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[Barnes, Nellie Mae]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      October 26, 1967     p. 2

Nellie M. Barnes Dies In Idaho

Graveside services for Nellie M. [ae] Barnes, 78, of Twin Falls, Idaho, a native of Taylor County, were held at the Bedford Cemetery here Monday, Oct. 23, conducted by her nephew, Rev. Ward B. Campbell of Mount Ayr, Iowa, following services in Twin Falls. Miss Barnes died October 19, 1967 in Twin Falls Clinic Hospital.

Nellie M. [ae] Barnes, daughter of Joseph [Marcellus] and Mary [Nelson Tinder] Barnes, was born in Taylor county, Iowa, Clayton township, on Sept. 5, 1889, the youngest of five children.

Nellie never married but stayed with her parents and cared for them in their declining years. After the death of her parents she moved to Idaho in 1934 near her sister, Mrs. Will Ritter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother Guy and two sisters, Mrs. Loyal Burch and Mrs. Will Ritter.

She is survived by one brother, Charles A. [ugustus] Barnes; one brother-in-law, Will Ritter of Shoshone, Idaho; many nieces and nephews.

[Barnes, Ruth Ester Barnes]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      December 28, 1916     [p. 1]

Ruth Ester Barnes

Ruth Ester Barnes, age 4 months and 23 days, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John [Orley] Barnes, died at her home southeast of Bedford Sunday, December 24th. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. U. E. Burroughs of the Forest Grove church and interment was made in the Platteville cemetery.

[Note: The headstone gives the age at death as 5 months and 24 days.]


[King, George Washington]

Blockton News

Thursday     April 18, 1940     [p. 1]

George W. King Dead

George W. [ashington] King died at his home in Athelstan Sunday evening at 8 o'clock, at the age of almost 91 1/2  years. Funeral services were held at Athelstan Tuesday and burial took place in the Platteville cemetery.

[King, Ida S.]

South-West Democrat

Friday     April 27, 1888     p. 4

—Died, at Platteville, April 20, 1888, Ida S. King, only daughter of Dr. V.[alentine] R. and Mrs. F.  [rances] L. [Bean] King, after an illness of 17 days. Her disease is termed tubercular meningitis. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. S. G. A. Fields, pastor of tho Methodist church at Platteville, on Sunday, April 22. Her age was nine years and eight months.

[King, Ida S.]

South-West Democrat

Friday     April 27, 1888     p. 4

In Memoriam

Ida, the only daughter of Dr. V. [alentine] R. and Mrs. F. [rances] L. [Bean] King, was born August 22, 1878, and entered into sweet, rest in the arms of Jesus April 20, 1888, aged 9 years, 7 months and 28 days. At 10 o'clock on Sunday morning the coffin was closed and little Ida was borne by six young ladies, followed by the relatives and a host of mourning friends to the M. E. church in Platteville and the Rev. S. G. A. Fields preached a very appropriate and eloquent discourse from Mark, 10th chapter and 14th verse, after which Ida was borne to the cemetery followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends, and there she was laid away to sleep until the Archangel shall sound his trumpet to wake the sleeping dust. Ida was an unusually bright little girl, and thoughtful even beyond her years. She was spiritually inclined, young as she was, and frequently could be heard to utter little words of prayer and praises to Him who said "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not," and up to within a short time of her death she could be heard saying her little prayer, "Lord bless papa and mama." None knew her but to love her. She was a flower of more than common sweetness and. beauty, and her life was a blessing. In the Sabbath school and her home, she will be long missed, and her memory ever awaken tender and loving recollections. Though taken away in youth she did not live in vain for in her life she bore witness to the grace in her heart and all felt her influence to be good. A gentle child, and not demonstrative in her manner, she was always genial to all and full of warmest affections for her friends. The sickness which ended her life was tubercular meningitis. She first commenced complaining of headache about a year prior to her death and all these months she suffered more or less and the last 17 days of her life she was bedfast and suffered much, but loving and patient to the end. She is still happy and beautiful in her heavenly home.   A Friend

[King, Martha Alice Gray]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday       February 2, 1905     p. 5

Mrs. George [Washington] King [Martha Alice Gray], of Athelstan died Monday night at, the Home of J. A. King, Blockton. The funeral was conducted in the M. E. church. Interment in Platteville cemetery.

[King, Martha Alice Gray]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      February 2, 1905      p. 8

Death at Blockton

Mrs. Alice King, [Martha Alice Gray] wife of George [Washington] King, who resides at Athelstan, died at the home of J. A. King in Blockton last night at 7:20.

Some six weeks ago Mrs. King went to Blockton for treatment and was taken so ill she could not return home.

The funeral will occur at 10 o'clock tomorrow at the M. E. church in Blockton. Interment at Platteville cemetery.

[Newkirk, Dale]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      March 6, 1996       p. 5


Dale Newkirk was one of a set of twins born January 22, 1925 to Carl Dudley and Jennie Greeley Newkirk at Bedford, Iowa. He entered into rest [Feb. 26, 1996] at the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa at the age of 71 years, one month and four days.

He lived in Taylor County most of his life, attending three different rural schools and High School at Blockton.

In early life he farmed with his father on the family farms.

Later, for many years, he worked in the fence building trade with his brother, Dean. Throughout Taylor and adjoining counties they were recognized for their fence building skills. Their fences are still very visible throughout the area.    

After Dean's death in 1979, he continued to live in Athelstan. He worked as a hired hand for many farmers in the community, and was always willing to help others.

His hobbies were mule riding in parades and trail rides, reading, gardening as long as health permitted, and country music.

He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and was a faithful member of the Holiness Church in Athelstan.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Jennie, and his brother Dean. He is survived by his brother Cecil and his wife Dorothy, a sister Anne and her husband Edgar Meek all of Blockton; a sister Jean and her husband Joseph Vance of Leavenworth, Kansas. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and their families.

He had a deep and abiding love and respect for his family.

He was a good neighbor and a kind friend, and will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held February 29, 1996 at Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home in Bedford with interment at Rosehill Cemetery, Blockton, Iowa.

[Poor, Benjamin Bissell “Bennie”]

Blockton News

Thursday      September 10, 1936     [p. 1]


Benne Bissell Poor, son of James H. [arrison] and Harriot [Harriet McCain] Poor, was born north of Blockton July 12, 1877, and passed away September 1,1936, at the age of 59 years, 1 month and 20 days.

He was married to Annie J. [ane] Thurman July 1, 1903. To this union nine children were born, two of whom died in infancy. The living children are Guy E.[rnest] Poor, of Kansas City, Mo.; Harry B. [enjamin] Poor, of Maloy; Mrs. Esther A. Henthorn, of Topeka, Kansas; Ethel M. [arie] Poor, of Liberty, Mo., and Goldia R. [uby], Mabel B. [ernice], and Wayne C. [lifford] Poor of the home address.

These with the mother are left to mourn his departure.

He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Lottie Ketch, of Des Moines, and Mrs. Jennie Hensley, of Strong, Oklahoma, and three brothers, C. [harles] E. [dward] Poor, of St. Joseph, Mo., and John and James Poor, of Clarinda.

Mr. Poor enlisted in the United States army December 18, 1899, served during the Spanish-American war, and was honorably discharged after three years of service on December 16, 1902.

When a young man he united with the United Brethren church and remained true to his belief all his life.

He was honest in all of his dealings, a good neighbor, husband and father. He will be greatly missed by all [who] knew him.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior, and burial in Rose Hill cemetery, the military burial service being conducted by the American Legion.

[Poor, Benjamin Bissell “Bennie”]

Blockton News

Thursday      September 10, 1936      p. 4

Miss Ethel M. [arie] Poor, of Liberty, Mo., was called here last week by the sudden death of her father, B. [enjamin] B. [issell] Poor.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 3, 1936
Ben B. Poor Dead
B. [enjamin] B. [issell] Poor died suddenly Tuesday evening, falling from a hay rack upon which he was riding near the Wm. Ewart corner.
It seems that Mr. Poor, who has been residing on the old T. J. Sutton farm northwest of town, which he owns, had complained in the morning in regard to his heart bothering him but went ahead with his work. In the afternoon he used his team and wagon in helping haul in fodder for silo at the Ralph Stutesman farm, the old Fred Holdencamp place, and had reached the Wm. Ewart corner on his way home when death came.
Chas. Orr, who resides on the old J. L. Younkin farm, was the first to discover what had happened. When he came along in his car the team was about to the top of the Ewart hill on their way home and the body of the driver was seen in the road down at the corner.
Mr. Poor was probably near 60 years of age. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American war, we believe, and was one of our successful farmers.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 10, 1934
Mrs. Lottie M. Ketch of Des Moines, came last week, called here by the death of her brother, B. B. Poor. . .
J. Henthorn and family returned to their home at Topeka, Kansas, Saturday, Mr. Henthorn coming to attend the funeral of his father in law, B. B. Poor, and join his family who had been visiting here.


[Poor, Emma May]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     September 12, 1907       p. 4

Blockton News.

Miss Emma [May] Poor, daughter of [James] Harrison Poor and wife [Harriet McCain] living about two miles north of town, died Friday morning of consumption. She had been sick for some weeks. Funeral services were held in the United Brethren church Saturday at 2:30 o'clock, the sermon being preached by Rev. Knoll of the Methodist church. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery She was 23 years old.

[Poor, Goldie Ruby]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     March 29, 1984      p. 4

Goldie Poore, 72 Last Rites Were Held in Blockton

Funeral services for Goldie Ruby Poore, 72, of Phoenix, Az., formerly of Maloy, were held March 21 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, Ia. with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Miss Poore died March 15, 1984 in St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton, Ia.

Goldie Ruby Poore, daughter of Bennie B. [issell] Poore and Anna Jane Thurman Poore, was born near Blockton, Iowa June 13, 1911. While still very small her parents homesteaded land near Murdo, South Dakota living there about three years. They then moved back to Blockton.

Her father in the next few years worked in Civil Service at various points in Iowa and then in Leavenworth, Kansas while she was in the seventh grade. While in Leavenworth  she was baptized in the Christian Church. In her freshman year they moved to a farm near Maloy and she was graduated from high school there.

In October of 1941 she moved to Phoenix, Ariz. for her health and has maintained her home there since. She was employed as a bookkeeper at the Lightning Moving & Warehouse Co. until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Harry, and an infant brother, Ralph.

Left to cherish her memory are three sisters and two brothers: Mrs. James (Esther) Henthorn and Mrs. Mabel Wilkinson of Topeka, Kansas; Mrs. James (Ethel) Martin of Indio, Calif.; Wayne of Montebello, Calif.; and Guy of Bedford; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Her family and friends will remember her as a kind and considerate person and she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

[Note: The last name is spelled Poor on her headstone and that of her parents.]

[Poore, Harriet McCain]

Blockton News

Thursday     July 29, 1916     [p. 1]


Harriet McCain was born in Ohio January 17, 1842, and died at her home north of Blockton Saturday morning, June 24, 1916, aged 74 years, 6 months and 9 days.

The deceased moved with her parents to Jackson County, Indiana, where her mother died leaving nine children---seven girls and two boys. She was married to James H. [arrison] Poor in 1862. In February, 1864, her husband answered his country’s call, enlisting in Company H, One Hundred and Twentieth Indiana Volunteer Infantry and for about two years she experienced the hardship of a soldier’s wife. After the war they lived in Jackson County, Indiana, until 1870 when they moved to Ringgold County, Iowa. They resided in Ringgold County for four years and in 1874 moved to the farm north of town where they have since resided and where Mrs. Poor passed away.

To this union nine children were born, six sons and three daughters---J. [acob] C., Charles E. [dward], Benjamin B. [issell], John, James and Jesse Poor, Mrs. Charlotta Ketch and Mrs. Jennie Hensley; all of whom live in Blockton and vicinity and were present at the funeral. One daughter, Emma, died in September 1908, at the age of twenty-four years.

Mrs. Poor was converted in 1862 and united with the United Brethren in Christ church, under the pastorate of Rev. Siemiller, and remained a member of the denomination.

She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, children, 15 grandchildren, neighbors and friends who have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement. She also leaves a brother, John McCain, of Omaha, Illinois, and a sister, Mrs. Libbie Motsinger, of Salem, Missouri.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. William Mercer, assisted by Rev. S. M. Zike, and Rev. C. O. Peterson, of Grant City. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

"When e'er my work on earth

is done,

I'll face the glowing west,

I'll calmly view life's setting


And then go home to rest."

[Poore, James Harrison]

Blockton News

Thursday     October 6, 1921      [p. 1]

J. H. Poor Dead

J. [ames] H. [arrison] Poor, who has been ill the past few weeks, passed away at his home in south Blockton about 2:30 a. m. Tuesday morning. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church yesterday afternoon at 2:30.

Obituary next week.

[Poore, James Harrison]

Blockton News

Thursday     October 13, 1921      [p. 1]


James Harrison Poor was born in Jackson County, Indiana, March 27, 1943 [1843], and died at his home in Blockton October 4, 1921, aged 78 years, 6 months and 7 days.

He grew to manhood in Jackson County, Indiana. He was united in marriage to Harriet McKain [McCain] on August 13, 1862. To this union was born 9 children—six boys and three girls—all of whom are living except one daughter, Emma [May], who passed away about ten years ago. His companion preceded him in death in June, 1916.

The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War. With valor and devotion he served his country as a Volunteer in the 120th Indiana Regiment. He came to this vicinity 45 years ago where he raised his family.

He was converted at the age of [18 years] and united with the [rest of sentence unreadable] follower of the Master, until the call came to a final rest. Some three and a half years ago he transferred his church membership to the Blockton M. E. church.

On April 13, 1918, he was again married at Bedford to Mrs. Elizabeth Turnbull, who still survives him.

He leaves to mourn their loss his companion, eight children — Mrs. Lottie [Charlotte] M. Ketch, of Blockton; Jake Poor, of Sheridan, Mo.; Mrs. Jenny Hensley, of Haswell, Colorado; Charley E. [dward] Poor, of Blockton; Ben B.[issell] Poor, of Maloy, and John, James and Jesse Poor, of Sheridan, Mo.; 17 grandchildren, und three sisters and four brothers—Mrs. Sulustus Thompson, of Washington, Indiana; Mrs. Margaret Ewald, of Louisville, Kentucky; Mrs. Frances Burris, of California; Wendel Poor, of Enfield, Illinois; Daniel Poor, of Medora, Indiana; Richard Poor, of Enfield, Illinois, and Ephraim Poor of Wisconsin. His sisters, Mrs. Harriet Zike, Mrs. Martha White and Mrs. Sarah Sutton preceded him in death, the last named on Sept. 16th last.

The late Mr. Poor was a good citizen, a kind father and a devoted husband; loyal to the faith of his church until the call came to cross over to be at home forever.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Rev. Baker, pastor of the Redding Methodist church, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Note: The last name is spelled Poore on his headstone. The correct marriage date is August 16, 1862.  The marriage license was issued on August 13, 1862.]

[Poore, Norma Jean]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday     December 15, 1932     p. 2


One of the infant twin daughters [Norma Jean] of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Poore of Liberty, Mo., died Sunday morning at eight o'clock. The body was brought back here Monday afternoon for interment.

[Poore, Norma Jean]

Blockton News

Thursday       December 15, 1932      [p. 1]

One of Twin Babies Dies

Liberty (Mo.) News: Norma Jean Poore, three-weeks old daughter of Guy [Ernest] Poore, died yesterday morning at 8 o'clock at her home on East Mill Street. A short funeral service was hold this morning from the home by the Rev. C. F. D. Arnold. Burial will take place at Blockton, Iowa. The little Miss was one of the twins born to Mr. and Mrs. Poore November 15, and was taken ill with whooping cough. The other daughter was reported this morning to be doing well.

Those from a distance who attended the burial here were Guy and the Misses Ethel and Goldie Poor, of Liberty, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Henthorn and Virginia of Topeka, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Poor, Mr. and Mrs. Durard Yingling, Mrs. Walker, Joe and J. D., Mrs. Gaines, Mr. and Mrs. Roy McMillan, Mrs. Bratton, Mr. and Mrs. Wills, Joe Wisler, Mrs. Morgan, all of Liberty, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. John Darnall of Diagonal.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 8, 1932


Guy Poor Infant Dies

One of the twin baby girls of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Poor of Liberty, Mo., died Sunday morning, and short funeral services were held at the grave and burial made at Rose Hill cemetery in Blockton Monday afternoon. The child was less than three weeks old and died from whooping cough. The other baby is not expected to recover. Mrs. Ben Poor of Maloy is at her son's home helping care for the sick ones. An older child is ill with the whooping cough also.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, December 8, 1932
One of the twin daughters recently born to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Poor[e] at Liberty, Mo., died Sunday morning about 8 o'clock. The body was brought here Monday afternoon for interment. The other twin was reported quite ill.


[Poor, Thirza Weddle]

Taylor County Republican

Thursday      August 19, 1880      p. 3

Mrs. Thirza Poor, an old lady, wife of Judge Poor, an old settler of Ringgold county, died on the third inst.

[Roudebush, James Ellis “Jim”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 24, 1957     p. 9



Jim [James Ellis] Roudebush died Monday morning at the hospital In Clarinda. Mr. Roudebush has lived in the Blockton vicinity all of his life and been an active member of the American Legion, serving in World War I.

Beryl Simmons of Phoenix came last week, called here by the serious illness of her brother-in-law, Jim Roudebush.

[Roudebush, Nola Halce “Hallie” Simons]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday   July 28, 1977    p. 9

Halce Roudebush Last Rites Held In Blockton

Funeral services for Mrs. James E. (Nola Halce) Rodebush [Roudebush] of Blockton were held July 24 in the Grant City, Mo. with Glen Mitchell of the Blockton Christian Church officiating. Mrs. Roudebush died in the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr July 22, 1977. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton.

Nola Halce Simons, daughter of Thomas R. [iley] and Nancy Ann [Alkire] Simons, was born February 12, 1899 in Blockton, Iowa.

She was united in marriage to James E. [llis] Roudebush October 5, 1919.

Halce was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Fred who died at age four and Beryl in March of 1967, her husband Jim in 1957.

She suffered a long illness beginning with a stroke in December of 1973 and later was completely paralyzed.

She was a member of the Christian Church and the Blockton Legion Auxiliary.

Halce sincerely appreciated the many friends coming and sending cards. She particularly enjoyed the visits of the Christian Youth Group.

Little Town

for Halce Roudebush

I like to live in a little town Where trees meet across the street, Where you wave your hand and say "Hello" To everyone you meet. I like to stand for a moment Outside the grocery store And listen to friendly gossip Of the folks who live next door.

For life is interwoven With the friends we learn to know, And we hear their joys and sorrows As we daily come and go. So I would like to live in a little town. I care no more to roam. For every house in a little town Is more than a house. It's a home.

[Roudebush, Ross George]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      July 10, 1947      p. 7


R. G. Roudebush Dies

Ross G. [eorge] Roudebush died at his home, Saturday, June 28. Mr. Roudebush was 80 in March and had been ill since suffering a stroke of paralysis on February 12, 1940.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the Christian church conducted by Rev. L. V. McEleney, pastor of the Methodist church.

He is survived by his wife, one son James E. [llis] Roudebush of Blockton; a daughter, Mrs. Roxie Woolf of Des Moines; two granddaughters, Miss Kathleen Faubion of the home and Mrs. J. D. Shearer of Des Moines.

[Torkelson, Martin]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      May 14, 1908     p. 8

Blockton News

Martin Torkelson, who lived here several years and who with his mother and sisters moved from here to Des Moines but later to Philip, S. D., returning some months ago to Des Moines, was drowned in Beaver creek, about seven miles north of Des Moines Sunday morning. The body was not found until Tuesday evening, some distance from where he went down. The remains were brought here Wednesday morning on No. 1 and the funeral services were held in the Methodist church, the sermon being preached by Elder Van Horn, of Des Moines, who accompanied the family here for that purpose. His mother, sisters Millie, Edna and Eva, and brothers, Olaf and Emmet were all present at the funeral. His elder sister, Mrs. Carrie Philpot not being present on account of sickness. Deceased was about twenty years of age.

Interment was made in the Rose Hill Cemetery. There were many beautiful floral offerings by sympathizing friends.

[Torkelson, Oden]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday       January 17, 1901      [p. 1]

Sudden Death at Blockton

Word reaches Bedford of the sudden death on Monday morning of O. [den] Torkelson, section foreman at that place. He was enjoying his usual health on Sunday morning, but soon after breakfast he became suddenly unconscious, and died within twenty-four hours. The cause of his death is not known, but it is supposed it was due to a broken blood vessel in his head.

[Wheeler, Orvis Wilbur, Infant son of, 1941]

Blockton News

Thursday      February 6, 1941     [p. 1]

Infant Buried

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Orvis Wheeler [Marjorie Mae Mullen] of Bedford, born Saturday, Feb. 1, dying four hours after birth, was buried in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton, Sunday.

[Wheeler, Orvis Wilbur, Infant son of, 1941]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      February 6, 1941      p. 5

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Orvis Wheeler [Marjorie Mae Mullen] of Bedford Saturday, Feb. 1, and died the same day. Burial was in the Blockton cemetery.

[Wheeler, Orvis Wilbur, Infant son of, 1942]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      May 21, 1942      p. 8

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Orvis Wheeler [Marjorie Mae Mullen] of Bedford Thursday, May 14 at the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda. The baby died four hours after birth.