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Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 28, 1970, p. 6

Last Rites Held May 21 for Doyle D. Akers

Funeral services for Doyle D. Akers, 56, lifelong resident of Taylor County, were held May 31 at the Bedford Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Ollie Odle. Mr. Akers died May 18, at Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Doyle D. Akers, son of Hurbert and Jane Ann Akers, was born July 27, 1914 near Gravity, Iowa.

On May 28, 1939 he was united in marriage to Vera Lacox and to this union three children were born.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Iven and Carl and two sisters, Icie Mae and Zelda.

Doyle attended schools at Gravity and Bedford. He was a lifelong resident of Taylor County where he was engaged in farming until 1968 when ill health forced him to quit. Since January 1969 he has served as Clerk of the District Curt of Taylor County. He was a long time member of Farm Bureau during which time he served in various offices. He also served as a field assessor for several years.

At an early age Doyle became a member of the Methodist church in Gravity. In December 1960 [?] he transferred his membership to the First Baptist church, Bedford.

He is survived by his wife, Vera; one daughter, Linda Gale of the home; two sons, David Paul of King of Prussia, Pa.; and Dale Lynn who is now serving in the Armed Forces in Korea; a daughter-in-law, Paulette, two grandchildren, Ann Margaret and Christopher David Akers; two sisters, Eva Harris of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Ferne Dunkin of Gravity; a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law; seven nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

He was a loving husband and father, a wonderful friend and neighbor. He had a kind word for all and he was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. He will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved him.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 6, 1969, [p. 1]

Basil Brice Dies Tues.

Basil Brice, native Taylor Countian and Bedford resident, died Tuesday afternoon at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p. m., Thurs., Mar. 6, at the east Shum-Novinger Funeral Home.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 13, 1969, p. 3

Final Rites Held Here March 6 For Basil Brice

Funeral services for George Basil Brice, 84, of Bedford, were held March 6 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford conducted by Rev. John D. Kerr. Mr. Brice died March 4, 1969, in the Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

George Basil Brice was born in 1884 in Lenox, Iowa. He attended school and grew to manhood in Bedford.

On November 28, 1912 he married Grace Webster, who survives.

After leaving school he was in the grocery business with his brother, Elmer, for about 11 years. Later he and his wife moved to Michigan City, Ind., where for 40 years he was manager of a supermarket.

After his retirement in 1954 he and his wife moved to Clarinda, where they resided for two years. Later they moved to Bedford where they built their home and Basil continued his hobby of inlaid woodworking and where they have enjoyed old friendships.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 16, 1943, p. 5

Former Shimer Girl, Mrs. Britnell, Dies

Mrs. Jesse H. Britnell, a former resident of Bedford, died at La Junta, Colorado, Saturday, Dec. 11. The body was returned to Bedford and the funeral services were held at the Walker and Shum Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Archie A. Ross. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Ardella Mar [Mae] Shimer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert S. Shimer of Bedford, was born in Clearfield, Iowa, July 27, 1922, being aged 21 years, 4 months and 15 days at the time of her death. The family moved to Bedford in 1934. She attended school here, graduating with the class of ’41.

She was married to Jesse H. Britnell of Cleveland, Missouri, on September 7, 1942, at Unionville, Missouri. He is now in the armed forces and is stationed at a camp near La Junta, Colorado.

Surviving with the husband and parents are two brothers, Alvin Leo Shimer of Bedford and Gus Shimer of the U. S. Army, who is stationed at Chandler, Arizona; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Gus Shimer of Bedford; her husband’s mother and sister of Cleveland, Missouri.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, June 11, 2003


Funeral services for Carl Cummings, age 95 of Bedford, who died Saturday, May 31, 2003 were held Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Bedford with Pastors Ted DeHass, Jerry White and Dennis Shepherd officiating.

Interment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be given to the church of your choice or to the Fairview Cemetery Improvement Fund. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Carl Herbert Cummings was born July 31, 1907, in rural Davis County, near Bloomfield, Iowa the son of Clyde E. Cummings and Florence Herbert Cummings. Carl departed this life on Saturday, May 31, 2003 at the age of 95 years and 10 months.

Carl moved with his parents to Sheridan, Missouri in 1911 where his father established an auction business and was associated in the    hardware    business.

Following World War I the family moved to his grandfather, Isaac Herbert's farm southwest of Bedford. He attended his first school in Sheridan and Ross #3 rural in Taylor County. When they moved to Bedford in 1920, he attended the public school and graduated from Bedford High School in 1925. He was soon employed by the Bedford National Bank as Bookkeeper, advancing to Teller, Assistant Cashier, Cashier and Executive Vice President and Director. He was proud of the fact that the Bedford National Bank was the only bank in Taylor County to survive The Great Depression. He retired from the bank in 1970 following forty-five years of employment.

On July 8, 1934, he was united in marriage to Helen May O'Dell at the Methodist Parsonage in Bedford. They resided all of their married life at 608 Randolph Street in Bedford. To this loving union four children were born: Richard Alan, who died at infancy, Carolyn May, Elaine Ann and James Carl.

Carl served as Treasurer of the Bedford Independent School District for several years and in 1935, he was hired as School Board Secretary, taking it through the reorganization into the Bedford Community School District in 1959. At that time, it ceased to be a part-time position and he retired in 1960, having served as Secretary of the Bedford Board of Education for twenty-five years.

Carl began a career as a lay minister in the early 1950's. He became a licensed minister through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and continued serving churches in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri until 1992. During that time, he officiated at 89 weddings, performed numerous baptisms, and conducted over 1,400 funerals.

In May of 1973, he and his wife, Helen, began and led a bible study for the Church Women United of Bedford. Due to ill health, the bible study was discontinued in June of 1995, after meeting weekly for twenty-two years. Since 1962, Carl served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fairview Cemetery Association of Bedford and was Secretary-Treasurer for nearly twenty years.

He joined the Bedford Baptist Church in 1921 and after his marriage transferred his membership to the Bedford United Methodist Church, where he served on two occasions as interim minister. He was a member of the Masonic Order, the Order of Eastern Star, the Oddfellows and Rebekah Lodges.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Florence; an infant son, Richard Alan, and his wife of nearly sixty-five years, Helen May.

Left to cherish Carl's memory are his children: two daughters, Carolyn Cummings of Laguna Woods, California; Elaine and husband Reverend Dick Krambeck of Atlantic; a son, Dr. James Cummings and wife Rosalyn of Bedford; eight grandchildren, Catherine Crum Brown and husband Louis; Steven Crum and wife Penny; Peggy Krambeck Eblen and husband Mark; Susan Krambeck Hamilton and husband Henry; Matt Krambeck and wife Amy; Ben Krambeck and wife Jennifer; Carla Cummings Christensen and husband Kevin; Jeffrey Cummings and wife Tara; seven great-grandchildren, Zoe Crum, Meghin Krambeck, Luke Eblen, Levi Eblen, Tyler Howard, Haley Hamilton and Kimberlyn Christensen. He also leaves a sister, Blanche Rankin of Omaha, Nebraska, dear nieces, nephews, cousins and many other relatives and friends.

Carl will be remembered as a man who loved and cared for his family and as one who loved and served his Lord. His family and many friends agree that he had served well.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, August 19, 1920, p. 8


Elizabeth Good was born May 26, 1846, at Lima, Ohio and died August 10, 1920, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. [eorge] S. McKinley at Council Bluffs. At the time of her death she was 74 years, 2 months and 15 days of age.

On Nov. 11, 1866 she was united in marriage to William J. Cunning who died July 14, 1911. To this union were born eleven children, seven of whom are still living---Ira D. Cunning, Mitchell, S. D.; Frances McKinley, Council Bluffs, Ia.; Grace E. Harris, Council Bluffs, Ia.; Ritta Miller, Mitchell, S. D.; Will W. Cunning, Clearfield, Ia.; Myrtle Cunning, Council Bluffs, Ia.

Her early life was spent with her parents in Ohio and when grown to womanhood moved with them to Iowa. The greater part of her married life was spent in or near Clarinda.

Soon after her marriage she united with the Christian church, since which time she has lived a true and faithful life. She made many friends and was always known as a true friend to those who knew her.

Besides children and friends she leaves to mourn their loss, one brother and two sisters, Joseph Good of Hutchinson, Kans.; Mrs. Susan Shenk and Mrs, Fannie Kilmer of Oronogo, Mo.

The funeral was held at the Christian church on August 12, E. E. Lowe officiating, and the body was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Clarinda cemetery.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, February 3, 1993


David Lemuel Dant, son of Jim and Leola Strain Dant was born at Conway, Iowa February 20, 1913 and departed this life January 20, 1993 at Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa at the age of 79 years, 11 months.

He lived in the Conway/ Clearfield area and grew to maturity there.

On May 5, 1943 he was united in marriage to Ethel Audrey Matheny at Nebraska City.   

To this union three children were born: James, Sharon and Robert.

He was engaged in farming most of his life then worked at O'Bryan's.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers and three sisters.

Left to cherish his memory are: daughter Sharon Davison and husband Richard; son, Jim and wife Mona; son Bob and wife Kathy; sister Florence; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was a member of the Baptist Church and a veteran of the United States Army.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 23, 1993 at Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home with Jim Dant officiating. Military honors were conducted by Bedford American Legion Post No. 164. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa.





Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 2, 1971, p. 7

Last Rites Here Nov. 24 for Mrs. D. L. Dant

Funeral services for Mrs. David L. (Ethel) Dant, 48, of Bedford were held November 24 at the First Baptist Church in Bedford. Mrs. Dant died November 21, 1971 at University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa after a long illness. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Ethel Audrey Dant, daughter of James H.[arrison]  and Mattie E. [thel Newby] Matheny, was born May 1, 1923 at Conway, Iowa. She lived all her life in Taylor County.

On May 5, 1943 she was united in marriage to David L. [emuel] Dant and to this union three children were born.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1964 and a brother, Marion in 1967.

She is survived by her husband; three children, James and his wife Maria of Fort Hood, Texas; Robert of the home; Sharon Davison and her husband Richard, New Market, Iowa; mother, Mrs. Mattie Matheny, Bedford; grandmother, Mrs. Ruth Matheny, Blockton; two sisters, Dorothy Newkirk and husband Cecil, Bedford; Beulah May Kernen and husband Dale, Conway; one brother, John Matheny and his wife Phyllis, Lenox; four grandchildren whom she dearly loved, Dannie, Angela and Greg Davison and Tammy Dant; a number of aunts, uncles, other relatives and a host of friends.

She was a member along with her family at the First Baptist Church, Bedford.

Ethel was a friend to everyone and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 25, 1971, [p. 1]

Last Rites for Ethel Dant Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. David L. (Ethel) Dant of Bedford were held Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Bedford with Rev. Ollie Odle officiating. Mrs. Dant died November 21 at University Hospitals in Iowa City. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Her survivors include her husband, Lem, sons, Sgt. James Dant, Ft. Hood, Texas, Robert at home, daughter, Mrs. Richard (Sharon) Davison of New Market and mother, Mrs. Mattie Matheny.

The family prefers memorial gifts in lieu of flowers.



Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, January 5, 1984

Memorial Service in Bedford Jan. 3 For Nelle Fluharty, 92

A memorial service for Miss Nelle Fluharty, 92, of Bedford, held January 3 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, was conducted by Rev. Marcia Smith Wood. Miss Fluharty died January 1 in Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Nelle Manley Fluharty, daughter of the late Charley W. Fluharty and Sarah E. Waterman Fluharty, was born in Bedford, Iowa, August 15, 1891.

The family lived in Iowa until they moved to their rural home near Anadarko, Oklahoma in 1900, where they were engaged in farming for many years.

In due time Nelle was graduated from the Anadarko Public School. She later returned to Iowa to attend the Iowa State Teachers College for two years. From there she went to Denver University, Denver, Colorado, from which she received a B.A. degree.

Nelle taught for many years in Lenox, Creston, and Shenandoah, Iowa.

After retirement in spring of 1955, she returned to her native rural home near Bedford, Iowa, but later moved into the city of Bedford.

Nelle was a member of the United Christian-Presbyterian Church and also a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Wayne and his wife Nancy.

Those left to cherish her memory are her niece, Carol F. Simpson, Carol's husband, Robert M. Simpson, and their four children: Nancy, Scott, and Jeff of Lawrence, Kansas, and Mark of Kansas City, Missouri; four first cousins: Ople W. Gunson of Bedford, Iowa; Beryl Waterman and his wife Laura Blackburn Waterman of Kansas City, Missouri; Coral F. Walters of Pierre, South Dakota; some distant cousins; and many friends and neighbors.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, August 9, 2000


Funeral services for Ellen Matheny Gibson, age 66 of Bedford, who died Thursday, August 3, 2000 at her home in Bedford were held Monday, August 7, 2000 at: 11:00 a. m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home with Pastor Jamie Mogler officiating. Interment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Ellen Ruth Matheny Gibson was born October 25, 1933 in Clarinda, Iowa the daughter of Albert Stanley and Gladys Kent Stanley. She grew up attending school in Clarinda area. On January 22, 1952 she was united in marriage to Marion Matheny. To this union four children were born John, Lonnie, Carolyn and Connie. After their marriage Marion and Ellen moved to Bedford where she lived and worked. The Skylark Restaurant employed her for over twelve years. In 1967, her husband Marion passed away and she was united in marriage to Max Gibson on October 9,1970 in Mount Ayr. Max passed away in 1991.

Ellen enjoyed embroidery work and baby-sitting her grandchild. Ellen was a loving and giving person who enjoyed taking care of other people. Whether you were a stranger or a long-time friend, she enjoyed being around you. She was always cheerful and never complained, but seemed to find the good in everyone she met.

Ellen is survived by two sons, John Matheny and wife Janessa of Kirksville, Missouri and Lonnie Matheny and wife Jennifer of Bedford; two daughters, Carolyn Pullen of Bedford and Connie Warren and husband Randy of Clarinda; two sisters, Wanda Pease and husband Jack of Shenandoah       and       Edith Hefflefinger and husband LeRoy of Perry, Iowa; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Preceding Ellen in death are both husbands, Marion Matheny who died in 1967 and Max Gibson who died in 1991; her parents, Albert and Gladys; and a brother, Don Stanley and a sister, Darlene Hartstack, and a son-in-law Dan Whipp.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, July 25, 1990


Funeral services for Ray Vernon Glass, 67, Bedford, were held Saturday, July 21, 1990, 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. Mr. Glass died July 19 at Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa.

Ray Vernon Glass, son of J. M. Glass and Nora Baker Glass, was born in Lee County, Va. on August 24, 1922.

He lived in and around Bedford and Clarinda, Iowa and grew to maturity in these areas where he attended the public school and Bedford Baptist Church.

On May 16, 1942 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Souder at the Christian Church in Maryville, Mo., and they lived in the states of Iowa and Washington.

To this union two children were born: Ronald of Agency, Mo. and Jeannie of Oak Harbor, Wash.

He was engaged in business as a Case Implement dealer in Bedford and later moved to the state of Washington where he was self-employed in custom farming.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. M. and Nora Glass; a brother, Henry F. Glass; one granddaughter, Lori Moore; and one great granddaughter, Erica Brill.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dorothy; children: son Ron, and daughter Jeannie; two brothers, Palmer of Moses Lake, Wash., and Don of Bedford; three sisters: Mrs. Harold (Hazel) Miers of New Market, Mrs. Lawrence (Mary) Miers, and Mrs. Harold (Pauline) McCune both of Bedford; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Ray was a member of the Baptist Church and former member of the Bedford Lions Club and the Odd Fellows Lodge.

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


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, September 1, 1898, p. 5

---E. [mor] E. [C.] Guthrie and wife residing five miles south of town were called upon to part with their infant child on Friday the 25th. The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. D. W. Griffith. Interment in the old Bedford cemetery.
[Note: Earl Guthrie is buried in Bedford Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa, not the old Bedford City Cemetery.]


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, January 22, 1925, [p. 1]

G. A. Guthrie Buried Here Mon.

G. [eorge] A. [lbert] Guthrie, past 86 years of age, died at the home of his son in Woodston, Kansas, last Sat. Jan. 17th. He lived for many years in Bedford and his body was sent here for burial. the body arrived Monday. Rev. Price of the Christian church officiated in the services at the grave.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, January 22, 1925,


Bedford Free Press, Tuesday, October 10, 1916, p. 3

Obituary – W. S. Hardenbrook

W. S. Hardenbrook died at his home in Bedford Wednesday. The funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. C. Hatcher, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.

Wilson Shannon Hardenbrook was born at Mont [Mount] Gilead, Ohio, September 26, 1845. Early in life he moved to Monmouth, Ill, where he resided until young manhood had been reached, when he went west to Montana. He had been a consistent traveler, having visited every point of interest in the United States. He was well known here, having made his home at the R. [ichard] L.[ockwood] Hardenbrook home for several years. Early in life he became a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is survived by three brothers, who are Dr. Allan Hardenbrook of Missoula, Mont.; C. [harles] K. [elly] Hardenbrook, of Lompoc, Cal.; and L. [ewis] D. [uff] Hardenbrook of Wakefield, Kan. He was a brother of the late R. [ichard] L. [ockwood] Hardenbrook and is an uncle of the Misses Jessie, Helen, Inez and Persis Hardenbrook in northeast Bedford.


Bedford Free Press, Tuesday, October 10, 1916, p. 5

L. [ewis] D. [uff] Hardenbrook, who had been here to attend the funeral of his brother, W. S. Hardenbrook, returned to his home at Wakefield, Kan., Monday.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 2, 1959, [p. 1]

Elmer Hatfield Rites Held Thursday P. M.

Elmer T. Hatfield, youngest son of William and Emma Hatfield, was born July 18, 1889 in Dundee [Dundy] County, Nebraska and at the age of two years came with his parents to Iowa.

He died at Missouri Methodist hospital in St. Joseph, June 23, 1959 at the age of 69 years, 11 months, five days.

On January 27, 1916 he was married to Bonnie Scane, who preceded him in death in 1947.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Geneva Arnold of Des Moines, Mrs. Polly John, Bedford; and one brother, Fred Hatfield of Bedford. There are eight nieces and nephews, Troy John of Bedford, Orville Hatfield of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Mrs. Vesta Jones of Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Ruby King of Ames, Mrs. Gladys Northcutt of Wichita, Kans., Cecil Hatfield of Clarinda, Clarence Arnold of Grant city, Verne Jacobs of Des Moines.

Mr. and Mrs. Hatfield engaged in farming before going to California for a few years. After the death of his wife, he returned to Bedford, where he made his home with his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. [ylvester] Hatfield.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, June 25 at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Service, 708 State Street, with Rev. Frank Jacobs of Des Moines officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery.


Bedford Times-Republican, Tuesday, October 24, 1922, p. 3

Mrs. Mary E. Hibbs received a telegram Saturday morning announcing the death of her son, [James] Monroe, who passed away in Hydro, Okla., Friday morning at 7:00 o’clock with leakage of the heart. Burial will be in Hydro.


Bedford Free Press, Tuesday, November 2, 1915, p. 8

John A. Hibbs

John A. Hibbs, who has been ailing for some time, died at his home Sunday night, Oct. 31, at 10 o’clock. Funeral services will be held at the home at 2:30 this afternoon, conducted by Rev. Joe W. Goodsell, interment in the Fairview cemetery.

Deceased has been gradually failing in health for several months, and two weeks ago was forced to remain at home most of the time, but was able to be about the house until a day or two before his death.

John Albert Hibbs was bon in Indiana, April 11, 1863, and at the time of his death was 52 years, 6 months and 20 days old. At an early age the family moved to Knox County, Illinois, where they resided until coming to this county in 1892.

He is survived by his mother, Sarah E. Hibbs and three brothers, William Hibbs of Abingdon, Ill., who was present at the funeral, James M. Hibbs, Hydro, Oklahoma, and Philip W. [esley] Hibbs, Topeka, Kansas.

A sister of Mrs. Hibbs, Mrs. Sarah E. Downard, of Galesburg, Ill., has been here for the past three weeks.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, November 4, 1915, p. 8

John A. Hibbs

John A. Hibbs died at his home in Bedford Sunday night at 10 o’clock. Funeral services were held at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Joe W. Goodsell, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal church. Interment was in Fairview cemetery.

John Albert Hibbs was born in Indiana, April 11, 1863, and at the time of his death was 52 years, 6 months and 20 days old. At an early age the family moved to Knox County, Illinois, where they resided until coming to this county in 1892.

He is survived by his mother Mary E. [lizabeth] Hibbs and three brothers, William Hibbs of Abington, Ill, who was present at the funeral, James M. [onroe] Hibbs, Hydro, Okla, and Philip W. [esley]] Hibbs, Topeka, Kan.

A sister of Mrs. Hibbs, Mrs. Sarah E. [lizabeth] Downard, of Galesburg, Ill. has been here for the past three weeks.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, January 27, 1932, [p. 1]

Mrs. Mary E. Hibbs Dies

86-Year-Old Resident of Bedford Survived by One Son

Mrs. Mary E. [lizabeth] Hibbs died at her home on South Central Avenue about 7 o’clock Wednesday evening. The funeral services were held at the Wetmore funeral home Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. R. Talley. Burial was made in the Fairview cemetery.

Mrs. Hibbs who was past 86 years of age, had been a resident of Bedford for many years. She is survived by one son, W. [illiam] H. [Grant] Hibbs, who had made his home with his mother for several years.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, April 22, 1920, p. 5

Died of Paralysis

Wm. [Philip Wesley] Hibbs, who has been visiting at the home of his mother, Mrs. Hibbs, who resides in the south part of Bedford, passed away Tuesday evening, his death being caused by paralysis.


Bedford Times-Republican, Monday, April 26, 1920, p. 4


Phillips [Philip] Wesley Hibbs was born November 18, 1869, in Cass County, Mo., and departed this life April 21, 1920, at half past five in the morning.

Mr. Hibbs lived for the major part of his life in Topeka, Kans. His associates had the highest praise for him. A letter was received a few weeks ago by his mother from one of his friends, and the writer stated that the word of Mr. Hibbs was always counted as a contract; for his business and honor went hand in hand. His friends learned to love him because of his trustworthiness and faithfulness.

Like many of our own townspeople, Mr. Hibbs was stricken with the “flu,” during the past winter. It was very difficult for him to recover from this attack, but as soon as getting strong enough to travel, he came to Bedford, not only with the intention of paying a visit to his mother, but to stay with her during the rest of her life time.

On April 20th he spaded part of the garden and helped with the planting. The exertion was too much for his weakened heart, and early the next morning, God called him out of this life.

The mother, Mrs. Mary E. [lizabeth] Hibbs as well as the other members of the family have the deepest sympathy of the community.

Funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon, Rev. Arnold of the Methodist church officiating. Interment in Fairview cemetery.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 1, 1966, p. 4

Graveside Service Held Here For Roland Engamels

Graveside services were held here Wednesday at 2:00 p. m. for Roland Engamels [Ingamells], 49,of Webster City, Iowa, formerly of Bedford. Services were held in Webster City on Tuesday.

He is survived by his wife and his mother, Mrs. Frank Engamels [Ingamells].

Independence Bulletin Journal (Independence, Iowa), Friday, September 2, 1966
Roland Ingamells – Relatives in Stanley received word Saturday of the death of Roland Ingamells, 49, Stanhope, at the Veteran's hospital in Des Moines.
He was the only son of Pearl Ingamells and the late Frank Ingamells and was born in Stanley. He left Stanley about 30 years ago. He had been employed with a telephone company until entering the hospital some time ago.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Foster Funeral home in Webster City.
He is survived by his wife Mary, one son, two daughters and his mother, all of Stanhope.
Clare and Kyle Ingamells, Stanley, and Harry Ingamells, Oelwein, are uncles.

Oelwein Daily Register (Oelwein, Iowa), Monday, August 29, 1966
Roland Ingamells services Tuesday
STANLEY (Special) – Roland Ingamells, 49, died Saturday, Aug. 27, at Veterans hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1:30 p. m. at the foster Funeral Home in Webster City.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; one son, two daughters and his mother, all of Stanhope, Iowa.
Three uncles, Clare and Kyle of Stanley; Harry, Oelwein and other relatives also survive.

Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), Tuesday, August 30, 1966
Ex-Stanley Man Dies
STANLEY (CNS) – Relatives received word here of the death of Roland Ingamells, 49, of Stanhope. He died Saturday at the Veterans hospital in Des Moines. Services were to be Tuesday at Webster City. The family left here about 30 years ago. Clive and Kyle Ingamells of Stanley and Harry of Oelwein are uncles.

Oelwein Daily Register (Oelwein, Iowa), Tuesday, August 30, 1966
--Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ingamells have been called to Stanhope by the death of the former's nephew, Roland Ingamells. He was the son of Mrs. Pearl Ingamells. They formerly lived in Stanley.



Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 7, 1955, [p. 1]

A. C. King Dies In Palm Springs

Arthur C. [laude] King, 79, of Bedford, died unexpectedly Monday, April 4, following a heart attack in Palm Springs, Calif., where he and Mrs. King were spending the winter.

The body will arrive in Kansas City Thursday night and be brought to Bedford for the last rites and burial.

Mrs. King and a daughter, Mrs. Elmer Meas [Mees] of Napa, Calif., will accompany the body here.


Bedford Times-Press, April 21, 1955, p. 9

Obituary - Art C. King

Art C. King, son of David and Malinda Sickels King, was born Feb. 23, 1878, in Ringgold County, Iowa, and died Monday, April 4 at Palm Springs, Calif., where he and Mrs. King spent the winters the past several years. At the time of his going, he was 77 years, one month, 11 days of age.

He grew to manhood in Ringgold County and near Blockton, at which place he was married to Clara Frederick on Feb. 9, 1898.

To them were born 12 children, four sons and eight daughters, all of whom survive. They are: Max E. King of Bedford, Willis P. King of Maloy, Ted R. King of Bedford, Frank F. King of Alamosa, Colo., Mrs. Oacle T. Mees of Napa, Calif., Mrs. Opal T. Mees of Canon City, Colo., Mrs. Bessie S. Reed of Bedford, Mrs. Althea M. Larson of Blockton, Mrs. Evelyn M. Marley of Bedford, Mrs. Nina K. Coleson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mrs. Mary A. Carson of Medford, Oreg., Mrs. Doris E. Hopson of Sacramento, Calif.

Besides his companion and the twelve children, Mr. King is survived by 29 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Mary D. Hart of Palmetto, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. King lived most of their lives on farms in Taylor County, living for the past 21 years a few miles to the southwest of Bedford, where on February 9, 1948, they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with all of the children and all of the grandchildren, except one, present for the occasion.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robt M. Peters of the Methodist church from the Shum Funeral Home, Saturday, April 9. Burial in Fairview cemetery.


Bedford Times-Press, December 2, 1965, [p. 1]

Mrs. Clara King Dies in Calif.

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Frederick King, 86, long time Taylor County resident, held November 26 at the east Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, were conducted by Rev. J. Milton Kinney. Mrs. King died at Napa, Calif., on November 20, 1965, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Mees. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.


Bedford Times-Press, December 9, 1965, p. 7

Mrs. Clara King Dies in Calif.

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Frederick King, 86, long time Taylor County resident, held November 26 at the east Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, were conducted by Rev. J. Milton Kinney. Mrs. King died at Napa, Calif., on November 20, 1965, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Mees. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Clara Frederick King was born May 12, 1879 in Ellisville, Illinois.

On Feb. 9, 1898 she was united in marriage to Art King at Blockton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 4, 1955.

To this union were born four sons and eight daughters, all of whom survive: Oacle Mees, Napa, Calif.; Opal Mees, Canon City, Colo.; Nina Coleman, Englewood, Colo.; Max King, Orange, Calif.; Doris Hopson, Fair Oaks, Calif.; Mary Carson, Medford, Ore.; Willis King, Althea Larson, Evelyn Marley, Theodore King, Bessie Reed, and Frank King, all of Bedford; also 28 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

Most of her married life was spent in Taylor County, but after the death of her husband, due to failing health, she spent the winter months in California and returned to Iowa in the summer. She enjoyed having her family around her and her grandchildren were a great source of pleasure. She loved to do things for those whom she loved. Consequently many hours, in later years, were spent making items and tokens of love for her family, including her grandchildren.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, December 1, 1898, [p. 1]

Albert Lucas Dead

Albert, son of Rev. J. P. Lucas, died last Monday morning at their home in Colorado City, Colo. The remains reached Bedford yesterday afternoon, and after funeral exercises at the church, conducted by Elder Walters, were interred in the Fairview cemetery. This is the second child within the year lost by Rev. Lucas from consumption, a daughter having died February 22.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 8, 1964, [p. 1]

Services Held Here For Lucas Infant

Graveside services were held here Thurs., Oct. 1, for Daniel James Lucas, infant son of Dr. and Mrs. James Lucas of Bedford. He was born Sept. 27 and entered life eternal Sept. 30.

In his honor a memorial fund has been established for the children’s department of the Bedford Baptist Church.


Bedford Times-Republican, Tuesday, April 10, 1906, p. 8

Died In Colorado

Mrs. Jennie Lucas Died Sunday at Colorado Springs

Mrs. Jennie Lucas, wife of Rev. J. [ohn] P. [arker] Lucas died at her home at 1608 Washington street, Colorado Springs, Colo., just after midnight on Saturday morning, April 7th. Although Mrs. Lucas had not been in the best of health for a long time, judging by letters received, it was not a chronic disease that was the immediate cause of her death. Her weakened physical condition was no doubt a contributing cause, but her death was due to an acute attack of la grippe.

Funeral services were held at Colorado Springs on Sunday and yesterday morning Rev. Lucas left there with the body for Bedford. He arrived this afternoon and funeral services are being held at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. Edgar Price, as we go to press. Interment will be made at Fairview cemetery, where the mother will be laid beside her son and daughter who have gone before.

For five years Rev. Lucas was the pastor of the Christian church at Bedford, and no one could stand higher in the estimation of the people, without regard to church or creed, than did Mrs. Lucas. Of a retiring disposition, with a heart filled to overflowing with the mother love, it was with her home, husband and children, that she found life’s greatest pleasures, and had she fulfilled her own desires, her kingdom, her world would have been there alone. But she was a Christian as well as a wife and mother, and she recognized that others besides her family had claims upon her, and her duty to humanity, her sympathy for the sad and suffering, her desire to help others sent her into society and made her a leading and active spirit in all enterprises inaugurated by the church looking toward the amelioration of human affairs, and for the betterment of humanity.

No one could be more highly regarded, no one could be more universally loved, and although nearly a score of years have passed since she left here, her memory still lives in the hearts of all who knew her, and their sympathy sincere and heartfelt goes out to the bereft husband and loving children.

After removing from Bedford in 1887, Rev. Lucas and family spent some years in Kansas, and then returned to Iowa, making Creston their home for some years. It was while Rev. Lucas was pastor of the Christian church at Creston that their daughter Nettie died and was brought to Bedford for interment.

Later they removed to Colorado and there, the son Albert was called away. His body was also brought here for burial. Of the family, the husband and two children Leona and George alone survive. Their home is at Colorado Springs, but Rev. Lucas is and has been for three years, chaplain of the state prison at Canon City.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, April 12, 1906, [p. 1]

The funeral of Mrs. J. [ohn] P. [arker] Lucas was held Tuesday evening at the Christian church conducted by Rev. Edgar Price. Although it is nineteen years since Mrs. Lucas lived at Bedford, there is a vast number of people here who knew her then. She was the friend of all, and her memory is still cherished in the hearts of all who knew her. The attendance at the funeral was very large and the floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. Interment was made at Fairview.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, April 12, 1906, [p. 1]


Was born at Port [Fort] Covington, Franklin County, N. Y., June 18, 1840 [1849] and died at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, April 6, 1906 of tuberculosis.

She was married on August 31, 1873 to Rev. J. [ohn] P. [arker] Lucas at Laporte, Ind., and to this happy union four children were born, namely: Nettie Glenn, Albert W. [ilbraham], Leona D. [ell], and George W [alter]. The first two died and were laid to rest in Fairview cemetery eight years ago.

In 1881 she came to Iowa to make their home, settling first at Harlan. After two years spent there they moved to Bedford where five happy years were spent. Upon leaving here in 1888 they went to Centerville where they lived two years and then went to Colorado Springs, Colo., where they remained for three years. In 1893 they went to Emporia, Kansas, and three years later to Creston, Ia. After one year they returned to Colorado Springs in 1898, which has since been their home. In all this time Rev. Lucas has been ably seconded in his work for Christ by his noble helpmeet just deceased. She was of a cheerful and lovable disposition, drawing the friendship of all to her by her womanly traits and Christian life. In her home as wife and mother she was a rare jewel, kind, affectionate and devoted and as she passes to her final reward and enters the great beyond, at whose portals the load of earthly cares and troubles glide from her weary shoulders, we can all think of her life among us as one of usefulness and good deeds and the world is better for her having lived.

Funeral services were held at Colorado Springs on Sunday and the remains arrived here Tuesday noon when services were held at the Christian church, where Mr. Lucas was once pastor, conducted by Rev. Edgar Price. Interment in Fairview cemetery.

Aside from the bereaved husband a brother, William Wilbraham of Cresco, Ia., and a sister, Mrs. W. J. Clark, of Britton, Mich., and a niece, Miss Ada Calkins, of Chicago attended the obsequies.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, March 3, 1898, [p. 1]

Asleep In Jesus

Miss Nettie Lucas Passes to the Bright Beyond at Her Home in Creston

Nettie Glenn, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Lucas, was born in Rolling Prairie, La Porte County, Indiana, October 14, 1874, and died at Creston, Iowa, February 26, 1898, aged 23 years, 4 months and 12 days.

She confessed faith in Christ as personal Savior, and was immersed by her father, and became a member of the church of Bedford, Iowa, during a meeting held in 1885. (Many of her young associates who united at the same time are now active members of the Bedford church). As long as her health would permit she was ready to help her father in his pastoral work; superintendent of Junior C. E. work; also a worker in the Senior Endeavor society and organist in the church and Sabbath school. She was very conscientious in the faithful observance of her Endeavor pledge and other church work. Her favorite chapter was the 14th chapter of John.

The remains were brought to Bedford and funeral services conducted at the Christian church, of which her father was formerly pastor. The exercises were most impressive, and many were the floral tributes offered. The remains were laid to rest in Fairview. Sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.


Times-Republican, Thursday, February 7, 1907, p. 11

Baby Charley Called Away

Charley H., the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. G. S. McKinley died at its parents home in south Bedford on Friday morning at 1:30 after a brief existence of only twelve days. Pneumonia was the cause and its illness lasted but a very few days.

The funeral services was held at the residence on Saturday at 10:30 a. m. conducted by Rev. Price. Interment at Fairview.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, February 7, 1907, [p. 1]

An Infant Gone

On Friday morning at 1:30 o’clock the spirit of the little son of Mr. and Mrs. G.[eorge] S. McKinley took its flight and caused sorrow and sadness to reign in the home of our mayor.

Charles H. McKinley was but two weeks old, being born January 19. He was taken with a cold, which developed into pneumonia with the result as stated. While the little spirit was transplanted from this cold world he had been here long enough only to enwrap himself tenderly about the heartstrings of his loving parents.

The funeral was held at the home in Bedford on Saturday forenoon at 10:30 o’clock, conducted by Elder Edgar Price, the burial being in Fairview cemetery. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of the entire community.


Bedford Times-Republican, Monday, May 10, 1920, [p. 1]

Former Mayor Dead

Geo. McKinley, Former Mayor of Bedford Drops Dead Saturday

Word was received in Bedford this morning announcing the sudden death of Geo. McKinley, former mayor and businessman of Bedford, at his home in Council Bluffs Saturday. The remains will arrive in Bedford tomorrow afternoon, and will be taken to the Christian church, where short services will be held, after which they will be laid to rest in Bedford cemetery.

We are unable to get full particulars as to the cause of his death in time for this issue. Mr. McKinley had many friends in Bedford having lived here for many years, and was an active member of the Christian church.

The family have the deepest sympathy of the entire community in their great sorrow.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, May 13, 1920, p. 6

Former Resident

The body of Geo. McKinley, who died suddenly at Council Bluffs last Saturday, arrived in Bedford Tuesday afternoon and short services were held at the Christian church, after which the body was consigned to its last resting place in Fairview cemetery. The family have the sincere sympathy of all who know them.

Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 13, 1920
George McKinley Dead
George McKinley, who as a boy lived in Clarinda and for many years was a resident here, being one of our city councilmen, died Saturday at his home in Council Bluffs. His taking away was sudden and unexpected. The remains were taken to Bedford, to be laid beside the grave of one of their sons who is buried there, the funeral being held in the Christian Church at Bedford on Tuesday.
As a boy George McKinley lived with his parents on a farm southeast of Clarinda, in the Pin-hook district, his father being a farmer on a small scale. The boy George learned the brickmaking trade there, in fact went into the business, burning a few kilns but then moved to Bedford, where he conducted a brickyard for a number of years and did well at it, being at one time Mayor of Bedford. He came to Clarinda, after selling his brick kiln, engaged in the grocery business here for a time and was proprietor of the Burlington Hotel. From here he moved to Ladoga, where a fire destroyed his stock of general merchandise, and the family moved back to Tarkio, where the son ran a restaurant, and the father owned the dray line for some time. Meanwhile the three sons, Ralph, Jesse and Harry, having become engaged in business in Council Bluffs, Mr. and Mrs. George McKinley moved there, living in the Bluffs at the time of his taking away. He leaves the wife who has been with him all these years, who was a daughter of Will Cunning and three sons, all of them now resident in Council Bluffs, where Mr. McKinley has been working in the ice plant. While in Clarinda he had the distinction of being elected to the city council in an exciting election which brought Earl Peters into power as Mayor in place of Mayor Bailey. George McKinley was well thought of by all who knew him.

Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 13, 1920
George S. McKinley – It was learned in Clarinda the first of this week that George S. McKinley, a former resident of this city, had died suddenly of heart trouble at Council Bluffs while loading ice. Mr. McKinley many years ago was interested in the manufacturing of brick near this city; he later moved to Bedford where he was in business and became mayor. Afterward he came to Clarinda and conducted the Burlington hotel near the passenger station and was elected a member of the Clarinda city council. At one time he had a grocery store in Clarinda. From here he went to Ladoga where he had a store. A few years ago he and his family moved to Tarkio, Mo.
Mr. McKinley was in the strict sense of the term a fine man. He was industrious, honest and companionable. Many people in Clarinda and vicinity will regret his departure and sympathize with the surviving members of his family. . . .



Bedford Times-Press, July 19, 1989


 Services for Archie LeRoy Nash, 82, Sheridan, Mo. were held July 19 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Mr. Nash died July 15, 1989 at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo.

Archie LeRoy Nash, son of Archie Burtram [Bertram] Nash and Hattie Mae Greenlee Nash, was born at Conway, Iowa June 23, 1907. He grew up in Conway, Iowa where he attended a country school. Basketball was his favorite sport and he played varsity basketball for six years. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1926.

On August 4, 1927 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Charlotte Snyder at Clarinda, Iowa. They farmed at Bedford, Iowa, and in 1930 moved to a farm in the Conway community. In 1940 they purchased the family farm near Parnell, Mo. Over the years their farm grew through their hard work, until their retirement in 1976 when they moved to Sheridan, Mo.

To this union two children were born, Mary Ann Cassavaugh, Maryville, Mo.    and Richard Allen Nash, Omaha, Ark. Roy served on the Independence Township Board as trustee, and was township assessor during World War II. Roy also served on the school board.

They had a travel trailer and spent a number of years in Texas during the winter. They  enjoyed traveling to the lakes and parks around this area. Roy was an avid fisherman and his favorite pastimes were playing cards, bowling and getting acquainted with other people. He was a great conversationalist.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Harley Nash, two sisters, Alice Weese and Florence Burton, and his granddaughter, Rose Marie.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Dorothy; his sister Bonnie Steward of Sheridan; his daughter, Mary Ann Cassavaugh; his son, Richard Nash; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 16, 1968, p. 5

Mrs. R. R. Pollock Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Rawley (Eliza Ann) Pollock, 87, were held Tuesday at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here conducted by Rev. J. Milton Kinney. Mrs. Pollock died at her home May 10. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Mrs. Pollock is survived by a daughter, Mildred (Mrs. Walter Osburn) of Bedford; a son, Wilfred Pollock of Sidney, Iowa; five grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; three sisters; and one brother.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 17, 1962, p. 4

Albert Shimer Rites Monday

Albert Shimer, 64, of Bedford died at St. Francis hospital, Maryville, Friday, May 11, where he had been a patient about three weeks.

Funeral services were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Service Home on State Street, at two p. m., Monday, May 14. Rev. Walter Ortmann officiated. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

Albert Sanford Shimer was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sanford Shimer on the 31st of December 1897.

He was united in marriage to Minnie Hygiene Ketrow of Centerville, Iowa, in 1917.

Preceding him in death were his parents. Also three brothers: Clark Martin, Gussie Clay and Della Earl; one daughter, Ardella Mae Britnell.

Surviving and mourning his passing are his wife, Mrs. Minnie Shimer; two sons, Gus C. Shimer of Bedford, Alvin Leo Shimer of Aurora, Colo.; six grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Gartner of Conway.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, June 27, 1963, p. 4

Death Takes Mrs. Shimer

Funeral services for Mrs. Hygiene Minnie Shimer will be held today (Thursday) at 2:00 p. m. at 706 State Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home. Mrs. Shimer died Monday evening at her son’s, Gus, home. Interment will be at Fairview cemetery, Bedford.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 4, 1964, p. 6

Minnie Shimer Rites June 27

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Hygiene Shimer, held June 27 at State Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, were conducted by Rev. Walter Ortmann. Interment was at Fairview cemetery, Bedford.

The following obituary was included in the services:

Minnie Hygiene Ketrow was born to John and Ida Ketrow on August 3, 1896 at Centerville, Iowa, and died on June 24, 1963 at the age of 66 years, 11 months. While she was just a little girl her father was killed while working for the railroad and Minnie was placed in an orphan home. Later her mother married Alva Parcel and the family was reunited. Minnie was graduated from the Centerville High School and in 1917 was united in marriage to Albert Sanford Shimer of Bedford, Iowa.

Mrs. Shimer was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Sanford Shimer, on May 11, 1962. Others preceding her in death were her father, John W. Ketrow, her mother, Ida Parcel; her stepfather, Alva Parcel; one brother, Robert R. Ketrow; four sisters, Eva Elizabeth Ketrow, Pansy Ketrow, Mrs. Estella Grimes, Mrs. Maggie May Conn; and one daughter, Mrs. Ardella Mae Brittnell [Britnell].

Surviving are two sons, Gus C. Shimer of Bedford, in whose home she spent the last year following the death of her husband, and Alvin Leo Shimer of Aurora, Colo., and six grandchildren.

Many who learned to know her were saddened by her sudden death and will miss her in the days to come.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 6, 1941, p. 8

Alpheus Tennant, 94, Dies In Des Moines

Alpheus Tennant, 94, a resident of Bedford and community for many years died at the home of his daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Taylor in Des Moines, at 8 o’clock Monday morning, November 3.

Funeral services were held in Des Moines at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning and the body was brought to Bedford the same afternoon for burial in the Fairview cemetery. Rev. A. D. Steffenson was in charge of services at the grave.

Mr. and Mrs. Tennant were natives of West Virginia. They were married in that state and made their home there until 1884, when they moved to Iowa, locating at Creston. In 1889 they moved to a farm east of Bedford, which was their home until after the death of Mrs. Tennant in 1916, when Mr. Tennant and his daughter moved into town.

They were the parents of four children: Herschel V. Tennant of Portage, Wisconsin; Victor Tennant of Tacoma, Washington; and Mrs. Hazel Tennant Taylor of Des Moines; all of whom survive. And one son, Virgil Tennant, who died at the age of eight years. There are also five grandchildren.

Mr. Tennant had made his home in Des Moines with his daughter and husband for the past fourteen years.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, November 30, 1899, [p. 1]

Asleep in Jesus

Virgil, the darling eight year old boy of Mr. and Mrs. A. [lpheus] Tennant, one mile southeast of Bedford, closed his little eyes to the miseries, sorrows, trials and sinfulness of this world and was wafted by angels of light to his beautiful celestial home. He has only been transplanted from a world of sickness and death to a home of joy, peace, comfort and happiness, to sing praises forever more with the angels around the great white throne of God. His loss is indeed a sad one to his parents, his brothers and sisters, but his gain cannot be told in words, for He hath said, “suffer the little children to come unto me.”

Little Virgil had been sick only a short time, having attended school last Friday, but went home sick, and never returned. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. A. H. Collins, after which the body of little Virgil was laid to rest in Fairview cemetery, but the bright and immortal spirit returned to God who gave it

The following was contributed by Miss Allie Nelson:

Little Virgil died November 27, aged 8 years, three months and one day. His death was unexpected, having attended school on Friday, and was not thought to be seriously sick until Monday morning. All that human hands could do was done but to no avail. His spirit passed peacefully to a better world Monday evening at 5:30, November 27. Virgil was a kind, affectionate child, who won the love of all who knew him. His teacher and schoolmates attended the funeral in a body and also contributed many beautiful flowers, which showed the great love they bore him. The sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved family, who so deeply feel their loss.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 19, 1974, p. 3

Cordelia Toops, 82, Last Rites Held Here Dec. 16

Funeral services for Mrs. William E. (Cordelia) Toops, 82, of Bedford, held Mon., Dec. 16, at Shum Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Carl Cummings. Mrs. Toops died December 13 at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Cordelia Mae (Delia) Dukes, daughter of Joseph and Candacy Long Dukes, was born at Sheridan, Missouri, May 16, 1892. She grew to womanhood in the area where she was born.

In October of 1911 she was united in marriage to William E. [verett] Toops and to them one son was born, who died in infancy.

They lived on various farms in the Sheridan, Missouri and Blockton, Clearfield, and Conway areas before moving to a farm just south of Bedford where they lived until her husband died in 1943. She then moved to Bedford where she has since continued to reside. Delia was employed by the Bedford Cleaners for about 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Fred and Leslie; and a sister, Dora, who died at the age of one and one half years.

Left to cherish her memory are a sister, Mrs. Pearl Bainum of Maryville, Missouri; a brother, George Dukes, of Phoenix, Ariz.; other relatives and many friends.

Delia, as she was commonly called, was a kind and considerate person always cheerful and pleasant with people and willing to help in any way the needs of others.

She will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 13, 1943, p. 8

Wm. E. Toops, 54, Dies In Bed

William E. Toops was found dead in his bed Saturday morning, May 8, at his farm home, the Salter farm south of Bedford.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. P. H. Peterson, who was assisted by Rev. C. C. Pritchard of Sheridan, Missouri. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

William E. [verett] Toops, son of William and Elizabeth Toops, was born Sept. 5, 1888 at Sheridan, Missouri, being aged 54 years, 8 months and 3 days at the time of his death.

On October 11, 1911 he was married to Cornelia [Cordelia] May Duke. To them one son was born, who died in infancy.

 Besides his wife, two brothers and one sister remain to mourn their loss. The brothers are Chas. D. of near Parnell and Clarence A. of Blockton; and a sister, Minnie M. of St. Joseph, Mo. His mother preceded him in death in December 1941 [1931]. He spent most of his life near Sheridan, moving to Iowa about 15 years ago. He had attended the Christian church.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, January 1, 1942, p. 2

Wm. Toops Dies

Wm. Toops, 82, died Monday evening, Dec. 22 at his home, four and a half miles southwest of Sheridan. The funeral was held Friday at the Brethren church. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery, where his wife and the mother of the following children was buried several years ago: Charley Toops of Parnell, Clarence Toops of Blockton, Billy Toops of Bedford and Minnie Elliott of St. Joseph. Their stepmother, Kate Toops also survives.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 11, 1951, [p.1]

Mrs. F. J. Townsend Services Are Held

Mrs. F. J. Townsend, a resident of Taylor County most of her life, died Oct. 4 at the age of 75 years, one month, 29 days.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Evan Routh. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

Amy Catherine Townsend, daughter of John L. and Harriet Morrison Jared, was born Aug. 15, 1876, in Illinois.

She came with her parents to Taylor County, Iowa in a covered wagon.

She was married Oct. 1, 1896 to Frank J. [ames] Townsend. To them were born four children, two sons, Everett and Orie; two daughters, Florence and Alta.

She joined the Berea Church of Christ when a young girl and with her husband transferred her membership to the First Christian church of Bedford in 1921.

She is survived by her husband; her sons, Everett of Toledo, Ohio; Orie of Bedford; her daughters, Mrs. Ray (Florence) Gilbert of Bedford; Mrs. Alta Barnett of Clearmont, Mo. and one sister, Mrs. Maude Van Camp of California; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 17, 1953, [p. 1]

F. J. Townsend Died In Elmo Hospital

F. J. Townsend, a resident of Bedford and community all of his life, died at the hospital in Elmo, Mo., Dec. 13. He had been making his home with his son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Orie Townsend at Bedford for several months and was taken to the hospital a week before his death.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, conducted by Rev. Fred H. Cowles. Burial in Fairview cemetery.

Frank James Townsend, son of Alex and Catherine Townsend, was born at Hopkins, Mo., Jan. 12, 1874.

He was married to Cathrine Jared on Oct. 1, 1896. To them four children were born.

He is survived by two sons, Everett of Toledo, Ohio, and Orie of Bedford, Iowa; two daughters, Florence Gilbert of Bedford and Alta Barnett of Clearmont, Mo. There are nine grandchildren; Harold, Doyle, Betty, and Lowell Gilbert, Jerry, Charles and Dennis Townsend, Delores Cox of Graygia, Minn., and Sgt. Dean Barnett; one great grandson, Neal Cox of Graygia, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his wife on Oct. 4, 1951; three brothers, and one sister.

He is also survived by one brother, Joe Townsend of Creston; one sister, Julia Smith of Bedford.

At the age of 16 he joined the Methodist church. In later years he became a member of the Christian church of Bedford.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 7, 1966, p. 3

Last Rites Held March 30 For Mayme Turner

Funeral services for Mrs. Douglas (Mayme E.) Turner, 77, long-time Taylor County resident held March 30 at the Bedford Methodist Church were conducted by Rev. J. Milton Kinney. Mrs. Turner died March 27, 1966 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Included in the services was the following obituary.

Mayme Ellen Lee, daughter of James [Watt] and Anna [Elizabeth Treaster] Lee, was born in Center [Centre] County, Pennsylvania on July 13, 1888. She lived in this county until she was sixteen years of age when she and her parents moved to Iola, Kansas.

In 1909 the family moved to Taylor county, Iowa, where Mayme spent the remainder of her life. She united with the Bedford Methodist Church in 1916 and remained a faithful member until her death. She was also an honorary member of the Legion Auxiliary.

She was united in marriage to Douglas T. [heodore] Turner of Bedford, and to this union two children were born, a daughter, Alberta, and a son, Doyle.

Surviving are her husband, Douglas; daughter, Mrs. Phillip Larson, Clearfield, Iowa; son, Doyle, Bedford; one brother, James Wilber Lee, Bedford; two grandsons, Lewis and Greg Larson, Clearfield; three granddaughters, Janice Larson, Clearfield, Kathleen and Linda Turner, Bedford; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Preceding her in death were two brothers, John Lee, and George Calvin Lee, and two sisters, Hariette Ernest, and Jennie Van Natta.

Mrs. Turner was a good Christian, a good neighbor, a good wife, a good mother and a good citizen. She will be missed by all who knew her, but she will not be forgotten.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, June 2, 1999

Correne Cox Welch

Funeral services for Correne Dee (Cox) Welch, age 21, who died as the result  of an  automobile accident on Wednesday, May 26, 1999 were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday,  May 29,   1999  at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford with   David   Kaster   officiating. Burial was held at the Fairview Cemetery.  Services were conducted by the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Correne Dee (Cox) Welch was born on October 4, 1977 at Corning, Iowa to Ron and Brenda Cox. She was an outgoing baby from the beginning. Correne would raise her hands in the air and babble, "Praise the Lord" when she could barely talk. She sang her first solo at church at the age of three.

As Correne grew older she was excited to welcome first brother, Fletcher and then Troy to the family. The Coxes lived in Wray, Colorado from the time Correne was six to twelve years old. At the age of eight, Correne asked Jesus to come into her heart and was baptized at a friend's house by her dad. While living in Colorado, Correne loved singing in the choirs and musicals, horseback riding in Black Wolf Canyon, having all her girlfriends over to play, and bossing her two little brothers around.

Correne and her family moved back to the Hopkins/Bedford area just as she entered middle school. While performing in musicals and singing were still favorite activities, Correne became involved in cheerleading, band, student council and FFA. She lived out her dedication to the Lord and to others through the Roxy Youth Center, BASIC, 4-H and the Hopkins Baptist Church. Correne graduated from North Nodaway High School in 1996 with highest honors and received several scholarships and countless awards. She decided to attend Northwest Missouri State University where she met Patrick Welch. They were married on August 9, 1997 at Laura Street Baptist Church in Maryville.

Correne and Patrick first lived near Hopkins and then bought a home near Bedford, which they were enjoying fixing up together. Correne worked for a time as a coordinator for the Roxy Youth Center and spent many hours encouraging the young people of Hopkins in their faith in God. In April, Correne and Patrick learned they were expecting a baby due to arrive in early December. On Wednesday, May 26th at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at approximately 9:00 p.m. Correne and her baby went to be with the Lord after suffering extensive injuries in a car accident just outside of Bedford.

Left to cherish her memory are: husband, Patrick Welch of Bedford; parents, Ron and Brenda Cox of Bedford; brothers, Fletcher and Troy Cox of Bedford; Parents-in-Law, Ed and Linda Welch of Maryville; brother and sister-in-laws, Rande and Lori Welch and their son, Eric Noah of Bedford; brother in   law Tim   Welch of Maryville; Grandparents: Coryl Cox    of   Bedford; Dean    and Charlene Blanchard of Clearmont; and      Patrick's      Grandparents, Richard and LaVaughn Dredge of Maryville and Francis and Helen Welch   of  Parnell;   Aunts   and Uncles:     Lyle     and     Debbie Blanchard of Maryville; Alan and Kathy Blanchard of Clearmont; Elaine   and   Tom   Howard   of Ralston, Nebraska; Larry Cox of Des Moines; Cousins: Dusty and Jesse  Blanchard  of Clearmont; Ashley,    Shelby    and    Nathan Blanchard of Maryville; Tommy and Andrea Howard of Omaha, Nebraska and Shaun and Susan Hancock of Omaha, Nebraska.

She is preceded in death by her Grandfather, Elvin James Cox of Bedford.

We will miss her compassion, her willingness to serve and her strong support. And we know she is planning a party, filled with root beer floats, lots of music and lots and lots of love, for the day we all join her.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, June 26, 1902, p. 5


Robert W. White was born April 22nd 1839 and died June 23, 1902, aged 63 years, two months and one day. He served in the Civil War; he enlisted at Uniontown, Ohio, Dec. 6th, 1861. And served until July 11, 1865. He was a member of Co. B, 78 Reg., O. V. L., and moved to Taylor County, Iowa, Oct. 3, 1884 and has resided there ever since until called by death to a better home.

He united with the Bedford Presbyterian Church on the confession of his faith in Jesus Christ Dec. 18, 1900.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, June 26, 1902, [p. 1]


Robert W. White was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, April 22, 1839 and died at the home of his nephew, George Keith, June 23, 1902, at 2:45 p. m. The funeral services were conducted at the home on Wednesday morning by Rev. E. N. Ware. Interment in Fairview.

Mr. White was an old soldier, having enlisted in the 78th Ohio infantry in 1861 and was mustered out in 1865. He came to Iowa in 1884, and has made his home with Mr. Keith. He has for years bean a faithful member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church. He has been a great sufferer for many months. He was an unmarried man, but has a large number of relatives here and elsewhere, who have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, January 20, 1983

Final Rites Held January 13 For Hazel Woods, 85

Funeral services for Hazel Dean Woods, 85, of Bedford, held January 13, in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were officiated by Rev. Carl Cummings. Miss Wood died January 10, 1983 in Bedford Manor. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Hazel Dean Woods, daughter of Robert M. [orton] Woods and Lola M. [yrtle] Fox Woods, was born west of Bedford, Iowa November 22, 1897.

With the exception of two years when the family lived in Bedford and three years in Colorado she has lived on the home farm west of Bedford. She attended the rural school and the Bedford High School.

She engaged in the operation of the farm and cared for her mother and many other people received her unselfish care and attention in their own homes. Elda Woods Metzler, Hazel's sister, returned to Bedford to make her home with her following the death of her husband Claude Metzler and the sisters enjoyed the years together until Elda passed away April 12, 1980.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Elda; a nephew, Robert Metzler, and a niece, Joan Brahms.

Left to cherish her memory are a brother Glenn Woods and his wife, Ruth, of Massena, Iowa; Don Brahms, a nephew by marriage and Clara Metzler, a   niece  by   marriage, seven   grand   nieces   and    nephews;   three  great   grand   nephews;     other     relatives     and many friends.

Hazel was a long time member of the Bedford Baptist Church, a charter member of the D. O. C. Club of rural Bedford and for many years an active 4-H Leader.

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


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, July 4, 1901, [p. 1]

Death By Lightning Stroke

Robert M. Woods Is Instantly Killed. During the Electrical and Rain Storm Monday Afternoon, a Life Was Snuffed Out as a Candle Light.

The record-breaking weather of the past few days was followed by one of the severest storms that we have ever had.

About six o’clock Monday evening, the wind, which had been swinging from the south and west, veered around to the north and east, and for a few minutes east Main Street presented the appearance of a Kansas sandstorm. Clouds of dust were swiftly born along, enveloping everything in their path.

Lightning flashes cut through the gloom and added to the excitement. During one of the heaviest crashes the angel of death entered the home of R. M. woods west of town and took away the father and husband.

Mr. Woods had been mowing in the field, in company with Joe Huss [?], and having just come to the house, was standing by a trough watering his team when the crash came.

Mrs. Woods, who is a daughter of Wm. Fox, heard the crash and running to the door, looked out to where the lightning struck.

The watering-trough was about 6 feet from the house and in full view of the door. The first thing that met Mrs. Woods’ gaze was one of the horses struggling on the ground, and running down towards the trough saw her husband lying on the ground. He was perfectly still, and seemed not to have moved a muscle. His hat was torn, as was also his clothing and shoes, and on the right side of his head was an abrasion showing where the electricity had entered his body. It seemed to have passed down his right side, as his watch, which he carried in a small watch-pocket in his pants showed signs of having encountered the shock. Along one side of the crystal was a raised place where the glass had been melted, and on the edge of the case the silver had been melted and run together.

Dr. Archer, of this place, was called and drove at once to the home of the deceased, which is but three miles west of town, but his trip was of no avail, as Mr. Woods had been killed instantly.

The accident was as peculiar as it was terrible, and in its sudden agitation snuffed out the candle of life, depriving a happy home of a loving father and husband.

Mr. R. [obert] M. [orton] Woods was born April 22, 1863, being 38 years old at the time of his death. He leaves a wife and three children---two girls and one boy. The oldest girl is around twelve, the second four, and the boy two. Deceased was a member of the Baptist church and was a conscientious Christian, as well as a straightforward, honorable citizen. The community in which he lived deeply mourns his death, and the bereaved ones have the heartfelt sympathy of all.

The funeral services were held at the Baptist church Wednesday morning 10 o’clock, conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery.

Mr. Wood[s] was insured in the Des Moines Life Insurance Company for $1000, which amount will be paid to Mrs. Wood[s].