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[Crouch, Alice]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     June 3, 1897     p. 2

Miss Alice Crouch, daughter of L. [anson] Crouch, died at the home of her father in Gay township, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock of hemorrhage of the lungs, aged 19 years and a few months. Funeral services were held at the Gay Center schoolhouse Tuesday at 10 a m. after which the remains were laid to their silent rest in the Platteville Cemetery, where they were followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and relatives.

Miss Crouch was a great favorite with all who knew her and enjoyed a large circle of friends and acquaintances. The entire community extend their sympathy to the family and friends.

[Crouch, Alice]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    July 8, 1897   p.  3

Miss Alice Crouch, of Gay Township, died May 30, 1897, after an illness of but a few days’ duration. She was at work in her schoolroom within 10 days from the day that she passed away. Miss Crouch was a promising young lady of 19 years, a good student and a successful teacher. She had attended school at Blockton, and had diligently sought in many ways to prepare herself more thoroughly for the duties of the teacher. Her death was a loss to the teaching forces of the county, as it closed the career of one who gave promise of valuable service in the school room.

[Crouch, Lanson]

Clearfield Enterprise

Thursday      February 5, 1925     p. 2

Lamson [Lanson] Crouch died at Portland, Oregon, on Jan. 24, after an operation. The body was brought to Blockton, and after funeral services, interment was had at Platteville. Mr. Crouch was long a resident of this county. He was married three times, one of his wives being the mother of Geo. Rood, and by that marriage he was the step-grandfather of Wayne and Allen Rood of Clearfield. Mrs. Bess Rood and son attended the funeral Friday.

[Crouch, Lanson]

Blockton News

Thursday     January 29, 1925    [p. 1]

Lanson Crouch Dead

Word was received here last week that Lanson (Ned) Crouch was very ill at a hospital in Portland, Oregon, where he had submitted to a surgical operation for strangulated hernia. Later word received stated that he passed away Saturday night, pneumonia being the cause of his death.

Mr. Crouch was making his home with, his daughter, Mrs. Harvey Fleming [Isa]  at 1077 E. 18th St.—N., Portland, Oregon. It seems that he had not been feeling as well as usual during the winter and at the time of the death of his brother, Chancey Crouch, at Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Dec. 29, last, did not feel able to make the trip to attend the funeral.  On Sunday morning, Jan. 18, while attending to the duties of janitor at a church near the home of his daughter he was attacked by an old trouble that had bothered him some in past years. He returned to his home and the physician called being unable to give him relief, advised a surgical operation at a hospital which advice was acted upon. Mr. Crouch recovered from the operation, but it seems was troubled with severe pleuritic affections, which prevented complete recovery.

Mr. Crouch leaves to mourn his untimely death, two daughters-- Mrs. H. [arvey] G. [len] Fleming, of Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. A. [nsel] V. [ernon] Freeland [Beulah Minerva], of Nevada, Ia.; a sister, Miss Kate Crouch, of Hamilton, Illinois; a brother, H. [arl] S. Crouch, of Neosho, Mo., and other relatives and a host of friends.

The funeral party will arrive in Blockton tomorrow (Friday) on the afternoon train No. 5 scheduled to arrive here at 2:18; and funeral services will be held at the Methodist church immediately upon arrival. Interment will be made in Platteville cemetery.

[Crouch, Lanson]

Blockton News

Thursday     February 5, 1925     [p. 1]


Lanson Crouch, familiarly known to the older friends as "Ned" and to many of the younger ones as "Uncle Ned," passed peacefully away on Saturday, Jan. 24, 1925, at the Good Samaritan hospital in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 72 years, 7 months and 24 days.

He had been in his usual health until on Sunday, the 18th, when it became necessary for him to submit to a surgical operation which was successful, but plural pneumonia developed on Thursday and on Saturday he passed away.

Only an imaginary picture of what his eyes beheld, as he passed from this life to the new life beyond can be drawn. His going was very beautiful, and he went singing— singing the old hymns that had meant so much to him in this life of joy and sorrow. As the end drew near he sang softly "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," "If Ever I Loved Thee, Dear Jesus, Tis Now," "Oh Happy Day That Fixed My Choice" and "In the Sweet Bye and Bye," and thus his spirit was wafted away.

Lanson Crouch was the second son of Carlos [Darwin] and Mary Hendricks Crouch in a family of 8 sons and 3 daughters. One brother, Harl S. Crouch, of Neosho, Mo., and one sister, Miss Kate Crouch, of Hamilton, Ill., survive him. A brother, Chancey Crouch of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away last month.

Mr. Crouch was born on June 2, 1852 in Hancock County, Illinois, where he grew to manhood and was married on March 16, 1876, to Miss Sarah Eleanor Garrett. Here a son born to them died in infancy. The young couple then came to Iowa and settled in Taylor County where he followed the occupation of farming. Four daughters were born: Alice, Isa, Kate and Beulah. Within a few short years he was bereft of his companion, who died May 8, 1892, at the early age of 34 years. To his motherless daughters Mr. Crouch became both father and mother. Again death came twice and took first Alice and then Kate, both in young womanhood.

Later in life Mr. Crouch twice remarried but each time by death was left without a home and a companion and now for several years has made his home with his daughters, Mrs. H. [arvey] G. [len] Fleming [Isa] of Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. Ansel Freeland [Beulah Minerva] of Nevada, Iowa.

Mr. Crouch's life has counted for good. He decided each question from a Christian point of view. He was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Blockton and retained his membership there to the time of his death. During the years of his strength he was active in religious work. His acquaintances remember his pleasing personality, which won him many friends in the communities he visited.

Mr. and Mrs. Fleming and daughter, Miss Helen; Mr. and Mrs. Freeland and sons, John and Garrett, and stepchildren and step grandchildren mourn the loss of a kind and loving father and a wonderfully good and indulgent grandfather. Acquaintances of a lifetime and of a few years mourn the departure of a faithful friend.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 25, from Vernon Presbyterian church where he was a faithful attendant during his residence in Portland.

Funeral services were held at the Blockton Methodist church Friday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by the pastor, J. A. Brownlee, and interment was made in the Platteville cemetery.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, February 5, 1925
Mrs. H. G. Fleming, of Portland, Oregon, accompanied the remains of her father here last Friday afternoon. She was joined at Omaha by a cousin, Miss Mary Bird and at Des Moines by A. V. Freeland, wife and sons, John and Garrett, of Nevada. Other out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were his sister and nephew, Miss Kate Crouch and Ocie Wallace, of Hamilton, Ill.; a nephew, Earl Graff, of Clarinda; stepdaughter, Mrs. Paul Fruitinger and husband, of St. Joseph; M. E. Freeland and wife, of Mt. Ayr; Frank Freeland and wife, of Athelstan; Milo R. Fleming and wife of Lenox; Roy Rood and wife, Mrs. Bessie Rood, Mrs. Bert Knox and Mr. and Mrs. Owens of Clearfield; Mrs. J. M. Walton of Strahan.

[Crouch, M. Kate]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     August 29, 1901    [p. 1]

A Death in Grant Township

Last Friday night Kate, daughter of Ned Crouch, died at her father's home in Grant Township, aged about 14 years. The funeral was held in the Platteville church, and was one of the largest ever attended in that community.

[Crouch, Osceola  “Ola” Driver Carr]

Blockton News

Thursday     October 4, 1917     [p. 1]


Ola Driver, daughter of J. [ames] C. [alvin] and Emma [Jane Long] Driver, was born in Taylor county, Iowa, July 17,1877, and passed away at her home joining Blockton on the east Friday evening, September 28,1917, aged 40 years, 2 months and 11 days.

She grew to womanhood in this vicinity and was united in marriage to Oscar L. Carr December 21, 1898. To this union were born two children—Rex H. [arold] and Lois L. [urine]. Mr. Carr died January 2, 1905.

On May 21,1910, she was united in marriage to Lansing [Lanson] Crouch.

She united with the Methodist Episcopal church when a small child and was ever a faithful member. She was a worthy member of the order of Rebekah.

She was stricken with paralysis September 3, 1910, which left her almost helpless, but through it all she was cheerful and patient.

Besides her husband and children she leaves to mourn her departure, her father and mother, J. [ames] C. [alvin] Driver and wife, of St. Joseph; three brothers, Caneth [Kenneth] of Blockton; James [Crawford], of Bedford, and Frank [Leslie], of St. Joseph; one sister, Miss Golda, of St. Joseph, all of whom were present at the funeral, and other relatives and friends. But they need not mourn as those who have no hope,

“ Jesus can make a dying bed,

Feel safe as downy pillows are,

While on his breast I lean my head

And breath my life out sweetly


The funeral services were held at the M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Rev. William Mercer, assisted by Rev. E. J. Laird, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 4, 1917
Mrs. A. V. Freeland and children, of Nevada, came Saturday to attend the funeral of her stepmother, Mrs. L. Crouch.


[Davis, Daniel Wylie]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      June 13, 1912      p. 4


Daniel Wylie, son of the Rev. Aaron and Mercy Davis, was born in [Mc] Henry county, Illinois, April 19, 1858, and immigrated to Iowa in 1876, settling temporarily in Page county where the family spent one summer after which they settled near the present town of Blockton in the eastern edge of Taylor county. Here Brother Davis grew to manhood and on August 26, 1880, was married to Miss Maggie Jackson. To them three children were born, one girl who died in early infancy and two boys, one of whom died at the early age of two years, the other, Ralph, a boy of eleven years, who with his mother are left to mourn the departure of the husband and father. Mr. Davis was one of a large family of children, of whom but three still live, namely, Mrs. J. [oseph] L. Heasly [Julana Esther], of Bedford, Iowa; Mrs. John G. Nolan, of Des Moines, Iowa; J. C. S. Davis, of Newcastle, Wyoming.

At the age of about 20 years Bro. Davis made a confession of faith in Jesus Christ and took him for his savior, and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

When a few months ago it became known to Mr. Davis that his life must go out in a few months at most, he turned his thought to a review of life and character, and meditated the realities of a day when the soul must appear before a just and merciful God. He claimed the promise of God, which says, "Ask and ye shall receive, Seek and ye shall find, for he that calleth upon me in earnestness shall not be turned away. " God heard his prayer, and in our many visits together during the last sickness of our brother, he talked most of his peace with God and lately asked often to be transferred from the temple of clay to a house not built with hands, eternal in the heavens. His public confession was announced from this pulpit a few weeks ago.

On June 8, 1912, at 2:12 o'clock p. m., he quietly passed out of the body into the realities of life eternal. He was a patient, cheerful sufferer, always ready to say, God's will, not mine, be done.

The funeral was conducted by his pastor, the Rev. Harvey H. Newman, on Sunday, June 9, at the Methodist Episcopal church in Conway. The funeral sermon was preached by a former pastor, the Rev. Jackson Giddens of Cumberland, Iowa. The body was buried at Platteville, where he rests beside his two children. The burial service was in charge of the M. W. A. of which Mr. Davis was a member. The entire community joint in extending sympathy to the bereaved family and friends.  C.

[Davis, Daniel Wylie]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      June 13, 1912      [p. 1]

Daniel Wylie Davis

Daniel W. [ylie] Davis died at his home in Conway at 2 o'clock Saturday. He was a son of Rev. Aaron and Mersey [Mercy Palmer] Davis and was born in Henry County, Ill., April 19, 1860. He came to Iowa in 1876, settling temporarily in Page county, where the family spent one summer, after which they settled near Blockton in the eastern part of Taylor county. Here Mr. Davis grew to manhood and in August 26, 1880, was married to Miss Maggie Jackson. To this union three children were born, one daughter, who died in early infancy, and two sons, one of whom died at the early age of two years, the other, Ralph, is a boy of eleven years. Mr. Davis was one of a large family of children, of whom but three still live; namely: Mrs. J. [oseph] L. Heasly [Julana Esther] of Bedford, Mrs. John G. Nolan of Des Moines, and J. C. S. Davis of Newcastle, Wyo.

The funeral was conducted by his former pastor, Rev. Jackson Giddens on Sunday at the Methodist Episcopal church in Conway. The body was buried at Platteville. The funeral service was in charge of the M. W. of A., of which Mr. Davis was a member.

[Davis, Margaret A.  “Maggie” Jackson]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      March 27, 1924     [p. 1]


Mrs. Maggie Davis, aged 61 years, passed away at her home in Conway Tuesday morning at 7:00 o'clock. She had been in poor health for several months. She is survived by one son, Ralph, who was at her bedside when the spirit left the body. Funeral services were held today at 11 a. m., at the M. E. church in Conway, conducted by Rev. Borst, after which the body was followed to the Platteville cemetery where the body was laid away. Funeral Director Stithem had charge. Sympathy is extended to the son in the loss of his mother.

[Davis, Margaret A.  “Maggie” Jackson]

Bedford Times-Republican

Monday      March 31, 1924      p. 3


The body of Mrs. Davis of Conway was buried at Platteville last Saturday. On account of the bad roads it was impossible to take the body to Platteville last Thursday, the day of the funeral, but was kept in the Stithem Undertaking Parlor here until Saturday. Mrs. Davis was buried beside her husband, who preceded her in death 15 years ago.

[Davis, Margaret A.  “Maggie” Jackson]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      April 3, 1924     p. 3

Obituary—Mrs. Margaret Davis

Mrs. Maggie Davis passed away Tuesday morning of last week after an illness of several months of tuberculosis. Following is the obituary:

Margaret A. Jackson, daughter of James and Anna [Davis] Jackson, was born June 28th, 1862 in Altona, Ill., and passed from this life March 25th, 1924, aged 61 years, 9 months and three days.

The deceased came to Taylor County in 1880 and was united in marriage to [Daniel] Wiley Davis in the same year. Three children were born, a daughter dying at birth, Raymond dying at the age of two years, and Ralph, who with her one niece, Mrs. Clyde McKennon, are left to mourn the loss of mother and aunt. Mr. Davis preceded her in death in 1912. She has been a most devoted wife and mother, idealizing her husband and son. She was converted and joined the M. E. church in 1881. She loved her church and tried to put into practice its teachings. We deem her one of the most cheerful creatures in her affliction that we have ever known. She talked much about being able to get about the green of the coming spring. She has been lifted, minus all pain to the most beautiful flower garden God's children are privileged to know.


Come unto me when the shadows

  darkly gather,

When the sad heart is weary and


Seeking for comfort from your

  Heavenly Father,

Come unto me and I will give you



Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Borst at the M. E. church Thursday morning of last, week at ten o'clock. Interment was made beside her loved ones in the Platteville cemetery.

[Denhart, Strausy May Campbell]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     February 22, 1989


Graveside services were conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings for Strausy [May] Campbell Denhart of Houston, Texas January 20, 1989. Mrs. Denhart, formerly from the Blockton area, was a sister of the late Harlan Campbell. She was born in 1900 and passed away January 12, 1989. Ashes were inurned at the Platteville Cemetery on the family lot. Her son, Robert Denhart and other relatives were present for the service.

Shum-Novinger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note:  SSDI Index and Texas Death index give the death date as Jan. 16, 1989 in Rosenberg, Fort Bend, Texas.]

[Denhart, Strausy May Campbell]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      January 25, 1989     p. 6B


J. R. Campbell came Thursday to attend graveside services for his aunt, Strausy Denhart.

[Dennis, Barbara Propst]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     March 12, 1936     p. 5


Mrs. M. Dennis Dies

Mrs. [James] M. [arshall] Dennis died at home Monday evening, March 9. The funeral services were held at the Christian church Wednesday afternoon. Her son, Glen had resided with her at her home and had cared for her since the death of her husband several years ago.

[Dennis, Barbara Propst]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     March 19, 1936     p. 2

Attend Funeral

Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Dennis, Mrs. Ruth Dennis, Mrs. Mabel Worthington and James Peterman attended the funeral service of Mrs. Barbara Dennis at Blockton, Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Dennis was an aunt of A. W. Dennis.

[Dennis, Barbara Propst]

Blockton News

Thursday      March 12, 1936     [p. 1]

Mrs. J. M. Dennis Dead

Mrs. Barbara Dennis passed away at her home in Blockton Monday afternoon at 4:45 after a few days illness. She was aged 89 years, 5 months and 3 days. Her daughter, Mrs. E. T. Stamper, of near Clearfield, and son, G. [len] M. Dennis, of Wathena, Kansas, came Friday to be with her, and her son, V. [irgil] C. Dennis, of Fort Morgan, Colorado, arrived Monday evening. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and burial in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

[Dennis, Barbara Propst]

Blockton News

Thursday      March 12, 1936     p. 5


Barbara Propst, daughter of Adam and Susan [Snyder] Propst, was born in Highland county, Virginia, Oct. 6, 1846, and departed this life at her home in Blockton, Iowa, March 9, 1936, at the age of 89 years, 5 months and 3 days.

She came to Iowa when a small child with a wagon train of early settlers and located in Scott county near Davenport, later coming to Taylor county where she spent the remainder of her life.

She was married to J. [ames] M. [arshall] Dennis April 26, 1871, who departed his life May 4, 1930. To this union five children were born: Villa Loretta Stamper, of Diagonal; Geary M. [organ] Dennis, of Wathena, Kansas; Virgil G. Dennis, of Fort Morgan, Colorado; Tony W. [ilmer], who died at the age of two years, and Glenn C.[lair] Dennis, who was still at home and who cared for her in her declining years.

She united with the Baptist church at an early age and was an active member as long as health permitted.

She was a good neighbor, a loving wife and mother, self-sacrificing to help others.

She is the last of a family of eight children.

She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her children, 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and a host of friends.

She bad been in failing health for several years, but her last illness was of short duration of double pneumonia. All was done that living hands could do, but the Master called her from her suffering.

"We feel that we should pause here to do special honor to Glenn who has been with his mother these many years and has shown such devoted attention and loving kindness. Surely we can truly say that this man" is not far from the kingdom of God."

"I did not choose my mother

Yet had that been mine to do

And worlds of mothers I had met

My choice would still be you."

[Dennis, Glen Clair]

Clearfield Chronicle

Thursday     July 8, 1971      p. 4

Glen Dennis of Blockton Dies

Glen Dennis, 87, of Blockton, passed away at the Ringgold county hospital in Mt. Ayr.

He was retired but had been a paperhanger and painter.

Mr. Dennis [is] survived only by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2 :00 P. M. Friday at the United Methodist church in Blockton. Burial was in the Blockton cemetery.

[Dennis, Glen Clair]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     July 8, 1971     p. 4

Glen Dennis, 87 Rites In Blockton

Funeral services for Glen Clair Dennis, 87 of Blockton were held in the Blockton Methodist Church with Rev. William Fry arid Rev. George W. Swan officiating. Mr. Dennis died June 28, 1971, in Ringgold County Hospital in Mt. Ayr. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery, Blockton.

Glen Clair Dennis, son of James Marshall and Barbra Propst Dennis, was born June 28, 1884 in Taylor County Iowa. His parents moved to the Blockton community, where he attended school; later he engaged in the paper hanging and painter trade. He attended school in Blockton and joined the Baptist Church and was a member as long as the church was active in Blockton.

He was a friend of all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Lou Stamper, two brothers, Geary and Vergil [Virgil] Dennis.

He is survived by two nephews, Grant Stamper of Diagonal, Guy Dennis of Rialto, Calif.; one niece Maude Smith, Greeley, Colo.; several great nieces and nephews.

[Dennis, James Marshall]

Blockton News

Thursday     May 8, 1930     p. 4

Among those from out of town attending the funeral of J. [ames] M. [arshall] Dennis Tuesday afternoon were Waldo Dennis and wife and Leo Dennis, of St. Joseph; Joe Hays and Mrs. John Herr, of Table Rock, Nebraska; Ralph Miller and wife, of Benton, and Grant Stamper and wife, of Creston.

Mrs. E. T. Stamper of near Diagonal was called here last week by the fatal illness of her father, J. [ames] M. [arshall] Dennis.

[Dennis, James Marshall]

Blockton News

Thursday     May 8, 1930     p. 5


James Marshall Dennis, son of William S. [impson] and Nancy [McLean] Dennis, was born in Warren County, New Jersey, March 14, 1843, and died at his home in Blockton, Iowa, Sunday morning, May 4, 1930, aged 87 years, 1 month and 20 days.

At the age of 14 years, or in 1857, he came with his parents to Taylor county, Iowa, the family settling on a farm on the Taylor- Ringgold county line north of what is now Blockton, and for 73 years he has been a resident of Taylor county.

In September 1863, he enlisted for frontier service and was given a recruiting sergeant's commission and was sent to Omaha where he spent the winter. Owing to the unsanitary conditions of the quarters Mr. Dennis and other members were ill at a hotel when the company was organized on March 1, 1864, and sent away. In May of that year he re enlisted at Ottumwa, enlisting in Company C, Forty- Seventh Iowa, and was sent to Arkansas where he served until mustered out at the end of his enlistment.

In April 1871, he was united in marriage to Barbara Propst. To this union five children were born, four of whom with the wife survive him. One son died in infancy. The surviving children are Mrs. Louetta Stamper of Diagonal, Geary M. Dennis of St. Joseph, Mo., Virgil C. Dennis of Fort Morgan, Colorado, and Glen C. [lair] Dennis of Blockton. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Dennis was the sixth child of a family of ten children and was the eighth member to pass away. He was preceded in death by the following brothers and sisters: Harriot, Sidney Jane, Sanford L., Amos, Silas M, Mary Catherine, and Jehile, and is survived by his youngest brother and sister, John I. Dennis, of New Market, and Mrs. Emma M. [elissa] Frost, of Maloy.

Mr. Dennis has been a resident of Blockton for 38 years and previously to locating permanently here, resided at Platteville, Bedford, Clearfield, and in Blockton when it was known as Mormontown.

He united with the church at an early age, under the pastorate of Rev. Cook. He was a good neighbor, kind to his family and loyal to his friends.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. David L. Kratz, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, May 8, 1930
V. [irgil] C. Dennis of Fort Morgan, Colorado, came Friday night called here by the illness of his father, J. [ames] M. [arshall] Dennis.

[DeTar, Theodore Robert]

Iowa South-West

Saturday      April 12, 1879     p. 3

—The youngest child of Rev. Mr. DeTar, of Mormontown, died last Saturday.

[DeTar, Theodore Robert]

Bedford Argus

Thursday     May 29, 1879     p. 5

DeTar, ---Theodore Robert, son of Rev. J. D. and Mary A. DeTar, of Mormontown, Iowa, was born April 7th, 1878, died April 5th, 1879 of Bronchial Pneumonia.

Our Dodie, so sweet and bright,

Too pure by far for earth,

Has left the world of care,

Ot sorrow and distress,

For the land of love and light.

Our hearts are lonesome now,

He's gone we miss him much,

But he'll be ours in heaven;

Yes, we shall see Him, know

Him, love him, have him then.