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[Book, Carl LeRoy]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     April 7, 1960      p. 4

LeRoy Book Rites Here Friday

LeRoy Book of the East Mission community died at the Municipal hospital, Clarinda, Tuesday, April 5 after a long illness.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a daughter Lula Mae, Mrs. Duane Beck of Sharpsburg; a son, Duane Book of Bedford; his father Arthur Book of Bedford; a brother, LaVerne Book of Lenox; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral at 708 Madison Street at two o'clock Friday afternoon, April 3. Burial in Fairview cemetery.

[Book, Carl LeRoy]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      April 14, 1960      p. 6

Thursday     April LeRoy Book Rites Held At Bedford

Carl LeRoy, son of Arthur C. [harles] and [Anna] Lula Anderson Book, was born at Yorktown, Iowa, June 19, 1909 and died April 5, 1960 at the age of 50 years, nine months, 16 days.

He was baptized in infancy and confirmed in the Swedish Mission church in the Yorktown vicinity where the family made its home.

On January 10, 1931 he was united in marriage to Margaret Cavner of College Springs, Iowa. They moved to Taylor County where they had since resided. He was preceded in death by his mother, who died in 1919.

Survivors include his wife; his daughter, Mrs. Lula Mae Beck and her husband Duane of Sharpsburg; his son, Duane Leroy Book and his wife Janet of Bedford; two grandsons, Brent Phillip and Brad Leroy Beck and a granddaughter, Jo Ellen Book; his father, Arthur Book; and one brother, LaVerne Book.

He was stricken 21 years ago with a heart ailment and since that time his activities had been restricted.

Funeral services were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home Friday, April 7. Interment was in Fairview cemetery, Bedford. Rev. Frank L. Greenwood of Gravity conducted the service.

[Book, Margaret Jane Cavner]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     August 7, 1991      p. 5


Funeral services for Margaret Jane Book were held Monday, July 29, 1991 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen Peters officiating. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery.

Margaret Jane, the third child of a family of 6, the daughter of Stewart and Elizabeth Vermule Cavner, was born on November 19, 1909 near Page Center, Iowa and departed this life on July 25, 1991, at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital.

Longbranch Country School was her school for the first eight years of her education and she completed her high school education at College Springs, Iowa in 1927. She was a graduate of the Clarinda Junior College and Northwest Missouri State University.

She was united in marriage to Carl LeRoy Book of Yorktown, Iowa on January 10, 1931 and they started farming north of Athelstan, Iowa.

While living there, two children were born to this union: a daughter, Lula Mae and a son, Duane LeRoy.

The family then moved to the Conway area and later to the East Mission community east of Bedford where they were residing at the time of the death of her husband on April 5, 1960. She continued to live there until her home was destroyed by fire at which time she moved to Conway. When the 1971 Conway tornado destroyed that home she and her father-in-law moved to Bedford where she has resided the past 20 years.

She taught school for 26 years, teaching in a Clayton Township Country School, Conway, Gravity and Blockton, retiring in 1975.

After retirement she then had the time to participate in and enjoy the following organizations: the Rebekah Lodge #134, Business and Professional Women, the 19th Century Club, American Legion Auxiliary, and the American Cancer Society of Taylor County. She was also a member of Page and Taylor County Retired Teachers and American Association of University Women at Northwest Missouri State University.

She was an active member of the Bedford United Methodist Church.

Surviving her are her daughter, Lula Mae and husband Duane Beck of Sharpsburg, Iowa; her son Duane Book and his wife Janet of Bedford, Iowa.

Five grandchildren survive her: Brent Beck and his wife Janice of Lenox, Iowa and their children, Rachel, Nathan, Erica and Ashley; JoEllen Sommer and her husband John of Oregon, Mo. and their children Lindsey and Jared; Brad Beck and his wife Monica of Fort Worth, Texas; Doyle Book and his wife Micki of Valley Springs, Ark.; and Ann Beck of Ames, Iowa.

Also surviving Margaret are her two sisters, Mildred and her husband Carl Glassgow of Loveland, Colo.; and Thelma, (Mrs. Floyd Miller) of Clarinda, Iowa; and sister-in-law Edith Cavner of College Springs, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brothers Leland and Clark and her sister Wilma.

She will be missed by her family and friends.

[Davidson, Elizabeth Rebecca Clampitt West]

Thursday    May 25, 1899    p. 8

From Death Unto Life

Monday night, May 22, 1899, at 9 o'clock the immortal spirit of Mrs. J. [ames] F.[rancis] M. [arion] Davidson [Elizabeth Rebecca Clampitt West] left its earthly tabernacle and returned to God who gave it. Mrs. Davidson had been suffering for some time and her death was not unexpected. For about 18 years Mrs. Davidson had resided with her husband in Gay Township, who, with a son and daughter, survives her. Deceased was nearly 70 years old. The funeral services were conducted in the Platteville church by Rev. Brown, of Blockton, on Wednesday. Interment in Platteville cemetery.

[Davidson, Elizabeth Rebecca Clampitt West]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      June 1, 1899     p. 5

. — J. [ames] F. [rancis] M. [arion] Davidson, Mr. and Mrs. C. [harles] E.[llsworth] Hatton [Berthena Rose] and Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Agee, wish to extend their thanks to their friends and neighbors of Blockton and Gay center for their kind aid during the sickness and death of Mrs. J. [ames] F. [rancis] M.[arion] Davidson.

[Davidson, Elizabeth Rebecca Clampitt West]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      June 1, 1899     p. 4

In Memory of Mrs. Davidson

Elizabeth R. [ebecca Clampitt] wife of J. [ames] F. [rancis] M. [arion] Davidson, departed this life after a long and painful illness, May 22, 1899, aged 65 years, 11 months and 2 days, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Agee. Deceased was born near Germantown, North Carolina, June 20, 1833, and had been a member of the M. E. church since 1843. She was the mother of four children, three by a former marriage, Mrs. [Berthena] Rose Hatton of Blockton and Lee West of Jamestown, Ind. A son and daughter preceded her to the better world. She leaves an aged husband, son and daughter besides a host of friends and neighbors to mourn her loss. She was a great lover of music and often, selected hymns and would have them sung to her during her last illness. " Jesus lover of my soul" being her favorite. Her funeral was preached by Rev. Carl Brown May 24 at the Platteville church, after which she was tenderly laid to rest in the Platteville cemetery. We mourn our loved one, but not as those who have no hope. We feel that our loss is her eternal gain. May we be able, to say, "thy will, O Lord, be done."

Mother is dead, her labor ended;

Softly she breathed her last

earthly prayer.

With joys and sorrows her life was


But she has gone to the loved ones

at home over there.

Now she is waiting to welcome her


As they shall follow her one by one

Safe from life’s ills and all temptations,

And from all life’s battles faithfully


Oh, may her death draw us nearer


And nearer our God whom she

loved so well,

And may none of her loved ones be


When the great roll shall be called

up above.           M. A.

[Davidson, James Francis Marion]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     October 11, 1906     p. 8

J. [ames] F. [rancis] M. [arion] Davidson, an old and highly esteemed resident of Blockton, died last week.

[Keith, Bertha Walters]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      January 24, 1980     p. 6

Bertha W. Keith, 85, Last Rites Were Held in Bedford

Funeral services for Mrs. John (Bertha) Keith, 85, of Bedford, were held January 20 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Mrs. Keith died January 17, 1980 in Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Bertha Walters Keith, daughter of Joseph Walters and Emma Foster Walters, was born July 23, 1894 in Russell County, Kentucky.

She grew to maturity in the area where she was born, where she attended the public school and the Baptist Church.

While residing in Des Moines, Iowa, she was united in marriage to John [Alvin] Keith in 1926 and they moved to Bedford in 1931 where she has continued to reside.

She was employed by the Cudahy Packing Company for a number of years.

She was preceded in death by her husband who died April 23, 1961; her parents and nine brothers and sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters: Elsie Haley of Bedford and Maxine Wallace of Des Moines, Iowa; two grandchildren, Nadine Barnes and Dick Wallace of Des Moines, Iowa; seven great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; one brother, Ivan Walters, of Spokane, Washington; other relatives and many friends.

She was a member of the Baptist Church where she joined early in her youth.

Her family and friends will remember her as a kind and considerate loving mother, grandmother and friend and she will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.

[Keith, John Alvin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 4, 1961     [p. 1]

John Keith Rites In Bedford Thurs.

Last rites for John Keith were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home on State Street Thursday afternoon, April 25. Rev. Colvin Caughey officiated. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

John Alvin Keith, son of George and Mary Etta [George] Keith, was born May 4, 1896 at Bedford, Iowa and died at University hospital, Iowa City on Tuesday, April 22 at the age of 64 years.

He is survived by his wife Mrs. Bertha Keith of Bedford; two daughters, Mrs. Maxine Wallace of Des Moines, Mrs. Elsie Haley of Bedford; two grandchildren, Mrs. Nadine Brumfield of Texas, Dick Wallace of Des Moines. There are also seven great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Angie Valentine of Gravity; two brothers, Ollie Keith of Bedford, Howard Keith of Excelsior Spring, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; also by five brothers, Clarence, Ralph, Herman and two who died in infancy.

He united with the Christian church in Bedford when a young man.

[Lowrey, Harriet Adeline Vosburgh]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     April 8, 1897    p. 2

Dr. A. A. Archer, assisted by Dr. C. M. Paschal of this city and Dr. Long, of Gravity, held an autopsy Thursday night on the body of Mrs. John Lowery [Harriet Adeline Vosburgh Lowrey], who died of cancer of the stomach.

[Martin, Mary Leona Scrivner McCune]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     April 26, 1906     p. 8

Siam News

Mrs. Mary [Leona] Martin, of Maryville, Mo., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Scrivner, passed away Friday morning with that dread disease consumption.

Mary Leone Scrivner, daughter of Samuel Scrivner was born Nov 10, 1875 near Siam. She married Harvey McCune Feb 14, 1894 and he died Mar 23, 1897. They had two daughters, Nellie born Nov 25, 1894 and Hazel born Sept 25, 1896 died May 1, 1898. Mary married Henry Martin Mar 15, 1904. She died at Maryville, Mo, Apr 24, 1906. Buried Siam Cemetery.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, May 1, 1906
Obituary – Mary Leona Scrivner was born Nov. 10th, 1875 near Siam, Iowa, being the daughter of Samuel Scrivner, one among the oldest settlers in that community.  She was married to Harry McCune Feb. 14th, 1894, who proceded her to the better land March 31st, 1898. Two children were born to that happy union. Willie, who was born Nov. 25th, 1894 and Hazel, who was born Sept. 25th, 1896, she having died May 1st, 1898.
She was married again to Harvey Martin March 15th, 1904, with whom she lived two years, to the time of her lamented death which occurred at her late residence in Maryville, Mo., April 24, 1906.
She united with the Christian church at Siam, Iowa, in 1895. She was admired and loved by all who knew her. The funeral services were conducted by the writer on Wednesday evening at 3:30 o'clock at the Siam Christian church in the presence of a very large congregation of sympathizing friends and relatives, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Siam cemetery.  W. L. Dunlay [Dunlavy]
[Note: The same obituary was published in the Bedford Free Press, May 10, 1906.]

[Moffitt, Frances Alveria “Allie” Strawbridge]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     March 2, 1933     p. 3


Several from Siam attended the funeral of Mrs. Roy Moffitt Tuesday at the Oak Grove church. The singers were from Siam.

[Scrivner, Burton Emmett]

South-West Democrat

Friday     May 25, 1888    p. 4


Died at his home near Buchanan, Taylor County, Iowa at 7 o’clock p. m. on the 17th day of May of heart disease, Burton Emmett Scribner [Scrivner] son of Samuel and [Nancy] Jane Scribner [Scrivner], born at their residence December 31, 1870.

He had been an invalid during the last four years.

From the beginning his ailment manifested dangerous symptoms and no pains or expenses was spared to avert the progress of the disease. But death had advanced too far and in spite of care and medical skill [rest of paragraph unreadable].

Burt was a good boy, intelligent, kind hearted and a genial temperament and a boy [word unreadable] to be loved.

[Beginning of paragraph unreadable] He leaves his father and mother, two brothers and five sisters to mourn his death.

The funeral sermon was preached by the writer in the presence of a vast throng of sympathizing friends after which the casket followed by the sorrowing family was borne by six youthful pall bearers to the Siam cemetery and all that was mortal of our beloved [rest of paragraph unreadable].

[Scrivner, Daisy Eunice]

New Market Herald

Thursday    February 26, 1920     p. 2

Claimed by Death

Sunday morning death entered the home of Mrs. Sam Scrivner and claimed her only remaining child at home, Daisy.  Deceased had been ill only a short time with flu and Saturday was taken worse and passed away the following morning. Funeral services were held at her late home Monday afternoon by Rev. Lodwig, and interment was in the Siam cemetery.

Daisy Eunice Scrivner was born April 9, 1878, at Siam, Iowa, and departed this life Feb. 22, 1920, aged 41 years, 10 months, 13 days.

She was the 9th child of Samuel and [Nancy] Jane Scrivner. The father died Sept. 7, 1917. The mother, two brothers and two sisters still survive, all being present.

She united with the Christian church at Siam when a young lady and after coming to New Market she united with the Christian church here and remained a faithful member until death.

[Scrivner, Daisy Eunice]

New Market Herald

Thursday    February 26, 1920     p. 4


Many friends and old time neighbors were sorry to hear of the death of Miss Daisy Scrivner at New Market Sunday. The family have the sympathy of all in their sorrow.

[Scrivner, Jasper]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    September 2, 1943     [p. 1]

Jasper Scrivner, 70, Dies at County Home

Jasper Scrivner, 70, died at the County Home Wednesday, August 25. The funeral services were held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home Thursday afternoon conducted by Rev. G. L. Hufstader. Burial was in the Siam cemetery.

[Scrivner, Mary Hannah Clayton]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 21, 1942     p. 3


Attends Scrivner Rites

Relatives from a distance attending the funeral of Mrs. Mary Scrivner were Mrs. Earl Redenbaugh of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Griffith. Mr. and Mrs. Fern Griffith. Mr. und Mrs. Elvin Griffith, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Clayton and Virginia of Bedford; Miss Alice Rutledge, Ed Rutledge, Mrs. Will Smith, Abe Rutledge of Sharpsburg; Mertie Stype and daughters of Clarinda.

Obituary-Mrs. Mary Scrivner

Mary Hannah Clayton, only daughter of David E. [lzy] and Harriet [Elizabeth] Griffith Clayton, died at her home Thursday morning, May 14, 1942, on the same farm where she was born July 3, 1859. She was 72 years, 10 months and 11 days old. Her early life was spent in this community where she received her education in the Siam school.

On October 22, 1890 she was married to Ora [Boon] Scrivner. To them was born one daughter, Ethel.

Their early married life was spent in Taylor County, Iowa. In 1908 they moved to Craig, Mo., and later to a farm near Chillicothe, Mo. In 1934 they returned to this county to the same farm where she was born, the former home of her parents.

Her husband died in 1936. Surviving are the daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Head, who resided with their mother. Also three brothers, Orie G.[riffith] Clayton, Alva J. [efferson] Clayton, and Elza E. [dgar] Clayton, all of the Siam community.

When a very young girl she united with the Methodist church in Siam about the time the church was being organized. During her lifetime she tried to practice the teaching of her Savior, at all times being patient and kind, interested always in the welfare of others. Although helpless for nearly three months, and the latter part of that time in intense pain, she bore it all with courage, patience and thoughtfulness for those caring for her.

The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Methodist church in Siam, with Rev. Harry Walling of Clarinda in charge. Burial was in the Siam cemetery.

[Scrivner, Nancy Jane Bridgewater]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     September 5, 1929     p. 7


Mrs. Samuel Scrivner passed away Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lidge Stipes of Clarinda. She leaves to mourn her passing two sons and two daughters, Harl Scrivner of Los Angeles, Calif., Ora Scrivner of Jamesport, Mo., Mrs. Laura Bashor, of Shambaugh, and Mrs. Myrtle Stipes of Clarinda. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the Church of Christ at Siam, conducted by Rev. Johnson of Clarinda. Interment was made in the Siam cemetery. Siam community extends their deepest sympathy to the family in their loss.


Clarinda Journal, Monday, September 2, 1929, p. 4

Mrs. Samuel Scrivner

Nancy Jane Bridgewater was born in Indiana, June 6, 1843, and passed from this life in Clarinda, Iowa, Aug. 30, 1929, aged 86 years, 2 months and 24 days.

When 4 years of age, June 6, 1847, she, with her parents, moved to Siam, in Taylor County, Iowa, and lived there until 15 years ago, when she moved to New Market, Iowa, where she lived four years and then moved to Craig, Mo. After a residence there of three years she went to Clarinda, Iowa, to live with her daughter, Mrs. Mertie Stipe. During the last eight years of life in Clarinda her health was good, except the last year. This period was a time of failing health for her until the end came.

She was married at Siam, Feb. 21, 1861, to Samuel Scrivner. To this union eleven children were born. Those who have passed from this life are Ella, Le Roy, Birchie Neal, Birten, Daisy Eunice, Mrs. Emma Welch, Mrs. Mary Martin. The living are Mrs. Laura Bashor, Shambaugh, Iowa; Ora B. Scrivner of Jamesport, Mo.; Mrs. Mertie Stipe of Clarinda, Iowa; Elias Harley Scrivner, Los Angeles, Calif. The four children were all present at the funeral.

There are seven grandchildren and six grandchildren.

Her husband departed this life on Sept. 7, 1918.

She has been a member of the Church of Christ since early childhood. She united with the church at Siam and was one of the charter members of the organization. Her faith and good deeds should be imitated in Christian practice. Her legacy of Christian character left to those who survive her should be, if used wisely, a blessing to themselves and to all others with whom they come in contact.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church in Siam, Saturday, Aug. 31, at 2:30 p. m., Rev. Hall officiating. Music was furnished by the church choir there.

Interment was made in the Siam cemetery.

[Scrivner, Ora Boon]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 13, 1936     p. 7



Had Been Resident of Siam For Many Years

Ora [Boon] Scrivner, 69, passed away at the Missouri Methodist hospital Friday morning, August 7. He had been in failing health for some time and was taken to the hospital the week previous, where he was given two blood transfusions before submitting to an operation.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Clayton Scrivner, an only daughter Miss Ethel Scrivner, two sisters, Mrs. Laura Bashor of near Siam and Mrs. Myrtie Stipe [Stype] of Clarinda, and one brother, Harl Scrivner of Los Angeles, Calif. His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Scrivner, brother Bert Scrivner, three sisters, Mrs. Emma Welch, Mrs. Mary Martin and Miss Daisy Scrivner, preceded him in death.

Mr. Scrivner was born and reared in this community and spent most of his life here, with the exception of a few years at Craig, Mo., and near Chillicothe, Mo. He was a member of the Plum Lodge 285 AF&AM.

The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck, pastor of the Christian church in Bedford. Burial was made in the Siam Cemetery.

[Scrivner, Ora Boon]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 27, 1936    p. 6

Obituary - Ora Boon Scrivner

Ora Boon Scrivner, one of the eleven children born to Samuel and Nancy Jane Bridgewater Scrivner, was born Nov. 19, 1866 and died August 7, 1936 at the Missouri Methodist hospital in St. Joseph, aged 69 years, 8 months and 18 days.

His early life was spent on the farm where he was born, in early years known as the Elias Bridgewater farm, just north of Siam, later becoming the Scrivner home. It was in this same home his mother had come to from Indiana when she was a little girl.

On October 22, 1890 he was united in marriage to Mary [Hannah] Clayton. To this union one daughter, Ethel, was born.

After his marriage he continued living in Taylor County, Iowa, engaged in farming and the mercantile profession until 1907 when he and his family moved to Holt County, Mo., first on a farm and later to Craig, Mo., where for many years he was a merchant.

In 1921 they moved to Livingstone County, Mo., and in 1934 moved back to Taylor County, Iowa, where he lived until his death.

Two sisters and one brother, besides his wife and daughter, survive him; also several nieces and nephews.

His sisters are Mrs. Laura Bashore of Shambaugh, Iowa, Mrs. Mertie Stipe of Clarinda, Iowa, and his brother, Elias Harley Scrivner of Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Scrivner was of a sunny cheerful disposition, always willing to help those in need. Only the Recording Angel knows of the many kind deeds that he performed.

Funeral services were held in the Siam Church of Christ, conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck of Bedford. Interment was in the Siam cemetery.

[Scrivner, Samuel]

New Market Herald

Thursday     September 12, 1918     p. 2

Sam Scrivner Dead

Many hearts were saddened Saturday when the word was passed from mouth to mouth that Sam Scrivner was dead, he having passed away that day in a sanitarium at St Joe, Mo.

Several months ago his condition became such that it was deemed best to place him in a sanitarium where he could have every attention, which his condition demanded, and he was taken to St Joe and placed in the best institution there. He grew weaker gradually and finally passed away Saturday last.

His remains were brought to his late home here Sunday and the funeral was held Monday morning at ten o'clock, being in charge of the Masonic order of which he was a valued member. Only the Masonic burial service was used, and his remains were laid away in the Siam cemetery, near where he had spent the greater part of his life.

Deceased was born in Licking County, Ohio, on August 30, 1841, and at the time of his death was 77 years and 8 days old. His parents moved to Platte County, Mo. when he was 12 years old, and after residing there two years they moved to Taylor County where he resided until his death. During all these years the home was near Siam until about four years ago when they moved to New Market.

He was married to Nancy Jane Bridgewater on Feb 21, 1861. To this union were born eleven children, five of whom together with the sorrowing wife are left to mourn his loss. They are Mrs. Laura Bashor of near Siam, Mrs. Mertie Stype of Clarinda, Ora and Harley of Craig, Mo., and Daisy at home.

Sam Scrivner was known to nearly everyone in this part of the county and his friends included all who knew him. Of a rough exterior, underneath was as warm a heart as ever throbbed, and his death is sincerely mourned by all.

The surviving family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

[Scrivner, Samuel]

New Market Herald

Thursday     September 12, 1918     p. 2


This community was saddened Saturday by the death of a pioneer citizen, Mr. Samuel Scrivner. Mr. Scrivner lived near Siam all his married life, which was more than 50 years, until about 3 years ago when on account of his health he moved his family to New Market, Ia. He leaves a wife, two sons, Ora and Harley Scrivner of Craig, Mo., and three daughters, Mrs. Lige Stype, of Clarinda, Mrs. T. M. Bashore of near Siam and Daisy at home. The family have the sympathy of a host of friends in their bereavement.

[Scrivner, William]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    November 19, 1931    p. 9

William Scrivner

William, son of John and Emsy Scrivner, was born in Fulton County, Ill., April 6, 1852, and passed away at Maryville, Mo., Nov. 14, 1931, being 79 years, 5 months and 9 days of age. The early part of his life was spent with his parents on a farm in Illinois, coming overland to Iowa in 1870, where he was employed as a herdsman when the country was an open prairie. He was one of the first mail carriers, having a route from Hopkins to Shambaugh. Uncle Billy never enjoyed the privileges most of us have, not being able to walk, but always found something he could do. He was a merchant in Siam for a number of years, and while residing there was converted and joined the Methodist Church and was a regular attendant at Sunday school and Church services. About 23 years ago he sold the store in Siam and built a home in Hopkins, where he was weigh master as long as his health permitted. He leaves to mourn his going, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Kent of Boise City, Idaho and Mrs. [Emily] Josephine Jared of Bedford; a half-sister, Mrs. Minnie Saunders of Lorimor, Ia.; a half-brother, Jasper Scrivner, and a number of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Bedford, Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. R. Talley. Interment was made in Fairview cemetery.

[Severns, Nathaniel]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday     March 14, 1895     p. 5

Blockton Notes

Nathaniel Severns, an old settler and a respected citizen, died Monday morning, aged about 74 years.

[Woldruff, Cecil Guy]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 7, 1972     p. 4

Cecil Woldruff Rites December 1 In Siam

Funeral services for Cecil [Guy] Woldruff, 73, lifelong farmer in the Siam area, were held December 1 at the Siam United Methodist Church with Carl Cummings officiating assisted by Rev. Ed Osburn. Mr. Woldruff died November 28, 1972, at his home in Siam. Interment was at the Shearer Cemetery.

Mr. Woldruff was born May 15, 1899, in Page County, the son of Barnes [James Russell] and Amanda (Fine) Woldruff.

He received his education at the Pine School in Buchanan Township.

On Jan. 21, 1920, he was married to Mary Stewart of Siam.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Darrel Perry of Coin, Mrs. Duane Sunderman of Clarinda and Mrs. Fred Fresenmeyer [Fesenmeyer] of Eldon, Mo.; a son, James, of Clarinda; three sisters, Mrs. Floyd Clayton of New Market, Mrs. Ethel Neal of Vancouver, Ore., and Mrs. Alfred Orme of Hopkins, Mo.; four brothers, Glen of Hopkins, Elbert of Colorado Springs, Colo., and George and Marvin of Clarinda, 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Loy, Orie and Loren.

He was a member of the Siam church for about 50 years and served as church treasurer for 49 years. He also was on the Taylor County ASC committee and was a Polk Township official for 16 years.

Cecil was a wonderful neighbor, exemplifying his Christian spirit and his love for God in his daily life.

The family suggests memorial for the heart fund, in charge of Mrs. Mike Lovitt of Clarinda and Mrs. Carrol Spaulding of Hopkins.

[Woldruff, Mary Alice Stewart]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      September 22, 1999     p. 5

Mary Stewart Woldruff

Mary [Alice] Stewart Woldruff was born near Siam, Iowa the second child of Ed and Ara [Faye Wilson] Stewart on February 2, 1899. She lived in the Siam area all of her life and on January 21,1920 she was married to Cecil [Guy] Woldruff of the Braddyville area. Four children were born to this union: Doris Perry of Coin, James Woldruff and Margaret Sunderman of Clarinda and Marian Fesenmeyer of Eldon, MO.

She was a member of the Siam Methodist Church and later when she moved to Clarinda she attended the Clarinda Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Woldruff November, 1972; parents; four sisters, Lula Stewart, Grace Johnson, Ruth Bebout, Vesta Woldruff; daughter-in-law, Arleen Woldruff and a great grandchild.

Survivors include her four children Doris Perry and husband Darrell of Coin, James Woldruff and wife Bonnie of Clarinda, Margaret Sunderman and husband Duane of Clarinda and Marian Fesenmeyer and husband Fred of Eldon, MO; 21 grandchildren; 53 great grandchildren; 34 great, great grandchildren; two step grandchildren; brother Harry Stewart of Eldon, MO; sister, Faye McClarnon of Clarinda; sisters-in-law, Lois Orme, Edna Woldruff, Vera Clayton and one brother-in-law, Marvin Woldruff and his wife Ethel and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held September 13, 1999 at Walker Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda with Rev. Walden Paige officiating. Burial was in the Shearer Cemetery, near Braddyville, Iowa. Walker Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note:  The birth date given on her gravestone is February 3, 1899.]