr. Steele was a career Navy man having served in both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion Post #0019, Orlando, Florida.

He was preceded in death by parents and one brother, Chester [Lee] Steele.

Survivors include two sons: David Steele, Sunrise, Florida and Dennis Steele, Houston, Texas; one sister, Leta Peve, Maryville, Missouri and three brothers, Dorrel [Darrell] Steele, Casa Grande, Arizona; Almon Steele, Nixa, Missouri and David Steele, Pueblo, Colorado; two grandchildren, Kelly and Justin Steele.

Funeral services were held March 3, 1999 at Price Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in the Lexington Cemetery, Bedford. Rev. Mark Albee officiated. Price Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


[Summerhays, Betty Arlene Davison]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      June 8, 1978      p. 4

Betty Summerhays Last Rites Were Held May 30

Funeral services for Mrs. John (Betty) Summerhays, 47, of Bedford, were held in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here with Rev. Larry Secor officiating. Mrs. Summerhays died in her Bedford home May 26,1978. Interment was at Lexington Cemetery northeast of Bedford.

Betty Arlene Summerhays, daughter of Harvey [Eugene] and Sarah [Beatrice Toll] Davison, was born in rural Taylor County, Iowa, on January 2, 1931. She attended public school at the Hess country school in Clayton Township until about 10 years of age when her family moved to near Prescott, Iowa, where she completed her public schooling.

On March 9, 1953, she was united in marriage to John (Jack) Summerhays at Preston, Minnesota. They made their first home in Waterloo, Iowa, then lived in several Iowa communities before moving to Lenox, Iowa, in 1968, and then to Bedford in 1973.

In Bedford Jack and Betty opened the J & B Carpet store where she worked as an interior decorator.

Betty became ill nearly a year ago and had been hospitalized on various occasions in the past year. Most of her time, however, had been spent at home with her family surrounding her.

Betty died Friday forenoon, May 26, in her home at the age of 47 years, 4 months and 24 days. Her husband and children were all at her bedside the last few hours of her life on this earth.

She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Jon, and a grandchild, Zeke Thomas Thrasher.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jack; parents, Harvey and Sarah Davison of Prescott, Iowa; children, Diana Lee Paul, Carolyn Marie Thrasher, Linda Kay Summerhays, Robert John and Randy Jay Summerhays, all of Bedford; brothers and sisters, Herman Davison, Modesto, Calif.; Leota Worrel, Yuma, Ariz.; Harley Davison, Vanduser, Mo.; Don Davison, Pittsburg, Pa.; Karen Gustuson, Jeffers, Minn.; and Jerry Davison, Holbrook, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Kristina Lee, Michael Larry Vorhies and Chad Patrick Paul; many other relatives and a host of friends.

Betty had been attending the Hamilton Memorial Missionary Church when possible.

She was a kind, considerate daughter, wife and mother, grandmother and friend, and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

[Note: The same obituary was reprinted in the Lenox Time Table, June 8, 1978, page 3.]


[Summerhays, John Thomas “Jack”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 7, 1980      p. 3

John Summerhays Last Rites Were Held August 4

Funeral services for John Thomas Summerhays, 50, of Bedford, held August 4 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Pastor Allen Tomlinson. Mr. Summerhays died August 1, 1980 in Bergen Mercy Hospital in Omaha. Interment was at Lexington Cemetery, Taylor County, Iowa.

John Thomas Summerhays, son of Thomas Walter and Grace Helen [Grover] Summerhays, was born at Mason City, Iowa, on March 9, 1930. He grew to maturity in Mason City.

On March 9, 1953 he was united in marriage to Betty Arlene [Davison] at Preston, Minnesota and they lived in Bedford.

To this union six children were born: Diana Eppers, Carolyn Thrasher, Linda Tjaden, Robert, Randy, and Roger.

Jack was the owner and manager of J and B Radio Shack in Bedford and for many years .He was a member of the Teamster's Union, Local 147.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, father, Thomas Walter, sister, Shirley, son, Roger, and a grandchild, Zeke Thomas.

Left to cherish his memory are: his mother, Grace Backer; children: Diana Eppers, Carolyn Thrasher, Linda Tjaden, Robert S., Randy S.; grandchildren, Kristie, Mike and Chad; sisters, Betty Davidson and Kristi Beck.

Jack was a kind and generous man. He will be missed by family and friends.

[Wisdom, Claudie]

Iowa South-West

Saturday     March 22, 1879     p. 3

—We are pained to hear of mourning in the family of our good Mormontown friend, P. [ierce] J. [efferson] Wisdom, on the account of the death of his six weeks old son, Claudie. The death occurred on the 14th instant.

[Wisdom, Henry Miller]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      April 4, 1918     p. 5

Durward Wisdom, who had been here to attend the funeral of his grandfather, P. J. [Henry Miller] Wisdom, returned to his home at Omaha Tuesday.

[Wisdom, Henry Miller]

Blockton News

Thursday     April 4, 1918     p. 5

Attorney Frank Wisdom and family, Dale Wisdom and family and Len Maxwell and wife, of Bedford; Durward Wisdom and wife, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Mrs. Dr. McFarland Price, of Bolckow, Mo., were here Tuesday attending the funeral of father and grandfather, H. M. Wisdom.

[Wisdom, Henry Miller]

Blockton News

Thursday     April 11, 1918     [p. 1]


Henry Miller Wisdom, son of John Amos and Fannie Wade Wisdom, was born in Howard County, Missouri, December 12, 1827, and passed away in Omaha Sunday morning, March 31, 1918, aged 90 years, 3 months and 19 days.

He came with his parents to Davis County, Iowa, in 1842. He grew to manhood in Davis County and in 1855 was married in that county to Tabitha Russell. To them one son, Frank Wisdom of Bedford, was born. In 1858 he came to the vicinity of what is now known as Blockton but later returned to Davis County where Mrs. Wisdom died in 1859.

Later he located near Pickering, Mo., where in 1861 he was married to Margaret Hill. To this union two sons were born, E. [lmore] G. [rant] and A. [dolphus] B.[urton] Wisdom, both now living in Oregon. He resided in the vicinity of Pickering several years and for a time lived in Union county. He was again bereft of his companion, his wife dying while they lived near Pickering in 1868.

He moved to the vicinity of what is now Blockton and later was married to Melissa Burks. Five children, Robert Wade, Roy, Golda, Laura and Paul was born to them. They lived in the vicinity of Blockton several years, later moving to Kansas and still later to Omaha where the last years of his life were spent.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, children, except Laura who preceded him to the great beyond nine years ago; a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. M. A. Eaton of this place and Miss Harriet Hodgens of Kansas, and one brother, P. [ierce] J. [efferson] Wisdom of Escondido, California, and a host of other relatives and friends.

He lived to see and experience the hardships of pioneer life in Missouri, Iowa and Kansas. He was of a cheerful disposition, roving nature and was ever mindful of entertaining strangers. He possessed a strong constitution, even in his advanced years. He met with an accident a few years since and never fully recovered from the injuries received at that time.

The funeral services were held from the Blockton Methodist church Wednesday morning, April 3, at 10 o'clock, conducted by the pastor of the Bedford Methodist church, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 4, 1918
The body of Henry Miller Wisdom, father of Attorney Frank Wisdom of Bedford and a brother of Mrs. M. A. Eaton of this place and P. J. Wisdom of Escondido, California, arrived here Monday afternoon from his late home in Omaha, Nebraska where he passed away Sunday morning at the advanced age of 90 years. The body was accompanied by the wife and a granddaughter, Mrs. Gold Bufington. The funeral was held from the Methodist church Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by the pastor of the First Methodist church, Bedford, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.


[Wisdom, Pierce Jefferson]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      March 5, 1925      [p. 1]


Judge Pierce J. [efferson] Wisdom, uncle of Attorney Frank Wisdom of this city, passed away at his home in Escondido, California, February 17th, aged 82 years. He came to Ringgold County this state in 1855 and settled near Old Mormontown, now Blockton, Ia. He was one of the earliest to enlist in the army during the Civil war and served until its close, coming back to Mormontown after an honorable discharge and engaging in the mercantile business there for a number of years. Then he went west to make his home, studied law and rose by hard work and ability to the judges' bench. He was city recorder and judge of the police court at the time of his death. The last few years he had been in failing health and finally passed on. He was of staunch character and held in the highest esteem. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and a past commander of the G. A. R. A large delegation paid tribute to his memory at the funeral held at the M. E. church in home city.

Daily Times-Advocate (Escondido, California), Tuesday, February 17, 1925
Judge Wisdom Passes Away
Patriarch of the Escondido Country Quietly and Peacefully Goes to His Reward
For 21 years an honored and prominent citizen of Escondido and at present city recorder and judge of police court, Judge Pierce J. Wisdom passed away at 12:45 Tuesday afternoon and thus one of the patriarchs of this city and valley has gone to a noble reward after a long and useful life. His death comes as a sorrow to scores of people, but with the knowledge that he had lived more than his allotted time of life and had filled his long life with good deeds and usefulness to himself and to humanity. He was 82 years of age.
For the past few years Judge Wisdom had been gradually failing in health, but his strong constitution and vigorous determination held him up and kept him in the path of duty. Weakening of his bodily strength had caused him to bring his work as city recorder and police judge to a close and tender his resignation to the city trustees. This he did only a few days ago, expecting to take a vacation beginning the first of March. Looking toward this, he had all of the business of his office in ship shape and he was ready to step out of public service. On Monday he was downtown as usual but was suffering with a cold. This caused a cough which gradually wore him out, sapping the strength of his heart. He quietly passed away at his home during the noon hour Tuesday.
Pierce J. [efferson] Wisdom was born in Iowa September 6, 1842 and he spent most of his life in that state as a farmer and businessman. It was on June 30, 1903 that he was married to Miss Ella Briggs with whom and his younger children, he moved to California for one year, locating in Escondido. Since coming here, he has filled the judgeship for fifteen years and the office of city recorder for eight years. In the earlier years of his life here, he and his five younger sons operated the store of P. J. Wisdom & Sons in the building now occupied by Wm. J. Dean's East Grand avenue store.
The widow and following children by his former marriages survive: Mrs. Jennie Worthington of Ottawa, Kan.; C. W. Wisdom of Oceanside; Dr. Caroline Rankin of Los Angeles; Mrs. Lee Walters of San Diego; Earl L. [eslie] Wisdom and Sam S.[tump] Wisdom of Los Angeles; W. D. Wisdom of Berkeley; and Pierce J. Jr. and Milton V. [ern] Wisdom of Escondido.
Judge Wisdom was a staunch character and a man of the highest type, the kind that builds for durability. True to his friends to the last degree, he was kind to those who held views contrary to his own. He was a Mason of many years standing and for many years had held the office of trustee of the local lodge. He was also a Royal Arch Mason and Past Commander of the G. A. R., being a veteran of the Civil war. He held the love and respect of the people and passes to his reward with the respect of everyone.
The body is now at the Halleck F. Johnson chapel. The funeral will be announced later. The Masons will no doubt have a prominent part in the obsequies.
[Note: This article was also reprinted in the Blockton News, March 5, 1925.]

Daily Times-Advocate (Escondido, California), Wednesday, February 18, 1925
Funeral of Judge Wisdom To Be Held Friday Morning
The funeral services for the late Judge P. J. Wisdom will be held at the First Methodist Episcopal church Friday morning at ten-thirty o'clock. Bishop Joseph H. Johnson, assisted by Rev. Wm. S. Blackshear of the Episcopal church, of which Judge Wisdom had been a member for twenty years, will be in charge of the service. The Masons will conduct the burial service at Oak Hill cemetery, with Rev. Geo. R. Graff acting as worshipful master, assisted by Rev. Wm. S. Blackshear as chaplain. The O. E. S., G. A. R. and W. R. C. are respectfully invited to the service. Those wishing to review the remains may do so at the Hal F. Johnson funeral parlors between the hours of two and five p. m. Thursday.

Daily Times-Advocate (Escondido, California), Friday, February 20, 1925
Great Throng Honor Wisdom
Funeral of City Recorder and Judge Holds Interest of Great Many Escondido People
An immense crowd assembled at the First Methodist Episcopal church at ten-thirty o'clock Friday morning. Although it was a rainy day, the great auditorium of the church was filled with people interested in the proceedings of the occasion. It was the funeral service of Judge Pierce J. Wisdom, a citizen for more than twenty years in Escondido and a man whom the people wished to honor in death as they had in life. All religions, races and walks of life were represented in the throng.
Appropriate to the occasion was the display of beautiful flowers, brought or sent by the loving friends. The fore part of the church was filled with the beautiful pieces, both many and varied in their kind and beautiful in their make-up.
In the fore part of the seating space were the organized bodies of which Judge Wisdom had been a loyal member, namely, the Masons, both Blue Lodge and Royal Arch, the Order Eastern Star and the Grand Army of the Republic. The representation was large in all of these, proportionate to the number of the membership. The woman's Relief Corps was represented also. The honorary pall bearers were in the fore, namely, J. Van Ryan, Lawrence N. Turrentine, W. W. Prior, P. E. Melbourne, E. M. Crauston and Henry Nulton. They represented the lodges, churches and other organization of which Judge Wisdom was a member, one representing the Richland neighborhood in which he so long resided. The active pall bearers were the six sons, G. [uy] W., Earl, Sam, Pierce, Will and Milton Wisdom, and it made a pathetic sight to see them rendering this last service to their aged father.
The funeral service itself was the beautiful ritual of the Episcopal church of which Judge Wisdom was a member. From Processional to Recessional, it was beautifully carried out. The Right Reverend Bishop Joseph H. Johnson, of Los Angeles, Bishop of this diocese and a friend of Judge Wisdom of many years' standing, was in charge, assisted by Rev. Wm. S. Blackshear, rector of Trinity Episcopal church. The choir of the Episcopal church gave the vocal music with Mrs. George G. Wilkens at the pine organ. It was a service of love and solace to every person present, for all were the friends of Judge Wisdom.
Following the service at the church, the body was borne to Oak Hill cemetery where interment was made in the Masonic plot. Consuelo lodge of Masons was there in force, accompanied by a great many friends and the lodge conducted its beautiful service, Rev. George R. Graff serving as Worshipful Master and Rev. Wm. Blackshear as chaplain. The body was thus laid to rest with Masonic honors.
As a further mark of respect to the memory of Judge Wisdom, practically every business house in Escondido closed its doors during the hour of the funeral service.
[Note: The same article was published in the Weekly Times-Advocate, February 27, 1925.]

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 26, 1925
Judge P. J. Wisdom Dead
Word was received here last week that Judge P. [ierce] J. [efferson] Wisdom had passed away at his home in Escondido, California. It is understood here that his death was quite sudden and unexpected. He was a former citizen of this place and a subscriber of this paper from the time it started until his death. We expected to received particulars as to his death for this issue, but none have come to hand.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 12, 1925
Short Historical Sketch
The following was written by Judge P. J. Wisdom a few months before his death and will be of interest to most of our readers:
"P. J. Wisdom was raised on a farm. At the age of 17 he volunteered enlistment in Company I, Sixth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, State Militia. Later in Company G, 29th Iowa Regular Vol. Infantry. Returned home in 1865.
"In 1872 entered the mercantile business at Mormontown, now Blockton, Iowa. Was postmaster at this place from 1872 to 1885. Secured the appointment of postmaster of office at Maloy, Iowa, where he had a branch store and had appointed his eldest daughter, Miss Jennie M. Wisdom, who served four years.
"Came to California in 1904. Engaged in mercantile business and lemon industry. Retired from business in 1910. Was deputy county clerk and justice of the peace 8 ½
  years, since which time has been and still is deputy county clerk for Escondido territory, city recorder and police judge. At office each day from 10 to 12 and from 2 to 5. Regular work has recently been established on account of the California vehicle law being violated by operators of motor vehicles over speeding.
"All the following children now living: Jennie M. (Wisdom) Worthington, Ottawa, Kansas; G. [uy] W. Wisdom, Oceanside, Calif.; Dr. Caroline (Wisdom) Rankin, Los Angeles; Zora G. (Wisdom) Walters, San Diego; Attorney Earl L. Wisdom, Los Angeles; Pierce J. Wisdom, Jr., Escondido; Sam S. Wisdom, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles; Milton V. Wisdom, Escondido; Will D. Wisdom, Berkeley. All the children are married.
"The only members of my father's family now living are my sister, Susan Harriett Hodggens of Omaha, Nebr., and myself of Escondido, Calif."

[Wright, John P.]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     July 31, 1913      [p. 1]


Old Resident Passes Away in Bedford Home at Midnight

John P. Wright, aged 82 years, died at his home in Bedford about 12 o'clock last night. Mr. Wright had been afflicted with infirmities incident to old age for several years, and had been gradually weakening. Mr. Wright was a native of Ohio, having been born July 13, 1831. Surviving are the widow and two daughters, Mrs. C. C. Cole of St. Joseph, and Mrs. Ernest Lewis of Conway.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but the service will probably be Saturday, with interment at Lexington cemetery.

[Wright, John P.]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday     August 5, 1913      p. 4

John P. Wright Funeral

Funeral services over the remains of John P. Wright were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the residence, conducted by Rev. J. H. Porter of Conway. Ceremonies at the residence were under direction of the G. A. R., and at Lexington cemetery under Masonic ritual.

[Wright, John P.]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday     August 12, 1913      p. 2

John P. Wright.

John P. Wright was born near Johnstown, Licking County, Ohio, July 31 [13], 1831, and died at his home in Bedford, Iowa, July 31, 1913, 82 years of age.

Mr. Wright was the son of Wait [e] [Farrington] and Nancy Wright [Mary Hultz or Hulse] and the oldest child of a family of ten. Two brothers and one sister had preceded him in death. One of these brothers was Simeon Wright, who came west with him when Iowa was yet in her infancy.

Surviving him is a sister, Mrs. J. [ohn] F. Denser [Jane Elizabeth], a niece, Mrs. D. Roberts, a nephew, Frank Wright, all of Bedford; a brother and four sisters yet living in Ohio.

He came to Taylor County in 1858 and has lived here continuously from that date. He enlisted as a member of Company F, 29th Iowa Infantry, August 9, 1862, and participated in all the marches and battles which his regiment took part, returning home in September, 1865, at the close of the war. He was married to Catharine C. [lara] Campbell November 6, 1866; to them were born three daughters, Mrs. Emma Cole of St. Joseph, Mo.; Nettie, who died in infancy, and Mrs. Alla Lewis of Conway and four grand children. Mr. Wright was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Bedford, being one of ten who gave $10.00 each to buy a lot to erect the first Methodist church of Bedford.

In the early 70’s he was one of the organizers of the Blue lodge of Conway and also of the Triangle chapter, No. 68 R. A. M. of Bedford and has ever remained a faithful Mason. He is also a member of the G. A. R. of Bedford. His presence as a good Christian and citizen will be greatly missed in the community where he has resided for so many years.

Funeral services were held at o'clock Sunday afternoon at the residence, the funeral address being by Rev. J. B. Porter of Conway. The service was under direction of the G. A. R. Interment was in Lexington cemetery, where the Masonic ritual was followed.

[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Times-Republican, August 7, 1913, page 5.]