Thursday March 22, 1934 [p. 1]
G. L. Brookman Of Gravity Dies
[eorge] L. [emuel] Brookman, 91,
civil war veteran, died at his home in Gravity Tuesday night following a stroke
of paralysis two weeks ago.
funeral services will be held at the Church of Christ in Gravity Friday
afternoon. Burial will be made in the Gravity cemetery. Military honors will be
given at the burial services by Legion members from Bedford and Gravity.
Thursday March 29, 1934 p. 7
Services Are Held for George
services for George L. [emuel] Brookman, 91, who died at his home in Gravity Tuesday, March 20, were held at
the Christian church in Gravity Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Joe Green,
a former pastor. Military services were held at the grave. Burial was in the
was born in Hartford County, Maryland, Nov. 22, 1842. When but a boy he left
his home in Maryland, and went to Hillsboro, Ill., where he grew to manhood. He
enlisted in the Civil war at the age of 20 years, June 6, 1862, in company C,
70th regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged October 23,
1862. He again enlisted at Mattoon, Ill., as a corporal in company H, 143rd
regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged September 26, 1864.
came to Taylor County, Iowa, in 1870, where he was married to Miss Ella
M.[athilda] Churchill. To them
were born five children, four sons and one daughter: Oscar N. [apoleon]
Brookman of Muskogee, Okla; Grace
N. Patch of Gravity; Roy S.
[amuel] Brookman of Springview,
Nebr.; Walter H. [enry] Brookman of Gravity; William R. [ay] Brookman of Blanchard, all of whom were with him in his last illness.
George", as he was familiarly known, was one of the early settlers in
Taylor County, and has lived here since. For many years he worked as a
contractor and builder, and erected the first residence in Gravity. In later
years he entered the mercantile business and retired from this only a few years
leaves to mourn his death, four sons, a daughter, one granddaughter, three
grandsons, two great grandchildren, three daughters-in-law, and a nephew.
was a member of the Christian church.
Thursday March 29, 1934 [p. 1]
George L. Brookman
Lemuel Brookman, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Brookman, was born
in Hartford County, Maryland, November 22, 1842, and passed away at his home in
Gravity, Iowa, at 11:15 o’clock Tuesday evening, March 20, 1934, at the age of
91 years, 3 months and 20 days.
but a boy he left his home in Maryland and went to Hillsboro, Illinois, where
he grew to manhood. He enlisted in the Civil war at the age of twenty years,
June 6, 1862, in Co. "C" 70th Regimental Illinois Volunteer Infantry,
and discharged October 23, 1862. He again enlisted at Mattoon, Illinois, as a
corporal in Co. "H" 143d Regimental Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and
was discharged September 26, 1864. He came to Taylor County Iowa, in 1870, and
was united in marriage to Miss Ella [Mathilda] Churchill, February 10, 1880, To this union were born five
children, four sons and one daughter: Oscar N. [apoleon], of Muskogee, Okla., Grace N., Gravity, Iowa; Roy S. [amuel], Springview, Nebraska; Walter H.[enry], Gravity, Iowa; and William R. [ay], Blanchard, Iowa,
all of whom were with him in his last illness.
George, as he was familiarly
known, was one of the early settlers in Taylor County and has lived here since.
For many years he worked as contractor and builder, and erected the first
residence in Gravity. In later years he entered the mercantile business and
retired from this only a few years ago. He united with the Christian church
several years ago and was active in Sunday school and church work. He was a
good husband, a loving father, a kind neighbor and a true friend; a man of
sterling character, honest and upright in his dealings, and will be missed by
all who knew him.
leaves to mourn his death a wife, four sons, a daughter, one granddaughter,
three grandsons, two great-grandchildren, three daughters-in-law, a nephew and
other relatives, together with a host of friends.
services were held at the Christian church, Friday, March 23rd, at two o'clock,
conducted by Rev. Joe Greene, a former pastor, and interment was made in the
was made in the Gravity cemetery, under military form, the service being in
charge of a firing squad of eight Legion men from here and Bedford, who fired
the salute over the open grave and Ramon Reynolds from here who blew taps. The
flag was carried by one lone Civil War veteran, Frank Akers, who was present at the service in the cemetery
and also at the church.
Thursday March 29, 1934 p. 2
In Memory of the
the passing of G. [eorge] L. [emuel] Brookman, following a stroke of paralysis, another Civil
War veteran has answered the last roll call. Two yet remain here in town, B.
F. Richardson and Frank Akers.
long residence of the deceased in this community, and his active interest in
every community movement, has made him a distinct figure in the affairs of the
town and community that will make his absence sadly missed by many people.
age apparently never slowed down his interest in life and its activities. The
first man on the street in the morning for years, summer and winter, was G.[eorge]
L. [emuel] Brookman. Happy when
in business and out of business. Always friendly and cheerful, with a happy
greeting for old and young.
was a firm believer in the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of Man as the
solution of much of the ills of this old world. His faith in a future life was
steadfast, and he delighted in the study of God's word and to meditate on the
truths found therein.
faculties remained almost normal to the end of his life and he could see to
read constantly, if he desired to do so, until the fatal illness that came
seventeen days before his death.
delighted in outdoor life, and during the latter years of his life when time
hung heavy on his hands, he spent many pleasant days on the banks of the creek
fishing. Soon after his return from a day spent on the river he would come to
this office and many a description have we heard of the way he landed them and
often how the big ones sometimes got away.
was interested in flowers and fruit, and has sold many fruit trees and vines in
this community. Just before his fatal illness he was out taking orders for
plants to be shipped in for early planting, which delivery will be made from
was always interested in politics, and one of the last acts of his life in this
line was to circulate and send in the nomination paper of Gov. Dan W. Turner. A
nice letter from Mr. Turner was received and read to him as he lay in bed,
thanking him for the service rendered.
funds were to be raised for any worthy purpose here, whether it was the annual
Home Coming or merely to raise money for some one in need, G. [eorge] L. [emuel]
Brookman was always ready to
carry the paper and he never failed to get the amount of money required.
has gone to his reward. He will be missed by all of us, and the sympathy of the
entire community is extended to the bereaved family.
Thursday March 29, 1934 p. 3
and Mrs. O. [scar] N. [apoleon] Brookman, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Roy S.[amuel] Brookman, editor of Springview, (Nebr.) Herald, who attended the funeral service held for their
father, G. [eorge] L. [emuel] Brookman, Friday, left Saturday noon for their homes.
Thursday January 26,
1939 [p. 1]
Brookman Funeral Friday
funeral of Walter H. [enry] Brookman was held Friday afternoon in the Christian church here. The church
was filled to capacity and some were not able to find seats. The service was in
charge of Rev. Buck, pastor of the church, and the music was by a mixed quartet
composed of Mrs. Oliver Posten, Mrs. Cecil Morgan, George Roberts and Earl
King, with Mrs. Claude Gray accompanist.
pallbearers were Oliver Posten, E. J. Posten, Dr. Reed, J. S. Francis, Dr.
Hines and Herbert Reeve.
the cemetery, Kenneth Stephens of Bedford assisted by members of the local
Masonic lodge, conducted the ritualistic service of the order. The American
Legion post of Sharpsburg and Gravity were accompanied by a firing squad and
others who carried out the usual military program at the grave.
deceased will be sadly missed here where he has lived for half a century. His
quiet demeanor, his interest in all matters of public service, and his
willingness to help at all times has made him a valuable citizen who sometimes
is not really appreciated until he is gone.
was town assessor, secretary of the local M. W. A. lodge, meter reader for the
light company when needed and did many other things where volunteers for public
service were sought. He was universally liked by all who knew him and his
sudden departure was a severe shock to the community from which it will not
recover for a long time, and most of us can hardly realize that he is gone.
H. [enry] Brookman was called for
service May 13, 1918, was sent to Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Mo., where he
was examined and under quarantine being sent from there to Del Rio, Texas,
where he served in Troupe A, 307 Cavalry until August 18, 1918, being
transferred to Battery A 51 Field Artillery, sent to Camp Bowie, Texas, was
made a Corporal the 6th of September, 1918, being transferred to Headquarters
Co., sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma to the school of fire; was telephone Corporal
of the 1st Battalion, the only non-commission officer in the Battalion; was in
charge of 42 men who communicated all kinds of messages; he was sent from Fort
Sill to Camp Dodge, Iowa, and received discharge February 10,1919.
fallowing obituary notice was read at the funeral service Friday afternoon.
Henry Brookman, son of George
L. [emuel] and Ella M. [athilda Churchill] Brookman was born near Gravity on December 18, 1888 and
passed away at the home of his mother Mrs. Ella Brookman at Gravity on January 18, 1939. Aged 50 years and
lived on the farm north of Gravity with his parents until he was about nine
years old when his parents moved to Gravity. He has made Gravity his home all these
years. As a young man he worked at the carpenter trade. He served in the U. S.
A. during the World war in Company Battery A. 51st Field Artillery
and received an honorable discharge. Returning to Gravity he continued in the
carpenter trade as long as his health permitted.
is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ella M. [athilda Churchill] Brookman; his sister, Mrs. Grace Patch of Gravity; his brothers, O. [scar] N.
[apoleon] Brookman of Muskogee,
Oklahoma; Roy S. [amuel] Brookman of Springview, Nebraska and Wm. R. [ay] Brookman of Blanchard, Iowa.
was preceded in death by his father who passed away on March 20, 1934.
He was an active member
Sunlight Lodge No. 459 of A. F. & A. M. Gravity, Iowa, and also a member of the American Legion Post
No. 578 of Sharpsburg, Iowa.
The obituary notice was printed in the Bedford Times-Press, January 26, 1939, page 7.]
Thursday January 26,
1939 p. 2
Among those from out of
town attending the funeral of Walter Brookman here Friday were his brothers, Roy S. [amuel]
Brookman and wife of Springview,
Nebraska; O. [scar] N. [apoleon] Brookman of Muskogee, Oklahoma; and W.[illiam] R. [ay] Brookman, wife and daughter, Betty Lou, J. W. McFarland and Mrs. Claude McFarland all of Blanchard; Mr. and Mrs. Russell
Brookman of Creston and Mrs.
W. W. Chandler of Dee Moines.
There were also members from Masonic and Legion orders from surrounding towns.
Thursday May 17, 1934 [p. 1]
Melville Damewood Jr., son of Isaac
[Newton] and Elizabeth [Jane McFerrin] Damewood, was born in Page County, Iowa, Nov. 18, 1865;
and passed from this life at 10:20 a. m., May 8, 1934, at the age of 68 years,
5 months and 20 days.
June 6, 1884 he was united in marriage to Margaret Alice Garrison. To this union, eight children were born: Tracy,
Clyde [Milton], Asbury, Alice, Martha [May], Coryl, Bernice, Dorothy. Three of whom preceded him in death: —Tracy, aged 9; Asbury, aged 2; Dorothy Dee, who died January 7, 1934 at the age of 22 years.
is survived by his companion of nearly 50 years, one son, Clyde [Milton] of Gravity, Ia.; four daughters: Mrs. D. [avid] E. Peck [Alice] of Des Moines, Mrs. Carl Werner [Martha May] of Harrisville, New York; Mrs. A. [lert] J. [ohannes] Lunde [Coryl] of Bismarck, N. Dak.; Bernice Damewood of the home. Two sisters: Mrs. Bessie Reggels
[Mary Elizabeth Riggle] of Coin,
Ia.; Mrs. J. [esse] W. [allace] Hoskins [Martha Carolyn] of
Clarinda, Ia.; one brother, Ulysses [Grant] Damewood of Clarinda, Ia.; seven grandchildren, one great
grandchild; many other relatives and a large circle of friends.
Damewood spent the most of his
life in Taylor County. Seven years ago the family moved to Burlington,
October 1893 he was converted under the pastorate of Rev. Jay Kirkendall and
united with the Methodist church in Gravity. When the family moved to Wisconsin, his membership was
transferred to Burlington where he is now a member. He was a member of the
Modern Woodman of America Lodge.
had enjoyed splendid health until 18 months ago from which time he had been
failing. His loving disposition endeared him to his many friends. No greater
tribute can be made than his working associates bestowed upon him: his
dependability, abundant firmness, and comradeship.
was a good, kind, and loving father and husband. He leaves behind a wealth of
memories. His going is an unestimable loss to the family.
funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church by the pastor, Rev. R.
V. Felt, at 2:00 p. m., Saturday, and the body laid to rest by the side of his
two sons in the cemetery at Villisca.
Thursday May 17, 1934 p. 5
and Mrs. Alert Lunde left Monday
for their home in Bismarck, North Dakota. They were called here by the death of
Mrs. Lunde's father, I. [saac] M.[elville] Damewood.
[Hopkins, Alva F.]
Thursday March 29, 1934 [p. 1]
A. F. Hopkins
[lva] F. Hopkins, who with Mrs.
Hopkins [Evalda Caroline
Wheelock] have made their home in
Red Oak for several years, was buried in the cemetery here Friday afternoon.
Hopkins has been in poor health
for some time, but his death was a surprise to his many old friends here.
funeral service was held in Red Oak and the body was brought here for burial.
The Hopkins family lived in this
vicinity for many years on their farm southeast of here and have many old
friends and neighbors here who extend sincere sympathy to Mrs. Hopkins and the
[Hopkins, Alva F.]
Thursday March 29, 1934 p. 7
FORMER RESIDENT DIES
A. F. Hopkins Succumbs at Home In Red Oak
[lva] F. Hopkins, a former
resident of Gravity, died at his home in Red Oak, March 20. Funeral services
were held from the Perryman chapel at Red Oak, Friday, conducted by Rev. Ira E.
Carney. Burial was in the Gravity cemetery. Earl Hopkins and wife of Minnesota, Iva, Gladys and Theo were present at the service.
[Mann, Clara Elizabeth
Thursday October 14, 1909 p. 3
weary weeks of suffering, Mrs. Clara [Elizabeth Hartman] Mann, wife of M. [arcellus] Mann, died at about 10 p. m. last Saturday evening.
[Mann, Grace Emily
Thursday June 26, 1947 p. 2
Grace Emily Johnson
Emily Johnson, daughter of Scott
and Caroline Johnson, was born on
a farm near Gravity, Iowa May 15, 1879 and departed this life June 19, 1947 at
the age of 68 years, 1 month and 5 days.
was raised to womanhood in Gravity and the vicinity.
was united in marriage in 1900 to Sylvester Mann and they moved to Clearfield shortly after, where
they lived the remaining years except for the last 8 years, which were spent in
was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.
was a loving wife and a devoted mother and a lifetime member of the Methodist
Church at Clearfield, which she attended while her health permitted.
is survived by her husband Sylvester Mann, and a son Dwight and
a grandson Dale, all of Des
Mann will be remembered by all
her relatives and a host of friends.
services were held at 2:00 p. m., Saturday, at the Crew Funeral Home, conducted
by Rev. D. C. Callison.
Swan at piano; singing by Mesdames Owens, Richey, Mahoney and Whitmore.
Interment was in Gravity Cemetery.
[Mann, Grace Emily
Thursday June 26, 1947 p. 2
Mann, only grandchild of the late Mrs. Grace Mann—is a
telephone lineman, and was marooned last week near Ottumwa, and thus was unable
to come to Clearfield for the funeral on Saturday.
[Mann, Grace Emily
Thursday June 26, 1947 p. 3
Grace Mann-Mrs. Sylvester Mann—died
at DM on the 19th, aged 68 years. They had lived for some years at
6800 W. Washington St. N W part of the city. She had been an invalid for many
[Mann, Rachel Johnson]
Thursday January 16, 1936 p. 3
Johnson Mann, wife of Thomas
Calvin Mann, was born near
Athens, Ohio, March 15, 1843, and died at her home in Gravity, Iowa, at 3:10
o'clock Saturday morning, January 11, 1936, aged, 92 years, 9 months and 26
enjoyed unusually good health for one of her age, and since the death of her
husband, on September 27, 1915, she has retained her home here, living alone
most of the time rather than give it up and live with her children as they had
often urged her to do.
the past few months her health seemed to fail, but it was only a few days
before her death that she was forced to lay aside entirely the active duties of
life and await the final summons to a life beyond this world for which she had
made careful preparation.
end came peacefully, in the early hours of the morning and she is now at rest
after a long life of service.
1863, at her home in Ohio, she was united in marriage to Thomas Calvin Mann, Civil War Veteran. To this union were born four
children, three sons and one daughter. They are: Marcellus, and Sylvester of Clearfield, Mrs. Eva Miller of Perry, who passed away, Dec. 13, 1935; and Fred of Lincoln, Nebraska.
family came to Iowa in 1875, and located near Kent in Union county. After five
years residence on a farm there, they moved to Clearfield, then a new town on
this branch of railway, where they lived until March 1896 when they moved to
Gravity, where she continued to make her home until her death.
the three sons, she leaves a brother, William Johnson, 95 years old, who makes his home with a son in
the state of Washington. Besides the relatives, she leaves to mourn her going,
a large number of friends who sincerely feel the loss of a true friend and good
Mann was intensely devoted to a
religious life and loved the services of the church. She was a member of the
Baptist church in early life but after the disorganization of the church here
she joined the Methodist Episcopal church and remained a faithful member to the
funeral service was held at the home here Monday afternoon at two o 'clock,
conducted by Rev. Nixon, pastor of the Methodist church here. The music was
favorite hymns of the deceased, sung by a mixed quartet, composed of Mrs.
Albert Levi, Mrs. O. M. Buckner, L. E. Morley and J. S. Francis. The
pallbearers were: Ray Walker, Fred Keith, A. J. Leighton, Jesse Johnson, O. M.
Buckner and Dave Foster.
body was laid to rest in the Gravity cemetery.
from out of town attending the funeral were the three sons, Sella, Sylvester and Fred and their wives; Frederick Mann of Lincoln; Harry Mann, wife, son, Charles and daughter Jeanne of Lincoln, Nebraska; Clare Mann and wife of Council Bluffs; Edwin Miller and his daughter, Mrs. Dale Miller and Betty Jane of Perry; Dwight Mann, wife and son, Dale of Des Moines; L. E. Hartman and wife, Mrs. Jess McKelvey, Mrs. Mary Wolfor and Mrs. Lena Stuart of Clearfield.
[Mann, Susanna Helm]
Bedford Free Press
Thursday March 26, 1908 p. 8
M. [ichael] Mann attended the
funeral of her mother in law, Mrs. Susanna [Helm] Mann, at Gravity Saturday. She returned home Monday.
The deceased lady was 87 years of age and died Friday morning.
Thursday December 22,
1949 p. 2
services for Sylvester Mann,
72, a former Clearfield hardware dealer, were held Thursday, December 15 at the
Crew Funeral Home. Burial was at Gravity. He was preceded in death by his wife Grace. Surviving are his son, Dwight and wife Opal, and one grandson, Dale, of Des Moines.
[Mann, Thomas Calvin]
Thursday September 30,
1915 p. 5
T. C. Mann Passes Away
night, a little after midnight, T. [homas] C. [alvin] Mann, who had been lying unconscious since stricken by
paralysis Thursday night passed peacefully away. All the members of his family
were gathered about his bedside when the end came. His faithful companion, who
has tenderly cared for him for the past several years, watched over him to the
very last. Seeming to have a premonition of the time when the end would come,
she told the children the message would come at midnight, and having lain down
to rest during the early part of the evening, she arose at that hour and went
to the sickroom only a few minutes before the final message came.
[homas] C. [alvin] Mann located
in Gravity during the early history of the town. For many years, he conducted a
furniture store and undertaking parlors there. He later sold out and went into
the grocery business, which he discontinued about six years ago on account of
ill health. During the past three years he has been in very poor health, hardly
able to leave his home at all. He was a most patient sufferer, always kind and
appreciative. He was unwilling to be a care to anyone, which trait of character
came to him naturally as a result of his experience in the hardy pioneer days
Mann was a veteran of the civil
war and was held in high esteem by his comrades. As many of the old soldiers as
could be were present at the funeral service. The six pallbearers were comrades
who had borne with him the struggle in defense of our nation's honor. Funeral
services were held at the home at ten o'clock Tuesday morning, and were
attended by a large number of neighbors and friends. The funeral sermon was
delivered by Pastor C. W. Proctor of the Methodist church, and was a fitting
tribute to the life that had ended. The still current of integrity, honor, and
Christian manhood ran deep in the life of T.[homas] C. [alvin] Mann. The body was laid to rest in the Gravity
cemetery. The casket was carried to the hearse between the two lines of
veterans. Nineteen old soldiers were present, five of them from Clearfield.
Calvin Mann was born near Athens,
Ohio, Feb. 18, 1840; died at his home in Gravity, Iowa, Sept. 27, 1915; aged,
75 years, 7 months and 9 days. He grew to manhood in the community of his
birth, and enlisted in the Union army in the fall of 1861, belonging to Co. C,
36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
spent four years and four days in his country's service during which time he
was made orderly sergeant in recognition of his gallantry in service. He
received an honorable discharge from the army and returned to his home in Ohio.
In 1863 he was united in marriage to Miss Rachel Johnson. To this union were born four children, three
sons and one daughter, all of whom survive him and were present at the funeral
services. The children are Marcellus and Sylvester of
Clearfield, Iowa; Mrs. Eva Miller of Zearing, Iowa; and Fred of
family came to Iowa in 1875, locating near Kent in Union county. Five years
later they moved to Clearfield where they made their home until March of 1896,
when they moved to Gravity.
deceased was converted when but a child and united with the Baptist church, and
adorned his profession by a good life. He has been an invalid for nearly three
years, yet in all his affliction he displayed evidence of genuine Christian
patience. He made friends of all who came to know him.
[Mann, Thomas Calvin]
Thursday September 30,
1915 p. 2
Mann went to Gravity Saturday
evening to help care for his father. M.[arcellus] Mann went over on Sunday. Their father, T. [homas]
C. [alvin] Mann, passed away
Sunday night about midnight.
[Patch, Grace Brookman
Thursday November 8,
1951 p. 8
Grace Patch Dies
N. Brookman was born Nov. 17,
1884 at Gravity and died Nov. 1 at her home in Gravity. At the time of her
death she was 66 years, 11 months and 14 days.
spent her entire life in Taylor County. For many years she was employed in the
office of the Gravity Independent,
and later owned and operated a dress shop in Gravity.
girlhood she became a member of the Christian church in which she retained her
membership throughout her entire life.
are her mother, Mrs. Ella M. [athilda Churchill] Brookman; three brothers, O. [scar] N.[apoleon]
Brookman, Muskogee, Okla., Roy
S.[amuel] Brookman, Springview, Neb., Wm. R. [ay] Brookman, Clarinda.
father, G.[eorge] L.[emuel] Brookman and one brother, Walter H. [enry] Brookman, preceded her in death.
were held Nov. 3 in the Wetmore Funeral home. Burial was at Gravity. Rev. Evan
Routh, pastor of the Christian church in Bedford, officiated.
from out of town attending the Grace Patch funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Brookman of Springview, Neb., Mr. and Mrs. Bus Brookman of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Brookman of Clarinda, Mr. and Mrs. Charles King of Elmo, Mo., Mrs. Dan Leonard and daughter of Corning, Mrs. Gertrude Lund of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peterson of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Loghry of Corning, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Williams of Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. Art Weaver of Clarinda, Mrs. Blanche Damewood and Mrs. Kenneth Lucas of Bedford.