Thursday February 24,
1949 [p. 1]
Everett Clark Funeral Today
Clark of Deer Park, Washington,
son of Mrs. Jim Clark of
Sharpsburg, passed away at his home last week and the funeral service was held
there. The body was then returned to his old home at Sharpsburg, where in the
Methodist church there, at two o'clock, funeral services are being held today
and the body will be brought to the cemetery here for burial.
Thursday October 28, 1915 p. 8
[Abednego] Davis died Friday
morning at the home of his son, A.[bednego C. [ass] Davis, west of town, after an illness of only a few
weeks. Mr. Davis was in his
93d year, and was among one of the oldest residents of Taylor County. Funeral
services were held at the A. [bednego] C. [ass] Davis home, Sunday at 2 p. m., conducted by Rev. C. W.
Proctor, pastor of the Methodist church. The remains were laid to rest in the
Gravity cemetery by the side of the wife who had preceded him a number of years
Wednesday November 10, 1915 p. 9
Taylor County Pioneer
following article from a Taylor County paper tells of the passing of one of the
earliest settlers in this section of Iowa. Mr. A. [bednego] S. [tephens] Davis was a grandfather of Mrs. Edgar West of this vicinity. The brief story of his life
will be interesting reading to many.
Stephens Davis was born December
25, 1822, and died October 22, 1915, being therefore at the time of his death
92 years, 9 months and 27 days old. His wife preceded him 11 years ago, after
61 years of wedded life; also three sons. He leaves but two sons and two
daughters: John H. [ammond] of Stapleton, Neb., Abednego C. [ass]
of near Gravity, Mrs. Hanna Cone of Nevada, Mo., and Mrs. Julia Sawvel of Shenandoah, all of whom were permitted to be present except Mrs.
Hanna Cone, who with her daughter
is traveling in the west and could not be found. There are 19 grandchildren and
about as many great grandchildren.
Ben, as he was commonly called, was born in Maryland, but moved to Ohio while
yet a young man and engaged in plastering. He met Almenia Barns, to whom he was married in June 1843. To this
union were born seven children: Thomas J. [efferson], recently deceased, John Hammond, Frances Welch, who died several years ago in Idaho; Hanna
Amelia, Abednego Cass, Charles Moltri,
who died in infancy, and Mrs. Julia Ann Sawvel.
his marriage he engaged in school teaching, which occupation together with
auctioneering, he followed until he with his family moved to Decatur County,
Iowa, in 1853. He remained there three years, when he went to Taylor County,
where he remained a continuous resident till the time of his death, with the
exception of three years spent in Hawleyville in the mercantile business. He
first settled on the old farm then known as the Levi Hayden place; now known as
the Allen farm, one-half mile north of the Holt cemetery. In those pioneer days
there were but few settlers, among whom were Dan Leonard, John Laird, Samuel
Churchill, Elihu Baker, David Baker, Norton Scott, Edward Otis and Johnnie
Hayden, none of whom are now left.
home was always open to the strangers and anyone traveling through the country
received a hearty welcome, with no thought of charges. It therefore became
noted as the “Halfway House” between Bedford and Quincy, which was then the
county seat of Adams County.
became widely known through southwestern Iowa and northern Missouri as one of
the most popular auctioneers of his time, having cried sales as far south as
St. Joseph, and those who know him remember him best in that capacity.
having lived for several years on a farm on the East Nodaway River, he retired
from the active life he had always led and took up his residence in Gravity,
where he has lived for the last twenty years. Since his wife’s death eleven
years ago he has been a partial invalid, spending his last days in confinement.
is not many that are permitted to live through as many generations as did Mr.
Davis. He could tell many
interesting things he experienced that sound queer to us, yet make us realize
how many more advantages we have than did the makers of our great state. He saw
the hand sickle replaced by the cradle, the cradle by the reaper and the reaper
by the binder. He saw the grease lamp replaced by the tallow candle, the candle
by the coal oil lamp, the oil lamp by gas and electricity. He saw the ox
replaced by the horse, the horse by steam, electricity and automobile, and the
success of the air ship. He made all his children’s shoes, while his wife
carded, spun and wove the texture, which she made into their clothing. We often
read of these things, but very few are now left to tell such experiences, and
with the passing of Mr. Davis one of the last of the oldest pioneers has gone.
Davis was a highly respected
citizen and a man of many sterling qualities. Never was anyone in need but that
they received something from his generous hand. He was a man of great veracity
and truthfulness and although he was not allied with any church, was a believer
in prayer and always respected, honored and revered his wife’s great devotion.
His belief was more in accord with the Baptists.
funeral service was held Sunday afternoon at the home of his son, A.[bednego]
C. [ass] Davis and interment was
made in the Gravity cemetery. Rev. C. W. Proctor, pastor of the Gravity
Methodist church, had charge of the funeral services.
[Davis, Almenia Barns]
Tuesday March 22, 1904 [p. 1]
Mrs. A. Davis of Gravity Dead.
A. [bednego] Davis [Almenia
Barns] died yesterday afternoon
at her home in Gravity. Mrs. Davis was near four score years of age and passed peacefully after a month decline of
health. She has many friends in that locality being an old resident. She has
many friends in our city. The funeral will be conducted at the residence by the
Rev. Fowler tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.
[Davis, Mary Harlan]
New Market Herald
Thursday June 23, 1921 p. 2
and Mrs. Albert Lund of
Shenandoah drove over Monday evening, called here by the death of their aunt, Mrs.
T.[homas] J. [efferson] Davis.
T. [homas] J. [efferson] Davis [Mary
Harlan] passed away Monday
evening at her home here, after many weeks illness. Funeral arrangements are
not made at this time.
[Davis, Sarah Jane
Thursday January 31,
1935 p. 3
MRS. DAVIS DIES
Was Victim of
Pneumonia Following a Stroke
A. [bednego] C. [ass] Davis [Sarah
Jane Combs] of Gravity died
Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Peterson in Omaha. The funeral services were conducted
Thursday afternoon by Rev. Shepherd, Lenox, assisted by Rev. Nixon of the
Gravity M. E. church. Burial was in the Gravity cemetery.
relatives are the husband, A. [bednego] C. [ass] Davis, and a son, Frank Davis of Gravity, and two daughters, Mrs. Frank
Peterson of Omaha and Mrs. C.
C. Mills of Lenox.
[Davis, Sarah Jane
Lenox Time Table
Thursday January 31, 1935 [p. 1, 8]
Obituary of Mrs. A.
Jane Combs was born December the
28th, 1858 near Peoria, Illinois [sic, see below]. When 14 years of age she moved with her
parents to a farm northwest of Gravity and one mile south of Guss where she
grew to womanhood.
was married to Abednego Cass Davis September 19, 1877. To them six children were born; five of whom, with her
husband survive her, Ida Mae McFarland of Omaha, Aurora Ellen Mills of Lenox, Abednego Davis who died when two years of age, Winnie Dorcas Peterson of Omaha, Francis Elmer of Gravity and Dorte Love of Weslaco, Texas.
with her husband reared her family on a farm near Guss with occasional moves to
Gravity and Clarinda for convenience of educating her family. After all were
married but the youngest Dorte, she moved to a farm west of Gravity. Here and in her cottage in Gravity she
remained until his education was almost completed.
1918 she moved to Weslaco, Texas. Here she resided until the summer of her
fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1927, when she took up her temporary residence
at Gravity to be near her children. Since then she has divided her time with
her children on account of failing health.
August of this year she suffered a stroke of paralysis from which she was
recovering when pneumonia developed. After two days of suffering she passed
away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. F. Peterson in Omaha, on January 21, 1935.
was a faithful wife, and a kind and loving mother and a devoted friend to
everyone. Hers was a life of sacrifice and of good Christian faith having
united with the Methodist church when her children were small.
the husband, A. [bednego] C. [ass] Davis and five children, one brother, Francis Marion Combs of Fleming, Colorado; she is survived by a
nephew, Joseph Thomas Lower of
Gravity, who is almost like her own child; five nieces, eight grandchildren; James,
Waldo, Cecelia and Muriel McFarland, Mable Mae Palmberg, Mildred and Melva
Davis and Frances Jeanne
Winifred Peterson and four great
grandchildren, Darrell, Terry Mae and Charles McFarland and Rowinna Mae Preston, besides the relatives of her husband who had
grown as dear to her as her own, and a host of friends.
services were held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church at
Gravity, conducted by the Rev. Floyd L. Shepherd of the Methodist church at
Lenox, assisted by the Rev. Nixon of the Gravity Methodist church.
favorite hymns of the deceased were selected by the family and sung by a
quartet composed of J. S. Francis and daughter, Georgina, Mrs. Nixon and George
Roberts. By special request of the family, Miss Francis also sang as a solo,
"The Old Rugged Cross."
the arrival of the family from Omaha, the plans, originally made to bury at
Guss, were changed and it was decided that interment should be made in the
from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Al Pullen and Mrs. Laura
Combs of New Market, Mrs. Lizzy Thompson and son, Marion Thompson and wife; Mr.
and Mrs. C. C. Mills, Alice Madden and Mrs. Jennie Preston, all of Lenox; Mrs.
Ida McFarland and children, Waldo, Muriel and Cecelia; Frank Peterson, wife and
daughter, Frances Jeanne; Miss Mildred Davis and Mrs. Elizabeth Butke, all of
Omaha; and Mrs. Mable Palmberg and daughter Rowinna Mae Preston, of
Nortonville, Kansas; and Rev. and Mrs. Shepherd of Lenox.
were: N. B. Morrison, Tom Morrison, Green Moore, Frank Morris, Will Wagner and
**Sarah Jane Combs, daughter of Joseph Thomas Combs and Kiziah McDonald, was born Dec 28, 1858 in Center Twp, Morgan Co, Ohio. She is on the 1860 census in that place with her parents and with her parents on the 1870 census in Clover Twp, Henry Co, Ill. She came to Taylor Co, Iowa with her parents and married here. - Pat Combs O'Dell
[Davis, Thomas Jefferson]
Thursday August 5, 1915 [p. 1]
T. Jefferson Davis Dead.
[homas] J. [efferson] Davis of
Gravity died Wednesday morning at his home, after an illness of about a week. Mr.
Davis was an old resident of that
Bedford Free Press
Tuesday August 10, 1915 p. 8
T. J. Davis
[homas] J. [efferson] Davis, one
of the first residents of Gravity died at his home last Tuesday after a short
illness. Funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon.
has been in the practice of veterinary surgery for the past twenty-five years
and was widely known in the north part of the county. For four years he was
postmaster at Gravity, receiving his appointment of President Cleveland.
Davis was a public spirited man
and the progressive town of Gravity owes much of its successful growth to him
or to measures he advocated.
Thursday August 12, 1915 p. 3
T. J. Davis.
[homas] J. [efferson] Davis, one
of the oldest and best-known men in north Taylor County, died at his home in
Gravity August 3, after a few hours illness. He was 70 years of age. Mr.
Davis was born at Zanesville,
Ohio, December 19, 1844. He came with his parents from the place of his birth
to eastern, Iowa, where he remained a few years, removing then to Holt
township, Taylor county. He lived there until 1881, when he moved with his
family to Gravity where he erected the first business house, and where he had
Davis practised as a veterinary
surgeon for more than twenty-five years. He was postmaster under Cleveland's
administration four years. For many years he has had charge of the Gravity
telephone switchboard, keeping it in good working order, as an electrician, and
was so highly respected for his work with the telephone authorities ordered the
switchboard draped in mourning for thirty days.
a member of the Masonic lodge he was held in high esteem by all of the members,
and was worshipful master for many years.
funeral services were conducted at the residence Friday afternoon by W. L.
Dunlavy and Irving Wade. The remains were laid to rest in the Gravity cemetery,
the beautiful and impressive Masonic service being used.
are a wife, two granddaughters, two sisters, two brothers, and his father, now
92 years old.
Thursday August 12, 1915 p. 8
Hannah Cone and daughter, and Mrs.
Julia [Ann] Sawvel, came in from
Nevada, Mo., Wednesday evening to be present at their brother's funeral Friday.
and Mrs. Charles Martin [Ida
Florence] and Audrey Taylor of Avonlea, Canada, came Thursday evening in
response to the message sent them Monday that Mrs. Martin's father, T.
[homas] J. [efferson] Davis,
could not live.
[homas] J. [efferson] Davis died
at his home here Tuesday evening after a short illness of only two days.
Funeral services were held from the home Friday at 2 p. m. conducted by Elder
W. L. Dunlavy, assisted by Rev. I. E. Wade. The Masonic lodge was also in
charge as Mr. Davis was one of
their strongest members. Interment at Gravity cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Tuesday August 24, 1915 p. 3
H. Davis who was called here by
the death of his uncle, T. [homas] J.[efferson] Davis, has returned to his home at Stapleton, Neb.
[Dunlavy, William Lee]
Adams County Free
Press (Corning, Iowa)
Saturday October 30,
1915 p. 7
W. [illiam] L. [ee] Dunlavy of
Gravity died Thursday afternoon after an illness of bowel trouble. He had an
operation Monday at St. Joe, for the trouble but nothing could be done to
relieve him. The funeral will be held Sunday, but no details have been planned. Dr. Dunlavy was one of the
most highly respected men in Taylor County, having been a resident of Gravity
forty years. He was aged 65 years and leaves a wife and four children.
[Herring, Emma Davis]
Thursday January 17, 1901 [p. 1]
Obituary - Emma V.
death angel has again visited our town and has borne away upon its relentless
wings, the beloved wife of Z. [elotes] A. [lmon] Herring, Emma V., Thursday, January 10, 1901, after an illness of
about two weeks, which was endured with great calmness and patience, being
characteristic of her nature. Sister Herring had taxed her physical
organization to its uttermost capacity, before her sickness began, rendering
assistance of the most sympathetic and affectionate kind, to the other members of
her family, who had been suffering with typhoid fever for about three months,
until her system was in a poor condition to undergo the wonderful strain, that
was brought upon it, by that much dreaded disease. Hence, she obtained no
permanent relief, until death put an end to her earthly life.
think I am perfectly safe in saying, that sister Herring was one among the best
women I ever knew, having been intimately acquainted with her for many years,
as some one recently said of her disposition, "she always had a smile on
her face for everybody."
was converted under the ministry of the writer, about 13 years ago and received
into the fellowship of the Gravity Christian church, where she has been
recognized as one of its most faithful and consistent members ever since and
whose sacred memory will be cherished by all who knew her.
was born in Ohio, February 7, 1860 and moved with her parents Mr. and Mrs.
Levi Davis, to Iowa when about
ten years of age.
was married to Z. [elotes] A. [lmon] Herring, December 25, 1877, and to this happy union was
born three children, one daughter, Mae, two sons, Roy and Fred, the latter having entered the spirit land,
several years ago.
In consequence of the
continued illness of her husband, the funeral services were postponed
indefinitely, having only a prayer and song at the residence, before leaving
with the remains for the Gravity cemetery.
W. D. DUNLAVY.
Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992 gives the marriage date as Dec. 21, 1877 in Taylor
[Jacoby, Gail Lester]
Lenox Time Table
Thursday March 21,
FORMER LENOX MAN
PASSED AWAY, FEB. 23
[Lester] Jacoby, a former Lenox
resident of late of Corpus Christi, Tex., passed away at his home in Corpus
Christi Feb. 23, according to word that has been received by relatives here. He
was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. [ohn] L. Jacoby who resided for many years in the home now owned
by Mr. and Mrs. Jay Hughes. He was graduated from the Lenox high school. He was
about 47 years old.
Jacoby was married to Miss
Nellie Savage of Gravity. He is
survived by his wife and two daughters, Hazel and Angelita, all of Corpus Christi, and one brother, Lee D. [uvall] Jacoby of Lee's Summit, Mo.
[Jacoby, Lee Duvall]
Lenox Time Table
Thursday January 29, 1954 p. 8
D. [uvall] Jacoby was born in
Mendota, Ill., March 28, 1880, and passed away at his home in Lee's Summit,
Mo., Sunday evening at 9:40 o'clock, Jan. 17, 1954 at the age of 73 years, 10
months and 20 days. He was the oldest of two sons of Mr. and Mrs. John L.
Jacoby. His brother, Gail [Lester] died several years ago in Corpus Christi, Tex.
Jacoby was graduated from the
Lenox high school with the class of 1898.
his marriage to Effie J. [osephine] Beach, daughter of the late George S.[pencer] and Luella E. [stella
Cowan] Beach of Lenox, Ia., he
engaged in the men's clothing business here for several years, moving to
Robstown, Texas in 1910 where he was in the real estate and banking business.
In 1922 the family moved to Lee's Summit, Mo., where they have since resided.
Jacoby was a highly respected
citizen and businessman, and a member of the Masonic Order.
are his wife, of the home; two sons, Lyle B. of Oklahoma City and William Royce of Casper, Wyo.; four daughters: Mrs.
Genevieve Hawkins, Mrs. Alice Acuff both of Lee's Summit; Mrs. Ora [Evelyn] Gorrey, Springfield, Pa., and Mrs. Maxine Giles of Kansas City, Mo. Eight grandchildren and one
Lee preceded her father in death,
having passed away at the age of 1 year and 10 months in Texas in 1913.
[Jacoby, Leroy “Roy “
Lenox Time Table
Thursday March 30, 1911 [p. 1]
ROY D. JACOBy
Saturday, March 18th, at 12 m. Roy D. Jacoby of Des Moines, Ia., died at the home of his
uncle, J. [ohn] L. Jacoby, in
Robstown, Texas, of tuberculosis from which he had been suffering for the past
six months, at the age of nineteen years and three days.
David Jacoby was born on a farm
near Orient, Adair County, Iowa, March 15, 1892, at which place he resided with
3rd, 1897, his father [David R. Jacoby] departed this life. In the following November, the widow [Mary
Louise Otto] with her two
children, Mildred and Roy, moved to Lenox, Iowa, where they resided until
July 1904, when they moved to Des Moines. In September 1904, Roy entered the West Des Moines High School,
graduating in June, 1910. With other schoolwork he took lessons in art,
expecting to make that his life work. In March 1910 he contracted a severe cold
from which he failed to relieve himself. Immediately after the close of school,
June 1910, he went to Scott, Saskatchewan, Canada, returning to Des Moines in
August, expecting to enter Drake University in September but on account of
continued poor health concluded to come south for the winter. About October 10th,
accompanied by his mother, he came to Robstown. But of no avail, as he
gradually declined until the end came as above stated. Monday at 10:15, the
body was started for Orient, accompanied by his mother and Miss Corkins. Thursday, March 23rd, interment will take place
when all that is mortal of Roy D. [avid] Jacoby will be consigned to mother earth by the side of
his father. He leaves his mother and one sister and a number of other relatives
to mourn his departure. — Robstown, Tex., Record
Thursday February 8, 1979 p. 4
Services Held For Elmer
Roberts, 77, January 25
funeral services were held January 25 at Heritage Chapel, Youngtown, Arizona,
for Elmer Roberts, 77,
formerly of Bedford. Mr. Roberts died
on January 24 at Valley View Hospital.
Roberts and his wife, Dorothy
[Owen], moved to Youngtown from
Bedford in 1967. While in this area he was engaged in farming. After moving to
Youngtown, he was a building inspector for the city until his retirement three
Roberts was a member of the AARP
Chapter 1, the Social Booster Club of Youngtown and the Youngtown Rock Club.
include his wife, Dorothy, one
daughter, Carra Adda Drennen,
Clarinda, four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
[Smelser, Alma DeVore]
Thursday February 8, 1979 p. 4
Final Rites Held For Alma
DeVore Smelser, Stanwood,
Washington, died January 28. She was the daughter of Rev. David and Mary
West DeVore, and was born in
Athelstan on June 1, 1901.
The DeVores moved from Athelstan
to Tabor, Ia. in 1908. Alma and John Smelser farmed many years near Gillette, Wyo. before
retiring to Washington in 1971.
Smelser is survived by her
husband, John, one daughter and
Thursday August 29, 1907 p. 10
Former Gravity Citizen Dies at Sheridan, Wy.
the Sheridan (Wy.) Post, we
learn of the sudden death of John Zingg a former resident of this place. We copy the following from that
Zingg was born June 27, 1837, at
Wheeling, Ohio, died at Sheridan, Wyoming, August 18th, 1907, Aged seventy
years, one month and twenty one days.
the early age of eleven years he emigrated with his father to southern Canada,
where he remained until he had reached his twenty-first birthday. He then came
back to the United States and settled at Gravity, Taylor County, Iowa, where he
engaged in farming, married and raised a large family. He resided in Iowa until
1901, when he sold out his holdings and came to Sheridan County, with his
family. They first settled on the Peter Withington place on Pass Creek, near
Slack, but only remained a few months. Removing from there to the Robinson
ranch, two miles west of Sheridan on Big Goose creek.
deceased engaged in the livestock and ranch business on a very extensive scale
and was remarkably successful. He also purchased a large ranch and cattle range
on Clear Creek where cattle were run during the summer and then brought to the
home ranch to be prepared for market.
was taken sick while at Clear creek and was brought to the Sheridan hospital
where it was found an operation for cancer of the bladder was necessary. The
operation was performed, but owing to the advanced age of the patient he
survived only four days.
funeral occurred from the Baptist church in this city, Tuesday, Aug. 20, Rev.
G. W. White of Lincoln Neb., conducting the services. Interment took place at
Mount Hope cemetery.
deceased is survived by the widow, four sons and two daughters, as follows: L.
[oy] L. [ewis] Zingg of
Clearmont, J. [ohn] H. Zingg, H. [erbert] R. Zingg and L. [uther] E. Zingg of Sheridan, Mrs. Myrta Hagie of Mitchell, Nebraska, and Miss Tucie [Tusia].
four sons and their mother and Alvin Hagie, husband of one of the daughters, were all present at the funeral.
The daughters and a number of other relatives were unable to attend on account
of sickness in the family and other causes.
John Zingg had lived in Sheridan County only six years, yet
it was a sufficient length of time to gain the unqualified respect of every one
with whom he came in contact. His death has removed a familiar figure, an
active businessman and a useful citizen.
The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Free Press, August 29, 1907, page 5, with the following
introduction: “John Zingg, one
of the pioneer residents of Taylor county, died at his home in Sheridan, Wyo.,
last week and we glean the following from the Sheridan Advance:”]