Thursday August 8, 1940 [p. 1]
Obituary-Mrs. W. A.
Jane Derrickson, daughter of Jesse
and Margaret [Huey] Fulton, was
born in Pittsburgh, Penn., Oct. 31, 1862 and died at her home in Bedford on
July 31, 1940 at the age of 77 years and 9 months.
the age of five years she came to Iowa with her parents, where she had since
made her home.
was married to William A. [lbert] Derrickson on March 24, 1878. To them were born nine
children, four of whom survive. They are Mrs. Marion Mohler, Jesse Derrickson and Floyd Derrickson of Bedford and Mrs. Reba Lock of Corning. Mr. Derrickson died several years ago.
are also eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs.
Gussie Breece of Bedford and Mrs.
Vennie Libby of Tilden, Nebr.,
and one brother, Milo Fulton of San Francisco, Calif.
funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Friday afternoon
conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson. Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.
Thursday July 10,
1952 [p. 1]
Beryl Fulton Died In Ohio
Fulton, 51, died at his home In
Lakewood, Ohio, Sunday, July 6. The body was brought to Clearfield, where last
rites were held Wednesday afternoon, July 9. Burial was in the Clearfield
Fulton is a former resident of
Bedford and was a nephew of Mrs. Ada Killfoy [Kilfoy]. He is survived by his wife; also one sister, Mrs.
Rella Fulton Kallin of Ida Grove,
[Fulton, Ida May
Thursday January 9,
1919 [p. 1]
Mrs. Sam Fulton
Ida [May] Norris was born in Knox
County, Ill, March 20, 1870, and died at her home in Bedford January 7, 1919.
She was united in marriage to Sam Fulton Sept. 28, 1886, and to this union four children were born, two girls
and two boys, one boy and one girl dying in infancy. She leaves to mourn one
daughter, Mrs. Victor Kallin of Pittsburg, Pa., and one son, Beryl, of College Spring, Iowa. She also leaves a mother, one brother and
two sisters, Clinton Norris, Mrs. W. H. Miller and Mrs. J. H. Kilfoy, all of Bedford. Mrs. Fulton united with the Baptist church about twenty-four
years ago and remained a devout member since, always ready to lend a helping
hand in time of need. For the past year she has been in poor health but thru
all her suffering has been of a cheerful disposition and always met her friends
with a smile. Her death will be keenly felt by her relatives and a host of
funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon by Rev. C. C. Hatcher. Her daughter, Mrs.
Kallin, was unable to be present.
[Fulton, Samuel A.]
Bedford Free Press
Wednesday July 11, 1917 [p. 1]
Death Takes Sam
Fulton From Midst
Fulton died at his home in
Bedford this evening at 5 o'clock. Death resulted after an illness of a few
weeks. No arrangements for the funeral services have been made at this time.
Obituary will be printed next week.
[Fulton, Samuel A.]
Thursday July 12, 1917 [p. 1]
SAM FULTON DIES AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS
Awoke in Night With a
suffering from meningitis for two weeks, Sam Fulton gave up the unequal battle and died last evening
at 6 o'clock. News of his death was a decided shock to many of his friends who
were unaware that he was ill.
Fulton had performed a big day's
work preceding the night of the attack but retired in the evening, feeling as
well as ever. In the middle of the night he awoke from a sound sleep with a
terrific headache, from that time until death, he gradually failed. Most of the
time he was in a semi-conscious condition.
deceased was well known in the community and had many friends who sympathize
with the bereaved relatives. No funeral arrangement has been made at this
[Fulton, Samuel A.]
Bedford Free Press
Wednesday July 25, 1917 p. 4
A. Fulton was born near Pittsburg,
Pa., April 28, 1865. He came to Taylor county, Iowa, with his parents, March
Sept 28, 1868 , he was married to Ida May Norris. To this union four children were born, two of
whom, Bruce and Flora, died in infancy. After a short illness, he
passed away Wednesday evening, July 11, 1917, aged 52 years, 2 months and 13
leaves to mourn his departure an aged mother, the wife, a daughter, Mrs.
Rella Kallin; a son, Beryl
Fulton; three sisters, Mrs.
Elizabeth Derrickson, Mrs.
Vennie Libbey, Mrs. Augusta Breece; a brother, Milo Fulton, and
many friends who knew and respected him in life.
funeral was held at the family residence Friday, July 13, 1917, at 2 P. M., the
services being conducted by Rev. J. A. Currie, with special music by the
Interment was made in the
The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Times-Republican, July 19, 1917, page 7.]
Thursday February 23, 1961 p. 5
Joe Howard, 74, Buried At Bedford
services were held at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda Saturday afternoon for Joseph M. [artin] Howard, 74,
who died at Municipal hospital Wednesday of a heart condition. He had been ill
15 days. A former farmer in Taylor county, he resided at 512 W. Tarkio in
are his wife, Urcella; a son, Marvin of Aurora, Colo.; and a brother, Alfred of Clarinda.
David Ash, pastor of the First Methodist church in Clarinda officiated at the
services. Interment in the Bedford cemetery.
[Howard, Vera Voleria
Thursday September 21, 1922 p. 2
Vera [Voleria] Newton-Howard,
daughter of W. [atson] L. [emuel] and Mary H. [elen Barnhill] Newton, was born Sept. 20, 1881, and departed this life
Sunday, Sept. 17, aged 40 years, eleven months and 27 days. Had she lived until
the day of her funeral she would have been 41 years old.
was born near Bedford, Ia., and when seven years old moved with her parents to
near Sharpsburg and from there to a place near Conway, Ia.
attending school at various places she taught school in Taylor county and Page
County in this state, also teaching a period of 1 year in Oklahoma.
Oct. 19, 1911, she was united in marriage to J. [oseph] M. [artin] Howard at Guymon, Okla. They lost one infant and have but
one living child, Marion B. Howard,
who is about 9 years old.
early childhood she always was faithful to attend Sunday School and church
services. While attending school at Shenandoah at 21 years of age she united
with the Methodist church. But after moving to Oklahoma she changed her membership
to the Church of Christ being buried with her Lord in baptism. Here she was
always active in Christian service.
Guymon, Okla., they moved to a farm near Hepler, Kan., and from here they moved
on a homestead near Fowler, Colorado, and last spring once more moved, taking
up their, residence near Hutchinson, Kans.
Sunday evening, Sept. 17th, while returning home from church she met with a
fatal accident, thus giving a portion of the last hours of her life to worship
in the house of God. She possessed a cheerful and sunny disposition always
ready and willing to serve others, placing her trust continually in her Lord.
leaves to sorrow, her husband, only son, mother (the father died about 5 years
ago), one brother Harry Newton,
Conway, Ia.; two sisters, Agnes Newton, St. Joseph, Mo., and Mrs. Frona Fleenor of Clarinda, Iowa, and a host of friends.
Wednesday June 7, 1995 p.
[Alvin] Hodges, age 84, resident
of Bedford, was born June 3, 1910 at Charter Oak, Iowa to parents William
Hodges and Lillie May Robinson.
He died in his Bedford home on May 26,1995.
grew to maturity in Iowa and was brought up in the United Brethren Church. He
also spent a considerable time in California where he worked as well. He was
primarily engaged in agriculture, or any other type of work he could find.
November 3, 1934 he was united in marriage to Beulah Akes in Leon, Iowa. To this union one child was born, Evelyn
was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one sister and two brothers.
include one sister, Mary Hodges of Coming, Iowa, his daughter, Joann Bowman of Bedford, and one granddaughter, Joyce Solza of California.
is remembered for his hard work to support his family especially during the
Depression years, when he would take any job available. He will be missed also
for his interest in metal detecting and hunting for arrow heads around town and
the surrounding area.
[Hodges, Mary Ellen]
Wednesday May 15,
1996 p. 5
Mary Ellen Hodges
Ellen Hodges was the daughter of William
Henry Hodges and Lillie May
Robinson Hodges. She was born in
Hartington, Nebraska on May 17, 1905 and departed this life on May 8, 1996 at
Corning Colonial Manor, at Corning, Iowa, at the age of 90 years, 11 months and
Ellen spent most of the first 24
years of her life in the Boone, Iowa area with her parents. At about 24 years
of age she was hired to be a governess for a family living in California where
she moved to be with them.
in California she began work in department stores as a dress designer. Here she
was able to exercise her artistic talents in sewing and designing in work that
she thoroughly enjoyed.
many years she came back to Leon, Iowa to care for her aged parents, caring for
them until their deaths. Then she moved to the Denver, Colorado area where she
again worked in clothing design. In later years, after her retirement, she came
back to Bedford to stay with her brother Charles Hodges. Here she stayed until a broken hip forced her
into the care of Corning Colonial Manor where she stayed about the last five
years of her life.
Ellen was preceded in death by
her parents, one sister, Verva Carey of Gettysburg, South Dakota, her brother David Hodges of North Hollywood, California, her brother Clarence
Hodges of Unionville, Missouri,
and her brother Charles Hodges of Bedford, Iowa.
include a niece, Joanne Bowman of Bedford, a niece Darlene McClure of David City, Nebraska, and many other nieces and nephews.
by Novinger Taylor Funeral Home of Bedford.
Mary Ellen Hodges
Mary Ellen Hodges, 90, of Bedford, IA died May 8, 1996 at Corning Colonial Manor in Corning. She was born on May 17, 1905, in Hartington, NE, the daughter of William and Lille Robinson Hodges.
She worked for many years in California and Colorado as a dress designer for department stores. After retirement she moved to Bedford to be with her brother Charles Hodges. Here she stayed until a broken hip forced her into the care of the nursing home where she lived for almost five years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Verva Carey, brothers, David, Clarence and Charles Hodges.
Survivors include nieces Joanne Bowman of Bedford and Darlene McClure of David City, NE plus many other nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home of Bedford.
CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 15, 1996
[Keith, Beulah Hazel]
Taylor County Democrat
Thursday December 14,
1893 p. 4
Saturday, Dec. 9, 1893, Beulah [Hazel], daughter of Mr. and Mrs Lee M. [Levi N.] Keith, aged 4 years. The funeral services were
conducted at the family residence by Elder Wm. Cobb, Sunday at 11 a. m., Dec. 10,
and were attended by a large number of sympathizing friends of the family.
Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.
[Lee, Bertha Marie
Thursday December 2, 1971 p. 7
Bertha Lee, 82 Rites Held Here November 30
services for Mrs. William (Bertha) Lee, 82 of Bedford, were Tues., Nov. 30, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home
here. Mrs. Lee died November
27, 1971 at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo. after two weeks' illness.
Interment was at Bedford Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa.
[Marie] Lee, daughter of Theodore
and Allice [Alice Flory] Merritt,
was born at Davis City, Iowa, May 6, 1889.
Lee attended and graduated from
the Davis City High School, Davis City, Iowa.
February of 1908 she was united in marriage to William [Napoleon] Lee and to this union three children were born.
Mrs. Lee's marriage they moved to North Dakota where they homesteaded a farm
until 1921 after which they moved to a farm North of Bedford. She lived there
until 1958 at which time she moved to her home in Bedford.
was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, a daughter, two sisters,
a brother and two half-sisters.
Lee is survived by her daughter, Alma
McMillin, Bedford; nine
grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Lee was a wonderful and loving
mother and grandmother, a kind neighbor and a friend to many. She will be
greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
[Lee, Lester William]
Thursday January 30, 1958 [ p. 1]
Lester Lee Died After Short Illness
Lee, a native of Taylor County,
died at Municipal hospital in Clarinda, Thursday, January 23 after a short
services were held at the Shum Funeral Home, Saturday afternoon, January 25.
Rev. Anthony Blankers of the Methodist church officiated. Burial in Bedford
William Lee was born in Taylor
county, Iowa, near Bedford on March 26,1923 and died at the age of 34 years, 10
months, 27 days.
attended rural school in Taylor County and Bedford High School. He was a
graduate of American School of Correspondence.
made his home with his parents and was engaged in farming all of his life.
are his mother, Mrs. Bertha Lee;
one sister, Mrs. Gene McMillin;
several nieces and nephews. One sister, Evelyn Irene, preceded him in death at the age of three years.
His father, William Lee, died
January 10, 1952.
Thursday January 17, 1952 [p. 1]
W. N. Lee Died At Maryville Hospital
N. Lee, farmer residing west of
Bedford, died at the St. Francis hospital, Maryville, Jan. 10, following an
illness of almost a year.
services were held at the Shum Funeral home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by
Rev. Evan Routh. Burial was in Bedford cemetery.
Napoleon Lee, son of William
and Henrietta Branscom Lee, was
born June 22, 1883 at Leon, Iowa, being 68 years, seven months, 18 days at the
time of his death.
lived at Leon until about 21 years of age when he went to South Dakota. He was
married Feb. 26, 1908 to Bertha Marie Merritt at Leon. To them were born two daughters and one
son, Alma, Evelyn Irene and Lester
William. Evelyn Irene passed away at 3 years of age.
is survived by his wife and son William at home; the daughter, Mrs. Gene McMillin of Bedford; four brothers, Fred and Robert of Medora, North Dakota; Jake in Washington state, and Granville in Oregon; three sisters, Mrs. Nancy Schmidt of Medora, N. D.; Mrs. Charles Flora of Coloma, Wash., Mrs. Robert Young of Osceola, Iowa; nine grandchildren.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday May 9,
1901 p. 7
Jessie [Josie] Leonard died at
her home in Jackson Township, eight miles southeast of Bedford, Monday morning,
May 6. The funeral exercises were conducted at Berea church by Elder William
Cobb Tuesday morning. Interment in Bedford cemetery.
[Lucas, Esther Jane
Thursday June 19,
1958 p. 5
Mrs. George Lucas Died Here June 11
George Lucas of Bedford died at
her home Wednesday, June 11.
services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Monday afternoon, June 16, Rev.
Anthony Blankers of the Bedford Methodist church officiating. Burial in Bedford
Jane Vanatta, daughter of J.
[ames] W. [illiam] Vanatta and Eliza
Ann Bell, was born January 24,
1878 in Iowa County, Iowa and passed away at the age of 80 years, four months, 18
the age of six weeks, she went with her parents by covered wagon to Kansas,
where she spent her remaining years.
May 23, 1895 she was marred to George C. [linton] Lucas at Hopeville, Iowa. To them three children were
born: Mrs. Emma Tranbarger of
Corning, John W.[illiam] Lucas of
National City, Calif., and Mrs. Viola Davis of Bedford. On October 11, 1912, they moved to
Bedford, where she has resided since.
Lucas joined the Christian church
at an early age, later transferring her membership to the Methodist church.
was a member of a family of eight children. She leaves to mourn her loss,
besides her three children and their families, two brothers and two sisters: Ross
Vanatta of Frontenac, Kansas, Mrs.
Minnie Campel, Pittsburg, Penn.; Mrs.
John Reynolds, Parsons, Kans.; Ben
Vanatta, Bartlesville, Okla. Also
nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
her in death were her parents; her husband, George C. Lucas; a sister, Emma McDonald; two brothers, Rob Vanatta and Bill Vanatta.
Thursday November 28,
George C. Lucas Rites Held Here Wednesday
C. [linton] Lucas, a retired
harness-maker, died at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, Sunday, November 24.
services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, Wednesday afternoon, with
burial in the Bedford cemetery. Rev. Anthony Blankers officiated.
C. [linton] Lucas was born at
Hopeville, Iowa, in Clarke County, on Feb. 8, 1874 and died at the age of 83
years, nine months, 16 days. He was educated in the public school at Hopeville
and learned the trade of harness-maker from his father.
May 23, 1895 he was united in marriage to Esther Jane Vanatta. To them three children were born: Emma, now Mrs. J. C. Tranbarger of Corning; John William Lucas, National City, Calif.; and Viola, now Mrs. Alva Davis of Bedford.
family made their home at Hopeville until 1911, when they moved to Bedford,
where they have since resided. Mr. Lucas was a kind, loving husband and father; was industrious and diligent
in his work; possessed a fine sense of humor and a great capacity for
friendship with both adults and children.
Lucas is survived by his wife and
the three children. Also by nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and one
sister, Mrs. Kate Booth of
[Lucas, Rebecca Ellen
Bedford Free Press
Tuesday November 8, 1906 p. 5
Mrs. Surena Lucas.
Rebecca Ellen Lewis was born near
Springfield, Ill., June 2, 1844, and died at her home in Bedford Thursday,
November 1, 1906, at 9:15 o'clock, from a complication of stomach troubles.
1859 she moved with her parents to St. Joseph, Mo., where she made her home
until December 29, 1870, on which date she united in marriage to Mr. S.
Lucas of this city and they
immediately came here where they have since made their home.
brief announcement of the [illness] and death of Mrs. Lucas caused a deep wave of sorrow and sadness to pass
over our city when made on Thursday last, as but few knew of her sickness and
not many of those who knew it realized it was of a serious nature. She had been
enjoying her customary good health, which had always been good up to the time
of this illness, which manifested itself Monday of last week. Always of a
bright and cheerful disposition very little complaint was [heard] but she rapidly grew worse and
it was soon seen that the termination could be but as it was. Relatives ware
summoned and Dr. [Roger?] of St. Joe, was brought to [help] our local
physicians but nothing could be done by mortal hands or conceived by mortal
minds was of any avail and she passed peacefully away at the time stated
previously. To know Mrs. Lucas was to love her; in her home she was a queen. It was [clear] that her every
thought and every act centered her efforts being directed towards making it a
home in every sense of the word —not for herself alone but with the
unselfish thought of making it a pleasant, comfortable retreat for husband,
daughter, neighbors and friends, and in all this city of [true] mothers and
true wives there were none who were more of a[?]e character than the deceased.
Combined with this was a loving Christian spirit, which was manifest at all
times. In February, she united with the Presbyterian Church and in church work
was faithful and untiring.
the happy married life of this couple two children were born, a son dying in
infancy and a daughter, now Mrs. Grace Harrison, of Leavenworth, Kas., who was with her during
her last moments. A brother, James F. Lewis, of St. Joseph, and a niece Mrs. John James and her husband, of Red Oak, were here attending
the funeral. Aside from these she leaves a sister, Mrs. Sallie Moore, of St. Joseph, a brother, Thomas J., of St. Joseph, and another brother, W. E., of Horton, Kas., to mourn their loss.
the bereaved and heartbroken husband and daughter and other relatives the
sympathy of the entire community is extended.
funeral was held from the home Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock conducted by Rev.
Ashley Fitch, and interment took place in the Bedford cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Tuesday September 23, 1913 [ p. 1]
Sereny Lucas Dies
Lucas, veteran newspaperman of
Bedford, died suddenly at his home in Leavenworth, Monday Sept. 22. Body will
be brought here Wednesday noon. No further particulars obtained.
Thursday September 25, 1913 p. 5
Lucas, a resident of Bedford for
about forty-five years, died at his home in Leavenworth, Kan., Monday, aged 78
years. The remains were brought here for interment on the noon train Wednesday.
Brief funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian church, conducted by
Rev. Phillip Jackson. Interment was in the Bedford cemetery.
Lucas was the son of Philander
and Lydia [Fisher] Lucas, and was
born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, Dec. 13, 1834. He removed with his parents from
Ohio to Iowa in 1862 and located in Bedford. Mr. Lucas was closely identified with events relating to
the early history of Bedford, having been for a number of years editor and
publisher of the Iowa Southwest,
a newspaper which has evolved into what is now known as the Bedford Free Press.
Lucas was a veteran of the Civil
war, having enlisted for service in Bedford in company D, Forty-sixth Iowa,
1870 he was married to Rebecca Lewis. To this union two children were born, Fred, who died in infancy, and Grace, now Mrs. W. L. Harrison.
the death of his wife in 1900 Mr. Lucas removed to Leavenworth, Kan., where he made his home with his
daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Harrison, until summoned by the hand of death.
Mr. Lucas is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Harrison, and two sisters, Mrs. Philena Robertson of Lineville, Pa., and Mrs. Lydia Kling of Long Beach, Cal.
The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Free Press, September 30, 1913, page 3.]
16, 1947 [p. 1]
Obituary - Fred
Fred Marley was born at Bedford,
Iowa August 3, 1882 and died Wednesday, October 1, 1947, at the age of 65
years, 1 month and 28 days.
grew to young manhood in and near Bedford. He was a member of the Woodman
Lodge, and served several years on the Bedford Fire Department.
is survived by three brothers: Will, Robert and John of Bedford; one sister, Mrs. Paul Trumbo, Bedford; as well as other relatives and friends.
One brother, Floyd Marley preceded him in death in infancy.
services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Thursday, October 2, conducted
by Rev. G. W. Swan. Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday December 17,
1908 p. 5
Mrs. T. B. Masters Passes Away
the home of her daughter Mrs. Albert Dugan, Sunday, occurred the death of Mrs. T. [homas] B. [urley]
Masters. Grandma Masters, as she
was familiarly known, has been in poor health during the past year, and the
end, which came suddenly, was not unexpected. Saturday it became evident that
she was rapidly sinking and Dr. O. V. Long was called. An examination revealed
to him the fact that she had but a few hours of this world before her. She
failed to rally, and quietly breathed her life out at 1:50 o'clock Sunday
Dr. Long became convinced that medical aid could avail nothing, and that the
end was so near the facts were gently made known to the patient sufferer who
had carried the burdens of life so long. The thought had no terror to her and
smiling sweetly she replied, "I am trusting in Jesus to save me and make
G. W. Palmer was with her at 12 o'clock Saturday and again at the time of her
death. She remained perfectly rational retaining complete consciousness to the
very end, and passed into the future at the lifting of the veil, sweetly
trusting in the redeeming grace of the Risen Lord.
services conducted by Rev. Palmer, held at the home, attended by a large
company of relatives and old friends of the deceased. The pastor selected
Revelations 7th, chapter 15-16-17 verses as the scriptural central thought of
his sermon and from those words drew precious truths and comforting promises
for all who pass thru the dark valley.
body was taken to Bedford where interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.
Borland was born in Beith near
Glasgow, Scotland, September 25, 1828. At the age of 13 she came to America
with her parents in 1845. Taking shipping at Liverpool and after several weeks
on a sailing vessel arrived at New Orleans. From there they went to Morgan
county, Illinois, where she was united in marriage to T. [homas] B. [urley]
Masters May 20, 1847. To this
union were born seven children, six boys and one girl, three died in infancy, Wilbur died August 23, 1892 being 30 years old, three
children survive, J. [ohn] B. of Gravity, James W. of
Illinois and Mrs. Albert Dugan [Mary Elizabeth], of Gravity. In 1875 they moved to Bedford where
they remained for several years and from there they moved to Gravity, where
they remained until her husband's death June 11, 1905. Since then she made her
home with her daughter Mrs. Albert Dugan until her death, which occurred December 6, 1908, aged 80 years, 2
months and 11 days. She joined the M. E. church when young and remained a
Christian until her death. In her last years she was a great sufferer and for
the last eleven months she was a constant sufferer. She bore her sufferings
with great patience. She leaves 3 children, 20 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren
to mourn her loss. —Gravity Independent
Bedford Free Press
Thursday June 15,
1905 [p. 1]
Death of T. B.
[homas] B. [urley] Masters died
at his home in Gravity, Sunday, June 11, aged 75 years, 11 months and 27 days. Mr.
Masters was one of Taylor
County’s old and respected citizens, moving here in 1876. For seventeen years
he lived on a farm just west of Bedford, but on account of failing health, and
not able to longer tend the farm he moved to Gravity where he resided until his
death. He was a man of noble character, and has made the world better by having
lived in it.
leaves a wife and three children to mourn his death. The children are J.
[ohn] B. Masters and Mrs.
Albert Dugan [Mary Elizabeth] of Gravity, and J. [ames] W. Masters, of Peoria, Ill.
services were conducted by Rev. Farley in the M. E. church at Gravity. The body
was brought to Bedford and interred in Bedford cemetery.
Tuesday June 13,
1905 [p. 1]
AN OLD SETTLER GONE
T. B. Masters Dies at His Home in Gravity—Interment at
[homas] B. [urley] Masters, one
of Taylor County's old settlers died at 11 o’clock Sunday morning at his home
in Gravity, age 75 years, 11 months and 27 days.
deceased was born in Eastern Tennessee, June 14, 1829. When still a young man
he moved to Illinois, where in 1847 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Borland. In the spring of 1876 they moved to
Iowa, and settled on a farm a mile west of Bedford, where they lived for
seventeen years. In 1893, Mr. Master's health failing somewhat he decided to
give up farming, so he moved to Gravity, where the remaining days of his life
The disease which caused
Mr. Masters death first made itself apparent last February. He took a severe
cold, lung trouble followed, which together with general debility was too great
a load for one burdened already with nearly four score of years. He lingered
for months, sinking lower and lower until death came Sabbath morning. The wife,
who for nearly a decade more than half a century, has been his faithful
companion, still survives him, as does the three children, now grown to
man—and womanhood, who came to make happy the long married life of Mr.
and Mrs. Master [s]. The children
are J. [ohn] B. Masters and Mrs.
Albert Dugan [Mary Elizabeth] of
Gravity and James W. Master [s] of Peoria, Ills. Funeral service was held today
in the M. E. church at Gravity, conducted by Rev. Farley of that place.
Interment was made at Bedford cemetery.