Obituaries
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[Dotson, Edith Lillian Lauver]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 16, 1950       p. 2

Attend Dotson Rites

Mr. and Mrs. Orval Gant attended funeral services for Mrs. Earl Dotson [Edith Lillian Lauver] Saturday afternoon at the Christian church in New Market.

[Dotson, Edith Lillian Lauver]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 16, 1950       [p. 1]

Services Are Held For Mrs. Dotson, 63

Funeral services were held at the New Market Christian church Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Earl Dotson [Edith Lillian Lauver], 63, who died at her home near there Nov. 8. Rev. I. E. Stickelman officiated and burial was in the Hopkins cemetery.

She is survived by her husband and a daughter, Mrs. Orvel Prather [Dorothy May] of Braddyville. The Dotsons are former residents of the Bedford community.

[DOTSON, EDITH LILLIAN LAUVER]
Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, November 9, 1950, [p. 1]
Services At New Market Saturday For Mrs Dotson
Funeral services will be held at 2 p m Saturday in the New Market Church of Christ for Mrs. Earl Dotson, 63, who died Wednesday morning at her farm home 1 ½ miles east of New Market.

Rev I E Stickelman will conduct the services. Burial will be in the Hopkins cemetery.

Mrs Dotson had lived at the farm near New Market for the past three years. She is survived by her husband and a daughter Mrs Orvel Prather of Braddyville.

[DOTSON, EDITH LILLIAN LAUVER]
Clarinda Herald Journal,, Thursday, December 7, 1950, p. 7

Edith Lillian Dotson – Edith Lillian Dotson, daughter of Frank and Mary Lauver, was born in Nebraska, March 25, 1887 and died at her home east of New Market, Iowa, November 8, 1950, at the age of 63 years, seven months, 13 days. She was married to Earl A. Dotson, June 25, 1913. To this union were born two children, Frances Earl, who preceded his mother in death in August of 1918, and Dorothy May Prather, of Braddyville. Three brothers, Clarence Lauver, of McPherson, Kan., Roy Lauver of Fort Worth, Texas, and Harry Knee, of Diagonal, Iowa, and one sister Mrs Nellie Houston, of Des Moines, Iowa; three grandchildren, Virginia May, Orval Willis Jr and Virgil Prather, of Braddyville, Iowa survive as well as her daughter.

She was united with the Dunkard church in 1912 and transferred her membership to the Church of Christ in 1923 and has remained a faithful member throughout her life.

Services were conducted from the New Market Christian Church at 2 p m Sat, Nov 11, 1950 with Rev I E Stickelman in charge. Singers were Verla Malcom and Clara Cabbage. Pianist was Opal Brown. Casket bearers were: Robert Malcom, Rube Anderson, Harry Harland, Merle Harland, Orville Cabbage, and Jesse Brown. Burial was in the Hopkins, Mo cemetery.

[Dotson, James Harvey]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      February 11, 1926      [p. 1]

James Harvey Dotson Dead

James Harvey Dotson died Feb. 8, 1926, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Robbins, where he and his wife have made their home the past few years. He was past 81 years of age. The funeral services were held yesterday forenoon at 11 o'clock at the Wetmore Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Coley of the Christian church and interment given in the Bedford cemetery.

Mr. Dotson was born March 24, 1844, in Indiana, going with his parents as a small boy to Marion county, Iowa. He was married to [Sarah] Malinda Shrader [Schroder] in 1868 and to them were born seven children, two of whom died in infancy. Those surviving are Melvin of Lenox, Hugh of Griswold, Earl [Abyjah] of Bedford, Mrs. Myrtle [Lavonia] Safely of Bedford and Sylvia. Their mother died several years ago and he was married in 1917 to Mrs. Ina [Nina] Burt of Bedford who has been his faithful companion in his declining years.

[Dotson, James Harvey]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      February 11, 1926       p. 5

J. [ames] H. [arvey] Dotson of this city passed away Monday evening at seven o'clock. Mr. Dotson had been in rather poor health for some time. Funeral services were held yesterday. An obituary will be published next week.

[Dotson, James Harvey]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      February 18, 1926      p. 3

J. H. Dotson

James Harvey Dotson was born in Indiana, March 24, 1844, and departed this life Feb. 8, 1926, aged 81 years, 10 months and 12 days. He moved to Marion county, Iowa, when small and grew to manhood there. He was married to [Sarah] Malinda Shroder [Schroder] in 1868, and to this union seven children were born; two died in infancy. The surviving children are Melvin of Lenox; Hugh of Griswold; Mrs. Myrtle [Lavonia] Safely, of Bedford; Sylvia. He was married to Mrs. Ina [Nina] Burt of Bedford in 1917 and she was his constant companion and help until his death on Feb. 8th.

[Dotson, Jay S.]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday      November 25, 1913      p. 2

J. [ames] H. [arvey] Dotson received a message Wednesday that his brother, Jay S. Dotson, had died very suddenly at Bucyrus , Ohio [November 18, 1913].

[Dotson, Nina Miller Burt]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 14, 1935     p. 4

Mrs. Nina Dotson, 83, Died Here Sunday

Mrs. Nina B. [urt] Dotson, 83, died at her home in Bedford early Sunday morning. The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. J. C. Harris. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Miss Nina B. Miller was born in Ohio in 1852. In the year 1892 she was married to Frank Burt. After his death she was married to Mr. [James Harvey] Dotson, who also preceded her in death.

She is survived by a foster daughter, Mrs. Alice Webber of Joplin, Mo., two brothers, Geo. Miller and Ben Miller, and two sisters, Mrs. Herman Patterson and Mrs. Anntea Pugh, all of Cincinnati, O.

[Dotson, Sarah Malinda Schroder]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      February 23, 1911     p. 8

E. [arl] A. [byjah], H. [ugh] H. [oward] and Sylvia Dotson and L. [ester] E. [arl] Safely left Monday for Pleasantville, Iowa, to attend the funeral of their mother [Sarah Malinda Schroder].

[Dotson, Sarah Malinda Schroder]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      February 23, 1911      p. 4

Miss Sylvia Dotson, E. [arl] A. Dotson, and H. [ugh] H. [oward] Dotson left Saturday noon for Pleasantville, Ia., to attend the funeral of their mother [Sarah Malinda Schroder] who resided at that place. L. [ester] E. [arl] Safely accompanied them.

[Dotson, Sylvia]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      October 26, 1944    p. 5

SYLVIA DOTSON

Sylvia Dotson, daughter of James [Harvey] and Sarah Malinda Dotson was born in Marion County, Iowa in 1873 and died October 20, at the age of 71 years. She spent most of her life in Iowa with the exception of a few years in Nebraska and Wisconsin. She had been an invalid for many years. She fell and broke her hip and had not been able to walk for nearly two years.

She is survived by one brother, Earl Dotson; one sister, Mrs. Lester [Earl] Safley [Myrtle Lavonia]; two sister-in-law, several nieces and nephews.

The funeral services were held Sunday, October 22, 1944 at 2:30 p.m. at the Walker-Shum Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. P. H. Peterson of the Christian church of Hopkins. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

[Firkins, John]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday      November 25, 1913      p. 2

Thursday the remains of John Firkins of Holt Township were brought here from St. Joseph and taken across to his home in the afternoon. Two weeks ago Mr. Firkins was taken to Ensworth hospital for an operation for appendicitis, which owing to other complications, he did not survive. The remains were met here by L. L. McGregor, undertaker of Gravity, his father and other relatives. Funeral services were held Friday at the home. Interment was in the cemetery at Guss.

[Goforth, Harold Arthur]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     March 18, 1998      p. 5

Harold Arthur Goforth

Harold A. [rthur] Goforth, age 77 years, 9 months, 20 days was born May 21, 1920 at Bedford, Iowa to parents Renna and Bessie Douglas Goforth. He died March 11, 1998 at his home in Clarinda, Iowa.

He attended the Bedford Elementary School and high school into the tenth grade. He later moved to California where he drove a Greyhound bus for many years. Around twenty years ago he moved back to the Bedford and Clarinda area where he farmed and drove a truck. After retirement he moved to his home in Clarinda where he resided until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Eugene and Gail [Marvin] Goforth, and two sisters, Marceline and Doris Raynor.

Left to cherish his memory are three children: Patti of Des Moines; Larry of California and Diane of California; three stepchildren, Larry, Clifford and Diane; five grandchildren; four step grandchildren; one sister, Sharon Miers of Clarinda; three brothers, Clayton Goforth of California, Russell Goforth of Omaha, Howard Goforth of Clarinda; many nieces and nephews, and good friend Ellen Gibson. Left also are many friends.

It is said that Harold had a way about him that everybody thought of him as a friend. He loved being out of doors, loved to eat out, and loved to ride around in the country even if it meant getting lost a time or two. He loved fishing, camping, horseracing, and cards. He loved life as he was able to enjoy it. However, the last three years took their toll on his ability to enjoy life, as he suffered a series of strokes and operations for aneurysms. The last year, especially, was the most difficult. He will be missed, none the less.

Funeral services were held March 16 at Novinger Taylor Funeral Home in Bedford with Pastor Jamie Mogler officiating. Following the services, interment was in Bedford City Cemetery.

[Goforth, Howard Edward]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      February 7, 2001     p. 5

HOWARD EDWARD GOFORTH

Funeral services for Howard Goforth, age 72 of Clarinda, formerly of Bedford, who died Thursday, February 1, 2001 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center in Clarinda, were held Sunday, February 4, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford with Pastor Jamie Mogler officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion Post No. 164 were held in the City Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be directed to the American Diabetes Association. Services were conducted by the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Howard Edward Goforth was born June 22, 1928 in Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa, the son of Renna E. [lbert] Goforth and Bessie O. [pal] Douglas Goforth. Howard grew up attending school in Bedford. His family moved to Fairfax in the early 1940's and in 1946 Howard entered the United States Army serving at the end of World War II and the Korean Conflict. Upon his discharge from the Army, Howard lived between San Diego, California, and Iowa to live with his parents and be close to his family. About nine years ago, Howard's health started failing and he entered a care facility in Clarinda.

Howard was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford. He was a reserved man who enjoyed reading his Bible daily. He always had a kind word to say and was always willing to help others. He loved to travel, having seen much of the United States and the world during his nine years in the Army. Howard enjoyed the time spent with his nieces and nephews and was always willing to help others. He enjoyed the Kansas City Chiefs along with baseball and horse racing.

Howard is survived by two brothers, Clayton Goforth and wife, Marie of Ramona, California; and Russel Goforth and wife, Judy of Omaha, Nebraska; a sister, Sharon Miers and husband, Marvin of Clarinda; along with many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Howard in death are his parents, Renna and Bessie; three brothers, Harold, Gail, and Eugene Goforth; and two sisters, Doris and Marcelene.

[Holmes, Cecil J. “Ike”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      August 16, 1984      p. 6

Cecil Holmes Burial in Oregon

Word was received Sunday, August 5, 1984, of the death of Cecil Holmes. He is the brother of Gladys Chitty and Ivan Holmes of Sharpsburg.

Memorial services will be Saturday, August 18, at 2 p.m. at the Smith and Lund Funeral Home in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Mrs. Holmes lives at Box 825, Creswell, Oregon 97426.

[Holmes, Cecil J. “Ike”]                [Holmes, Lena Eve Jones]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      February 7, 1985     p. 6

Holmes couple dies in Oregon

Relatives of Cecil J. (Ike) Holmes and his wife, Lena E. [ve] Holmes of Creswell, Or. report the deaths of the couple. Mr. Holmes died Aug. 5, 1984 and Mrs. Holmes died Nov. 18, 1984. Both were 70 years of age.

Cecil was born in Blockton, Ia. on Jan. 18, 1914 and became a member of the Christian Church in Blockton at an early age. He was united in marriage with Lena Jones on Sept. 3, 1946 at Deerpark, Wa. They made their home in Oakridge, from 1947-1952 where he was a member of the IOOF Lodge. They then moved to Creswell in 1952.

Cecil worked many years logging and was then employed in a lumber mill making plywood. He was friendly to all, was always ready to lend a helping hand and never met a stranger.

Cremation was on Monday, Aug. 6. A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel. Milo Jeffries officiated. Special music was by Milo Jeffries and Doris Sartelle.

Interment of the remains was at Walker Cemetery.

Lena E. [ve] Holmes was born Feb. 2, 1914 in Mesa, Wa., the daughter of Charles and Jenny Jones. She was a faithful member of the Jehovah Witness Church, a kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother and was always there when needed by family, friends and neighbors.

Memorial services were held Friday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel with Louis Magoncia officiating.

Special music, "Keep Your Eyes On the Prize" was by Milo Jeffries and Doris Sartelle. Interment of the remains was at Walker Cemetery.

Survivors include their daughters, Cheryl Jean Kiser of Creswell and Dianne C. Holmes of Springfield Or.; three grandchildren, Nancy Holmes, Christopher Kiser, both of Creswell and Janna Rae Holmes of Springfield.

Mr. Holmes is also survived by four sisters, Gladys Chitty and husband, Paul of Sharpsburg, Ia., Helen Cay and husband, Jim of Grant City, Mo., Margarete  [Margaret] Otte of Williamsburg, Va., and Genevieve Eckert of Schenectady, New York; and a brother, Ivan Holmes and wife, Edythe of Sharpsburg.

Others surviving Mrs. Holmes are seven brothers, Everett, Carl and Herman, all of Eltopia, Wa., Fred of Pasco, Wa., George of Dixie, Wa., Maynard of Yakima, Wa., and Walt of Goldendale, Wa., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

[Holmes, Lena Eve Jones]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      November 29, 1984      p. 6

Report death of Mrs. Cecil Holmes

Word has been received here of the death of Lena Holmes, wife of the late Cecil (Big Ike) Holmes. She passed away November 17. Cecil passed away August 5, 1984. They both were 70 years old. They lived in Creswell, Oregon.

Cecil was a resident of Blockton until 1934, when he went west. He met Lena Jones of Washington State and they were married September 8, 1946. They have two daughters and three grandchildren

[Holmes, Charles]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      January 7, 1943       p. 5

BLOCKTON

Brother-In-Law Dies

Mrs. Marie Wolfe learned Sunday of the death of her brother- in-law, Charles Holmes, in Washington, D. C. on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Holmes formerly lived at Allendale, Mo., but had been a government employee for a number of years.

[Holmes, George Edward “Ed”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      July 5, 1945    [p. 1]

Ed Holmes, 72, Dies In Canada

Ed Holmes, 72, a former resident of the Bedford community, died Monday, July 2 at Lang, Sask., Canada, after an illness of more than a year.

He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Mary Dugan of Bedford; one daughter and three grandchildren. Also by one brother and three sisters, one of whom is Mrs. J. F. Longfellow of Bedford. Mr. Holmes moved from Iowa to Canada in 1905.

Burial was made in Canada.

[Holmes, George Edward “Ed”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      July 19, 1945      p. 2

OBITUARY-Ed Holmes

The funeral of the late George Edward Holmes was held in the Lang, Sask., Canada United Church July 4 and burial was made there.

He was born November 19, 1873 in Jasper county, Iowa. In the spring of 1888 he moved with his parents to Mahaska County, Iowa. In 1895 he took up farming in Taylor County, where he married Mary Dugan, on December 24, 1896.

In the year 1906 he moved to Canada and bought land at Lang, Saskatchewan, where he resided until his death.

In 1897 he joined the Methodist Church and had been an active church worker until poor health overtook him in 1932.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. John Olson [Lillie]; one brother, three sisters and three grandchildren.

[Holmes, George Edward “Ed”]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday     July 26, 1945      p. 5

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Ed Holmes, who died at Regina, Sask., July first, was brought to his farm home near Lang. His funeral was preached in the United Church July 4, a mile and one-half south of his farm where he has lived for 37 years. He was born Nov. 19, 1873, in Jasper Co., Ia. In 1888 he moved with his parents to Mahaska Co., Ia. In 1895 he farmed in Taylor Co., where he was married to Mary Dugan on Dec. 24, 1896. In 1897 he joined the Methodist church at Gilead and was an active member until poor health overtook him in 1932. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Lillie Olson, one brother, 3 sisters, and 3 grandchildren, Edwin, George and Bettie Olson of Lang, Sask.

[Holmes, Jon Charles]

Lenox Time Table

Thursday     November 4, 1976      [p. 1]

Final Rites For Jon Charles Holmes

Jon Charles Holmes, 23, of Algona, Iowa, passed away Oct. 31st, 1976 at Broadlawns hospital in Des Moines. He was born in Smith Center, Kansas on July 15, 1953, but most of his life was spent in Kansas City, Mo., where he attended school and graduated from Van Horn high school in 1971.

On July 6, 1974 he was married to Candy Graham, who along with a daughter, Stacy Dawn survive. Other survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Holmes of Kansas City, Mo., two brothers, Donald Holmes of Blue Springs, Mo., Ronald Holmes of Sugar Creek, Mo., one sister, Mrs. Connie Curtin of Independence, Mo., also 2 sisters-in-law, Cheryl Holmes and Pauline Holmes, one brother-in-law, Mike Curtin, one nephew, Ronald Holmes, Jr., 4 nieces, Christine Holmes, Deborah and Annette Holmes, Julie Ann Curtin; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Lecta Rogers of Peoria, Ill., his father-in-law, Darwin Graham of Red Oak, Iowa; mother-in-law, Mrs. Alvin Lytle of Oakland, Iowa, plus a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one infant sister.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Larkin-Bender Funeral Home at 2:00 o'clock with Rev. Bill Watson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church officiating.

Music was furnished by Donna Cribbs, organist.

Bearers were Don Johnson, Alan Johnson, Doyle Day, Randy Wilson, Kenny Peterman and Craig Donaldson.

Interment was in the Bedford cemetery.

 

[Holmes, Joseph]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 31, 1933      [p. 1]

Joseph Holmes Dies

Joseph Holmes, 67, died at his home in Pendleton, Ore., Sunday, Aug. 27, according to word received here by his mother, Mrs. Mary Holmes and his sister, Mrs. J. F. Longfellow. He is survived by four children, his wife having died years ago. Mr. Holmes never resided in Bedford as he went west when a young man and before his mother moved here.

[HOLMES, JOSEPH]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 14, 1933
L. A. Holmes received word of the death of his brother, Joe Holmes, in Oregon last week.

[Holmes, Josephine Trager]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 27, 1969      p. 7

Obituary for Josephine Holmes

Mrs. Loren (Josephine Trager) Holmes was born in Mahaska County, Iowa on August 28, 1886 and died March 1, 1969 at Rosary hospital in Corning.

She was united in marriage with Loren A. [rthur] Holmes on December 7, 1905.  Her husband preceded her in death on August 2, 1942.

To this union was born eight children. Those surviving are: Mrs. Gladys Chitty, Sharpsburg, Mrs. Helen Miller, Grant City, Mo.; Cecil J. Holmes, Creswell, Ore.; Mrs. Margaret [Rose] Otte, Astoria, Ore.; Mrs. Genevieve Eckert, Schenectady, New York; and Ivan H. [aldane] Holmes, Kansas City, Mo. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Rachel Brockney, New Sharon, Iowa; a brother, John Trager, Denver, Colo.; three sons-in-law; two daughters-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Those preceding her in death besides her husband were two daughters, Opal Pauline who died in 1910 at the age of two, Mrs. Doris Overman, who died in 1939; two sisters, two brothers, three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

She was formerly affiliated with the Christian Church. She associated with the United Presbyterian Church when they moved to Sharpsburg in 1936. She was a faithful member and enjoyed her membership in UPWA.

Mrs. Holmes loved and enjoyed life. To her, more association with people was an expression of joy. Her friends were countless. Those who shared moments with her will long remember a philosophy that life is giving freely of oneself, expecting no reward except a cheery “Hello, Josie.”

[Holmes, Lena Belle Sobbing]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday       October 26, 1967     [p. 1]

Mrs. Robt. Holmes Dies in Auto Crash Thurs.

Final rites for Mrs. Robert Holmes [Lena Belle Sobbing], owner of Lena's Beauty Shop of Bedford, were held Sunday at the Hopkins Christian Church. Mrs Holmes died in a one-car accident on Oct. 19 about seven miles south of here.

Her 14-year old daughter, Darla, the other occupant of the car is hospitalized at Clarinda Municipal Hospital.

Mrs Holmes' survivors include her husband, Robert, three daughters, Twila, Nila and Darla.

[HOLMES, LENA BELLE SOBBING]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 26, 1967

Final Rites Held In Hopkins For Lena Holmes

Funeral services for Mrs. Robert (Lena B.) Holmes, 51, owner and operator of Lena's Beauty Shop in Bedford, were held October 22 at the First Christian Church in Hopkins; Carl Cummings and Rev. Fred Paxton officiating. Mrs. Holmes died October 19, 1967, following an auto accident on Highway No. 148 south of Bedford. Interment was at the Hopkins Cemetery.

Lena B. [elle] Sobbing, daughter, of Joseph and Bessie McMillen Sobbing, was   born December 25, 1915 at Parnell, Missouri. She was a graduate of the Hopkins High School and was a licensed beautician.

On September 12, 1934, she was united in marriage to Robert Holmes at the Methodist Church in Maryville, Mo. Three daughters were born to bless this home.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Violet    Stapler   and   Helen Cross and by two brothers, Joe and William Sobbing.

Left to cherish memories  are her husband, Robert Holmes; daughters, Twila, Mia and Darla Holmes; a sister, Mrs. Olive Bostwick of Tampa, Florida; and a brother, Raymond Sobbing, of Maryville, Missouri.

She had owned and operated Lena's Beauty Shop in Bedford for several years.

She was a member of the Christian Church of Hopkins, Mo., and a member of the Order   of Eastern Star at Hopkins, Mo.

She was a kind and loving wife, mother, sister, friend and neighbor and she will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends.

.

[Holmes, Loren Arthur]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 6, 1942      p. 2

LENOX

Loren Holmes Dies

Loren Holmes, 60, died at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston Sunday evening. He is survived by his wife and five children. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon.

[Holmes, Loren Arthur]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 6, 1942      p. 8

Obituary

Loren A. Holmes

Loren Arthur Holmes was born April 5, 1882 near Lynnville, Iowa, and died at the Creston hospital August 2, 1942, at the age of 60 years, 3 months and 27 days.

In his youth he moved from Lynnville with his parents to New Sharon, Iowa, where he grew to manhood. He was married to Josephine Trager, December 7, 1905. Together they moved to Taylor County, where he lived until the time of his death. To them were born eight children. Two preceded him in death: Opal Pauline, who died at the age of two, and Mrs. Doris Overman, who died September 23, 1939.

Those surviving are, his devoted companion; four daughters, Gladys Chitty of Sharpsburg, Helen Miller of Grant City, Missouri, Margaret Norris of Lenox and Genevieve Pennington of Omaha, Nebraska; and two sons, Cecil Holmes of Stockton, California, and Ivan Holmes of Blockton. Also, ten grandchildren; two brothers, [George] Edward Holmes of Regina, Canada and William Holmes of Pendleton, Oregon; and three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Williams of New Sharon, Mrs. Ed Snapp of Helix, Oregon, and Mrs. J. [oseph] F. [reeman] Longfellow [Orpha] of Bedford.

In 1922 he became a member of the Church of Christ in Blockton.

The funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Lenox Wednesday afternoon. Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.

[Holmes, Loren Arthur]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday      August 20, 1942      p. 8

Loren A. Holmes

Loren A. [rthur] Holmes, son of John and Mary [Ann Benjamin] Holmes, was born April 5, 1882 near Lynnville, Iowa and passed away at the Greater Community hospital in Creston Sunday evening, August 2, 1942, at the age of 60 years, three months and 28 days.

In his youth he moved with his parents to New Sharon, Iowa, where he grew to manhood.

He was united in marriage to Josephine Trager on December 7, 1905, and they moved to Taylor County where he lived until his death. With the exception of two years that he lived near Sheridan, Mo.

Eight children were born. Two preceded him in death. Namely: Opal Pauline, who died at the age of two years, and Mrs. Doris Overman, who died September 23, 1939.

Those surviving his death are his wife, four daughters, Gladys Chitty of Sharpsburg; Helen Miller of Grant City, Mo.; Margaret Norris of Lenox and Genevieve Pennington of Omaha, Neb. Two sons: Cecil of Stockton, Cal.; Ivan of Blockton. He also leaves ten grandchildren and two brothers, [George] Edward Holmes of Regina, Canada and William of Pendleton, Ore. Three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Williams of New Sharon, Mrs. Ed Snapp of Helix, Oregon and Mrs. J. [oseph] F. [reeman] Longfellow [Orpha] of Bedford. Also many other relatives and friends.

In 1922 Mr. Holmes became a member of the Church of Christ in Blockton where his membership still remains.

Funeral services were at the Lenox Church of Christ Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. E. F. Hagee conducting the services.

Burial was made at Bedford.

[Holmes, Mary Ann Benjamin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday       April 2, 1936      [p. 1]

Mrs. Mary Holmes Dies at New Sharon

Mrs. Mary A. [nn] Holmes, 90, a resident of Bedford for more than thirty years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Williams at New Sharon, Iowa. Thursday, March 26.

The funeral services were held from the Methodist church in New Sharon Sunday at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. Mr. Bellows. Services were largely attended by old friends and neighbors. Six grandsons acted as pallbearers and she was laid to rest by the side of her husband in Highland cemetery, New Sharon, Iowa.

Mary Ann Benjamin was born Dec. 8, 1845 at Jacksonville, Ill., where she grew to womanhood and was married to John Holmes Sept. 20, 1863. They came to Iowa in 1874 and settled on a farm near New Sharon, where they resided until the death of her companion Aug. 20, 1900.

In 1902 she came to Taylor County, locating in Bedford, where the remainder of her life was spent until last fall when she went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Williams at New Sharon, Iowa.

She was the mother of eleven children, seven of whom are still living, Mrs. A. L. Miller of Oskaloosa, Iowa; [George] Edward Holmes of Lang, Sask., Canada; Mrs. Clarence Williams of New Sharon; Loren [Arthur] Holmes of Blockton; William Holmes and Mrs. E. C. Snapp of Pendleton, Oregon, and Mrs. J.[oseph] F. Longfellow [Orpha] of Bedford.

She also leaves twenty-eight grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

In early girlhood she united with the Methodist church, where she placed her faith her entire life.

[Holmes, Mary Ann Benjamin]

Blockton News

Thursday     April 2, 1936      p. 5

L. [oren] A. [rthur] Holmes and wife attended the funeral of his mother at New Sharon Sunday.

[Holmes, Matilda Agnes Roub]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 28, 1935     p. 8

SIAM

Foster Mother Dies

Mrs. Agnes Holmes [Matilda Agnes Roub] died at home at Northboro, Monday. She was the foster mother of Joe Tarrant.

[Holmes, Opal Pauline]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      October 20, 1910      [p. 1]

An Infant Die

Opha [Opal] Pauline Holmes, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Holmes died in South Bedford Monday morning, after a few days illness with cholera infantum. She was two years, four months and twelve days old. The funeral services were held at the home Wednesday at 10 o'clock a. m., conducted by C. H. Mattox, minister of the Church of Christ, and the body was laid to rest in Bedford cemetery. The savior has said, "Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved ones.

[Holmes, Opal Pauline]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     October 27, 1910    p. 4

Mrs. Ida Trager and daughter Rachel, who had been attending the funeral of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Holmes’ child [Opal Pauline], returned to their home at New Sharon, Ia. Mrs. Mary Holmes accompanied them home for a short visit.

[Holmes, Opal Pauline]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     October 27, 1910    p. 5

Opal Pauline Holmes.

Opal Pauline, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Holmes, was born June 5, 1908, near Bedford and died Monday, October 17 at the age of two years and four months. Her sickness was only a few days and death a result of complications of diseases. Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by C. H. Mattox  of the Christian church, music being furnished by singers from the same church. Interment in Bedford cemetery.