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[Anderson, Mary Johnson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 28, 1943     p. 2


Mrs. Anderson Succumbs

Mrs. Charley Anderson of west of town, who had been ill several weeks, died Monday, January 25.

[Anderson, Mary Johnson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 28, 1943     p. 5

Athelstan Woman Died At Her Home

Mrs. Mary Anderson, 79, died at her home near Athelstan on Monday, January 25. The funeral services were held at the Community church in Athelstan Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson of the Bedford Baptist church. Burial was in the Athelstan cemetery.

Mary Johnson was born in Sweden in the year 1864, coming to America in 1880. She was married to Charles Anderson at Bedford in the year 1883. To them was born one son, Frank, who has cared for his mother until her death. They moved to Cheyenne County, Nebraska, where they resided until 1885, coming back to Athelstan, where they continued to make their home until death. Mr. Anderson died March 9, 1929.

She was a very devoted woman to her home, and very seldom left it except to attend church services, until her failing health kept her from doing so.

[Note: Charles Anderson’s obituary states that they were married in Princeton, Illinois.  Illinois Statewide Marriage Index gives the date as April 4, 1882 in Bureau Co., Illinois.]

[Axel, Lester Leroy]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     June 4, 1986     p. 5

Services held for Lester Axel

Funeral services were held for Lester Leroy Axel, May 17 at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, Bedford. Rev. Carl  Cummings officiated. Burial was at Shearer Cemetery in rural Page County, Iowa.

Lester Axel, son of Walter Fay Axel and Maggie Fishell Axel, was born November 15, 1900 at Shambaugh in Page County, Iowa and departed this life May 24, 1986 at the Bishop Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 85 years 6 months and 9 days.

When he was ten years old he moved with his family to the state of Colorado where he attended the public school and grew to maturity. He was a farmer and rancher and had lived near Loveland, Longmont, Brighton and Greeley, Colorado. He enjoyed his residence in Colorado and the farming and ranching activities. In the 1950's he moved with his mother and brother Walter to a farm east of Bedford; he later moved to Bedford to reside. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Loyd C. Axel and Walter L. [ewis] Axel.

Left to cherish his memory are an aunt, Faye Stickleman [Stickelman] of Braddyville, Iowa and an uncle, Myrl Fishell of Corning, Iowa; several cousins; other relatives and friends.

Lester and his brother Walter will be remembered for the kind and loving care extended to their mother and his family and friends will remember him as a kind and considerate person, and he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

[Biggs, Sarah Elizabeth Whiffin LeSeur]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      March 1, 1900       p. 8

Mrs. Biggs Dead.

Mrs. Sarah E. [lizabeth Whiffin LeSeur] Biggs, the old lady who lived in a little house back of Pratt & Hindman's blacksmith shop and who has been sick for a long time, died this morning at two o'clock. She had been an invalid for 25 years. Her maiden name was Sarah Whiffin, and she was born in New York City January 23, 1834. She had been a widow for a number of years. She was the mother of four children, all dead. Her brother, J. [ames] W. Whiffin, of Kansas City, has been looking after her temporal wants, and came up on the train just before she died. Deceased has a sister, Mrs. Cannon, at Lincoln. The funeral services will be held at the late residence tomorrow at 3 o'clock, after which the body will be interred in the Bedford cemetery.

[Foreman, Minerva Carter Jenkins]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 17, 1945     p. 5


Obituary - Mrs. Minerva Foreman

Again death has visited the little town of Athelstan, and taken one of its oldest citizens, Mrs. Minerva Foreman.

Minerva Carter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Carter, was born November 4, 1868 in Union county, Iowa, and died at Athelstan, Iowa, May 9, 1945, at the age of 76 years, 6 months and 5 days.

On April 27, 1886, she was married to Winfield Scott Jenkins. To them six children were born: Stella, who died July 1, 1902, at the age of fifteen years; Johnny, who died August 5, 1903; Marion Jenkins and Calvin Jenkins of Athelstan, William [Noel] Jenkins who is in service somewhere in the South Pacific, and Mrs. Leota McCall of Bedford. Mr. Jenkins died Sept. 13, 1931.

Surviving with the four children are two grandchildren, Kathleen Jenkins and Ralph Jenkins, to whom she was greatly devoted.

She also leaves two brothers, Isaac Carter of Bedford and Harvey Carter of Clinton, Missouri.

She was married to E. [llsworth] G. Foreman at Bedford in 1937. He preceded her in death the same year.

She united with the Methodist church when a girl and lived a good Christian life. She was always ready and willing to help in any way. She was always a friend to the children of the town and will be greatly missed by all.

The funeral services were held at the Athelstan Community church Friday, May 11, conducted by Rev. L. B. Day of Maryville. Burial was in the Athelstan cemetery.

[Foreman, Minerva Carter Jenkins]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 17, 1945     p. 5


Attend Foreman Rites

Those from a distance attending Mrs. Minerva Foreman's funeral services were: Lynn Kemery and wife and Russell Kemery of Ravenwood, Mo.; Rev. Lawrence Day of Maryville; Ermil Black and wife, James Adams and wife, Mrs. Johnnie Farrell of Sheridan; Harlan Campbell and wife, Mrs. Paul Campbell and daughter, Mrs. Wid Stephenson and daughter Norma Jean, Mrs. Lizzie Campbell, Mrs. Zelda Fluke, Albert Cavin, Joyce Weaver, all of Blockton; Mrs. Gladys Jenkins, Mrs. Ethel Raper, Mrs. Minnie Ailshie, Harry Ailshie and wife, of Bedford.

[Jenkins, Gladys Fern Townsend]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     January 27, 1988    p. 6


Funeral services were held for Gladys [Fern] T. [ownsend] Jenkins, 82, on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. Ted DeHass as the minister.

Interment was at the Athelstan Cemetery, Athelstan, Ia.

Gladys T. Jenkins, daughter of P.[earl] O. [tis] and Loretta Ellen Townsend, was born at Athelstan, Ia. on August 17, 1905. Mrs. Jenkins died January 20, 1988 in Bedford.

She lived in Athelstan and grew to maturity there where she attended the public school and the Baptist Church. She was united in marriage to William Noel Jenkins at Savannah, Mo., and they lived most of their life in Taylor County.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Left to cherish her memory are her sister, Ethel Dawson of Bedford; and her niece and husband, Ellen and Marvin Phillips of Salisbury, Md.; her cousins, among them, Lola Risser of Bedford.

Gladys loved the Lord. She invited Jesus into her heart and made a public commitment when she was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Bedford where she became a member. Gladys was active in the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary until her health prevented this activity. She was well known for her collection of obituaries in Taylor County and made a gift of this collection to the Taylor County Historical Museum.

[Jenkins, William Noel “Bill”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     March 27, 1980     p. 4

Last Rites Held March 25 For Bill Jenkins, 83

Funeral services for William Noel Jenkins, 83, of Bedford, held March 25 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, were conducted by Rev. Allen Tomlinson and Carl Cummings. Military honors were conducted by Bedford American Legion Post #164. Mr. Jenkins died March 21, 1980 in Bedford Manor, Bedford.  Interment was at Athelstan Cemetery, Athelstan, Ia.

William Noel Jenkins, son of Scott and Minerva Jenkins, was born in Athelstan, Ia., November 24, 1896. He lived in Athelstan where he grew to maturity and attended the public school and Baptist Church.

On August 25, 1923, he was united in marriage to Gladys Fern Townsend at Savannah, Mo.

Mr. Jenkins was a member of the Bedford First Baptist Church and of Bedford American Legion Post #164 for 61 years.

He served in the United States Army from September 1, 1917 to November 18, 1918, and in the U.S. Navy from January 1, 1943 to July 12, 1945.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gladys; a sister, Leota McCall; a brother, Calvin Jenkins; three nieces, Kathleen Rector, Vivian Raper, Bedford and Ellen Phillips, Salisbury, Mo.; and a nephew, Ralph Jenkins, Red Oak, Ia.

[Jenkins, Winfield Scott]

Blockton News

Thursday      September 17, 1931    [p. 1]


Winfield Scott Jenkins, son of David and Elizabeth [Venice Bowman] Jenkins, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, August 17, 1861, and died Sept. 13, 1931, aged 70 years and 27 days.

He came to Iowa with his parents when a small boy and has been a resident of this vicinity since 1885.

He was united in marriage to Minerva Carter of Union county, Iowa, April 27, 1886. To this union six children were born. Stella and John Elmer Jenkins preceded their father in death. The surviving children are Marion Alvy Jenkins of Athelstan, William Noel Jenkins of Bedford, Charles C. Jenkins and Leota Jenkins of Athelstan. He is also survived by his companion, two grandchildren, Kathaline and Ralph Jenkins; one brother, Charles Jenkins of Newton, Kansas, and one sister, Mrs. Ester Nearhood of Parnell, Mo.

Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church at Athelstan Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock by W. M. Hunt of Clarinda. Interment was made in the Athelstan cemetery.

[Jenkins, Winfield Scott]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     September 24, 1931     p. 3


Miss Leota Jenkins returned to her work in St, Joseph Friday, having been called home by the death of her father, W. [infield] S. [cott] Jenkins.

[Malson, Raymond Lewis “Ray”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     February 8, 1934     p. 8

Roy Malson Of Blockton Dies

Ray [Raymond Lewis] Malson, world war veteran and a resident of Athelstan and community, died at his home near Sheridan Tuesday after an illness of several years. The funeral services were held in Athelstan Wednesday afternoon and burial made in the Athelstan cemetery. Military services were in charge of the Grant City American Legion. He is survived by his wife and five small children.

[Malson, Raymond Lewis “Ray”]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday     February 8, 1934     p. 6

Passes Away Monday

Roy Matson [Raymond Lewis Malson] passed away this Monday morning at his home near Sheridan. Mr. Matson [Malson] was formerly of Athelstan.

Stanberry Headlight (Stanberry, Missouri), Thursday, February 15, 1934, p. 10
Raymond Louis Malson died at his home near Sheridan, Mo., on Monday, February 5. It was the second death in the Malson family within a week for his brother, Dale, had died at his home near Gentry the preceding week. Mr. Malson had been afflicted for more than eight years with diabetes and lung trouble, which eventually caused his death. He was only 38 years old.

The following obituary has been furnished this office:

Raymond Louis Malson, son of Geo and Anna Malson, was born in Gentry County, Missouri, on December 16, 1895 and departed this life at his home near Sheridan, Mo., on February 5, 1934, at the age of 38 years, one month and 30 days.

He was united in marriage to Mattie Lang on February 22, 1920. To this union five children were born. They are: Charles Raymond, Rosita, Paulena, Carlita and R. D. Malson.

He leaves to mourn his death his widow and children, three brothers and two sisters, who are: Lee Malson of Stanberry; Elmer, of Albany, Mo.; and Arch, of Midwest, Wyo.; Mrs. Julia Johnson of Truro, Ia.; Mrs. Ora Shelby, of Albany, Mo. One brother died in infancy and a sister, Berniece, died five years ago. His brother, Dale, died just one week ago. His parents are deceased.

Mr. Malson served faithfully in the World war and was overseas for one year. He was in the battle of the Meuse Argonne and other skirmishes. He was awarded medals for bravery and faithfulness.

Mr. Malson was baptized in the Pentecostal church in September of 1924. His last words were in praise of his Savior. He had been afflicted for more than eight years with diabetes and lung trouble, which caused his death.

Besides his immediate family, he leaves other relatives and a host of friends, who are grieved at his going but are comforted to know that he is at rest.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Athelstan, Iowa, and were conducted by the Rev. L. B. Day Interment was in the Athelstan cemetery.
[Note: His middle name is spelled Lewis on his military headstone.]

[White, Emma Simmons]

Bedford Times-Republican

Tuesday    July 17, 1923     p. 3

Woman Pioneer Dies, Aged 75

Mrs. Emma B. White, seventy-five, pioneer resident of South Park, died at her home, 8308 Eighth Avenue South, last evening after a month's illness. Funeral services will be held at the Georgetown Undertaking Company when arranged.

Mrs. White came to Seattle in 1894 and resided in South Park continuously until her death. She is survived by a son, H. [arry] L. White, of this city. She was a native of Illinois. —Seattle Post.

Mrs. Emma White referred to in the above article was a former Bedford resident, having left here about 30 years ago, her husband will be remembered by many still living here as Ed White a butcher and for several years conducted a meat market under the firm name of White & Mathews.

[Wilkins, Clara Jane Snow]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     July 26, 1934     [p. 1, 8]

Mrs. William Wilkins Dies Tuesday P. M.

Mrs. William Wilkins 87, a resident of Bedford for many years, died in Clarinda Tuesday afternoon, after having been in failing health for a number of years.

The funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian church at 10 o'clock Friday morning, conducted by Rev. J. A. Currie of Tarkio, Mo., a former pastor. The Woman's Relief Corps will have their service at the church. Burial will be in the Bedford cemetery.

[Wilkins, Clara Jane Snow]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      August 2, 1934     p. 4

Mrs. William Wilkins Buried Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. William Wilkins, 87, who died Tuesday, July 24, were held at the First Presbyterian church in Bedford Friday morning, conducted by Rev. J. A. Currie of Tarkio, Mo. The burial service of the Woman's Relief Corps was given at the church. Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.

Mrs. William Wilkins, whose name before her marriage was Clara J. [ane] Snow was born in Franklin, Penn., March 5, 1847. Her mother died when she was eight years old. Soon after the father and his family of four children moved to Quincy, Ill., and later to Maryville, Mo. Early in the sixties the family moved to Bedford.

In 1865 she was married to William Wilkins. To them were born four children, Cutler B. [enjamin] Wilkins of Fort Worth, Tex.; W. [arren] Frank Wilkins of Bedford; Mrs. Mae E. Meyers of Chicago; and Charles O. Wilkins who died Nov. 21, 1931 at Nampa, Ida. Mr. Wilkins died Aug. 10, 1928.

Surviving with the three children are three grandchildren, Mrs. Katherine Spitzer and Miss Elizabeth Meyers of Chicago and William Wilkins, Jr., of Nampa, Ida. Also three great grandchildren.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

[Note:  Correct marriage date is October 14, 1866 in Taylor County, Iowa. Source: Marriage records, Taylor County Courthouse, Bedford, Iowa.]

[Wilkins, Harlie Ann Faith Von Khrum]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 9, 1963    p. 8

Mrs. H. Wilkins Service Held Here May 1

A graveside service for Mrs. Harley Von Khrum Wilkins, 84, a native of Bedford, was held May 1 at the Bedford cemetery with Rev. John D. Kerr, local Presbyterian minister, officiating. Mrs. Wilkins died in Pocatello, Idaho, April 25. The ashes were interred at the Faith plot in Bedford cemetery.

Mrs. Wilkins, nee Harley Faith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Faith, was born in Bedford June 1878. She was reared in Bedford and spent her early married life here, later moving to Pocatello.

She is survived by her son, Paul Von Khrum of New York City and a sister, Mrs. Cleo Wall of Des Moines.

[Wilkins, William]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     August 16, 1928     [p. 1]




Came To Bedford When Mere Lad, With Parents, Driving a Team of Oxen.

Last Friday night about 9 p. m. William Wilkins passed away at his home in Bedford after a lingering illness of about one year.

William Wilkins was born in Wisconsin, July 14, 1845. When about 12 years of age his parents came to Taylor county and here he grew to manhood and was educated in the Bedford schools. At the age of 13 he commenced at the printer's trade, which he followed until the breaking out of the rebellion. He then enlisted in the Missouri State Militia and August 9, 1862, enlisted in Company F, Twenty-ninth Iowa infantry volunteers, and here served three years. He participated in the battles of Helena, Little Rock and Camden; was in the engagements at Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely; also at the capture of Mobile. He was mustered out August 9, 1865, at Davenport, since which time he had been actively engaged in the printing business in northern Missouri and in Iowa until about three years ago when he severed has connections with the Times Republican.

In the fall of 1880 he was elected to the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Taylor County and performed the duties of that office to the general satisfaction of all concerned. He was again re-elected in 1882 and served the second term with equal satisfaction.

After leaving the Recorder's office he engaged in the printing business again, working for J. J. Clark in The Bedford Times-Republican in connection with the Bedford Daily Times. After the consolidation of the Times and the Taylor County Republican into its present name, The Times Republican, Mr. Wilkins continued as a regular employee of this paper until 1924.

This was the last year that this paper was in the hands of J. J. Clark, its former publisher, who later passed away.

After that time he helped out in the office on several occasions and as long as he could come down town he made this office a daily visit; and on his sixtieth wedding anniversary, he came and fed the papers in the big power press for our regular edition and rejoiced in the fact that he was able to do so at his age.

He was a printer on about all of the newspapers published in Bedford and was a steady and a worthy employee. He was exceptionally good in his line and no work in the office was too great or too small for him to attempt. He only retired permanently from the printer's trade when his health was such that he could no longer stand up under the hard work. His place in the office was greatly missed by those who had worked side by side with him.

Mr. Wilkins was one of the best musicians in his time in the state as a matter of fact directed at Bedford one of the best small bands in the state and was also the choir director at the Presbyterian church and was a member of the choir at the time of his death. His singing was in demand on many occasions.

He was an active member and also commander of the local G. A. R. Post and attended many of its state and national encampments and gave much of his time and means in keeping the old campfire burning in the G. A. R. Hall and had much to do in keeping in the boys of “63 and 65” in an organized body at Bedford.

In his passing Bedford loses one of its most worthy and upright citizens and his place in the community will be hard to fill.

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church on Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Currie of Tarkio, Mo., a former pastor of the local Presbyterian Church. He paid great tribute to the exemplary life of the deceased and the splendid work he had done in relation to the singing and music of the church.

The pallbearers were chosen from the two local printing offices where Mr. Wilkins had labored for so many years. From the Free Press were editor A. W. Hamblin, George Hadley and Jack Thompson and from the Times Republican force were editor Kent Mason, Clifton Carney and W. D. Leppo.

Following the prayer by Rev. Currie, at the grave, the firing squad of the American Legion, who also stood at Parade Rest at the head and foot of the casket during the services at the church, fired the salute, after which taps  were sounded by the bugler , Jack Thompson, thus ending the last tribute that could be paid to an honorable citizen and brother.

The floral tributes by friends of the deceased and his family were beautiful and gorgeous beyond description.

Special numbers of music were rendered by the choir appropriate to the occasion.

The deepest sympathy of their many friends are extended to the family in their sad hour.


William Wilkins was born on a farm near Monroe, Wisconsin, on July 14th, 1845. He was the son of Cutler and Elizabeth Wilkins.

When twelve years of age, he drove an ox team in the company that came from Monroe to Bedford, Iowa.

Early in the civil war, he enlisted in the service of his country in the 29th Iowa infantry, Company F, which marched out of Bedford led by the band of which he was a member.

Mr. Wilkins played the fife at this time and the boys marched out of town to the tune of "The Girl I Left Behind Me."

At the age of 19 years he was appointed fife major of his regiment, a very responsible office for a young man.

He served faithfully during his two years and at the close of the war he returned to his home village where he became bandleader and later a worker in the band.

On October 14th, 1866, he was united in marriage to Clara Jane Snow. To this union four children were born, all of whom are living.

Mr. Wilkins was a great lover of music and was always interested in anything that helped to promote better music in the community.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church choir for more than 45 years. He had a fine voice and took pleasure in using it when his services were desired.

He was connected in different capacities with newspapers during  his active life and was a very fine workman in his line.

Several years ago he retired from active work and about a year ago he was seized with an illness that was his last.

On August 15th, 1927, his son Frank came to the old home to give needed care and was untiring in his devotion as a son in the closing months of the father’s life.

After a lingering illness, Mr. Wilkins passed away Friday evening, August 10th, 1928, aged 83 years and 26 days.

He leaves to mourn his departure, the wife, three sons, and one daughter: Benjamin Cutler Wilkins, Fort Worth, Texas, Frank Wilkins, Bedford, Iowa, Mrs. H. F. Meyers, Chicago, Illinois, Chas. O. Wilkins, Kemmer, Wyoming, one sister, Mrs. Candice Swap, 3 grandchildren and other relatives as well as a host of friends in the community who honored him as a friend and neighbor.

The service was conducted by Rev. John A. Currie, a former pastor and friend.

Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.