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[Bebout, George]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday        January 14, 1904     p. 3

We learn from the Hopkins Journal that Geo. Bebout died at Sheridan, Wyo., Tuesday of this week and that the remains would be brought back to Hopkins for burial. Mr. Bebout is well known in this county having lived near Siam for several years. The deceased we understand carried $2,000 insurance in the Woodman lodge this will be a great help for the widow and children.

[Bebout, George]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday        January 14, 1904      p. 5

Geo. Bebout Dead.

Jacob Shearer, a brother-in-law of the deceased, received a telegram from Sheridan Wyo., Tuesday, saying that Geo. Bebout was dead and would be brought back here for burial.

The cause of death is not given but he was suffering with throat trouble when he left here which is supposed to be the cause.

He and his family had only left here about three weeks ago to make their home in the west and had written they liked the country fine, but since death has taken away the head of the household it is thought the rest of the family will return here to live.

The deceased has $2000 insurance in the Woodman lodge — Hopkins Journal.

[Bebout, George]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      January 21, 1904     [p. 1]


While Hunting in Little Goose Canon Near Sheridan, Wyoming, George Bebout is Frozen to Death.

Last week the Free Press contained an article clipped from the Hopkins Journal relative to the death of George Bebout. At that time it was not known the cause of death, but the Journal of last week contained an article taken from a Sheridan paper giving full particulars of the affair. Mr. Bebout, in company with several friends had gone hunting in the mountains south of Big Horn. Bebout became separated from his companions, and as he did not return to camp when expected, a search was instituted for him. In Little Goose canon, near the flume of the Last Chance ditch, they found him, dead and frozen, laying on his back with hands folded over his breast, and gun across his body. His trail, as far back as it was followed showed that he had been crawling and rolling, climbing and falling, alternately, but was on the most direct route toward home. His companions do not believe that he was lost or bewildered, but that he had fallen somewhere and disabled himself so he could not walk, and becoming exhausted went to sleep and perished from the cold.

Owing to the fact that Bebout was insured in the Woodman lodge for $2,000, the camp at Hopkins requested that the body be exhumed and returned to Hopkins for identification, which was done.

[Booze, David]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     December 6, 1906      [p. 1]

Stricken With Paralysis.

David Booze, one of the landmarks of this vicinity, was stricken with paralysis at the home of his daughter last Thursday and died the following Saturday.

The funeral services were conducted on Sunday by Rev. A. J. Brook, after which burial took place in the Hopkins cemetery.

The deceased was born in Washington County, Pa., March 4, 1828, being 78 years, 8 months and 20 days old at the time of his death.

Mr. Booze lived in the place of his nativity, save one year in Virginia, until 1865, when he came to Missouri and settled west of Hopkins, where he lived with the exception of 8 years in Taylor County, Iowa, until coming to Hopkins to reside with his daughter, Mrs. J. Q. Adams.

In 1852 Mr. Booze was married to Lucinda Lytle in Washington County, Pa., and to this union nine children were born, seven of whom are still living.

The deceased was a member of the M. E. church and a good, honorable citizen in every respect. — Hopkins Journal

[Note:  He is buried in Shearer Cemetery, Page County, Iowa, not the Hopkins Cemetery as stated in his obituary.]

[Colvin, Howard]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     August 16, 1900     [p. 1]

Howard Colvin Dead

Howard Colvin died at his home four miles south of Siam, Monday, August 13, at about 3 o'clock p. m. Mr. Colvin was at one time a resident of Bedford and is a brother of S. [ilas] H. Colvin, of this place. Mr. Colvin had been a sufferer of paralysis for several years, and finally succumbed to the dread disease. He leaves ten children to mourn his death, his wife having preceded him. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Philip Jackson, after which the remains were interred in the Shearer cemetery.

[Colvin, Joseph “Joe”]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     January 16, 1908      p. 6

Siam News.

Wednesday evening January 1, Joe Colvin, a young man well known in this neighborhood, was killed by a train at a railroad crossing half mile north of Clearmont, Mo. Joe was born and reared near Siam and his sudden death came as a shock to all here. He was 20 years of age and of exemplary character. The accident occurred after dark while he was returning from town to Mr. Gorman's where he was employed. He was riding one horse and leading another and in attempting to pass the crossing ahead of the train was dragged from his mount by the lead horse being struck and his skull fractured on a post at the side of the cattle guard. He lived until midnight in a farmhouse near by. His remains were brought to his sister’s, Mrs. [Thomas] Wayne Davison [Adah Belle], on Thursday, and he was buried in Shemer [Shearer] cemetery Friday afternoon.

[Colvin, Mabel Etta]

New Market Herald

Thursday     February 5, 1920     p. 3

The friends of Miss Mabel [Etta] Colvin were sad indeed to hear of her death at the home of her sister, Mrs. [Thomas] Wayne Davison [Ada Belle], Monday Feb. 2. Mabel was loved by a large circle of friends for her kind and loving ways and sunny disposition. Pneumonia following the flu caused her death. Burial Feb. 3rd in Shearer cemetery. We extend our sincere sympathy to the family.

[Colvin, Morton]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     February 18, 1897    p. 3

One of the saddest deaths we have to record this week is that of Morton Colvin, which sad event happened last Saturday, Feb. 13, at the home of the deceased, down across the line in Missouri. Morton was a young man, about 19 years of age, and was apparently in the best of health. But just after finishing his days work, on the above date, he become suddenly ill and within a very few moments his immortal spirit took its flight from what proved to be only a frail tenement at best. The facts connected with his death are as near as can be stated about as follows: After caring for his team, the young man stepped out at the stable door and remarked to some one of the family standing nearby, "I am very sick." His father is a confirmed invalid, but other members of the family managed to carry him into the house. After being placed on a couch he gasped a few times and expired. The rest of the family are prostrated with grief over the great loss they have sustained. Morton was not only a man of exemplary character but he was the main dependence of a large family. S. [ilas] H. Colvin, an uncle of the deceased, and who attended the funeral which occurred Monday, speaks in very flattering terms of the kind offices, tendered by the neighbors during the time proceeding the funeral.

[Dale, Opal Darline]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    December 12, 1912     p 11

The four months old child [Opal Darline] of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Dale died of pneumonia at the home in Creston. Services were held at the home Tuesday and interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery here Tuesday afternoon.

[Dale, Opal Darline]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      December 12, 1912     [p. 1]

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Dale, of Creston, were called upon Sunday to part with their four months old daughter, Opal Darline. The little one caught a severe cold, which developed pneumonia, from which it suffered a week. Funeral services were held at the home at 1 p. m. Tuesday conducted by Rev. B. B. Braddon, and the remains brought to Bedford on the afternoon train for burial. Mr. and Mrs. Dale have resided in Omaha until recently when they came to Creston where Stewart has a position in the Burlington freight house.

[Dowlin, Glade Clare]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      November 3, 1955      p. 5

Obituary - Glade Dowlin

Glade Clare Dowlin, son of David and Sarah Moon Dowlin, was born Dec. 19, 1896, in Taylor County, and died near Blockton, Oct. 26, 1955 at the age of 58 years, 10 months. He had suffered with a heart ailment about three years.

He was married to Letha [Mabel] Showalter in 1920. Five children were born to them, Robert of Blockton, Gwendlyn [Gwendolyn] Miller of Wenatchee, Wash., and three, who preceded him in their infancy.

He was preceded in death also by his parents, a sister, Grace, and one brother, Bruce.

He is survived by the two children; two grandchildren, Linda Sue Miller and Roberta Jean Dowlin.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Blockton Sunday afternoon with burial in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Dowlin, Virginia]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday       November 20, 1991      p. 5


Virginia Dowlin, daughter of J. [osiah] Gwynn and Jessie Hartley Dowlin was born at Blockton, Iowa April 26, 1903 and departed this life at the P.A. Peterson home of Rockford, Ill. November 15, 1991 at the age of 88 years, six months and 19 days.

She grew to maturity in Blockton where she graduated from high school. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and Rockford College. Following her graduation she taught for 30 years in the Rockford Public Schools and Rockford College.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.

She is survived by a friend, Ruby Miller of Rockford, Ill; one niece, Anne Payne of Seal Beach, Calif.; two nephews, Jack Dowlin of Camarillo, Calif, and Herbert Rich of Marshalltown, Iowa.

She was a member of the Court Street United Methodist Church, the Rockford Education Association, the National Retired Teachers Association, the Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Gamma, and the Fortnightly Department of the Rockford Women's Club.

A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 18, 1991 at the Chapel of Court Street United Methodist Church in Rockford and was followed by a reception for family and friends in the church parlor. Services were handled by Anderson- Long-Klontz of Rockford.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1991 at 1 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton, Iowa with a reception for family and friends at the Blockton Christian Church following the services. Arrangements were by Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home of Bedford.

Memorials should be directed to the Court Street United Methodist Church or the Van Fund of P.A. Peterson Home, both of Rockford, Ill.

She was a kind and considerate aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

[Driver, Emma Jane Long]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday       May 31, 1945      p. 7


Former Resident Dies

Mrs. Emma Jane [Long] Driver died Friday night, May 4, at her home in St. Joseph, Missouri, where she had lived the past thirty years. A native of Green County, Pennsylvania she was 92 years of age. The family lived in Blockton many years before moving to St. Joseph in 1915. Her husband, the late [James] Calvin Driver, operated a livery barn here for a long time.

Services were held at 10:30 Sunday morning, May 6, at Meierhoffer's Funeral Home with Dr. C. M. Chilton officiating. The body was brought to Blockton for burial in the afternoon.

Mrs. Driver is survived by one daughter and three sons; Mrs. Golda Cocks, James, Kenneth and Frank Driver, all of St. Joseph; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The body was accompanied to Blockton by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Driver, James Driver and daughter and Dr. Chilton.

[Driver, Ida May]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     April 8, 1897      p. 2

Crawford Dowlin received word last Thursday of the death of a niece, Miss Ida Driver, who died on that day at her home at Blockton. Mr. Dowlin attended the funeral, which occurred Friday. The deceased was a daughter of [James] Calvin Driver who formerly lived on a farm a short distance east of Bedford.

[Driver, James Calvin]

Blockton News

Thursday      November 12, 1925      [p. 1]

J. C. Driver Killed

James C. [alvin] Driver, 76 years old, 515 North Twentieth street, died at St. Joseph hospital at 10:15 Saturday morning as result of being run over by a truck in the driveway of the C. H. Nold Lumber company at 1224 North Fourth street three hours before.

Driver had stepped directly in front of the truck, which knocked him down and passed over his body before it could be stopped, according to yard employees. The truck was owned by the company and driven by John Pendleton, 1218 North Ninth Street.

The victim was taken by the H.O. Sidenfaden ambulance to St. Joseph hospital, where no hope was held for his recovery. The body was viewed by Dr. J. W. Mays, county coroner, and was taken to Meierhoffer funeral home.

The dead man had been a resident of St. Joseph since 1914, and had been in the employ of the lumber company three years. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Emma J. Driver; three sons, Frank, James and Caneth, all of St. Joseph; one daughter, Mrs. Golda Crooks, Hazard, Ky., and a brother, J. L. Driver, St. Joseph. The body will be taken to Blockton, Iowa, his former home, for burial. —St. Joseph Gazette.



James C. [alvin] Driver was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, Oct. 17, 1849, and passed away at a St. Joseph hospital Nov. 7, 1925, aged 76 years and 21 days.

He moved to Illinois in 1865 and was united in marriage to Emma Jane Long, daughter of James and Mary Ellen Long, in that state. They moved to the old home place, 3 ½ miles north of Blockton, with his mother and younger brother, Jesse Lemoine Driver, where they resided until they moved to Blockton in 1895. The family resided in Blockton, where the deceased was engaged in business, until in 1915 when they moved to St. Joseph, Mo., where they have since resided and where he passed away as above stated.

The deceased is survived by the wife and children named above and eight grandchildren and many friends.

The sympathy of the old friends at this place is extended to the bereaved family. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery at this place, as stated elsewhere in this issue.

[Driver, James Calvin]

Blockton News

Thursday      November 12, 1925     p. 4

The body of J. [ames] C. (Cal) Driver arrived here from St. Joseph on train No. 6 Monday afternoon and was taken to Rose Hill cemetery for interment. Mrs. Driver, James Driver and daughter, Miss Frances; Caneth, Frank and J. L. Driver and wives and Mrs. Lois Frutiger made up the funeral party from St. Joseph. H. Y. Reeves, pastor of the Blockton Christian church, conducted the services at the grave.

[Driver, Maggie]

Blockton News

Thursday       March 24, 1898     p. 5


Maggie Driver, the thirteen year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. [ames] C.[alvin] Driver, died at 9:15 o’clock Saturday evening. The deceased had been ailing for about one week, but she was not considered dangerously ill until Saturday morning when the disease took an unfavorable turn and death came to her relief. Interment was made, on Sunday at the Blockton cemetery. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community.

[Driver, Martha Dowlin]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      March 21, 1907       p. 4

Blockton News.

Grandma Driver [Martha Dowlin] died at the home of her son, Cal Driver, with whom she was making her home, Thursday about 2 o'clock, aged 86 years and 6 months. Funeral services were held Saturday at 10 o'clock at the Baptist church, Rev. Osburn, of New Market officiating. Interment was made in the Rose Hill cemetery. Deceased had been a faithful member of the Baptist church near 70 years, having joined in her early girlhood. She leaves two boys, Cal of Blockton, and Lee of Ravenwood, Mo., whom with his family were present at the funeral, also a number of children and grandchildren, to mourn her loss.

[Hankins, David Gaskell]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday     February 25, 1913      p. 8

Mrs. S. M. McKissick, who now resides at Houston, Texas, attended the funeral of her brother, David [Gaskell] Hankins at Blockton last week. She came to Bedford one day in company with Mr. and Mrs. N. [athan] O. [scar] Hickenlooper, and visited Mrs. J. R. Anderson, Mr. McKissick’s sister. She returned to Houston Friday.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 17, 1938
Twenty-Five Years Ago – David G. [askell] Hankins died at the home of his brother, A. T. Hankins, near Tingley, Feb. 13.

[Hankins, Guy W.]

Blockton News

Thursday      July 1, 1920     p. 4

A. T. Hankins, wife and daughter, Reba, of Shannon City, came Friday to attend the funeral of Guy W. Hankins.

[Hankins, Guy W.]

Blockton News

Thursday      July 1, 1920     p. 8


Guy W. Hankins was born February 4, 1872, and died June 23, 1920, aged 48 years, 4 months and 19 days.

He is survived by his devoted mother, Mrs. A. F. Severns, and sister, Mrs. M. Swarts, and other relatives and friends.

Mr. Hankins' recent illness was of such nature as to necessitate special treatment. He was taken to Ellsworth hospital, St. Joseph, Missouri, where he passed away June 23.

The remains were brought to Blockton Thursday evening and funeral services were held at the home of his aunt, Mrs. J. A. King, Friday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. W. Harwood, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 1, 1920
Mrs. A. F. Severns and Mrs. Margaret Swarts and daughter, Miss Gail, of St. Joseph, accompanied the remains of their son and brother, Guy W. Hankins, to this place Thursday evening, remaining over a few days with relatives.

[Hanks, Dorothy Ann Johnson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      May 9, 1946      p. 4


Obituary - Mrs. C. F. Hanks

Dorothy Ann Johnson, daughter of Ed [ward] and [Nancy] Ellen [Brown] Johnson, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, Feb. 10, 1878 and died at her home in Blockton April 27, 1946 at the age of 68 years, 2 months and 18 days.

On December 8, 1899 she was married to Charles F. Hanks at Conway, Iowa. They established their home in Wayne County, near Corydon for some time, and had been residents of Blockton for the past 35 years.

Ten children were born to them: Howard who died in infancy, Otis of Redding, Mrs. Nancy Slingerland of Belton, Mo., Mrs. Orda Moss of Belton, Orville of Blockton, Mrs. Ollie Flanders of Cucamonga, Calif., Mrs. Maudie Hollen of New Virginia, Iowa, Harold of Butte, Mont., Mrs. Margaret Preson of Bradgate, Iowa, and Claude of Blockton.

Mrs. Hanks became a member of the Christian church in early life and remained a faithful believer. She was a kind companion and a loving mother and was loved and respected by all who knew her.

She is survived by her sons, also twenty grandchildren.

There are also five brothers and three sisters: Will Johnson of Salem, Iowa, James Johnson of Cody, Wyo., Claude Johnson of New Market, Mrs. Maggie Wake of Sheridan, Mrs. Ada Heaberlin of Newton, Iowa, Tom Johnson of Blockton, Mrs. Dona Guthrie of Shenandoah, and Charles Johnson of Cumberland.

The funeral services were held in the Christian church in Blockton, May 1, conducted by Rev. Ralph Yadon. Burial was in the Blockton cemetery.

[Parker, Grace Colvin]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     August 13, 1903   [p. 1]


Another Bedford Citizen is Suddenly Called to Give Up Her Life Without a Moment's Warning.

Many times have Bedford citizens been startled with the sudden ending of some one of its number, and the last few months have been no exception. The last person to be brought almost instantly face to face with death was Mrs. W.[illiam] F. Parker, of Bedford, whose home was in the northwest part of town. Thursday morning Mr. Parker left home and came down town. About 8:30 he received a telephone message to return home at once, as his wife was dying. He hastened to her bedside, but found his beloved companion cold in death. While Mrs. Parker was not in rugged health, yet no premonition of the sudden end came to her or her family.

Grace G. Colvin was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, October 19, 1876, came to Bedford ten years ago, and six months later moved to Page county, where she remained until last January, then returned to Bedford. She married W. [illiam] T. Parker January 1,1901. She leaves her husband, four brothers and four sisters to mourn her departure. She united with the M. E. Church at the age of twelve.

The funeral exercises were conducted in the Shearer church in Page county Friday afternoon, and the body laid to rest in the Shearer cemetery.

[Parker, Grace Colvin]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     August 13, 1903     p. 2


One Of Our Citizens Is Suddenly Summoned to the Great World Beyond Yesterday Morning.

Mrs. W. [illiam] T. Parker, who resides in the northwest part of town, died very suddenly yesterday morning. She had been an invalid for some time, but was up and about and she was not considered to be in a dangerous condition. Yesterday morning Mr. Parker came down town after breakfast, leaving her in her usual health, but between 8 and 9 o'clock he received a telephone message to the effect that she was dying and before he could reach home she had passed to the other world.


Grace G. Colvin was born in Muskingum Co., O., Oct. 19, 1876, and died in Bedford, Iowa, Aug. 6, 1903, aged 26 years, 9 months and 17 days. She removed from Ohio to Bedford 10 years ago. Six months later she removed to Page Co., Iowa, where she remained until last January when she came to Bedford. She was converted and united with the M. E. church at the age of 12. Was married to W.[illiam] T. Parker Jan. 1, 1901. She leaves four brothers and four sisters, besides her husband to mourn their loss. One brother preceded her to the spirit land. A short service was held at the home Friday morning by Rev. T. J. Ream, after which the body was taken to Oak Grove for interment. Funeral services were held at Oak Grove by Rev. T. Martin of Braddyville.

[Wheeler, Wesley Glen]

Blockton News

Thursday      August 23, 1928      [p. 1]

Wesley Wheeler Dead

Wesley Wheeler, whose illness was mentioned last week, died at a Creston hospital Sunday morning. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton. He was 35 years and 4 days of age.

[Wheeler, Wesley Glen]

Blockton News

Thursday      August 23, 1928      [p. 1]


Wesley Glen Wheeler was born near Blanchard, Iowa, Aug. 15, 1893, and died at the Greater Community hospital in Creston Aug. 19, 1928, aged 35 years and 4 days.

July 3, 1915, he was united in marriage to Miss Inez [Leona] Johnson and to this union two children were born, Orvis [Wilbur] and Gwelda [Jessie].

He is survived by his wife and children, four sisters, Mrs. J. [oseph] R. Anderson [Minnie], of Wheatland, Wyo.; Mrs. J. C. Gray, of Coaldale, Alberta, Canada; Mrs. W. [ill] A. Robinson [Frona], of Duluth, Minn., and Mrs. F. L. Stanford, of Sumner, Wash., and one brother, W. [illiam] E. [dward] Wheeler, of Blanchard.

He was preceded in death, by his parents, four sisters, Jennie, Nellie, Bertha and Laura, and one brother, Otto.

Mr. Wheeler had been a resident of this community a number of years, and everyone that knew him praised him for his honesty, cleanliness, and integrity. He was a loving and faithful husband and father, and the very best friend and neighbor one could wish to have. A great group of neighbors and friends extend their sympathy to the wife and children, and wish for them God's blessings and comfort in this their time of need.

Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.