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[Ahrens, Peggy]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     May 6, 1926      p. 4

A still-born baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ahrens last Saturday evening.

[Albaugh, Herbert Hastings]

Blockton News

Thursday      June 22, 1922     [p. 1]


Herbert Hastings Albaugh, son of Allery and Levo [Campbell] Albaugh, was born Nov. 29, 1848, in Preble County, Ohio, and departed this life at his home in Blockton June 16, 1922, aged 74 years, 6 months and 17 days.

On Feb. 19, 1873, he was united in marriage to Prudence M. George. To this union two daughters were born---Georgia, now Mrs. Percy E. King, and Maggie, now deceased.

After his wife’s death he moved to Blockton where on Dec. 6, 1892, he was united in marriage to Alice Searles. To this union three children were born—Alta May, who died in infancy; Herbert and Wilsie, who resided with their father.

The deceased was at one time a member of the Baptist church, later uniting with the Methodist church at this place.

Besides those mentioned he leaves to mourn his departure two brothers, George M., of Blockton, and Allery A., of Denver, Colorado; four grandchildren, Earl King, of Gravity, Ernest, Marie and Arthur King, of Blockton, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. A. G. Simmons and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 22, 1922
Mrs. Dr. C. B. Hickenlooper and daughters, Margaret and Madelyn, of Winterset, came to attend the funeral of her stepfather, H. H. Albaugh. Dr. Hickenlooper came Sunday but was delayed on the road and did not arrive in time for the funeral. They returned to Winterset Sunday evening.

[Alderson, Florence]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 22, 1945      [p. 1]

Florence Alderson Dies In St. Joseph

Miss Florence Alderson died at her home in St. Joseph, Mo. Wednesday, March 14. The body was brought to Bedford where funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Saturday forenoon, conducted by Rev. G. L. Hufstader. The body was placed in the mausoleum in the Fairview cemetery.

She is survived by six sisters, Mrs. Frances Keplinger of Iowa City, Mrs. Jane Akers of Bedford, Mrs. Dora Payne of Kansas City, Mrs. Ada Waller of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Emma Mariette of Washington, D. C. and Miss Minnie Alderson of St. Joseph.

Miss Alderson was born and reared in the Sharpsburg community. She was a member of the Francis Street Methodist church in St. Joseph.

[Alderson, Frances Ann Hines]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 26, 1940      [p. 1]

Mrs. Akers’ Mother Dies In Missouri

Mrs. Frances Ann [Hines] Alderson, a native of London, England and a former resident of Taylor County, died at her home in St. Joseph, Mo. Monday morning Dec. 23 after a short illness. She was the widow of David Alderson and had been a resident of St. Joseph for the past forty years.

She is survived by seven daughters: Mrs. Fannie Keplinger of Iowa City, Mrs. Jane Akers of Bedford, Mrs. Dora Payne of Kansas City, Mrs. Emma Mariette of Washington, D. C., Miss Minnie Alderson and Miss Florence Alderson of the home.

She was a member of the Francis Street Methodist Church in St. Joseph.

[Anderson, Nellie C. Bedwell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      June 13, 1957      [p. 1]

Mrs. Nellie Anderson Died Here Monday

Mrs. Nellie C. Anderson, 85, a resident of Bedford and vicinity for many years, died at the O’Dell Rest Home Monday, June 10. She had been ill the past four weeks following a heart attack, and part of that time was a patient at Municipal hospital in Clarinda.

Funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Kenneth Miller of the Presbyterian Church. The body was placed in the mausoleum in Fairview cemetery.

Mrs. Anderson is survived by an adopted daughter, Wilma, now Mrs. Everett Boyd and her husband of Chicago; two grandsons, Joe and Jon Boyd of Chicago; two brothers and one sister. She was a member of the Golden Rule Rebekah lodge of Bedford and also of Bedford chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Her husband, J. [ames] O. [scar] Anderson died in 1933.

[Anderson, Nellie C. Bedwell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      June 20, 1957     [p. 1]

Mrs. Nellie Anderson Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Anderson were held at the Shum Funeral Home, Wednesday, June 12, conducted by Rev. Kenneth Miller. The body was placed in the mausoleum in Fairview cemetery.

Nellie C. Bedwell, daughter of Daniel J. [asper] and Almira [Frances Gipple] Bedwell, was born October 12, 1871, at Letts, Louisa County, Iowa, and died at the age of 85 years, eight months.

She was married to J. [ames] O. [scar] Anderson, August 23, 1899. One daughter, Wilma came into this home at the age of two years. Wilma Anderson Boyd of Chicago, with her husband and two sons, Joe and John survive. Mr. Anderson preceded Mrs. Anderson in death October 3, 1933.

Besides the daughter and her family she leaves two brothers, Henry Bedwell of Redstone, Montana, and Will Bedwell of Perry, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Margaret McGregor of Great Falls, Montana.

Two brothers, John Bedwell and Frank Bedwell, and two sisters, Mrs. Cora Rice and Mrs. Mary Rice, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Anderson had been a resident of Taylor County 58 years and a resident of Bedford the past 45 years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and of Golden Rule Rebekah Lodge.

[Beard, Lawrence Emory]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 29, 1934    [p. 1]

L. E. Beard, 77, Dies Tuesday

Had Been Resident of County since 1871

Funeral services for Lawrence E. [mory] Beard, 77, who died at his home in north Bedford Tuesday forenoon were held at the Church of Christ this afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J. C. Harris. Interment was in the Bedford mausoleum.

Mr. Beard went to a hospital in St. Joseph four weeks ago for a minor operation. Complications set in and after two operations he returned home about ten days ago, gradually failing until the end.

Lawrence E. [mory] Beard, son of H. [iram] C. [hafee] and Sarah [Frances Sears] Beard, was born at Sandwich, Ill., Aug. 8, 1857. He was one of a family of two sons, the other, Freeman P. Beard, died Nov. 17, 1925.

He moved with his parents to Taylor county, Iowa, in the fall of 1871, locating on a farm south of Bedford. In 1918 he moved to Bedford, which had since been his home.

He was married to Nellie Duncanson at Bedford, Nov. 15, 1887. To them were born five children, two sons and three daughters. They are George Beard of Carthage, Mo., Edwin Beard, Mrs. Jess Snyder, and Miss Helen Beard of Bedford, and Mrs. Joe Laws of Green Bay, Wisc.

Mr. Beard had been a farmer practically all of his life. He taught school for several terms at the Hoover school in Taylor County in an early day. He had been a member of the Christian church since 1898, and took active part in the affairs of the local church. While on the farm he took an active interest in township affairs and continued interested in civic matters after moving to Bedford.

[Besco, Charles Quincy]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday       November 25, 1926      [p. 1]

Charles Quincy Besco

Charles Quincy Besco, son of Joseph E. and Elizabeth Besco, was born at Eddyville, Wapello County, Iowa, June 29th, 1868 and died at his home east of Bedford in Taylor County, Iowa, November 22, 1926, at the age of 58 years, 4 months and 23 days.

He was one of a family of ten children, all of whom survive him except Clara, who died nine years ago last spring. Those who survive are J. E. Besco of San Pedro, Calif.; Mrs. Lottie Jewett, Akron, Colo.; J. F. Besco, Bedford, Iowa; E. R. Besco, Maryville, Mo.; Henry and George Besco, twins of Bedford, Iowa, and Mrs. Lula Wintermute of Conway, Iowa and Mrs. Lula Harvey of near Bedford, Iowa. These two sisters are also twins.

When he was a small child, April 1, 1871, he arrived with his parents in Taylor County, Iowa, where he spent most of his life. Ten or fifteen years he lived in Colorado during which time he made a trip to Alaska, spending one season in Klondike.

In the year 1895 he returned to Iowa and engaged in farming. Five years later on March 7th, 1900 he was united in marriage to Miss Addie Stowell. The ring used on this happy occasion was made of gold, which he had mined in Alaska.

After their marriage they made their home on a farm near Conway, Iowa, where they lived for a year after which they sold their farm and moved to another two miles north of Blockton, Iowa. They lived and toiled together on this farm for ten years. Then they left that location and moved to their present home near Bedford, where they have since resided with the exception of one year, which was spent in Bedford. They had just completed a beautiful new home and had moved in a short time before death visited them.

He belonged to the Sons of Veterans and a number of years ago he was converted and united with the Christian church, remaining in its membership for some time, but later wandering away. But he came back again to his faith and was comforted by his Heavenly Father as he came to the end of life’s journey.

Of his living sisters and brothers, all were present at the funeral but Lottie Jewett and J. E. Besco.

His faithful and loving wife, five brothers, three sisters and fifteen nephews and nieces, together with many other relatives and friends mourn because of his departure.

The funeral services were conducted at 2 P. M. November 24, 1926 from the Methodist church by Rev. G. T. Roberts, and the body was laid to rest in the Mausoleum in the Fairview cemetery.

[Besco, Charles Quincy]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday       November 25, 1926      p. 4

Joe Besco of Eddyville, Iowa, and his son Lewis and wife, drove here yesterday to attend the funeral of his cousin, Chas. Q. Besco.

[Besco, Mary Addie Stowell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     April 12, 1956      [p. 1]

Mrs. Addie Besco Rites Here Saturday

Mrs. Addie Besco, a long-time resident of Taylor county, died at St. Francis hospital, Maryville, Wednesday, April 4, where she had been a patient several weeks with a broken hip.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, Saturday forenoon, conducted by Rev. Frank Matthews, pastor of the New Market Methodist church. The body was placed in the mausoleum in Fairview cemetery, where Rebekah services were given.

[Mary] Addie Stowell, daughter of Asa and Sarah Stowell, was born in Illinois, May 17, 1871, and died at the age of 84 years, 10 months, 17 days.

At the age of six years she moved with her parents to Taylor County, Iowa, where she received her education and grew to young womanhood, and where she spent the remainder of her life.

She was married to Chas. Q. [uincy] Besco on March 7, 1900. Mr. Besco died in November 1926. They lived on a farm east of Bedford until his death when Mrs. Besco moved in to town.

She united with the Methodist church when young and remained faithful in the various organizations to which she belonged. She was a member of Golden Rule Rebekah lodge of Bedford, a Past Noble Grand of the order. And was also a member of the Triangle club.

Mrs. Besco is survived by one brother, Arthur Stowell of Kellerton, Iowa; two nieces, Mrs. Orlo Vaughn of Kellerton, Mrs. C. L. Lytle of Wellsville, Kansas, other relatives and friends.

Relatives here for the last rites included Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Stowell, Mr. And Mrs. Orlo Vaughn of Kellerton; Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Vaughn, Benton; Mrs. C. L. Lytle, Wellsville, Kans.; Mrs. Alen DeGarmo, Richmond, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Don McCloskey, Clay Center, Kansas.

[Bridges, Alonzo J.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     October 5, 1944     [p. 1]

A. J. Bridges Dies At His Shop Here

A. [lonzo] J. Bridges, who had been in the tin and feed business in Bedford for many years, died at his place of business during the noon hour Monday, death coming unexpectedly while he was resting. Francis Kemery, who was his assistant, was with him at the time.

Mr. Bridges was 75 years of age. His wife died several years ago.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home this afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. L. Hufstader. The business houses closed during the services. The body was placed in the mausoleum in the Fairview cemetery.

[Bridges, Daisy Josephine Poage]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      July 24, 1930     p. 4

Mrs. A. J. Bridges

Mrs. A.  [lonzo] J. Bridges passed away at her home about 6:30 o’clock this (Thursday) morning after a lingering illness. The funeral services will be held at the home at 10:30 o’clock Saturday morning and the body will be interred in the Mausoleum at Fairview cemetery. The obituary will be given next week.

[Bridges, Daisy Josephine Poage]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      July 31, 1930     p. 4

Mrs. A. J. Bridges

Daisie [Daisy] Josephine Poage, daughter of Judge Jacob M. [urphy] and Margaret Ellen [Savage] Poage, was born at Pattonsburg, Mo., on June 10th, 1874, and departed this life at her home in Bedford, Iowa, on July 24, at the age of 56 years, 1 month and 14 days. Her parents were early pioneers in Davies[s] County, Missouri. They came to Missouri from Greenup County, Kentucky. At an early age she gave her heart to God and lived a consecrated life until her going. In the year 1900, Nov. 7, she was united in marriage to Alonzo J. Bridges of O’Fallon, Ill. In company with several others they emigrated to N. Dakota and homesteaded land near Minot, helping to organize the first Sunday school in their community. She leaves behind to mourn her going her husband; one sister, Mrs. Lula G. Weller; one brother, Nicholas L. Poage of Pattonsburg, Mo.; two nieces and two nephews, Pauline, Daisie , Glenn and George R. Weller of Pattonsburg, Mo., and Marvin G. Weller of Schenectady, New York; besides other relatives and a host of friends.

The funeral services were held at the home Saturday morning, at 10:30, conducted by Rev. M. R. Talley, and interment was made in the Mausoleum at Fairview cemetery.

[Calhoun, Edith Mae Wright]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      May 27, 1971     [p. 1]

Edith Calhoun, 80, Rites Here Mon.

Funeral services for Mrs. Glen (Edith Wright) Calhoun, 80, of Des Moines, formerly of Bedford, were held Mon., May 24 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford. Mrs. Calhoun died May 21, 1971 in her home at Wesley Acres in Des Moines. Interment was at the Bedford Mausoleum.

Her husband, Glen [Swearingen] Calhoun, died in the service of his country during World Ward I. Mrs. Calhoun made her home in in Bedford for many years. She served as a housemother at Simpson College for several years.

[Campbell, Anna Bessie Gullett]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 8, 1951      [p. 1]

Mrs. W. E. Campbell dies in Iowa City

Mrs. W. E. Campbell, 72, died last Friday in University hospital, Iowa City. She had been a patient there for some time.

Funeral services were held in Bedford Monday at the Shum Funeral home. Rev. Fred H. Cowles officiated. He was assisted by Mrs. Campbell’s brother-in-law, Rev. Frank W. Sutton of Collins, Iowa. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

Anna Bessie Gullette, daughter of Abram and Clara Gullette [Gullett], was born in Iowa County, in 1879 [1878], and passed away at Iowa City, March 2, 1951.

In 1895 [1898], she was united in marriage to W. [illiam] E. [rnest] Campbell at Marengo, Iowa.

She is survived by the following children: L. L. Campbell of Des Moines, R. H. Campbell of Oakdale, Mrs. R. [aymond] A. Lower of Spokane, Wash., Mrs. R. [obert] F. Stone of Decorah, W. [illiam] E. [rnest] Campbell, jr. of Altoona, and by four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister.

Mr. and Mrs. Campbell moved to Bedford in 1917. Mrs. Campbell was a member of the Bedford Presbyterian church and was active in the church work for many years. She was a member of the V. F. W. auxiliary.

Those from out of town attending the last rites for Mrs. W. E. Campbell in Bedford Monday included Mrs. R. A. Lower of Spokane, Wash.; Mr. and Mrs. Robt. F. Stone of Decorah; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Campbell, jr., of Altoona; Rev. and Mrs. Frank Sutton of Collins, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Campbell of Oakdale; Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Don Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Boss of Des Moines.
[Note: Iowa, County Marriages gives the marriage date as January 22, 1898 and Iowa, Births and Christenings gives the birth date as April 24, 1878.]

[Campbell, William Ernest, Sr.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      October 14, 1943     [p. 1]

W. E. Campbell, 69, Dies At Home Here

W. [illiam] E. [rnest] Campbell, 69, died at his home in Bedford Wednesday October 13, following an illness of several months. Mr. Campbell was manager of the Hawkeye Lumber Company in Bedford for many years, being well and favorably known here.

He is survived by his wife and five children: L. L. Campbell of Des Moines, Jack Campbell of Iowa City, Mrs. Pearl Lower of Oakland, Calif., Mrs. Jean Stone of Omaha, and W. [illiam] E. [rnest] Campbell, Jr., who is overseas with the armed forces. There are also two grandsons.

The funeral services will be held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home at 2:30 o’clock on Friday afternoon, Oct. 15th, conducted by Rev. Archie A. Ross. The body will be placed in the mausoleum.

[Campbell, William Ernest, Sr.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      October 21, 1943      p. 8

Obituary – W. E. Campbell

William Ernest Campbell was the eldest child in the family of Samuel and Lydia Moore Campbell. He was born in Crete, Nebraska April 24, 1874. When he was two years of age he moved with his parents to North English, Iowa, where he grew to manhood.

There were two sisters in the family. One of them, Mrs. Maud Morrison, preceded him in death in 1930. The other sister, Mrs. Frank W. Sutton lives in New London, Iowa.

On Jan. 22, 1897  [1898] Mr. Campbell married Miss Anna Gullett in Marengo, Iowa. They were the parents of five children, L. L. Campbell of Des Moines, R. H. Campbell of Iowa City, Mrs. R. [aymond] A. Lower of Oakland, Calif., Mrs. R.[obert] F. Stone of Clarinda, and William Ernest Campbell, Jr., in the army in Australia.

Surviving Mr. Campbell are his wife, five children and one sister, two grandsons, Don Otis Campbell in the armed forces, and Beaumont Lower.

Mr. Campbell was in the lumber business for about 40 years. He managed the lumberyard in Keswick a number of years and the Hawkeye Yard in Bedford above twenty-six years, from which work he retired about a year ago.

The funeral services were held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Archie A. Ross. The body was placed in the mausoleum in the Fairview cemetery.


[Chamberlin, Alta May Lovitt]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      June 16, 1977

Final Rites Held Here June 11 for Alta Chamberlin, 94

Funeral services for Mrs. Leslie L. (Alta) Chamberlin of Mission Hills, Calif, were held June 11 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Carl Cummings officiating. Mrs. Chamberlin died in her home in Mission Hills June 7, 1977. Interment was in the Mausoleum, Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Alta Mae, daughter of Pam and Elizabeth Lovitt, was born July 17, 1882, in the Blue Grove Community near Lenox, Iowa, and      died      at     her     home in   Mission   Hills, California, June 7, 1977. As a young woman she attended Drake University where she studied music, and was later engaged in evangelistic singing for a number of years. On October 16, 1913, she was married to Leslie L. Chamberlin at Gravity, Iowa. They lived on the Chamberlin home farm until the untimely death of her husband in September 1924. After a time she and her daughter Thelma went to California where she made her home until her death.

She is survived by her only child, Thelma, and her son-in-law, Henry Moore of Mission   Hills, California; three sisters, Bird   Drain and   Flo Grimm of Lenox, Iowa, Hazel Neeley   of   Glendale, California; two sisters-in-law, Ethel   Lovitt   of   Portland, Oregon, and   Alice   May   of Des Moines, Iowa; one   brother-in-law, Budd   Chamberlin of Bedford, Iowa; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Her concern for people and love for her Church were lifelong qualities which endeared her to her family and everyone who knew her.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moore, Mission Hills, Calif. and Mrs. Hazel Neeley of Glendale, Calif. were here for the services.


[Clayton, Ferne Lorraine Putnam]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     April 30, 1997

Ferne Putnam Clayton

Ferne L. [orraine] Putnam Clayton, 94,St. Joseph died Sunday, April 20, 1997 at a health care center. Mrs. Clayton was born October 21,1902 (Taylor County Iowa) near Bedford. She graduated from Bedford High School.

On April 25, 1926 she married Lester E. [arl] Clayton at Bedford, Iowa. They farmed in Webster County, Iowa for many years, later spending winters in Harlingen, Texas.  

They became permanent residents of Palm Gardens Mobile Estates, Harlingen; Lester preceded her in death December 20, 1979.

Mrs.   Clayton moved to a retirement center in St. Joseph, Missouri in August 1991.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, and United Methodist Women in Harlingen.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, Jason [Prentiss] and Alta [May Propst] Putnam, one brother, Virgil G. [lenn] Putnam.

Surviving are two nieces and a nephew, Margaret Putnam Trout and Mary Lou Putnam Jackson, both of St. Joseph and Howard D. Putnam, Reno, NV.

Also surviving are four great nephews, Bob Trout, Jim Trout,

Mark Jackson and Michael Putnam; two great nieces, Janet Jackson Olsen and Sue Putnam; three great great nieces, Stacie Trout, Tori Putnam, and Kendyl Putman and one' great great nephew, Lance Olsen and other relatives and friends.

Graveside services and interment was held Thursday, Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa. Services under the direction of Meierhoffer-Fleeman Funeral Home, St. Joseph.

[DeVoe, Mildred Theo Roberts]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday    August 4, 2004

Mildred DeVoe

Mildred Theo DeVoe, age 99 of Bedford, Ia, was born October 24, 1904 south of Bedford, the daughter of Ira A. [lva] and Effie Garnet (Smith) Roberts. She passed away on Friday morning, July 30, 2004 at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center.

Mildred grew up in the Taylor County area graduating from Conway High School. On February 17, 1930 she was married to Charles Ray DeVoe at Bedford and they lived on the farm until 1955 when they moved to Bedford. Mildred was a homemaker all of her life. She was a member of the Conway Methodist Church and later transferred to the Bedford Methodist Church where she attended as long as her health allowed.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husband Charles in 1974; two sisters, Earlis Norton and Eathel Hill; sons-in-law, Russell   Scott   and   Bill Dawson; brothers-in-law, Fred Appenzeller, George Norton; and Pat Hill.

Mildred is survived by her children, Doyle DeVoe and wife Leota of Bedford, Donna Dawson of Bedford, Lois Scott of Bedford; sister Edith Appenzeller of Boone, Ia; six grandchildren, Teri Larson, Steve DeVoe, Mike DeVoe, Sandy Piercy, Jeff Scott, Short DeVoe; fifteen great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 1, at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ted DeHass officiating. Burial was at the mausoleum at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford. Memorials are suggested to Fairview Cemetery Roadway Fund or Alegent Health Hospice of Corning. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Bedford was in charge of arrangements.


[Ginn, Marjorie Mae Keith Davidson Deal]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     March 6, 2002


Committal services for Marjorie Ginn, age 81 of Lenox, formerly of Bedford, who died Sunday, February 24, 2002, were held Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford with Pastor Ted DeHass officiating. Interment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in the Mausoleum. Memorials can be directed to the Lenox Care Center. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Marjorie Mae Ginn was born July 24, 1920 in rural Blockton, Iowa the daughter of Glade Orville Keith and Geneva Gail Reece Keith. Marjorie grew up in the Bedford area graduating from the Bedford High School in 1937. She attended Northwest Missouri State University and taught school for four and one-half years. On November 29, 1942 she married Gordon Davidson in Pocatello, Idaho. Gordon was a Captain in the United States Air Force and was killed in action during World War II. In 1947 she was united in marriage to Keith Deal and moved to Florida where she led a very active life traveling and raising her family. After her divorce from Keith, she moved back to Iowa where she met and married Paul Ginn. Marjorie attended beauty school and had a shop of her own in Bedford for several years. She lived with her mother for a number of years before her health failed. Marjorie moved to receive nursing care from Taylor Ridge and later to the Lenox Care Center.

Marjorie had been a member of the Berea Church of Christ and later the First Baptist Church. She was a very independent woman. She enjoyed being around others, valuing her friends, especially her family. She always kept herself well dressed and looking nice. When her health allowed, she enjoyed playing cards and was always very appreciative of those who cared for her.

Marjorie is survived by her three daughters, Karen McClintock of Jacksonville, Florida; Janet Birch and husband Richard of Jacksonville, Florida; and Susan Gentry and husband Greg of Gainesville, Florida; a brother-in-law, J.D. Rush of Maryville, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Keith of Clarinda, Iowa; ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Preceding Marjorie in death were her parents, her first husband Gordon Davidson; her second husband Keith Deal; and a son, Allan Keith when he was only two and one-half.

[Kirkman, Dewey A.]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     November 10, 1987


Funeral services were held for Dewey A. Kirkman on Thursday, Nov. 5, 1987, 1:30 p.m. at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford. Rev. Ted DeHass was the minister. Interment was at the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Bedford.     

Dewey Kirkman, son of Robert and Julia Kingsley Kirkman, was born at the home farm near Lenox, Ia. October 28, 1898 and departed this life on November 2, 1987 in Corning, Ia. at the age of 89 years and four days.

He lived in Taylor County and grew to maturity here where he attended the public elementary and high schools.

He engaged in farming, as his occupation.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, and six brothers.

Left to cherish his memory are one nephew, several nieces, several great nieces and nephews, and several great-great nephews and nieces.

He was a kind and considerate man and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was a hard worker, a successful farmer, and a willing helper to anyone who needed him.

[Maine, George W.]

New Market Herald

Thursday      June 5, 1924      p. 2

Former New Market Pastor Dead

We received the following notice Tuesday of the death of a former pastor of the M. E. church here. He will be remembered by many of the older residents:

Rev. G. [eorge] W. Maine, well known resident of the Winnett section where he resided for the past 12 years, died at Winnett yesterday, following a stroke of paralysis. Funeral services will be held at Winnett at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon and the body will be shipped from there to Blockton, Iowa, for burial. This Iowa city was the first charge Mr. Maine had in the west.

Rev. Maine spent the past winter in California and had just recently returned. He had been enjoying the best of health until stricken by the attack of paralysis. He had spent several winters in this city and had a large number of friends here.

Rev. Maine was born at Stillwater, N. J., 68 years ago, coming west in 1890 to take up his duties as M. E. minister in Iowa and the Dakotas. He came to Montana in in 1912, locating on a homestead in Cat Creek, his ranch adjoining the tract on which the Devereaux well is located. He is survived by his wife and one son, Floyd S. [huster] Maine, better known as Lone Eagle, this name being give him by the Sioux Indians, by whom he was adopted at an early age.

[Maine, Maud T.]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday      January 10, 1895     [p. 1]

A three-year old daughter [Maud] of Rev. G. [eorge] W. Maine, of Blockton, died on Sunday last and the funeral services were held on Monday, conducted by Rev. M. C. Waddell, of this city.

[Meloy, Samuel Asbury]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday       March 24, 1938     p. 5

Meloy, A Former Resident, Succumbs

Samuel A. [sbury] Meloy, 75, a former resident of Taylor County, died at his home in Fort Lupton, Colo., Tuesday, March 8. He had been in failing health for the past two years but suffered a heart attack and passed away suddenly as he was preparing to arise after a night’s rest in his usual state of health.

Mr. Meloy formerly resided on a farm near Conway, moving from there to Colorado nearly twenty-five years ago. His wife died nine years ago.

He is survived by three daughters and three sons. They are Mrs. Nelle Brooks and Mrs. Blanche Norris of Santa Cruz, Calif., Mrs. Bertha Hutcherson of Fort Lupton, Colo., Ralph Meloy of Marshall, Calif., Virgil Meloy of Monterey, Calif., and Harry Meloy of Independence, Mo. and by several grandchildren.

Surviving are also three sisters and three brothers, Samuel Meloy being the oldest of the children. They are Mrs. Sarah Weir and Miss Belle Meloy of Bedford, Mrs. Ida Strobel of Amarillo, Texas, A. O. Meloy of Indianapolis, Ind., Max Meloy of Kansas City and Archie Meloy of Des Moines.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Fort Lupton, Friday afternoon, March 11, conducted by the Baptist minister, Rev. Mr. Bondurant. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery at Fort Lupton, the I. O. O. F. service being given at the grave. Miss Belle Meloy of Bedford attended the service.

[Melvin, Carrie Catherine Dorr]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     July 4, 1990


Services for Carrie Catherine Melvin, 90, were held at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home July 1, 1990 officiated by Rev. Carl Cummings and Rev. Marcia Wood. Eastern Star Services were performed by Bedford Lodge No. 228. Entombment was at the mausoleum in Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa. Mrs. Melvin died June 26,1990 at Bedford Manor in Bedford, Iowa.

Carrie Catherine Dorr Melvin, daughter of William L. [eonard] Dorr and Laura Jones Dorr was born January 19, 1900 in Ross Township, Taylor County, near Bedford, Iowa.

She attended elementary school in Ross Township and was graduated from Bedford High School in 1919.

On February 6, 1923 she was united in marriage to Brice Melvin at the Christian Church parsonage in Bedford, Iowa. They lived on the farm where she was born until 1942. They then moved east of Bedford where they lived until 1958 when they moved to Bedford. She lived there until December 4, 1975 when ill health caused her to go to the Lenox nursing home and to Bedford Manor in October 1977 where she has continued to reside.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Brice Melvin who died in 1963.

Survivors include a brother, Carl   Dorr   of Brighton, Colo.; two   nephews, James Dorr and Robert Dorr and his wife Betty and three grand nephews, David and his wife, Patricia and their son Jason and     daughter, Cassandra, whom Carrie welcomed into the family as she was the first baby girl born in the Dorr family during Carrie's life span; also grand nephews, Richard and Michael; sisters-in-law, Susie Dillon of Bedford Manor and Inez Melvin of Hopkins, Mo.; other    relatives    and    many friends.

She was a member   of Bedford Chapter #228 Order of Eastern Star of Bedford, Iowa since   1927   and   a longtime member of the Christian-Presbyterian Church of Bedford, Iowa.

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

[O’Hara, Donald Dean]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      June 20, 2001


 Funeral services for Don O'Hara, age 66 of Bedford, who died Thursday, June 14, 2001 were held Monday, June 18, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Bedford with Pastor Randy Allman officiating. Interment was held at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be given in Don's name. Services were conducted by the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Donald Dean O'Hara was born April 10, 1935 in Council Bluffs, Iowa the son of Jack O'Hara and Gladys Miller O'Hara. Don grew up in Council Bluffs graduating from the Thomas Jefferson High School in 1953. After his marriage to Kathleen Collings in 1953 he went to the Union Pacific Railroad as a Switchman. He then worked for Beatrice Foods as a District Supervisor.  In 1964 he went to work for the Elk's Club in Nebraska City and soon was promoted to Manager. In 1974 he purchased a restaurant in Irwin, Iowa. Don moved to Bedford in 1981 where he operated the Bedford Country Club. On March 17, 1983 he was united in marriage to Hope McMahon in Bedford and together they would continue to operate the Bedford Country Club. In 1989 Don and Hope opened O'Hara's Steakhouse, retiring from the restaurant business in 1999.

Don was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed golfing, hunting and firearm sports. He was an avid landscaper and was involved in the Bedford Trees Forever Program. Don was very proud of his involvement in the restoration of the Mohler Cemetery. He loved to cook and entertain and thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant business and being around people. Don was a member of the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Bedford, had been president of the Eagles, Elks and State Managers Association.

Don is survived by his wife Hope of Bedford; two daughters, Donella O'Hara of Omaha, Nebraska and Annette Condon of Lincoln, Nebraska; three sons, Raymond O'Hara of Austin, Texas; Kelly O'Hara of Syracuse, New York; and Stuart O'Hara and wife Michelle of Baxter, Iowa; a sister, Betty Foutch and husband Ron of Fremont, Nebraska; a brother, Gene O'Hara and wife Jeanne of Hemet, California; an uncle, Cliff Miller of Council Bluffs, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Preceding Don in death were his parents Jack and Gladys O'Hara.

[Poage, Jacob Murphy]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      April 13, 1915     p. 3

Mr. and Mrs. A. [lonzo] J. Bridges spent last week at Pattonsburg, Mo., where they were called on account of the serious illness of Mrs. Bridges’ father. The father died some time during the week.

[Powell, Marie Louisa Miller]

Blockton News

Thursday     May 25, 1922    [p. 1]

Mrs. F. M. Powell Dead

Mrs. F. [rancis] M. [arion] Powell passed away Monday morning about 6:15 following a stroke of paralysis suffered early Friday morning. Mrs. Powell had been in failing health for several months. Funeral services will be held at the Christian church this morning (Thursday) at 10 o’clock, conducted by E. E. Lowe, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery. Obituary next week.

[Powell, Marie Louisa Miller]

Blockton News

Thursday     June 1, 1922     [p. 1]


M. [arie] Louisa Miller was born in Warren County, Illinois, August 23, 1852, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida E. [lizabeth] Poe, in Blockton on May 22, 1922, aged 69 years, 8 months and 29 days.

On Dec. 12, 1868, she was united in marriage to Francis Marion Powell and to this union two daughters were born, Mrs. Mae R. [ebecca] Wilson and Mrs. Ida E. [lizabeth] Poe, both residing in Blockton.

Mr. and Mrs. Powell lived in Clarke County, Iowa, until the year 1900 when they located in Blockton.

At the age of fourteen Mrs. Powell became a Christian and she has ever since kept to the faith of Christ and followed his teaching. Always she proved herself a loyal friend and never was there a better wife and mother. Truly, it can be said of her, “Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”

The deceased leaves to mourn her departure her husband, two daughters, two grandchildren, Lloyd M. Poe and Leota May Carr; two great grandsons, Kermit and Vernon Carr, and two brothers, John Miller of Osceola and Frank Miller of Emporia, Kansas.

Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida E. [lizabeth] Poe, Thursday morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by E. E. Lowe, pastor-evangelist of the Blockton Christian church. The singing was furnished by Mrs. Frank Baikie of Des Moines, Mrs. E. K. Wilson and Miss Pearl Griffith. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 1, 1922
Miss LeAnna Howard, of St. Joseph, came last week to be present at the Mrs. F.[rancis] M. [arion] Powell funeral services and visit at the homes of her cousins, W. C. and E. K. Wilson.
Among the relatives from out of town attending the funeral of Mrs. F. [rancis] M.[arion] Powell Thursday were her brother and niece, John Miller and Mrs. Edward Stubelfield, of Osceola, and two nieces of Mr. Powell, Mrs. Leslie Bierd and Mrs. Fred Bierd and little son, Will, of Clarinda.

[Poe, Ida Elizabeth Powell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 3, 1955     p. 5

Obituary – Ida Elizabeth Poe

Ida Elizabeth Poe was born in Clark [e] County, Iowa, Oct. 19, 1869 and died at her home Oct. 27, 1955 at the age of 86 years and 8 days.

November 8, 1888 she was married to John Henry Poe, who died July 11, 1908.

Surviving are her sister, Mrs. May Wilson; a son, Lloyd of Blockton and daughter Leota Carr of Des Moines; two grandsons; five great grandchildren.

She had been a faithful member of the Christian church for 72 years.

[Poe, John Henry]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     July 16, 1908    p. 5


J. [ohn] H. [enry] Poe died at his home in Blockton July 11th. Deceased was born in this state and was about 45 years old. Funeral services were held in the Christian church at 2 p. m. Monday, Rev. Liverett delivering the sermon. A large concourse of friends and relatives gathered to pay their last respects. Deceased leaves a wife, daughter Leota [May], a son Lloyd, also his aged parents who also resided on adjoining lots, to mourn the loss of their loved one. Mr. Poe was at one time in the furniture business here, after which he bought a farm on which he lived about two years. He sold his farm, returning to Blockton some five years ago since which time he has been in the banking business. He had been in poor health for some time and this spring began to decline rapidly, but he had much courage and did not take his bed until a short time before he died. The day before his death his banking interests were sold to the Loutzenhiser Bros., and Will Hartley. The remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery. The bereaved family have the sympathy of all.

[Poe, John Henry]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     July 16, 1908    p. 8

J. [ohn] H. [enry] Poe, one of Blockton’s most prominent citizens, died Saturday after an extended illness. He established the Blockton Bank, which he retained until a few hours before his death, when he sold his interest to Wm. Hartley and Loutzenhiser brothers.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 16, 1908
Obsequies of Henry Poe
The funeral of J. H. Poe was held at the Christian church at Blockton at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon and was attended by an extremely large number of surrounding friends. The funeral address was delivered by Rev. Liberett and the exercises were under the direction of the I. O. O. F., the Bedford lodge being in charge, this having been the request of the deceased.
John Henry Poe was born in November 1864 and died July 11, 1908. He leaves to mourn him, of his immediate family, a wife and two children, Leota and Lloyd. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Poe also survive their son and reside in Blockton. He has one sister, Mrs. Sam McCutcheon, who lives in Red Oak, and who was present at the funeral.
Mr. Poe, of late years, has not enjoyed good health and for some eighteen months has been seriously afflicted. Cancer of the stomach was the disease which caused his death.
Mr. Poe has lived in Blockton for about ten years and was well known throughout the surrounding country. For about five years he has been engaged in the banking business, having been principal owner of the Blockton Bank. He disposed of his interest in this institution just on the last day preceding his death.
To all the people who came in contact with him, either in a social or business way, Henry Poe was known to be a man of strictest integrity and sterling worth. In all his dealings he was absolutely just. Deceit and hypocrisy were to him an abomination. Firm in his convictions of right; frank and outspoken, even to a fault, he sometimes made an enemy, but he never lost the respect, even of a man he may have offended. The world has too few such men as Henry Poe and wherever he was known his death has caused sincere sorrow and regret.

[Smith, Frances Winifred Gordon]

Bedford Time-Press

Wednesday       March 16, 1988

Winifred Frances Smith

A graveside service for Winifred Frances Smith were held Tuesday, March 8 at Blockton, Ia. She died March 4 at her home in Rochester after an extended illness.

The Rev. Scott Marcum officiated at the service.

She was born March 19, 1917 to Roy and Carrie Gordoin [Gordon] in Blockton, Ia. She married Freeman E. Smith and had worked for the Rochester Post Bulletin for many years.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors include her husband, her daughter Judy Guinn, their son Bradley David Smith, her brother Neil Gordon of Perry, Ia. and several nieces and nephews.
[Note:  The name is given as F. Winifred Smith on her headstone.]

[Young, Johnnie A.]

Iowa South-West

Saturday       October 12, 1878     p. 3

----A small boy, son of Mr. Young, residing near Mormontown, was run over by a wagon on the 7th, the wheel passing directly over the abdomen. The vehicle was heavily loaded, and the injury proved fatal. Death ensued on the 8th.