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Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 7, 1958, [p. 1]

Mrs. Anna Benton Died Here Sunday

Mrs. Anna Benton, 81, a resident of Bedford the past several years, died at her home Sunday, August 3, after having been in failing health for quite some time. Mrs. Benton was born in Guthrie County, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, August 6, Rev. Colvin Caughey, pastor of the Baptist church officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 13, 1966

Mrs. Troy Crane Rites October 7

Funeral services for Mrs. Troy (Cecil Beatrice) Crane of Bedford were held at the Bedford Methodist Church Friday, October 7, at 2 p.m., Mrs. Crane died Oct. 3 at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Cecil Beatrice Gibson Crane was born in 1886 at Blanchard, Iowa, to Columbus Gibson and Lucinda Morgan Gibson. She was the oldest of ten children. She lived most of her early life in Iowa.

Later she moved to California with her family and in 1907 came back to Shenandoah, Iowa, to marry Troy Crane. To this union were born two sons, Eugene and Harold.

They moved to Taylor County in 1914 and resided at the   present farm   home until June of this year.   For the past three months she has lived at the   Pearl Terrace Manor in Bedford.

She is    survived by    her husband, Troy, of Pearl Terrace Manor; a son, Harold Crane of West Jordan, Utah; five   grandchildren, Evelyn, Mrs. Archie Corbin of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Beverly, Mrs. Denzil McIntosh of Baldwin, Mo.; Ruth, Mrs. George Bishop of   Stewartsville, Mo.; Wanda, Mrs. Gene Rochelle of Lawton, Okla.; Harland Crane of    Bedford; one brother, Harold Gibson; one sister, Mrs. Violet Bird, both of Stockton, Calif; 20 great grandchildren    and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by one son, Eugene Crane in 1959; a grandson, Orville Crane in 1965 and one great grandson, Perry Rochelle, in 1957.

Mrs. Crane was a member of the Bedford Methodist Church, transferring from Maple Grove Methodist Church in 1960.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 30, 1959, [p. 1]

Eugene Crane Rites Held Here Sunday

Eugene Crane, a long-time resident of the Maple Grove community south of Bedford, died at his home Friday, July 24. Funeral services were held at the Bedford Methodist Church Sunday afternoon, Rev. Anthony Blankers, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery.

Eugene Leonard Crane was born in Page County, Iowa, near Shenandoah, on November 21, 1908 and died at the age of 50 years, eight months, three days.

On June 27, 1931 he was united in marriage to Neva Jane Bird. To this union three children were born, all of whom survive. They are Beverly Jean, now Mrs. Denzil McIntosh of Ballwin, Mo.; Orval Raymond Crane, of the home; Harland Harold Crane, Pickering, Mo.

Also remaining to mourn his passing are his beloved wife, Mrs. Neva Crane; one brother, Harold Crane of Salt Lake City, Utah; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Troy Crane of Hopkins; four grandchildren and three nieces.

At four years of age he moved with his parents to a farm south of Bedford where he lived until his death. He attended the rural schools of Taylor County and was graduated from Bedford High School in 1925. He was interested in the welfare of his community and served as a director in the Farm Bureau, was a leader in 4-H work, and a director of the rural school near his home for several years.

Early in life he became an active member of the Maple Grove Methodist church near his home. Here he served on the official board, taught a Sunday school class for several years, and also served as superintendent of the Sunday school. When the Maple Grove church closed, he became a member of the Bedford Methodist church, where he attended, served ably and well in several capacities until his death.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 18, 1965, [p. 1]

Final Rites For Orville Crane Held Nov. 12

Orville Crane, 31, was fatally injured Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 9, on his farm northeast of Hopkins. Crane was replacing a coupling pin when the rear wheels of his wagon rolled slightly causing the hoist to fall on him.

Funeral services were held November 12 at the Bedford Methodist Church conducted by Rev. J. Milton Kinney. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Orville Raymond Crane was born June 2, 1934, the son of Neva Crane and the late Eugene L. [eonard] Crane.

He attended school in a rural school and was graduated from the Bedford High School in 1952.

After volunteering for the draft he served in the U. S. Army from July 1955 until May 1957. Nearly all of his service was in Japan.

He joined the Maple Grove church at an early age and later transferred his membership to the Bedford Methodist Church.

He and Evelyn Damewood were married on Sept. 18, 1960. To this union was born one son, David Glenn, 17 months old.

Orville was an industrious farmer and served as Farm Bureau director for two years. He had just accepted this position for another two years.

He is survived by his wife and son; his mother; one brother, Harland Crane, Bedford; and one sister, Mrs. Denzil (Beverly) McIntosh of Baldwin, Mo.; nieces, nephews and many neighbors and friends.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 10, 1968

Troy Crane, 90, Rites October 6

Funeral services for Troy Eugene Crane, 90, of Bedford, held October 6 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Rev. Walter Ortmann. Mr. Crane died October 4 at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Troy Eugene Crane was born near Shenandoah, Iowa on Oct. 5, 1877. He was the oldest son of John C. and Elizabeth Herd Crane. He was one of five children and attended the   county school where he excelled in spelling and arithmetic.

On Dec. 31, 1907 he was married to Cecil Beatrice Gibson. To this union two sons were born, Eugene Leonard and Harold Floyd, all of whom have preceded him in death.

He had also lost his mother, father, a   sister, two brothers, a grandson and a great   grandson.

He spent his younger life on a farm near Shenandoah, except one year in a grain business in Sheridan, Mo.

The young family moved to a farm south of Bedford in 1914 where he lived until he went to the nursing home in June 1966 when his health failed.

At an early age he committed his life to Christ, joining the Baptist church in Shenandoah, later transferring to Maple Grove Church near his home and then to the Bedford Methodist Church.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather; also a   good   neighbor   living   in the house at the side of the road and being a friend to man.

He leaves five grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; one   brother, Albert   Crane, of La Mesa, Calif.; an adopted   sister, Everine   Berndt of Los Angeles; two daughters-in-law and nieces, nephews, and friends.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, June 26, 1969, [p. 1]

Mrs. Oliver's Father Killed In Accident

Thomas Jefferson Cundiff of Bolckow, Mo., was killed in a two-car accident Monday morning on Interstate highway 29 one-fourth mile south of highway 6. His wife was also seriously injured in the accident.

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Cundiff are pending.

He was the father of Mrs. Curtis (Jean) Oliver.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 3, 1957, [p. 1]

Mrs. Anna Davis Died Wednesday

Mrs. Anna Davis of Bedford died at Rosary hospital, Corning, Wednesday morning, October 2. Mrs. Davis had major surgery recently at Iowa City, following an illness of several months.

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 10, 1957, [p. 1]

Mrs. Annie Davis Rites Were Friday

Last rites for Mrs. Annie Davis of Bedford were held at the Shum Funeral Home Friday afternoon, October 4, conducted by Rev. Anthony Blankers of the Bedford Methodist church. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

Missouri Ann Davis, daughter of Wesley and Susan Walker, was born in Gentry County, Mo., August 27, 1894 and died Oct. 2, 1957 at Rosary hospital in Corning, at the age of 63 years, one month, five days.

She was married to Emory Richard Davis in September, 1911 and to them four sons and two daughters were born: Dale, Walker, John and Robert Davis; Dell Brown and Bonnie Smith. Also, they reared one niece, Mrs. Eva Parmenter.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her mother, Mrs. Susan Hunt; six children, eleven grandchildren, and three brothers. A sister, Mrs. Fannie Mae Setzer, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Davis spent most of her life in Missouri, but the last remaining years she lived in Bedford.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 29, 1956, [p. 1]

Jess Derrickson Rites Here Tuesday

Jess Derrickson, a resident of Bedford and community his entire life and an employee of Taylor County the past 32 years, died at his home in Bedford Saturday, March 24, after having been ill several months.

Funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Fred H. Cowles. Burial in Fairview cemetery.

Jess Derrickson, son of William [Albert] and Elizabeth [Jane Fulton] Derrickson, was born near Bedford, Jan. 30, 1886, and died at the age of 70 years, one month, 25 days.

On October 12, 1930 he was married to Mrs. Ethel Stonebraker.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel; one step-son, Kenneth Stonebraker, his wife and son of Centerville, Iowa; one brother, Floyd Derrickson of Lincoln, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Marion Mohler of Bedford, Mrs. Pat Lalley of Council Bluffs; four nephews and several nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, three sisters.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 24, 1953, [p. 1]

Walter Evans Dies At Kirksville, Mo.

Walter Evans, former resident of Bedford, founder of the ice cream business here, now known as Cobb's Ice Cream, died at his home in Kirksville, Mo., Tuesday, following several years of illness from a heart ailment.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at Kirksville, and a service will be held at the Wetmore Funeral Home here this Thursday forenoon at 11 o'clock. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery.



Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, April 25, 1990


Funeral services for Elgin Clark Grace, 75, were held Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m. at the   Shum-Novinger   Funeral Home in Bedford. Rev. Ted DeHass conducted the services, and   burial   was   at Fairview Cemetery   in   Bedford   with military honors. Mr. Grace died April 11, 1990 in Bedford, Iowa.

Elgin Clark Grace, son of Clark and Eva (Ray) Grace was born on April 26, 1914 at Sheridan, Mo.

He lived in Sheridan, Mo. as a youngster and later moved to Taylor County where he graduated from the Bedford High School.

On September 26,1949 he was united in marriage to Mabel Marie Smith at Clarinda, Iowa and they lived in Bedford all their married life.

Elgin worked on his family�s farm, was employed later by various local oil companies driving the tank truck, he did electrical wiring in homes, and was a school  bus  driver for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother Drexel.

Left to cherish his memory are his sister-in-law, Naomi Larson, and husband Dean of Bedford; and his nieces and nephews and his friends.

Elgin was a soldier in the United States Army during World War II, serving in Italy and in the Philippines.

He was a kind and considerate man and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 14, 1958, [p. 1]

Mrs. Clark Grace Died Here Tuesday

Mrs. Eva M. Grace, 79, died at her home just east of Bedford, Tuesday, August 12. Funeral services will be held at the Shum funeral Home, the time pending. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery.

Mrs. Grace is survived by her husband Clark Grace of the home; two sons, Elgin Grace and wife of Bedford, Drexel Grace, wife and child of Vanzant, Mo.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 21, 1958, p. 10

Mrs. Clark Grace Buried Here Friday

Last rites for Mrs. Clark Grace who died at her home east of Bedford Tuesday, August 12, were held at the Shum Funeral Home Friday afternoon. Rev. I. G. Wilkins of the Blockton Methodist church officiated. Burial in Fairview cemetery.

Eva M. [ay] Ray, the only child of David A. and Josephine Mary (Straight) Ray, was born in Jackson Township, Taylor County, Iowa on September 7, 1878, and died at the age of 79 years, 11 months and five days.

On March 14, 1900, she was united in marriage to Clark J. [ames] Grace also of Jackson Township, and to them were born two sons, Drexel Ray Grace and Elgin Clark Grace.

Mrs. Grace is survived by her husband, Clark J. Grace of Bedford, her son Drexel and wife Grace and a grandson, Clark Calvin Grace and wife, all of Vanzant, Mo. and by her son Elgin Grace and wife Mabel of Bedford. Also an aunt, Mrs. Seymour Straight and several cousins.

Mrs. Grace lived most of her life near Bedford. In 1910 the family moved to a farm adjoining Sheridan, Mo., where Mr. Grace farmed and also operated the Sheridan grain elevator until 1927 when they returned to their farm near Bedford, which had continued to be their home.

Mrs. Grace was of Methodist faith. She was a member of the Sheridan, Mo., Rebekah lodge.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 11, 1943, p. 5

Claude Hamilton Dies In Des Moines

Claude Hamilton, a resident of Bedford all of his life, except the past year, died at the Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Monday, March 8, 1943, after a lingering illness of pneumonia and complications, at the age of 54 years, 1 month and 22 days.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home in Bedford Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. G. L. Hufstader. The Masonic service was also given at the funeral home. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Claude Ernest Hamilton, son of John and Alice Hamilton of Bedford, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, January 17, 1889. He was the second son of a family of six children, four of whom are still living: Cliff Hamilton of Berkeley, California; Clyde Hamilton of Casey, Iowa; Leo Hamilton of Itasca, Illinois; Lotus Hamilton of Hamburg, Iowa (who at present is in Pearl Harbor). Another brother, Murl Hamilton, died October 16, 1934.

He was married to Miss Edith McElfish of Bedford, on May 4, 1918. To them were born two children, a son, Harlan K. Hamilton, aged 23 years, and a daughter, Helen Louise Hamilton, aged 17 years, both of Des Moines. All were with him at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Bedford Methodist church and also of Taylor Lodge No. 156, A. F. & A. M.

He is survived by his wife, two children, a daughter-in-law, grandson Stephen, his parents and four brothers.

Attend Hamilton Rites

Among those from out of town who attended the last rites for Claude Hamilton in Bedford Wednesday afternoon, were Mrs. Hamilton, Harlan and Helen of Des Moines; L. S. Hamilton of Itasca, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hamilton of Casey, Iowa; Mrs. Lotus Hamilton and two children


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, September 20, 1995


Eunice Kennedy Hamilton, a long-time Bedford resident, died in Watsonville, CA, September 12, 1995. She was 99.

Born near Blockton, Iowa in 1896, Mrs. Hamilton taught in rural Taylor County schools before her marriage in 1924 to J. [ohn] Murl Hamilton of Bedford. After his death in 1934, she served as Bedford postmaster before returning to teaching at Berwick and later Blockton elementary schools. In 1957 she moved to California and taught in Feather Falls until retiring in 1965 in Oroville, California.

Mrs. Hamilton was a 1965 graduate of Chico (CA) State College. She was a member of the Oroville First United Methodist Church and active with the Butte County Election Board, Red Cross, Oroville Family Service and Monday Club.

She is survived by two daughters, Neva Lavonne McLaren and her husband Lannes, Aptos, Ca; and Bonnie H. Bailey, Oskaloosa, Iowa; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a great great grandson.

Graveside services were at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

, Earlyne and Clayton of Hamburg, Iowa; and Jack Marley of Maryville.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 18, 1971, p. 4

Harlan Hamilton Dies in Alaska

Word was received last week by relatives here of the sudden death of a former Bedford resident, Harlan K. Hamilton of Palmer, Alaska.

Harlan, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hamilton, was a 1936 BHS graduate.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary [Lee] Connor of Conway; two sons, Steve and Mike; one daughter, Marcia and four grandchildren, all living in the Palmer area.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 20, 1951, [p. 1]

Mrs. John Hamilton Died in California

Mrs. John Hamilton, 85, a resident of Bedford and community for many years, died in Richmond, Calif., De. 13, where she had been making her home the past year with her sons, Lotus and Cliff Hamilton. The body was brought to Bedford, accompanied by Lotus, and graveside services were held in Fairview cemetery Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Walter E. Schiel.

Mrs. Hamilton is survived by four sons, Cliff and Lotus of California, Clyde of Earlham, Iowa and Scott of Itasca, Ill. there are also numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mr. Hamilton died three years ago. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Claude and Merle Hamilton.

Here for the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hamilton of Earlham, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hamilton of Itasca, and Lotus of California.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 26, 1984

Eldon Larson, 30 Last Rites Were Held April 21   

Funeral   services   for   Eldon Lee Larson, 30, formerly of Bedford, were held April 21 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings conducting. Mr. Larson died in January 1984 in Pinal County, Arizona. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Eldon Lee Larson, son of William Dean Larson and Naomi Smith Larson, was born at Maryville, Missouri January 19, 1954.

He lived in rural Bedford and grew to maturity in Bedford where he attended the public school and the Hamilton Memorial Missionary Church.

He was employed and engaged in cafeteria and janitor work in Omaha, Nebraska at Woodmen Towers, at Berning Cafe in Creston, Lamoni College and Creighton University Cafeteria in Omaha, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents William Dean and Naomi Larson; brothers: Richard, Tom and Robert of the home; sisters: Martha of the home, Karen Riedel (Mrs. Ron) of Siam, Iowa, Jean Waterbury (Mrs. Roger) of Corning, Iowa, Linda (Mrs. John) Onumbu of Maryville, Missouri, Janice (Mrs. Rodney) Fleharty of Mt. Etna, Iowa, Ann (Mrs. Terry) Snyder of Gravity, Iowa, Diana (Mrs. Randy) Christie of Red Oak, Iowa; three nieces; five nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was a kind and considerate son and brother and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, February 13, 2002


Funeral services for Edna Luttrell, age 77 of Bedford, who died Sunday, February 3, 2002, in the same home her beloved husband Lonzo passed away in. Services were held Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home with Pastor Jamie Mogler officiating. Interment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be directed to the Taylor County Historical Society. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Edna Vera Louise Luttrell, the first of three children, was born January 26, 1925 in Fisher Township in Fremont County, which is near Farragut, Iowa. She is the daughter of Ernest Henry Walter and Alma Johanna Sunderman Walter. Edna grew up attending Morning Sun School near Westboro, Missouri and graduated from Westboro High School in 1942. After graduation she was united in marriage to Lonzo Edwin Luttrell on June 7, 1942 at the Linden Christian Church near Rockport, Missouri.

Lonzo and Edna moved to Bellevue, Nebraska while Lonzo worked at Martin Bomber Plant until he was called to serve his country in France during World War II. After the war they farmed in Nebraska and also near Blanchard, Iowa. They moved to Denison, Iowa and finally settled in Bedford. Edna worked as a waitress, as a receptionist for the Skel-Gas, in the local flower shop and as a checker at HyVee. She attended St. John Lutheran Church while growing up and once the family moved to Bedford she became a member of the First Baptist Church.

She will be remembered best as a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved to laugh and had a smile for everyone. She enjoyed telling jokes, collecting and believing in angels and watching NASCAR with her family. Her favorite driver was Jeff Gordon and if he wasn't winning, she would turn off the TV. One of her favorite memories was attending a race in Charlotte, North Carolina.

She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Edna is survived by two sons, Lon Edwin Luttrell and wife Jane of Bedford; Robert Carl Luttrell and wife, Jorja of Clarinda; a daughter, Londa Kay Hensley and husband Jerry of Exira; Delbert Walter of Bedford; and Don Walter of Creston; nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; and four step grandchildren.

Preceding Edna in death were her parents Ernest and Alma and her husband Lonzo in 1995.


Bedford Times-Press, March 29, 1995


 Lonzo Edwin Luttrell, age 73 years, one month, and 17 days, was born January 21, 1922 at Inavale, Neb. to parents, Robert Luttrell and Mona Hersh Luttrell. He died March 17, 1995 after an extended illness in his home in Bedford. Iowa.

Lonzo was raised in the Rockport. Mo. area and graduated high school there. He was baptized and attended the Linden Christian Church north of Rockport.

He was married on June 7, 1942 to Edna Vera Louise Walter at the Linden Christian Church near Rockport. To this marriage two sons and one daughter were born.

They settled in Bellevue, Neb. until he was called into the military. He served in the Air Force from 1942 until 1945, a stint that included 27 months overseas in the European Theatre of World War II. His specialization was in the repair of the airplane bodies after their missions were completed.

After his military experience, he worked as a welder for a tractor repair shop in Blanchard, Iowa. Then he was an Artificial Inseminator for cattle for a number of years around the Denison and Bedford, Iowa area. Finally, he started working for the United States Postal Service as a city mail carrier for the next 27 years until his retirement in 1981. It was noted that he was nicknamed "ZIP" by the people on his route.

He loved bowling, camping and fishing with friends or anyone who would say "Let's go fishing".

He was a member of the American Legion and also served as a city councilman for one term.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Luttrell, son Lon Edwin and wife Phyllis Luttrell of Council Bluffs, Iowa, daughter Londa Kay and husband Jerry Hensley of Clarinda, and son Robert Carl and wife Jorja Luttrell, also of Clarinda, Iowa; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth and wife Betty Luttrell, Orleans, Neb.; uncle Delmar Hersh and wife Anne of Red Cloud, Neb.; and aunt, Gertrude Hersh, Ravenwood, Mo.; along with many friends and neighbors.

Services were held at the Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home s March 20 at 2 p.m. with Pastors Ted DeHass and Jamie Mogler officiating. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford with military honors by the American Legion.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 27, 1962, p. 4

Virgil McKim Rites Sept. 25

Services for Virgil Bryant McKim, held September 25 at the Madison Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home were conducted by Rev. Ivo Randels. Burial was in Fairview cemetery, Bedford with military service conducted by Bedford Legion Post 164. Virgil McKim, 55, died at his home, Sept. 22 following a heart attack.

Virgil Bryant McKim, son of Jess and Carrie McKim, was born in Bedford Dec. 8, 1906 and lived here all his life except when in the service.

He was married to Betty Henderson on Dec. 20, 1945 and to this union one son, Gary, was born. Gary lives at home.

McKim served in the Armed Forces of the United States for three years during World War II, two years of which were spent in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre where he was so severely injured that he could never do hard physical labor again. He was given an honorable discharge with an excellent rating.

His mother preceded him in death in 1937.

Those surviving in addition to his widow and son are his father, Jess, and two aunts and several cousins.

McKim drove a school bus for 10 years after his return from service until a severe heart attack made this impossible. He was much loved by the children and he loved them, carrying with him some gum and candy to distribute to the small fry. He maintained his interest in children and his last project was to assemble parts from old bicycles in order to make one for a child of his acquaintance.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 4, 1958, p. 4

Mrs. Elza Manley Died Here Tuesday

Mrs. Elza Manley, 75, died at her home near Bedford Tuesday afternoon, December 2. Funeral services Thursday afternoon, two o'clock at the Wetmore Funeral Home. Rev. Clarence Potter of New Market officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.

Mrs. Manley is survived by her husband and one son.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 11, 1958, p. 4

Manley Rites and Burial Here Thurs.

Last rites for Mrs. Elza Manley, who died at her home near Bedford, Tuesday, December 2, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home on Thursday afternoon, December 4. Rev. Clarence Potter of New Market officiated. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

Anna McFarland, daughter of William and Anna McFarland, was born in in Pottawattamie County, Kansas on November 21, 1883 and died at the age of 75 years and 11 days.

When she was four years of age, she came with her parents to Missouri where she spent her early life.

In her youth, she became a Christian and worked with the Church of Christ at Forest City, Missouri. She came to Iowa when she was 16 years old. The remainder of her life was spent in and near Bedford.

Anna McFarland was married to Elza Manley on February 20, 1907. To this union one son, Francis, was born.

She is survived by her husband, Elza Manley; son, Francis; two brothers: Frank McFarland of Bigelow, Missouri and Ed McFarland of Forest City, Missouri; several nieces and nephews.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 26, 1963, p. 5

Elza J. Manley Services Dec. 21

Funeral services for Elza Jonathan Manley, lifetime Taylor County resident, were held December 21 at Madison Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Clarence Potter officiating. Mr. Manley died December 18 at University Hospitals, Iowa City at the age of 82 years and 7 days. Interment was at Fairview cemetery, Bedford.

The following obituary was included in the services:

Elza J. Manley, son of F. [rancis] M. [arion] and Sarah Manley was born December 10, 1881 near Siam, Iowa.

He was reared and spent most of his life on a farm in the vicinity of Siam, Hopkins and Bedford. In his youth he attended school, Sunday school and church at Siam, Iowa.

He was united in marriage to Miss Anna McFarland in 1907 at Bedford, Iowa. To this union was born one son, Frances, who resides at the home. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters and his wife, Anna, who passed away Dec. 2, 1958.

He has been in very poor health for several years.

He is survived by a son, Frances; one brother, Silas Manley of Braddyville, Ia.; also two nephews, one niece and a host of friends.

He was a good husband, father and neighbor and will be greatly missed by his family, neighbors and friends.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, June 25, 1997

Francis Jennings Manley

Francis Jennings Manley, only child of Elza Jonathon and Anna May (McFarland) Manley was born in Taylor County, Iowa, December 16, 1914 and died June 16, 1997 at Lenox Care Center, Lenox, Iowa at the age of 82 years, 6 months.

Francis lived with his parents and helped with farming until his mother's death in 1958, then he and his father "batched" it as Francis said many times until his father died in 1963. Francis moved to the Taylor County Care Facility at this time and remained there until 1995 when he moved to the Lenox Care Center. Francis never married but really enjoyed farming with his father. He used to tell stories of how he and his father farmed with horses and plows. When he moved to the care facility he carried on his favorite pastime of farm chores. When the care facility moved to Lenox you could see Francis in the garden every morning and afternoon. He took great pride in his work, but could always stop to visit about his younger days. Another favorite pastime of Francis' was dancing, which he always made sure he had on his best shirt and tie for. Francis made many friends through the years, who will miss him greatly.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 20th at Novinger Taylor Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. Paul Evans officiating. Interment in Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 23, 1945, [p. 1]

Mrs. Wm. C. Martin Dies Here August 18

Mrs. Wm. C. Martin died at her home in west Bedford Saturday, August 18.

The funeral services were held at the Walker-Shum Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Leota May Bradley, daughter of Carlos Dwight and Margaret Jane Bradley, was born March 8, 1877 at Macedonia, Iowa, being aged 68 years, 5 months and 10 days, at the time of her death. Most of her early girlhood was spent in Missouri. She was a member of the Church of God at Shambaugh, Iowa.

In December 1920 she was married to Wm. C. [lyde] Martin in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Following her marriage she made her home with her husband in Bedford and community.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Martin of Bedford and Mrs. Scott Whitley of Elma, Wash.; two brothers, Carlos D. Bradley of Boise, Idaho, and Earl A. Bradley on duty overseas.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, March 10, 2004


Funeral services for Lucy May Martin, age 93 of Bedford, who died Saturday, March 6, 2004 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center were held Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home with Pastor Jamie Mogler officiating. Interment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be directed to the Bedford Public Library. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Lucy May (Bond) Martin was born September 16, 1910 in Sheridan, Missouri the daughter of Orlo Bond and Clara Carroll Bond. The world would soon know they got more than they bargained for in May! She was the second of six children born, but the first at being an outgoing and hardworking child. May was baptized at the Sheridan Christian Church in 1924 where her membership remains to this day. Once, she tried to transfer to the Bedford church, however, the Sheridan church refused to take her off their roles!

May was the original "people person". From her early years, she was always the leader and enjoyed talking to anyone about almost anything. In 1927, she met her match, a good looking, fast-talking rogue named Bill Martin. On October 7, 1927, they were united in marriage in Maryville, Missouri. Both Bill and May had style and class to spare, and settled in near his families' properties of Martin's Auto Parts located in Bedford, where they stayed for the next breathless 77 years! First came Austa Louise then Lyle Edward and finally Kathryn Grayce.

In their new home on the west side of town, the kids never got a spanking from their father, but May was determined to teach her children life's hard lessons as well as the easy ones. It turned out that, of all her many talents, the one of raising a bright, loving family, was her strongest. She told them, "You 're no better than anyone else, but you 're just as good as anybody!" Her kids were also born leaders, popular in school and life. Like other families, the Martins knew hard times during the Great Depression and War years. May's many talents kept them happy and healthy. She sewed their clothes, cut all the neighborhoods' hair, cleaned, cooked, encouraged and kept disillusion at bay with lots of love and laughter. If her kids were involved in anything, she was there. She lent her tireless strength to the Boy Scouts, the Masons, the Ladies in Blue and especially her beloved Eastern Star, to which she belonged for over 50 years, serving several years as Mother Advisor to the Rainbow Girls.

As hard times passed, and her kids began growing up and moving out on their own, May began working even more in the community. Her ability to talk with anyone served her well when she ran for public office as County Clerk. She won the trust of her voters from the elegant ladies' groups to the hard-working farm folks even the shadier places in town, losing to her opponent by just a handful of ballots. May began to accompany her husband as his business took him all over the region. Soon, she could not go anywhere within 100 miles that somebody didn't call out "May Martin ~ Good to see you!"

The grandchildren began taking more of her time and she nurtured them with the same tough love that had worked so well a generation before. In 1974, her only son, Lyle passed away, and May thought it would be the end of her. However, a pillar of strength does not crumble that easily, and somehow she went on. In 1982, her husband and partner for life passed away, and again, her world fell apart. However, she endured and rebuilt her life as a solo act. May was always so happy they had been able to share their 50th Wedding Anniversary together.

The final chapter of her life was so full. Hundreds of friends called on her to beg and offer favors; or to hear the best gossip in town! May's home-baked cookies practically replaced legal currency as a way of repaying the kindness of others. And one of her hand-decorated cakes was a special treat that brought happiness to more than a few people.

In the beginning of 2003, her daughter, Kathryn passed away. With great effort, she once again put her life on track. But, it was a more subdued, less optimistic May Martin to whose door the world beat its path. Some thought that near the end, May's spirit began to know defeat. But she used the last of her energy to take care of her family --- making jokes and teaching them how to get along without her. Her final illness took her life on March 6, 2004 at 7:45 p.m.

A great light has gone from the world, and we shall not see the likes of her again.

Left to cherish May's memory are her daughter Austa Hakes and husband Bud of rural Clarinda; grandchildren, Anna Mae Petersen and Bob Britton all of St. Joseph, Missouri; Kathy Hakes of New Market; Ed Hakes and wife Julie of rural Clarinda; great-grandchildren Keri Clark and Terrel Clark; plus great-great-grandchildren, Nick and Sienna Montgomery; along with many nieces and nephews, whom she dearly loved; and of course, a community of friends.    



Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 15, 1948, [p. 1]

W. C. Martin Succumbed Saturday

W. C. Martin died at a nursing home in Bedford Saturday morning. The funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Monday afternoon, conducted by F. H. Cowles, pastor of the Bedford Baptist Church. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

William Clyde Martin was born Jan. 23, 1879 at Trempealeau, Wisc., being aged 69 years, 5 months and 17 days at the time of his death.

He was married to Elizabeth Budack of Hankinson, N. Dak., in 1906. To them were born two daughters and two sons: Mrs. Wallace Gereszek of Breckenridge, Minn., Mrs. Otto Kuehn, of Lidgerwood, N. Dak., John E. Martin of Wahpeton, N. Dak., and Harley F. Martin of Lidgerwood, N. Dak., all of whom survive. His wife died in 1913.

He was a veteran of World War I, having served two years overseas. Soon after returning from the war, he married Leota Mullen of Bedford, who passed away in August 1945.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 18, 1967

Mrs. Mendenhall

Funeral services for Mrs. S. K. (Helen) Mendenhall, 57, of Bedford, wife of S. K. Mendenhall, local Ford dealer, held May 12 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, were conducted by Mr. Carl Cummings. Mrs. Mendenhall died at her home here May 10. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Helen Faith Ulmer, daughter of Frank and Lucy Douglas Ulmer, was born June 22, 1909 at Waynoka, Oklahoma.

In her early youth the family moved to a farm near Pickering, Mo., and here she attended the public schools and her first two years of high school---the last two years she attended the Hopkins High school—graduating with the class of 1927. She possessed a sincere interest in dramatics and had a deep appreciation for poetry.

On Sept. 25, 1927 she was united in marriage to S. [ilas] K. [elita] Mendenhall at the Methodist Parsonage in Bedford, Iowa, the Rev. G. T. Roberts officiating.

They established their first home on a farm in Polk Township, in Taylor County, where they lived until they moved to Hopkins, Mo.    In September 1957 they moved to Bedford where they have since continued to reside.

Two daughters were born to bless this home and her family and loved ones were very dear to her heart.

Early in her life she united with the Hopkins Christian Church where her membership remains.

Preceding her in death were her father, Frank Ulmer and a grandson, John Richard Eberle.

Left to cherish fond memories are her mother, Mrs. Lucy Ulmer of Hopkins, Mo.; her husband, Kelita; the two daughters   and their   families, Kay Eberle and her husband Richard and Jean Killam and her husband Herbert and granddaughter Victoria, all of Bedford; four sisters: Mrs. Grace Cain of Burbank, Calif., Mrs. Flora Belle Wooley, and Mrs. Mary Thibodeau both of Sioux City, Iowa, and Mrs. Ruth Gill of Roseburg, Oregon; one brother, Ray Ulmer of Pickering, Mo.; several cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, November 12, 1997

S.K. Mendenhall

Silas Kelita Mendenhall, son of Ben and Lily (Sheley) Mendenhall was born in Taylor County, Iowa on August 2, 1906. He grew up in Taylor County and graduated from Hopkins Missouri High School. He later moved to Hopkins where he sold farm machinery. In 1954 he purchased Taylor County Motors and remained active in the business until his death. He was a member of the 1st Christian Church of Hopkins, Missouri.

In 1927, S.K. was united in marriage to Helen Ulmer, who died in 1967. To this union two daughters were born, Kae and Carol Jean. In 1968 he married Martha Beckett Anderson.

S.K. was preceded in death by both his parents, Ben and Lily Mendenhall; one sister, Janette Shell; one brother, Olaf Mendenhall; one grandson, John Richard Eberle.

He is survived by his wife, Martha; two daughters, Kae Eberle and Jean and Herbert Killam; one granddaughter, Victoria and Dick Guilliatt, one great granddaughter, Stefanie Guilliatt and one great grandson, Timothy Guilliatt.

The Rev. Paul Evans officiated at services for S.K. at the Novinger Taylor Funeral Home on Saturday, November 8 with interment at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 7 1963, [p. 1]

Death Takes Mrs. Tab Miller

Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel (Tab) Miller will be held at 2 p. m. today (Thurs.) at the Shum-Novinger Madison St. Funeral Home. Mrs. Miller died at her home here Sunday of a probable heart attack, states county medical examiner, Dr. M. T. Gordon.

Mrs. Miller once served in the office of her uncle, W. F. Evans, when he was county treasurer here. For about 20 years, prior to returning to Bedford, she was postmaster at Norris, S. D.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 14, 1963, p. 8

Rites Held for Ethel E. Miller

Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel E. (Tab) Miller, held in the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford March 7, were conducted by Rev. John D. Kerr, local Presbyterian minister. Mrs. Miller died at her home in Bedford on March 3. Interment was in Fairview cemetery, Bedford.

Ethel Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eck Evans, was born in Bedford Nov. 22, 1884. After her high school graduation Miss Evans worked in the Taylor County treasurer's office for her uncle, Will Evans. She was then employed as a bookkeeper for Green Colonial Furnace Co., in Des Moines for about 15 years.

In 1921 [1923] she and Grey G. Miller were married. They lived on a ranch in So. Dak. Mrs. Miller resigned as Norris, S. Dak. postmaster in 1953 after 20 years of service.

Mr. Miller died Oct. 19, 1953. Mrs. Miller had resided in Bedford since she returned here at the death of her brother, Walter, in Nov. 1953.

Mrs. Miller is survived by cousins: Robert M. Evans, Des Moines; John Evans, Storm Lake, Ia.; Philip Evans, Joplin, Mo.; Harry May, Des Moines; Mrs. C. E. Sandvig, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. Edna Paschal, Mrs. Gertie Abarr, Albert Turner, Doug Turner, Joe Turner, Bedford; and sisters-in-law: Mrs. Walter Evans, Manila, Ia.; Mrs. Dorothy M. Currell and Mrs. Eva Wehn, East Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Pattie Searle, Ogallala, Nebr, and Mrs. Olive Wilcox, Los Angeles.

Called here by the death of Mrs. Miller were Robert M. Evans and Harry May. Others from out-of-town who attended the services were Mrs. Eva Wehn and Mrs. Dorothy Currell.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 22, 1953, [p. 1]

Grey Miller Rites In Bedford, Thursday

Graveside services for Grey G. [illham] Miller of Norris, S. Dak., a former resident of Bedford, will be held at 3 p. m. Thursday, October 22. For cemetery and other details, contact Wetmore Funeral Home.

Mr. Miller and his wife, the former Miss Ethel "Tab" Evans of Bedford, have resided in South Dakota in recent years.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 31, 1946, [p. 1]

Charles Moore Dies In Home Here

Charles Moore died at his home in south Bedford Saturday, October 26. The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Gordon F. MacLean. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Charles Alec [Alex] Moore, son of James and Susan Moore, was born June 30, 1879, being 67 years of age at the time of his death.

The early part of his life was spent near Maryville, Mo., later moving to Taylor County, Iowa, where he lived the past 29 years.

On December 24, 1909 he was married to Nora Loch. To them were born three children, Kenneth and Arthur of Bedford and Clarabell Niven of Twin Falls, Idaho.

Surviving with the wife and three children are five grandchildren; a brother, John Moore of Mitchell, Nebr.

He was a member of the Christian church of Hopkins. He was respected and loved by all who knew him, always kind and ready to do his part.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, May 13, 1987, p. 6

Graveside services for Nora Moore, 97, were conducted by rev. Carl Cummings May 8 at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa. Shum-Novinger funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Moore died May 2, 1987 in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Nora Mabel Loch was born October 24, 1889 near Pickering, Mo., daughter of [Frank] Asa Loch and Rosa Lutz Loch.

On December 24, 1909 she was united in marriage to Charles A. [lec] Moore. They farmed northwest of Maryville, Mo. To this union three children were born: Kenneth, Arthur and Clarabell.

The family moved to Taylor County Iowa on a farm southwest of Bedford in what is known as the High Prairie neighborhood in 1917.

After her husband's death in 1946 she resided in Twin Falls, Idaho where she was employed by a hospital. She has been in the Hazel Dell Manor in Twin Falls, Idaho since 1982.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother and three sisters; her husband Charles A. Moore and a son, Kenneth Moore and his wife Hazel.

Her family who survive her are her son, Arthur and his wife Zora of Bedford, Iowa; a daughter Clarabell and her husband Bob Niven of Kimberly, Idaho; her five grandchildren, Ramon Moore and Rebecca Mick of Bedford, Ia.; Richard Moore of Augusta, Ks.; Ramona Dalton of Lenox, Ia.; and Karin Graham of 100 Mile, B. C., Canada. There are 10 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, October 15, 1986, p. 6

Dorothy C. O'Dougherty

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 10, 1986 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home for Dorothy C. O'Dougherty, 81. Rev. Carl Cummings officiated with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Bedford. Mrs. O'Dougherty died October 7, 1986 at Independence, Mo.

Dorothy Clark Fox O'Dougherty, daughter of George Fox and Harriet Brown Fox, was born at Little Sioux, Iowa November 12, 1904. She grew to maturity in the Little Sioux community where she attended the public school and the Methodist Church.

On January 27, 1927 she was united in marriage to Henry C. O'Dougherty at Albany, Mo. and they made their home in Bedford, Iowa.

Four children were born to this union: George, Lola, Stana and Avis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, who died in 1959; two brothers Joe and Calvin Fox and one sister Moneta Fox.

Left to cherish her memory are the children: George O'Dougherty and his wife Ruth of Stockton, Calif.; Lola and her husband Phillip Neal of Springdale, Ark.; Stana and her husband Nathaniel Cracraft of Eagleville, Mo.; and Avis O'Dougherty of Glenwood, Ia.; 11 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a brother, Loyson Fox and his wife Irene of Council Bluffs, Ia.; and a sister Harriet and her husband Ray Schneider of Omaha, Ne.; other relatives and friends.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Her family and friends will remember her as a kind and loving mother, friend and neighbor.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, April 7, 1993

Ethel May O'Dougherty, age 97, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, died Tuesday March 30, 1993 at Concordia Care Center in Bella Vista. She was born March 18, 1896 at Fort Scott, Kansas to Charles W. Parton and Rose May Gardner Parton.

Before retirement she worked at La Rue's Book Bindery in Kansas City, Missouri.   She was a member of the Graphic/ Arts International Union. She was a Presbyterian and taught Sunday school and was very active in all church work. She moved to the Bella Vista area in 1986 from Kansas City Missouri. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John H. [arris] O'Dougherty in 1940, her second husband, James O'Dougherty in 1970, three brothers, three sisters and her parents.

Survivors include one son, John H. O'Dougherty of Florissant, Missouri; one daughter, Mary Romantum of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one step-son, Kenneth O'Dougherty of Lancaster, California; one sister, Helen Cochran of Waynesville, Missouri; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren and ten step-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. O'Dougherty lived in and raised her family in Bedford from 1932 to 1941, leaving to manage Cobb's Ice Cream Store in Centerville, Iowa. She considered Bedford her home and loved this area.

Graveside services were held Friday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa with Rev. Ted De Hass. Arrangements by Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home of Bedford, Iowa. Local arrangements by Callison-Lough Funeral Home of Bentonville, Arkansas.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 2, 1954, p. 10

H. M. Pierce Dies At Nursing Home

Herbert M. Pierce of Gravity died at the Armstrong Nursing Home in Bedford, Friday, August 27.

Funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Monday afternoon, August 30, conducted by Rev. Wilbur Travis of the Bedford Christian Church. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

Herbert M. [allory] Pierce, son of Gilbert E. and Jane Mallory Pierce, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, July 24, 1870 and died at the age of 84 years, one month, three days.

He is survived by his wife, Della; and four children, Mrs. Minnie McFarling of Nodaway, Mrs. Grace Beck of Atlantic, George L. Pierce of San Diego, Calif., Eldon Pierce of Higbee, Mo.

Mr. Pierce was a life-long resident of Taylor and Montgomery counties and for the past 30 years had lived in and near Gravity. He had been a patient at the nursing home since July 26.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 12, 1963, p. 4

Mrs. Loyd Smith Services Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Loyd (Dessie) Smith, long-time Taylor County resident held Dec. 9 at State Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, were conducted by Carl Cummings. Mrs. Smith died Dec. 7, 1963 at her home near Siam at the age of 74 years, five months and one day. Interment was at Fairview cemetery, Bedford.

Included in the services was the following obituary:

Dessie Phillips, daughter of Emmer and Nancy Phillips, was born July 6, 1889 near Clearfield.

During her childhood and youth her family lived in the Clearfield and Conway area and here she attended the public schools and was a part of the various activities of both her home and community.

On April 13, 1919, she was united in marriage to Loyd S. Smith, the wedding being held at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Shepherd in Bedford. They moved to a farm near Siam and with the exception of a few years spent in Missouri they have lived in Taylor County and for the past 40 years at the present home near Siam.

These children were born to bless their home: Wayne of Mattoon, Ill, Alice, now Mrs. Kenneth Gray of Parnell, Dwight of Seattle, Wash., Opal, now Mrs. Johnie Frederick of Siam; Helen, now Mrs. Arnold Kirsch of Clarinda, who with the husband, Loyd C. [S.] Smith, one sister, Mrs. Leslie Smith of Bedford and one brother, Fern Phillips of Lenox, 24 grandchildren and four great grandchildren are left to cherish her memory.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, her parents, two brothers, Earl and Garrett Phillips.

She was a kind and loving wife and mother, friend and neighbor and will be greatly missed by those whom she loved.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 28, 1967, p. 8

Loyd S. Smith, 83, Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Loyd S. Smith, 83, of Siam, were held Tues., Dec. 26, at the east Shum-Novinger Funeral Home conducted by Mr. Carl Cummings. Mr. Smith died at his Siam home December 23. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Loyd Sylvester Smith, son of Ira and Euretta Morton Smith, was born February 10, 1884 in O�Brien County, near Primghar, Iowa. When he was 10 years old he moved with his parents to Taylor County, Iowa, to a farm south of Siam, and with the exception of 12 years following his marriage he had lived on the same farm since he was 10 years old.

On April 13, 1919, he was united in marriage to Dessie Phillips at the home of the bride�s grandparent�s, Jesse Shepherd in Bedford, Iowa. To them were born four daughters and two sons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, and his wife who passed away on December 7, 1963.

Since that time he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Johnie Frederick. Two sisters also preceded him, Mrs. Maude Denny and Esther Smith.

He is survived by his children, Wayne Smith of Mattoon, Illinois, Dwight Smith of Seattle, Washington; Alice, Mrs. Kenneth Gray of Parnell, Mo.; Opal, Mrs. Johnie Frederick of Siam, Helen, Mrs. Arnold Kirsch of Clarinda, Iowa; 24 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; one brother, Leslie Smith of Bedford; other relatives and a host of friends.

He was a kind and considerate father, husband and brother and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 1, 1971, p. 3

Last Rites Held Mar. 27 for Will Snyder 

Funeral services for William Hamilton Snyder, 74 of Bedford, held March 27 at Shum - Novinger Funeral Home, were   conducted by Rev. Ivo G. Randels. Mr. Snyder died March 18 at Veteran's Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. Services were held in Long Beach March 21. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

William Hamilton Snyder was born Dec. 24, 1896 at Bedford, Iowa.  He was the son of John Hamilton and Jennie G. [atewood Varner] Snyder and was one of eight children, five sons and three daughters.

He was raised on a farm east of Bedford, went to a rural school, and was graduated from Bedford High School with the class of 1916.   He   united   with   the Baptist Church at, East Mission at an early age.

He responded to the call of his country in World War I and entered the service Sept. 5, 1918.

He was married to Rosa Croy and went to California to make his home. To this union    five    children   were born, one   daughter   dying in infancy. The living children are: Mrs. Lois Schieffele of West Covina, Calif., Dean Snyder    of    West    Covina, Calif., Richard of Fremont and Raymond of Lancaster, Calif. He had 17 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

One brother, Glen W. Snyder and one sister, Mrs. Mary Sharp of Bedford also survive him, together with many nephews and nieces and friends without number.

He was preceded in death by his father and   mother, one   daughter, three   brothers, and two sisters.

By trade he was a carpenter, painter and a mechanic.

He returned to Bedford in 1946 and made his home with his sisters Mary and Ettie. He continued to live with his sister Mary after Ettie   passed   away.

He was a kind and loving father and a good neighbor. He loved his garden and his special delight was his flowers where he spent many happy hours nurturing them into a gardener's delight.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 18, 1980, p. 11

Adolph Thomas, 80, Rites September 13

Funeral services for Ansley Adolph Thomas, 80, of Bedford, were held September 13 at Shum-Novinger Home in Bedford with Pastor Allen Tomlinson in charge. Mr. Thomas died September 10, 1980 at Rosary Hospital in Corning. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Ansley Adolph Thomas, son of John Nicholas and Daisy Luella Wallace Thomas was born in Harrison County, Ia. on February 18, 1900.

He lived in Page County, Ia. and on May 24, 1923, he was united in marriage to Opha Ferne McNutt at Bedford, where they made their home. To this union five children were born: Duane Thomas, Hamburg, Ia.; Darlene Derry, Bedford; Luella Lininger, Clarinda; Richard Thomas, deceased; and Barbara Hawn, Bedford.

He was employed as a coal miner and was later self-employed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, three sisters, one son, two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, one son, three daughters, 24 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

He was a member of Hamilton Memorial Missionary Church.

He was a kind and considerate husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 21, 1966, p. 4

Dick Thomas, 32, Dies In Nebr.

Funeral services for Richard Wayland Thomas, 32, of Valley, Nebr., formerly of Bedford, were held Tuesday, July 19, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home on Madison Street here, conducted by Rev. Walter Ortmann. Mr. Thomas died July 15, 1966 at his home in Valley, Nebr. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Richard Wayland Thomas was born to Mr. and Mrs. A. [nsley] A. [dolph] Thomas Dec. 17, 1935 at New Market, Iowa. After spending his school days in New Market and Bedford, he went into the Army in November of 1955 where he served two years followed by six years in the reserves.

On March 18, 1959 Dick was united in marriage with Sharon Louise Baker of Hopkins, Mo. Three children, Billy, Richard, and Danisha blessed their home.

Road construction work took the Thomases to Council Bluffs in 1963 then to Griswold and to Valley, Nebraska just prior to his death.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; the three children; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Thomas of Bedford; one brother, Duane of Hamburg; three sisters, Darlene Thrasher of Bedford, Luella Lininger of Clarinda, Barbara Hawn of Bedford; one grandmother, Mrs. Jessie McNutt of Bedford; 26 nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 5, 1955, [p. 1]

Mrs. W. V. Tucker Rites Held Sunday

Mrs. W. V. Tucker of Bedford died at St. Francis hospital in Maryville, Friday, April 29, after an illness of several weeks.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church, Sunday afternoon, conducted by Mr. Wilbur Travis. Burial in Fairview cemetery.

Agnes M. [ary] Box, daughter of Ella and James Box, was born Dec. 19, 1891 at Osceola, Missouri, and died at the age of 63 years, four months, 10 days.

On Oct. 5, 1913, she was married to William V. [igas] Tucker. To them were born four daughters and one son; Mildred Bland of Kansas City, Kans., Irene Battle of Kansas City, Helen Leighton [words missing] Japan, Anna Lee Spencer of Bedford; William David Tucker, who gave his life in action at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

She is survived by her husband, the four daughters and 10 grandchildren; a half-brother, Etna Box of Seattle, Wash.; an aunt, Mrs. Fannie Birdwell, Kansas City, Mo.

She gave her life to Christ at the age of 13 and had always been a faithful member of the Christian church. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, ever giving her services to others.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 25, 1941, [p. 1]

Reported Missing

Mr. and Mrs. William Tucker of Bedford received a telegram Sunday from Washington, D. C., stating their son, William, Jr., Fireman, first class, aboard the USS Oklahoma, is classed as "missing."

Ever since the news of the sinking of the Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor on Sunday, Dec. 7, by the sneak attack by the Japs, relatives and friends of "Bill" were gravely concerned over his safety. The message from the navy department confirmed those fears and blasted our hopes that he was safe.

Tucker was nineteen years of age, graduating from the Bedford high school with the class of 1939. He enlisted in the United States Navy July 19, 1940, receiving his early training of about three months at the Great Lakes Navy Training Station. From there he was assigned to the Oklahoma as a fireman, working up to a first class rating in the little over a year he had been in the service.

He had been home but once since enlisting and that was in October 1940, just before going to sea. The Oklahoma had been in Pacific waters for over a year and was believed to be at dock in Pearl Harbor when hit by a torpedo and bomb, which caused the ship to turn over and sink.

People of this community are saddened with the news of its first casualty of the war, and extend heartfelt sympathy to his family.

Surviving are the parents and four sisters, Miss Irene Tucker, Washington, D. C., Mrs. Sam Johnson, Mrs. James Wall of Bedford and Miss Anna Lee Tucker of the home.


Taylor County Herald, Thursday, March 19, 1942, [p. 1]

Memorial For Tucker

Pay Tribute To First of Casualties

Special Service Is Planned Sunday

The memory of William David Tucker, Taylor County's first casualty of World War II, will be publicly honored here Sunday afternoon with a memorial service in the auditorium of the Bedford Church of Christ.

Tucker, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. [illiam] V. [igas] Tucker, lost his life in the service of his country at Pearl Harbor.

He was a member of the naval forces.

A graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1939, those classmates who still remain in the city will join as an honor guard in paying tribute. The public, too, will join in the service.


All church denominations, as well as non-church members are being asked to cooperate in the service, which will open at 2:30 p. m.

The Rev Ben W. Sinderson, Christian minister, will be the principal speaker although other parts in the rites will be taken by the Reverends O. H. Hallgrimson, A. D. Steffenson and Stanley Schlick.

Special music is planned; a picture of the Bedford youth will be displayed and a flag bank. Only floral pieces will be that of the immediate family.


Tucker, a member of the Christian church, will be the first gold star to be emblazoned on the service flag, which will form the background of the memorial services. Plans now call for the use of the same banner which hung in the church auditorium during World War I in 1917 and 1918.

Those now in service from families in the church will be represented by stars on the banner.


According to the Rev. Mr. Sinderson, church groups have agreed to join in presenting a bronze memorial plaque, which will hang in the church in the youth's honor.

This, it was decided, will be a more permanent remembrance and tribute than the accepted use of flowers. It is hoped that the plaque can be struck, mounted and returned to Bedford in time to be unveiled at the Sunday memorial.

Tucker, one of the first to leave Bedford as the war crisis loomed, enlisted in the U. S. Navy and was aboard a unit of the U. S. fleet when the Japanese struck on December 7 last.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 11, 1980

William V. Tucker Services Are Held

Funeral services for William V. Tucker, 89, of Bedford were held August 20 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Marcia Smith officiating. Mr. Tucker died August 17, 1980 at Bedford. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

William Vigas Tucker, son of Marion and Martha Bridges Tucker was born January 30, 1891 at Vista, Mo. He grew to manhood in Vista and Osceola, Mo. before moving to Bedford.

He was married on October 5, 1913 to Agnes Box. She preceded him in death in April, 1955. To this union five children were born: four daughters, Mildred Bland, Irene Battle, Helen Leighton and Anna Spencer; one son, David, who gave his life at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.

He united with the Christian Church early in life and remained a true Christian throughout his life. He served 40 years as an elder in the Christian Church. He loved his church and church friends.

He was a truck gardener for many years and later a custodian in the Bedford public schools for 22 years before retiring due to failing health.

He leaves to mourn his passing his present wife, Velma, his four daughters and their families, a stepson and a step-daughter and their families, one brother, Charles of Lowry City, Mo., a brother Elemer of Coeur d�Alene, Idaho, preceded him in death.

He leaves many relatives and friends and all will miss his love and kind and considerate ways.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 17, 1972, p. 4

Edna Wiley, 78, Rites Held Aug. 11

Funeral services for Mrs. Owen (Edna Marie) Wiley, 78, were held August 11 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. John Clark officiating. Mrs. Wiley died August 9, 1972 at Gillespie Nursing Home in Clarinda. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Edna Reeves Wiley, daughter of the late John and Rebecca Reeves, was born near Burtonview [Bartonville], Ill., January 9, 1894.

When she was about six years of age her parents moved to a farm near Conway, Iowa, and later to the Forest Grove vicinity where she grew to womanhood.

In 1943 [1942] she was married to [George] Owen Wiley of Glenwood. They later moved to Des Moines. In 1969 she moved to Clarinda, Ia., to be near her brother, Homer Reeves.

She is survived by one brother, Homer Reeves of Clarinda; four nieces and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.