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[Brill, Erica June]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     August 19, 1987     p. 3


Graveside services were held August 7, 1987 at Babyland, Fairview Cemetery for Erica June Brill, daughter of Doyle and Jenny Brill. Rev. Keith Less, Mt. Ayr, officiated.

Survivors include parents Doyle and Jenny Brill, sister Chandra Lea Brill, grandparents Ron and Paula Glass, Bedford and Art and Loretta Brill, Lenox.

[McLaury, Gracia Opal]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     August 19, 1987     p. 3


Funeral services for Gracia Opal McLaury, 87, were held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1987 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Gracia Opal McLaury, daughter of George Forest and Ethel Hurley McLaury was born at Clearfield, Iowa September 22, 1899 and departed this life August 9, 1987 at the Bedford Manor nursing home at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 17 days.

She grew to maturity in Clearfield where she graduated from high school in 1917. She attended the Clearfield Methodist Church.

The family moved to Bedford and she was employed in J.M. Little's grocery store for many years, later in Sid Morris store and Cudahay's plant in Bedford.

She cared for her parents until their deaths and also for a dear friend, Francis Mohler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and three sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are nieces and nephews. She delighted in their visits and she will be remembered for her wit and humor and the love and devotion she bestowed. She will be missed by family and friends.

[Perkins, Ella Louise Stewart]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 14, 1974     p. 7

Ella Perkins, 88 Last Rites Held March 13

Funeral, services for Mrs. Franklin (Ella Louise) Perkins, 88, of Hopkins, were held Wed., Mar. 13, at the First Christian Church in Hopkins with Rev. Paxton of Savannah, Mo., and Rev. Carl Huff, of Hopkins, officiating. Mrs. Perkins died March 9, 1974 at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, Mo. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Ella Louise Stewart, the daughter of David McCune and Katherine Elizabeth (Bashor) Stewart was born May 6, 1885 at Siam, Iowa.

She grew to womanhood in the Siam and Bedford, Iowa communities.

She was united in marriage to Joseph Franklin Perkins August 30, 1908. To this union two daughters were born, Mrs. Ralph Bix (Ferne), Hopkins, and Mrs. Elmer Barkhurst (Charlene) of Oroville, Calif.

She joined the Christian Church early in life and remained faithful throughout. She was active in church and club activities as long as her health permitted.

Those who survive are her two daughters and their companions; four grandchildren, Bob Barkhurst and wife, Connie, and Jim Barkhurst of Oroville, Calif., Mrs. Karen Swaney and husband, Richard, of Sheridan, Mo., Glenn Bix and wife, Sharon, of Hopkins, Mo., seven great grandchildren; one brother, Delton Stewart of Bedford; several nieces and nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1971, her parents, five brothers and four sisters.

She was a kind, loving wife and mother and was always concerned of the welfare of others. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

[Perkins, Joseph Franklin “Frank”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 11, 1971     [p.1]

Frank Perkins Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Frank Perkins, 84, of Bedford were held Tuesday at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here with Rev. Fred Paxton officiating. Mr. Perkins died November 5, 1971. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

she bestowed. She will be missed by family and friends.

[Perkins, Joseph Franklin “Frank”]

Thursday     November 18, 1971     p. 4

Joseph Perkins Rites Nov. 9

Funeral services for Joseph Franklin Perkins, 84, of Hopkins, held November 9 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Rev. Fred Paxton. Mr. Perkins died November 5, 1971, at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, Mo. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Joseph Franklin Perkins, son of Louis Perkins and Eva Rozella Lacy was born on a farm in Taylor County Iowa, October 16, 1887.

He spent most of his life farming in Taylor and Nodaway counties. He retired in 1960 and moved to Hopkins, Mo.

He was united in marriage to Ella Louise Stewart, August 30, 1908. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Elmer Barkhurst (Charlene) of Oroville, Calif., and Mrs. Ralph Bix (Ferne) of Hopkins, Mo.

As a young man he became a Christian and as a member of the Christian Church he remained faithful throughout his life. Alt the time of his departure, he was an elder emeritus (lifetime elder) of the First Christian Church, Hopkins, Mo.

Those who survive his passing are his wife Ella; two daughters and their companions; four grandchildren, Mrs. Richard Swaney, Corning, Iowa, Glenn Bix, Hopkins, Mo., Bob and Jim Barkhurst, Oroville, Calif., and four great grandchildren: two sisters, Mrs. Gayol Eighmy (Letha) of Gravity, and Mrs. Dee Smalley (Ethel) of Long Beach, Calif.; sister-in law, Mrs. Cleo Perkins, Bedford; many nieces and nephews.

Those who preceded him in death were his parents and one brother, Jasper.

He loved his church and friends and was a kind and loving husband and father. He will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.

[Perkins, Katie Kruger]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     August 20, 1896      p. 3

The remains of Mrs. Wm. Perkins, who died in Des Moines Wednesday, will arrive at Bedford at 3:35 Friday afternoon. Interment will be made in Bedford cemetery.

[Perkins, Katie Kruger]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     August 27, 1896      [p. 1]

Wm. Perkins arrived from Des Moines Friday on the 3:40 passenger with the body of his wife who died in that city on Wednesday. A number of friends assembled in carriages at the depot and accompanied the remains to the Bedford cemetery, where interment was made. Mr. Perkins was formerly a resident of this city.

[Perkins, Louis]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     April 9, 1931     p. 5

Louis Perkins

Louis Perkins, son of Mr. and Mrs Pleasant Perkins [Mary Ann McIntire], was born Aug. 23, 1862, near Albia, Iowa, and died at his home in Bedford, April 1, 1931, at the age of 68 years, 7 months and 7 days. He moved near Bedford when 11 years of age, and has spent most of his life in this vicinity. He united with the Church of Christ at Berea at the age of 19, and remained a faithful member. He was married Sept. 30, 1886, to Eva Rozelle [Rozella] Lacy. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons, Mrs. G. [ayol] C. [layton] Eighmy [Letha Esther] of Lawrence, Kans., Mrs. D. [ee] G. Smalley [Gertrude Ethel] of Grandview, Mo., J. [oseph] F. [ranklin] and J. [asper] D. [ean] Perkins of Bedford; 10 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. America Kruse of Gilleland, Texas, and many nieces and nephews. His parents, one brother Frank, one sister Ida, and five half-brothers and sisters preceeded him in death.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church Saturday afternoon

at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. C. Harris. Burial was made in the Bedford cemetery.

[Putnam, Alta Mae Propst]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 4, 1952        [p.1]

Mrs. Alta Putnam Died Here Saturday

Mrs. Alta Putnam, 79, a resident of Bedford nearly all of her life, died here Nov. 29 after failing health for several months.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Bedford Methodist church, conducted by Rev. Robt. M. Peters. The body was placed in the mausoleum in Fairview cemetery.

Alta Mae Propst, daughter of Daniel and Mary Burnside Propst, was born Dec. 25, 1872, on a farm east of Bedford near Platteville, and died at the age of 78 years, 11 months, four days.

She attended the neighborhood rural school as a girl, and later attended the Stanberry, Mo., normal school, where she met Jason Prentiss Putnam of Bedford and they were married Feb. 15, 1894. She served as a rural schoolteacher for a time.

She and her husband resided on a farm west of Bedford all of their married life, except one year in California and three years in Shenandoah. To them were born two children: Virgil Glenn Putnam of Bedford and Ferne Lorraine, now Mrs. Lester [Earl] Clayton of Callender, Iowa.

As a young girl she united with the Baptist church. During the ministry of Rev. M. R. Talley, she and her husband reunited with the Bedford Methodist church from the Methodist church in Shenandoah.

She was preceded in death by her husband in May 1935; three sisters: Elsie Propst, Mrs. S. J. Harley and Mrs. Will Stephenson; and by her parents.

She is survived by the two children: Virgil and Ferne; three grandchildren; one great grandchild; and one nephew, E. W.  Stephenson of Pleasantville, Iowa.

[Putnam, Harry Edward]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      November 21, 1985      p. 6

Services held for Harry E. Putnam

Services for Harry E. Putnam, 79, were held November 18 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford. Rev. Marcia Smith Wood officiated. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Mr. Putnam died Nov. 15, 1985 in Taylor County.

Harry Edward Putnam, son of Edward S. and Mable Snyder Putnam, was born Dec. 7, 1905, northeast of Bedford, Iowa on a farm. He lived in the Bedford community all his life, attended public school there and graduated from high school in 1924. He farmed all his life, living on his family farm for 65 years.

He married Ruth Burner on Dec. 22, 1928, in the Christian Church parsonage in Council Bluffs, Ia. They would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary next month. They lived on the family farm and to this union was born a daughter, Barbara Ruth. Harry Putnam was baptized as a young man in the Bedford Christian Church and was a member of the United Christian-Presbyterian Church. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge AF & AM - 156, the Commandery and Moila Shrine.

He was preceded in death by his parents and leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Ruth; his daughter Barbara DeHeus and her husband Marvin of Walnut Creek, California; a grandson Michael Harry DeHeus of Riverside, California; a sister-in-law, Pauline Wood of Hamilton, Illinois; a nephew, Earl Thomas Wood of Macomb, Illinois; a niece, Eldora Wood of Rock Island, Illinois; several grand nieces and nephews, and many close cousins and friends.

[Putnam, Henry Harrison]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      December 21, 1911     [p. 1]


Remains Being Brought to Bedford for Interment—Son and Daughter There

H. [enry] H. [arrison] Putnam died at his home in Boulder, Col., at 5:50 o'clock Monday evening. The body will be brought here for interment and funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the First Methodist Episcopal church, conducted by Rev. W. B. Thompson, the pastor. His son, Jason Putnam, and daughter, Mrs. W. E. Fitch, were summoned to his bedside the latter part of last week and were with him at the time of death. He had been ill about ten days. Mr. Putnam was 70 years of age.

Mr. Putnam was a native of Vermont, but had been a resident of this county for forty years. In April, 1910, Mr. and Mrs. Putnam went to Boulder, and have since resided there. During his long residence here Mr. Putnam became one of the best known citizens of the county, rearing a large family of sons and daughters, who were afforded liberal educations and have taken prominent places and been rewarded with success.

Surviving are Jason P. [rentiss] Putnam and Mrs. W. E. Fitch of Bedford, Mrs. W. W. Mason of Wathena, Kan., Irving and Charles of Chicago, Clyde of Armor, S. D., Leslie of Helena, Mont., and Stella of Boulder, Col.

[Putnam, Virgil Glen]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday       October 20, 1983     p. 3

Services Pending For Virgil Putnam

Services for longtime Bedford resident Virgil Glen Putnam, 84, of St. Joseph, Mo., will be Thursday, October 20, at 2: 30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Bedford. Interment will be in the Bedford Mausoleum. Shum-Novinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

[Putnam, Virgil Glen]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday       October 27, 1983     p. 9

Final Rites Held In Bedford For Virgil Putnam, 84

Funeral services for Virgil Glen Putnam, 84, of St. Joseph, Missouri, a native of Taylor County, held October 20 in Bedford United Methodist Church, were officiated by Rev. James Dale and Rev. Carl Cummings. Mr. Putnam died after a long illness October 17, 1983 at St. Joseph. Interment was in the Mausoleum at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Ia.

Virgil Glen Putnam, son of Jason P. [rentiss] Putnam and Alta Propst Putnam, was born in Taylor County, Iowa May 19, 1899.

His early years were spent on a farm west of Bedford except for a year in California. He attended Bedford High School and entered officers training S. A. T. C. College, Des Moines, Iowa in 1918. Following his honorable discharge from the army he was engaged in farming west of Bedford.

On December 24, 1921 he was united in marriage to Mary Nancy Livingston. They farmed and raised registered Hereford cattle until 1951 when they moved to Bedford and operated a service station through 1955. During these years they raised three children: two daughters and a son who survive: Mrs. Donald (Margaret) Trout of St. Joseph, Missouri; Mrs. Duane (Mary Lou) Jackson of St. Joseph, and Howard [Dean] of Plano, Texas.

Also surviving is one sister, Ferne Putnam Clayton of Harlingen, Texas, six grandchildren: Robert and Jim Trout, Mark and Janet Jackson, Michael and Susan Putnam and two great granddaughters, Cristi Campbell and Stacie Trout. He is also survived by one daughter-in-law, Krista Putnam and two sons-in-law, Don Trout and Duane Jackson.

Virgil became a member of the Baptist Church at an early age; later he joined the Methodist Church.

In 1955 they moved to Chillicothe, Missouri where he was employed in men's clothing as well as being elected police judge and being active in Republican politics. He was a flying farmer getting his pilot's license in 1945 and owned his own plane on the farm for many years. Mary and he enjoyed many flying trips around the Midwest.

Due to Mary's illness they moved to St. Joseph in August 1972 where she died a few weeks later. In St. Joseph he was a member of Hyde Valley United Methodist Church.

Virgil was a hard and tireless worker all his life. He set an example for his family, neighbors and friends that emphasized honesty, integrity and kindness in all his actions and deeds. His life was always full and useful and he received great enjoyment and satisfaction from his family, church and community.

He will be remembered as a loving, caring father, a good friend and neighbor and a man who believed in and lived Christian values.

[Rea, Dorcas E. Larkins]

Iowa South-west

Saturday     May 17, 1879     p. 3

-Elder J. P. Roach will preach the funeral sermon of Mrs. D. [orcas Larkins] Rea, at the Christian church on next Lord's Day, the 18th of May, at 11 a. m.

[Note: The same announcement was printed in the Bedford Argus, May 15, 1879, page 8.]

[Richardson, Lillie Elizabeth Hudson Wilcox Winemiller]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 8, 1957     [p. 1]

Mrs. Lillie Richardson Dies At Maryville

Mrs. Lillie Elizabeth Richardson, 50, of near Hopkins, died Tuesday, August 6 at St. Francis hospital, Maryville, after a long illness. She had been a patient at the hospital the past five weeks.

Mrs. Richardson was born May 24, 1907, at Clarinda, the daughter of Mrs. Bert Hudson of Bedford and the late Mr. Hudson. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Richardson, of the home; her mother of Bedford; a daughter, Mrs. Helena Walker, Lisco, Nebr., two sons, Bennie Winemiller of the home and Vernon Wilcox, Bedford; three stepsons, William Richardson of Omaha, Gary and James Richardson of the home; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Anada Larson of Bedford, and Mrs. Yvonne Snyser of Sheridan; two brothers, Lowell Hudson of Hopkins, and Dale Hudson of Bedford.

[Richardson, Mary Elizabeth Burch]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      September 11, 1947     p. 2



Mrs. Elmer Richardson Dies When Her Car Overturns

Mrs. [William] Elmer Richardson [Mary Elizabeth Burch], who resided seven miles southwest of Hopkins, met a tragic death Wednesday, Sept. 3, when the car she was driving left the gravel road about five miles east of here, and overturned. She was caught underneath the car and her neck was broken. She was accompanied by Clyde Garten, a mechanic of Hopkins. He was uninjured. A jury inquest was held with the verdict of "Accidental Death."

Funeral rites were held at the Pickering Christian church Saturday afternoon. Burial was at Elmo, Mo. Rev. L. B. Day, of Maryville was in charge of the service.

She is survived by her husband and four sons; her mother, Mrs. George Burch of Pickering; three brothers and three sisters.

[Richardson, Mary Elizabeth Burch]

Maryville Daily Forum

Thursday    September 4, 1947    [p. 1]

Woman Suffers Broken Neck in Auto Accident

Mrs. [William] Elmer Richardson, 33-year old farm wife of six miles southwest of Hopkins, was instantly killed at 5:45 o’clock Wednesday afternoon when the car she was driving, a 1947 Chevrolet coach, overturned in a ditch five and a half miles east of Hopkins on a gravel road.

Passenger Not Injured

Clyde Garten, 27-year-old Hopkins resident who was riding with Mrs. Richardson was uninjured.

Mrs. Richardson’s death was due to a broken neck according to a report by Dr. L. E. Dean of Maryville, county coroner. A coroner’s inquest was held at 2 o’clock this afternoon in the Swanson funeral home at Hopkins.

Mother of Four Boys

Garten, who was held in the county jail here last night to await the inquest today told Deputy George Beverlin that he and Mrs. Richardson, mother of four small boys were returning from Sheridan when the car overturned.

Elmer Richardson, owner of the car his wife was driving, was on the streets of Hopkins waiting for her to pick him up when the accident occurred, according to Beverlin. He was not notified of his wife’s death for several hours after it happened.

Going Over 60 Miles an Hour

An investigation made at the scene by Beverlin and Sgt. J. W. Whan, state trooper, showed that the car going west, began swerving at the top of a hill, skidded approximately 100 feet, then overturned into a ditch on the south side of the road.

Garten told Beverlin and Sgt. Whan that Mrs. Richardson was driving between 60 and 70 miles an hour when it began swerving.

The car was demolished according to the accident report.

Four Children Survive

Mrs. Richardson was born March 2, 1914 at Pickering, the daughter of the late George [Holmes] Burch and Miss Lola Myrtle Burch of Pickering.  Her maiden name was Mary Elizabeth. On Nov. 14, 1934 she was married to Elmer Richardson. They have four sons, Bill, 11, Gary, 8, Larry, 7, and Jimmie, 5.

She is survived by her husband; her mother; three sisters, Mrs. Esther Mozingo, Elmo; Mrs. Maybelle Fields, Richmond, Calif., and Mrs. Ethel Reichardt, Massena, Ia., and three brothers, Frank Burch, Marcus, Ia., Forest Burch, Minden, Ia., and George Ruola Burch, Cherokee, Ia. Her twin sister, Martha Lee, died in 1941.

Mrs. Richardson had lived in the Hopkins vicinity all her life.