[Comstock, Mary Ann
Thursday July 6,
Mrs. W. J. Comstock Dies At County Home
Wm. J. Comstock, a resident of
Bedford and Taylor County for many years, died at the County Home Monday, July
3. The funeral services were held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home this
afternoon, conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson. Burial was in the Lexington cemetery.
Ann Largent was born at Agency, Mo.,
Feb. 7, 1861, being aged 78 years, 4 months and 26 days at the time of her
death. Her mother died when she was one year old and her father when she was
aged three years, and she was reared by a married sister, Mrs. Sophia
Flanigan. She also had one brother,
a half sister and a half brother, all of whom preceded her in death.
spent her childhood in the community of Confluence, Penn., and was married in
1886 to Morse Goggins. To them
was born one daughter, who died in infancy, preceding the husband and father by
1888 she was married to Wm. J. Comstock of Rockford, Ill. To them was born one daughter, Hazel B [lake]. The family moved to Newburg, New York in 1895 and
three years later to Taylor County. In 1906 they retired from the farm, moving
into Bedford. Mr. Comstock died several years ago. In 1936 Mrs. Comstock fell and fractured her hip, at which time she was
taken to the county home.
united with the Baptist church when young. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs.
Hazel B. [lake] Henderson and her
husband, Clifford Henderson of
New Market; by seven grandchildren, and a nephew in San Diego, Cal.
Thursday October 23, 1947 [p. 1]
George F. Daniels Dies At Home Here
F. [rancis] Daniels, a resident
of Taylor County for many years, died at his home in Bedford Sunday forenoon,
after having been in failing health for several years. He was operated on
recently at the Missouri Methodist Hospital in St. Joseph, being brought home
from there last Friday.
funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon,
conducted by Rev. George W. Swan. Burial was in the Lexington cemetery.
F. [rancis] Daniels was born near
Coal Valley, Illinois, in Henry County, May 27, 1860, being aged 87 years, 4
months and 21 days at the time of his death. He came to Iowa with his parents
when he was nine years of age, the family settling on a farm near Lenox.
was married on November 23, 1887 to Miss Olive Litteer at Conway. They made their home in Conway until
1900, when they moved to Bedford. Mrs. Daniels preceded her husband in death on December 6, 1945.
[Davis, Leroy Comstock
Thursday May 12, 1938 [p. 1]
Roy Davis, 47, Ill Several Years, Dies
Davis, 47, a resident of the
community east of Bedford, died at the Missouri Methodist Hospital in St.
Joseph, Wednesday, May 11. He had been ill for several years and spent some
time in the hospital at Iowa City and also at Oakdale during the past year. He
was taken to the hospital in St. Joseph a week previous to his death.
is survived by his wife, who was the former Miss Nelle Burrows of Conway; by his mother, Mrs. John Davis; and by two sisters, Mrs. Frank Blane and Mrs. Guy Blane, both of Shenandoah.
funeral services will be held at the Shum Funeral Home at 2:30 o'clock Friday
afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. F. Overhulser.
[Davis, Leroy Comstock
Thursday May 19, 1938 p. 8
L. C. DAVIS
Comstock Davis, only son of John
and Etta [Comstock] Davis, was
born August 28, 1890 at Lorimor, Iowa. He came with his parents to Taylor
county when three years of age and resided in the community of Bedford the
remainder of his life.
his boyhood he attended the Forest Grove and Clayton Center schools in Taylor
County, and the Capitol City Commercial College in Des Moines. After leaving
school he became a farmer, and was very successful in that vocation. He united
with the Methodist church in early manhood.
was married August 12, 1916 to Nelle Burrows of Conway, who survives.
was held in high esteem by all who knew him and was always willing to sacrifice
in order to help others.
Davis became ill Oct. 17, 1937
and died Wednesday, May 11, 1938, at the Missouri Methodist hospital in St.
Joseph, where he was taken a week before. His suffering was intense but he bore
it with patience and fortitude.
with the wife are his mother, Mrs. Etta [Comstock] Davis of Shenandoah; two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude
Blane and Mrs. Clarey Blane both of Shenandoah; two nephews, John Blane of Shenandoah and Max Smith of Salina, Kans., and a niece, Miss Margretta
Blane of Shenandoah.
funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Friday afternoon conducted
by Rev. W. F. Overhulser and burial was in the Lexington cemetery.
note: The Times-Press was
misinformed about Mr. Davis having been in the Oakdale Sanitarium recently, as was stated in the last
issue. We regret the error.)
[Denser, James C.]
Thursday April 17,
1913 p. 4
James C. Denser
C. Denser was born in Green
County, Pennsylvania, September 9, 1852, and died at the home of his brother, John
F. Denser in Bedford, Tuesday
Denser came to Taylor County
thirty-eight years ago, and with the exception of two years spent in New
Mexico, when he lived on a claim, he has counted the home of his brother named,
his own home. He never married. He united with the Methodist Episcopal church
when he was twenty years of age and manifested his devotion and sincerity by a
blameless life and steadfast attendance upon the services of the church. His
relation to those about him was singularly kind and obliging and those who knew
him were his friends. He leaves four brothers, a sister, and a number of nieces
and nephews. The funeral will be held at the home of John F. Denser today at 1:30 p. m., conducted by his pastor, the
Rev. William B. Thompson. Interment will be at Lexington cemetery
Thursday May 30,
Mrs. John Denser
John Denser passed away at her
home in Bedford Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. She was aged about 89 years.
The funeral services were held at the Methodist church this afternoon at 2:30
o'clock, conducted by the Rev. M. R. Talley. Interment was made in the Fairview
Thursday June 6,
1929 p. 7
Mrs. John Denser
Elizabeth Wright was born at
Johnstown, Ohio, Jan. 29, 1840, and entered into life eternal from the family
home in Bedford, Iowa, May 28, 1929, at the age of 89 years and 4 months. Her
girlhood and young womanhood days were spent in Johnstown. She was married to John
F. Denser on Jan. 24, 1867. They
moved immediately to the vicinity of Bedford, locating at Lexington where they
lived for a number of years. Thirty-six years ago they moved to Bedford and
their home has been here since that date. Three daughters were born to them,
one of them dying in infancy. The other two are Mrs. Frank M. Boyd [Minnie] of Parsons, Kans., and Mrs. Ed C. Greeson [Cora] of Kokomo, Ind. There are five grandchildren, two
grandsons and three granddaughters and four great grandchildren. The two
daughters were present for the funeral services, and two granddaughters, Mrs.
Milton Ross of Oklahoma City, and Miss Frances Boyd of Parsons,
Kans. Mrs. Denser joined the
Methodist church when she was eight years of age, and has had an unbroken
relationship to the church lasting over eighty years.
services were held on Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Methodist church
by the pastor, Rev. M. R. Talley, and the body laid to rest in Fairview
[Denser, John F.] [Moore,
Thursday March 6, 1930 p. 5
funerals of J. [ohn] F. Denser and Clarence Moore were held this
afternoon. Mr. Denser, the
oldest of the remaining 9 old soldiers of Bedford, passed away Tuesday evening. Mr. Moore, a Brother of Mrs.
Nelle Golding and Mr. Karl
Moore, passed away at Spokane,
Wash. The obituary will be given next week.
[Denser, John F.]
Thursday March 13, 1930 [p. 1], 4
John F. Denser
F. Denser, son of Jacob and
Catherine Denser, was born in
Washington, Green County, Pa., on July 17, 1837, and departed this life from
his home in Bedford, Ia., on Tuesday evening, March 1, 1930, at the age of 92
years, 7 months and 17 days. Mr. Denser was one of a family of 8 children, next to the oldest in the entire
family, and the last to survive. When about 25 years of age he moved from the
state of Pennsylvania to the state of Ohio, where he followed his profession
for two years. Following this he enlisted in the northern army with the 113th Ohio Infantry Co. D. Mr. Denser enlisted on the 23rd day of October 1862 and served his country in a very
acceptable manner for three years. He received his honorable discharge from the
service at Louisville, Ky., the 6th day of July 1865. Mr. Denser was one of the battalion who marched with Sherman
to the sea. He was united in marriage in Johnstown, Ohio, to Miss Jane
Elizabeth Wright on Jan. 24,
1867, and to this happy union three daughters were born as follows: Mrs.
Frank N. [ewton] Boyd [Minnie] of Bedford, Mrs. Ed C. Greeson [Cora]
of Kokomo, Ind., and Mary Maude,
who died in infancy. He also leaves two grandsons and three granddaughters, and
four great grandchildren. Mr. Denser united with the Methodist church very early in life, and was a
member of the Methodist church in Bedford at the time of his death. In the
passing out of Mr. Denser,
Bedford and community are losing one of her oldest and most splendid citizens.
We also note in his passing the fading of the field of blue. Their ranks are
growing thinner each day, and the old coat of blue will soon be a matter of
funeral services were held at the Methodist church last Thursday afternoon at
3:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Clark M. Crowell. Interment was made in the
Thursday April 2, 1936 [p. 1]
Luther Fanning a Pneumonia Victim
A. [llison] Fanning, husband of Edna
Kemple of Bedford, died at
Wheelen, Montana, Sunday, following an attack of pneumonia contracted while
working on Boulder Dam.
years of age, Mr. Fanning is
survived by his mother, three brothers and six sisters.
body was returned to Bedford where short services were held from the Wetmore
chapel. Interment was in Fairview.
Thursday April 2, 1936 p. 6
Lute Fanning arrived in Bedford
Monday evening from her home in Wheelen, Montana. She accompanied the body of
her husband who was brought here for burial. Mrs. Fanning [Edna Kemple] is remaining in Bedford a few days at the home of her mother, Mrs.
Mary Kemple, before returning to
[Griffith, Guy Webster, Infant of]
Bedford Free Press
Thursday December 16,
1909 p. 4
infant of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Griffith,
was buried Monday.
Thursday June 3, 1965 p . 9
Griffith and JoAnn Nigh of Sheridan, Mo. attended a funeral, May 18th for Guy
[Webster] Griffith at Maryville,
Mo., who had passed away suddenly Saturday the 16th. Mr. Griffith was a former resident of Bedford. He was born and
raised near the Lake of Three Fires.
[Howe, Nancy A.
Thursday February 7, 1895 p. 4
Ed. Howe died at her home, three
miles northeast of Bedford, at 3 o'clock on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1895. Funeral
services will he held at the Mehan school house in Clayton township this
afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. C. Waddell.
[Howe, Nancy A.
Thursday February 14,
1895 [p. 1]
Mrs. Edward Howe, nee Nancy A. Johnson, was born Jan. 16, 1823. She was married to Edward
Howe Dec. 3, 1860 , in
Vinton County, Ohio. Mrs. Howe died, after an illness of several years duration, at her home in Clayton
Township, Taylor County, Iowa, Feb. 5, 1895. The deceased leaves a husband, two
sons and a daughter to mourn her departure. She was the mother of four
children, one having died in infancy. Three sisters and two brothers also
survive her. She joined the M. E. church in her youth, but of late years she
has been a member of the U. B. church. She was a good woman. The funeral
services were conducted at the home of the deceased Thursday, February 7th, at
11.a.m., by M.C. Waddell, pastor of the First M. E. church of Bedford, after
which her body was laid to rest in Lexington cemetery.
Edward Howe’s obituary and database, Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958, gives the
marriage date as Dec. 3, 1850.]
Saturday September 14, 1878 p. 3
---Little Inez, daughter of Rev.
McKinley, aged nine months,
departed this life on Friday last. The funeral, which was largely attended,
took place from the Presbyterian Church, at four o'clock, on Saturday
afternoon. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Blodgett.
Thursday September 12,
1878 p. 3
McKinley, aged nine months, a
daughter of Rev. McKinley,
departed this life on Friday last. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon
at four o'clock from the Presbyterian Church and was very largely attended.
Rev. Blodgett delivered the funeral sermon.
[Moore, Clarence E.]
Thursday March 13, 1930 [p. 1]
Clarence E. Moore
E. Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Daniel Moore [Mercie Wetmore],
was born on a farm near Villisca, Iowa, on May 9, 1872, and departed this life
from the hospital in Spokane, Wash., on Tuesday, February 25, 1930, at the age
of 57 years and 9 months. Mr. Moore lived on a farm near Villisca, Ia., until he was 4 years of age, when he moved
with his parents to Bedford, Ia., where he resided 29 years of his life. In
1901 he moved to the State of Washington, where he lived for 25 years, and
where he was living at the time of his death. He enlisted in the United States
army during the Spanish-American war, and served his country in a very
acceptable manner until the close of the war. He was a member of Co. I, 51st
Iowa Infantry. Those left to mourn his death are his sister, Mrs. Frank
Golding of Bedford, and his
brother, Mr. Earl Moore, also
of Bedford. His father and mother and two brothers have preceded him in death.
Mr. Moore ‘s death took place in the hospital in Spokane, Wash., following an
operation. We are sure his relatives and friends will have the sympathy of
Bedford and community. Very early in life Mr. Moore united with the Methodist church in Bedford, and
was a member of the Methodist church in Spokane, Wash., at the time of his
services were held at the home of Mrs. Golding last Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock,
conducted by Rev. Clark M. Crowell. Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.
[Parks, John Marion]
Thursday September 12,
1878 p. 3
last Thursday, Mr. J. [ohn] M. [arion] Parks, residing a short distance northwest of Conway,
died of typhoid fever. The deceased was about forty-five years of age and
formerly lived in Benton Township, west of this city.
[Parks, John Marion]
14, 1878 p. 3
5th, 1878, in Marshall Township of typhoid fever, Mr. John M. [arion] Parks, aged 40 years, leaving a wife and eleven
How short the race our brother run
Cut down in full health and bloom,
The course but yesterday begun
Now finished in the tomb.
Asleep in Jesus, O for me
May such a blissful refuge be;
Securely shall my ashes lie
Waiting the summons from on
Thursday January 24, 1929 p. 3
Mrs. Sarah C. Parks
[onathan] D. [avis] Parks has
received word from Clarkston, Wash., of the death of his mother, Mrs. Sarah
C. [atharine Ragan] Parks, which
occurred Monday morning. The body is being sent to Conway, where the funeral
services will be held and interment will be made at Lexington cemetery. Mrs.
Parks was 87 years old and passed
away at the home of a daughter, Mrs. H. [enry] M. Fluharty [Martha Ann].
Thursday January 31, 1929 p. 6
Sarah Ragan Parks
Catharine Ragan was born March
12, 1842, in Kentucky and departed this life Jan. 21st, 1929, at 5:30, at the age
of 86 years, 10 months and 9 days. At the age of eight years she with her
parents moved to Danville, Ind., where on Jan. 28, 1858, she was united in
marriage to John Marion Parks.
To this union was born eleven children, nine of whom survived her. In the year
1869 the family moved by covered wagon to Taylor County, Ia. Her husband
departed this life Sep. 5, 1878, and a month later on Oct. 22, the youngest
child, Evert Lee, followed the
father to the great beyond. No other break occurred in the family circle until
March 9, 1928, when the eldest daughter, Mrs. Sarah E. [lizabeth] Hayes passed away at Gifford, Ida., and was buried at
that place March 12, the 86th birthday of the mother. The children residing in
the west and who were with her in her last hour are Mrs. H. [enry] M.
Fluharty [Martha Ann], Mrs. Cora E. [tta] Veach and E. [dgar] M. [onroe] Parks of Clarkston, C. [harles] A. [nson] Parks of Culdesac, as well as the daughters-in-law and
the granddaughters who were faithful attendants at her bedside. The remaining
children, Mrs. D.[avid] E. [lmer] Chilcote [Harriett Louella], L.[awrence] A.
[lbert] Parks of Conway, Ia; J.[onathan]
D. [avis] Parks of Bedford, Ia.; T.
[homas] J. [efferson] Parks of
Carlisle, Ia.; and W.[illiam] V.[orhees] Parks of Chicago, Ill.; were present at the funeral
service in Conway. The deceased is also survived by 34 grandchildren, 64 great
grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. In her early married life she
united with the Abuers Creek Baptist church of Indiana and later transferring
her membership to the Baptist church near Conway, Iowa, of which she was a
faithful and devoted follower. She remained a faithful believer to the last
although in later years unable to attend services of her church. Death came after
a short illness of little more than a week.
services were held at Clarkston, Wash., and later the body was brought to
Conway, arriving Jan. 26. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wilkins at
the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 1:30. Interment was made in the
granddaughters acted as flower bearers. Those who attended the funeral from a
distance were C. A. Parks of Culdesac,
Idaho; Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Parks of Carlisle, Iowa; Carl Parks of Newton, Iowa; W. V. Parks of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Sam Chancellor of Council Bluffs, Ia; and Rev. and Mrs. E. E. Parks of Prairie City, Iowa.
Saturday April 14, 1878 p. 3
—Annie, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Reid was buried on Tuesday last.
[Rock, Mary Elizabeth
Thursday February 7, 1895 p. 4
Mrs. A. [lfred] B. Rock [Mary Elizabeth
Anderson], wife of A. [lfred]
B. Rock, manager of the B. C.
grocery, died at the home of her parents near Keota, Ia., at 6:30 o'clock a. m
Saturday, Feb. 2, 1892, aged 37 years.
Mrs. Rock has been an invalid from a heart trouble for several years, and on
Thursday of last week In company with her husband, went from this city to the
home of her parents near Keota. She was in her usual health and spirits until
within a few minutes before death ended her suffering. Mr. and Mrs. Rock came to this city strangers only a few months
ago, but had made many friends since, who deeply sympathize with the bereaved
Thursday September 12,
1878 p. 3
John Starkey died at his
residence near Conway on last Friday afternoon of consumption, after a
lingering illness. Mr. Starkey was about seventy-six years of age and had
resided near Conway for the past twenty-two years. He had served with credit
during the rebellion in Capt. Parke's cavalry, in which company he also had
Saturday September 14,
1878 p. 3
old settler gone. Mr. John Starkey,
for twenty years a resident of this county, died at his residence near Conway,
Thursday March 6, 1930 [p. 1]
Gourley Stewart was born in
Washington County, Pa., July 3, 1858, and departed this life Feb. 23, 1930, at
his home near Bedford, Iowa, aged 71 years, 7 months and 20 days. He was the
son of William and Rebecca Gourley Stewart, and one of a family of seven. One brother died two years ago. Five
sisters survive him, Mrs. Mary Bolt,
Villisca; Mrs. Alice Bryson,
Villisca; Mrs. Jennie Bean,
Lincoln, Nebr.; Mrs. Kate Hallam, Villisca; and Mrs. Charles Patent, Atlanta, Ga. When Thomas was nine years of age he came with his parents to
Villisca, Iowa, where he grew to manhood. He moved to Taylor county when about
23 years of age, engaging in the hardware and grocery business in Gravity for
about ten years. For two terms he served Taylor County as its Clerk of the
Courts, and when he was elected to that office came to Bedford, where he has
since made his home. After his term of office as Clerk of the Courts he became
a salesman for a monument company. About 8 years ago he moved to the farm which
was his home until his death. On March 29, 1910, he was married to Anna
Newlon at Red Oak, Iowa. To them
one son, Thad, was born. Two
daughters by a former marriage are Mrs. Edna Zimmerman, and Mrs. Caddie Savage, both of Des Moines, who were present for the
funeral services. One son, R. E. Stewart, of Fargo, North Dakota, could not be present on account of sickness
in his home. One daughter, Mrs. Carrie Barnard, died during the flu epidemic in 1919. There arc
two grandsons, Stanley Zimmerman and Kermit Savage. One
granddaughter, Helen Barnard,
died at the age of five years in 1910. He has been a member of the church for
many years. He served as Sunday School Superintendent while in Gravity and has
been faithful to his Christian ideals through many years. For several years he
has not been in the best of health. About four weeks ago he contracted
pneumonia from which he had practically recovered but he was left weakened by
its attack so that he was not able to throw off the poisons of the system. On
Monday evening after a day that seemed to promise complete recovery he quickly
weakened and in a moment was gone.
services were held from the Methodist church on Thursday afternoon at 2:30,
conducted by the pastor, Rev. M. R. Talley, and the body laid to rest in
Thursday March 6, 1930 p. 5
Out of town relatives and
friends, attending the funeral of T. [homas] G. [ourley] Stewart Thursday were: Mrs. Gar Savage, Mr. and Mrs.
Chet Zimmerman, Des Moines; Mrs.
Mary C. Bolt, Mrs. Alice Bryson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bolt, Chas. and Fred
Greenley, and Mr. and Mrs.
Elmer Thompson, Villisca; Frank
E. Newlon, Colome, S. Dak.; Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Hutchinson and two
sons, Anderson, Ia.; Frank Smith,
Bogard, Mo.; Mrs. Henry Kauffman and daughter, Ravenna, Nebr.; Mrs. Jennie Bean, Lincoln, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Hallman, Sciola, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Holland and two daughters, Morton Mills, Ia.; Mr. and
Mrs. Chas. Lophold, Red Oak; Will
Stewart, Tina, Mo.; Mrs. Thad
Bean, Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Hal
Maxwell, Clarinda; Miss Nora