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[ALLEN, NANCY RICH]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, July 4, 1895, p. 3
[First line missing] over the home and life of Sanders Allen on last Saturday. On that day, at 10 minutes to 6 o’clock, death claimed his wife---the helpmate who had blessed his home and life for so many long and happy years.
Mrs. Nancy Allen died June 30, 1895, aged 59 years, 5 months and 6 days. She was born in Warren County, Ohio, Nov. 24, 1834, and in the early years of her womanhood moved with her parents to Grant County, Ind., where she was married to surviving husband. In 1866 Mr. and Mrs. Allen became residents of Taylor County, where they have lived up to the time of Mrs. Allen’s death.
The funeral services were held at the residence at 10 o’clock a. m. Monday and were conducted by Elders T. F. Richardson and Wm. Cobb. The remains were laid to rest in Fairview. Mr. Allen feels very grateful to the friends who have been so kind to him.
[ALLEN, NANCY RICH]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, July 4, 1895, p. 3
Samuel Rich of Ames came in Sunday to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Nancy Allen, whose funeral was conducted from the first Christian Church Monday, at 10 o’clock.
Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, March 4, 1987, p. 2
Funeral services for Allen Barnes, 79, were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2:00 p. m. at the Bedford Baptist Church, Rev. Steve Campbell, Rev. Earl Caryl, Rev. Ted DeHass assisted in the services. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery. Mr. Barnes died February 21, 1987.
Allen Edgar Barnes, son of Fletcher and Effie Barnes, was born February 18, 1908. He grew to manhood near Hopkins, Mo., and graduated from Hopkins High School in 1925. He married Hazel Beck, daughter of [William] Francis and Lillian Beck on December 16, 1934.
Allen was a member of Bedford Baptist Church. He served on several church boards and committees and also held several Benton township offices. He was a member of Farmer’s Mutual Insurance Company board of directors for many years.
He is survived by his wife of the home and two brothers, Freman of Bedford, and David of Maryville, Mo., and a sister Leola Williams of Gladstone, Mo., also several cousins, nieces, and nephews. He and Hazel have been residents of the Bedford Manor for the past year.
They had lived on the farm where they were married for 52 years. He actively operated the farm most of their married life. Photography was Allen’s hobby. He took beautiful nature pictures.
He was a kind and loving husband and will be missed by all who knew him.
Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, February 22, 1989, p. 8
Funeral services for Hazel Barnes, 87, were held February 20, 1989 at the Bedford Baptist Church with interment at the Fairview Cemetery. Rev. Ted DeHass was the minister. Mrs. Barnes died February 16, 1989 at Bedford.
Hazel Barnes, daughter of [William] Francis and Lillian Wakeman Beck, was born near Bedford, Iowa January 14, 1905 and departed this life February 16, 1989 at the Bedford Manor at the age of 84 years, one month and two days.
She lived in Taylor County and grew to maturity on the farm where she was born. She attended the Bedford public school and the First Baptist Church.
On December 16, 1934 she was united in marriage to Allen Barnes, at the home of the bride’s parents, where they continued to live until January 1986. After Allen had a broken hip, it became necessary for him to have special care, so they moved to the Bedford Manor where she lovingly assisted the kind nurses who cared for him. After his death she chose to continue living at the Manor.
She was engaged in Christian Education when a young person and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband who died on February 21, 1987. Left to cherish her memory are three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, two cousins, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
She was lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Bedford, (having been baptized in 1914), the Baptist Women’s Society and Mizpah Chapter of Daughters of Ceres.
She was a kind and considerate wife and daughter and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was a devoted member of her church. She was a graduate of William Jewell College at Liberty, Mo. in 1929 and of the Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Ks. in 1931.
Although Allen and Hazel had no children of their own, they were never happier than when some of her relatives, or Allen’s family, and nieces and nephews visited them. She was always proud of the fact that they lived on a “Century Farm” where three generations of her family had lived.
The family requests memorial gifts be sent to the Bedford Baptist Church.
Bedford Times-Republican, April 11, 1921, p. 2
Barbara Campbell Dies
Miss Barbara Campbell, who has been in ill health for some time passed away at her home in Bedford, Thursday, April 7, at 7:20 p. m., at the age of 55 years, 3 months and 13 days.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lumbar at the home Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p. m., and interment in Fairview Cemetery. The relatives and friends have our sympathy in their bereavement.
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, April 14, 1921, p. 4
Obituary – Barbara Campbell
Barbara Campbell, daughter of Angus and Agnes Aiton Campbell, was born Dec. 25, 1866, in Lanarkshire, Scotland. She was the youngest of her mother’s thirteen children. In 1885, her mother having died, and her sister, Mrs. Lundy, and half-brother, Wm. Meikle having come to America, she with her father and two sisters followed them here, settling near Conway. About eighteen years ago she moved to Bedford where she and her sister Agnes lived until her death, April 7, 1921. Five years ago her health failed and she gradually grew weaker until the end came suddenly, but quietly and calmly. Her father preceded her eleven years ago last March.
Miss Campbell united with the Presbyterian Church about a quarter of a century ago and was an active member in the Sabbath school and its work until her sickness prevented. She was a careful and constant reader of the Bible, quiet and unassuming in disposition, patient and cheerful in sickness and health alike. She was a benediction to all who knew her. Two sisters survive her, Agnes and Mrs. Lundy of Bedford, and two half-brothers, Wm. Meikle of this place and one in Scotland.
She truly belonged to that large class of noble men and women, the salt of the earth, described by Gray:
“Full many a gem, of purest ray
The dark unfathomed caves of
Full many a flower is born to blush
And waste its sweetness upon the
Some village-Hampton, with dauntless
The little tyrants of his fields
Some mute inglorious Milton here
Some Cromwell guiltless of his
For from the maddening crowds ig-
Their sober wishes never learned
Along the cool sequestered vale of
They kept the noiseless tenor of
The funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Lumbar and interment was in Fairview cemetery.
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, May 6, 1915, p. 4
Miss Christina Campbell
Miss Christina Campbell, aged 57 years, died at her home in north Bedford Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon. Interment will be in Fairview cemetery. Miss Campbell was a native of Scotland.
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, May 13, 1915, p. 5
Christina Campbell, the daughter of Angus and Agnes Campbell, was born January 2, 1858 in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
She resided in the land of her birth until the year 1885, when she came to America. For a time she lived with the other members of the family on a farm near Conway. About 12 years ago she came to Bedford and continued to make this her home.
Early in life she became a member of the Presbyterian Church—“The Free Church of Scotland.”
On Dec. 13, 1903, she united with the First Presbyterian church of Bedford.
Her health began to fail about two years ago and during the last six months of her life she suffered greatly, but uncomplainingly. Her religious faith seemed to give her indescribable comfort during the closing months of her life.
She passed away, May 4, 1915, Age 67 years, 4 months, and 2
days, leaving to mourn her loss, three sisters and numerous other near
relatives and friends. The funeral service was held at the home, Friday, May 7th,
1915, at 2 P. M., conducted by Rev. J. A. Currie.
Interment was made in Fairview cemetery.
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, December 14, 1899, p. 10
Maggie Clark Dead
Sunday morning, December 10, Miss Maggie Clark died at her home in Terrill, Texas. Her brother, John J., left for that place Monday and will return tomorrow with the remains. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. Ware at John Clark’s home soon after arrival of the body. Interment in Fairview. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all.
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, September 24, 1914, p. 8
Curtis R. Clayton
Curtis Raymond Clayton, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. [lza] E. [dgar] Clayton, was born October 11, 1897, near Siam, and died September 17, at his home eight miles southwest of Bedford, being 16 years, 11 months and 6 days old. Funeral services were held at the home Friday, conducted by Rev. H. McNamee, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Hopkins. Interment was made in the Fairview cemetery.
Over a year ago Curtis’ health began failing, and although he had been taken to a number of specialists, he gradually grew worse. During his long illness he bore his suffering with patience and without a murmur, always looking on the bright side of life. He was a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Duncan of Bedford.
[CLAYTON, CURTIS RAYMOND]
Bedford Free Press, Tuesday, September 22, 1914, p. 5
Curtis Raymond Clayton
After an illness lasting more than a year Curtis Clayton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elzie [Elza] Clayton, of Polk Township, died at the home of his parents, Thursday, Sept. 17. Funeral services were held at the home Friday, conducted by the pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Hopkins. Interment was in Fairview cemetery, Bedford.
Deceased was born at the present home of the family near Siam, October, 1897, and has lived there his entire life, less than seventeen years. During his illness he has been taken to a number of noted specialists, but his case seemed to baffle the skill of all.
He was a young man of great promise, loved by all who knew him and his death is a heavy blow to the grief stricken parents, who have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 25, 1945, [p. 1]
Elza E. Clayton Dies Monday, Oct. 22
Elza E. Clayton, 68, died very suddenly at his farm home southwest of Bedford Monday morning, October 22.
The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. L. Hufstader. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
The obituary will be published next week.
[CLAYTON, ELZA EDGAR]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 1, 1945, p. 4
Obituary – E. E. Clayton
Elza Edgar Clayton, youngest son of David E. [lza] and Harriett Clayton, was born December 15, 1876 at the old Clayton homestead near Siam, and died very suddenly at his farm home southwest of Bedford Monday morning, October 22, 1945, at the age of 68 years and 10 months.
He was married to Miss Maud Duncan Feb. 17, 1897. To them four children were born: Curtis, Lester, Hazel and Gladys.
He is survived by his wife; three children, Lester Clayton of Sioux City and Gladys Bates of Gravity, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, Delores and Barbara Bates and one brother, Alva J. Clayton of Siam, Iowa. One son, Curtis, preceded him in death in 1914.
He was a life long resident of Taylor County. For a few years he was engaged in the Mercantile business in Sharpsburg and Gravity but the major part of his life was spent on his farm, where he passed away.
The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. L. Hufstader. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 2, 1972, [p. 1]
Hold Last Rites Feb. 28 for Maud Clayton
Funeral services for Mrs. Elza (Maud) Clayton, 92 of Bedford, were held Mon., Feb. 28, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here. Mrs. Clayton died at her home February 25, 1972. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.
Her survivors include a daughter, Hazel Clayton, of Bedford, and a son, Lester Clayton, of Callender, Iowa.
[CLAYTON, MAUD DUNCAN]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 9, 1972, p. 6
Last Rites Held Feb. 28 for Maud Clayton
Funeral services for Mrs. Elza (Maud) Clayton, 92, of Bedford were held February 28 at Shum-Novinger funeral Home here. Mrs. Clayton died at her home February 25, 1972. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.
Maud Duncan Clayton, eldest daughter of [James] Daniel and Evalene Schrivner [Scrivner] Duncan, was born September 19, 1879 at the farm home north of Siam, Iowa.
She was married to Elza E. [dgar] Clayton on February 17, 1897. To them four children were born, Curtis, Lester, Hazel and Gladys.
She is survived by her son, Lester Clayton and wife, Ferne, of Callender, Iowa; daughter, Hazel of the home; two granddaughters, Barbara Burns and husband, Verlin, of Osceola, Iowa; Dolores Wycoff and husband, Maurice of Overland Park, Kansas; great grandchildren, Cheryl, Steven, Lori and Vicki Wycoff and Craig Burns and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Curtis, daughter, Gladys, a sister, Sydena [Syddena] Clayton, brothers, Roy and Oscar Duncan, and sister, Alice Wickersham.
She was a loving and wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She took Christ as her Savior many years ago and was a member of the Methodist Church.
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, January 3, 1929, [p. 1]
Mrs. W. E. Crum Died At Her Home Here Monday Eve.
Was Active In The Work Of The Presbyterian Church
Buried Wednesd’y Mrs. Crum Had Lived In Bedford For More than 58 Years
Mrs. W. E. Crum, wife of the late W. [illiam] E. [dwin] Crum, passed away at her home in Bedford, Monday evening, Dec. 31, 1928. The funeral services were held at the home Wednesday morning, January 2, at 10:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. John A. Currie of Tarkio, Mo. Interment was made in the Fairview cemetery.
Mrs. Crum had been a resident of Bedford for more than fifty-eight years and had been an active member of the Presbyterian Church the greater part of that time.
Harriet Van Fleet was born at Iowa City on Dec. 1st, 1850. Her parents, John R. and Ellen Smith Van Fleet were pioneers, settling in Iowa City in 1837 Harriet Van Fleet was married April 26, 1870, to William E. [dwin] Crum of Iowa City. They arrived in Bedford the tenth day of May to make their home.
She is survived by three children, Mrs. Mary Crum Reynolds and W. [illiam] E.[dwin], Jr., of Bedford, and Helen Crum Thompson of Portland, Oregon; one sister, Mrs. C. M. Porter of Oskaloosa, Iowa; and six grandchildren. Her oldest son, John Van Fleet Crum, died May 3rd, 1897.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 31, 1972, [p. 1]
Rites Held Here Aug. 2 For Steven P. Crum
The Shum-Novinger Funeral Home was filled to capacity August 25 as young and old alike paid respects to the memory of Steve Crum, 17. This well-known and popular Bedford teenager died August 22 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on that date.
Steven Perkins Crum, born October 7, 1954, was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. [illiam] E. [dwin] Crum III of Bedford.
A 1972 Bedford Community High School graduate Steve’s activities included music (band), basketball, golf, vice president of Thespians and a member of the Student Council.
Steve was a member of the Bedford First Presbyterian Church.
His survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Crum III; three brothers and families; Jon C. [lark] Crum, W. [illiam] E. [dwin] Crum IV and Michael L.[aird] Crum; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Perkins; and three uncles and families.
Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, May 1, 1991
BETHEL MARY DAVIDSON
Funeral services for Bethel Mary Davidson were held April 28, 1991 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa.
Bethel Davidson, age 82 years, 11 months and 24 days, died Friday morning, April 26 at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa.
Bethel Mary Davidson, daughter of Bradford Jay Bradley and Mary Alice Beau-champ Bradley, was born in Benton Township, Taylor County, Iowa on May 2, 1908. When she was in sixth grade she moved with her family to Bedford, Iowa graduating from Bedford High School in 1926. She was a member of the United Methodist Church since her early youth.
On August 25, 1928 she married Court Davidson and they lived on a farm in Clayton Township for the next 31 years. To this union, one son, Arthur Verne, was born in 1934.
In December of 1959, Court and Bethel left the farm. For the next seven years they worked summers at Page's Boat Yard on the Lake of the Ozarks and spent their winters in Port Isabel, Texas.
When Court's health failed in 1966, they moved to a home in Grant, Iowa to be close to their son Verne and his family. After Court's death in 1972, Bethel continued to live in Grant.
Bethel was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Georgia Byington and Gertrude Nethers, and two brothers, Arthur and Lloyd Bradley.
Those who mourn her passing include her son Verne and his wife Rosemary of Cumberland, Iowa; two grandsons, Kenneth Davidson and his fiancée Alice Rentschler of Scottsbluff, Neb., Roger Davidson, who is serving in the Marines and is currently in the Persian Gulf, and three great grandchildren, Justin Boyd, Jennie Brooke, and Jessica Bryn Davidson. Also surviving are a sister, Pearl Thornton of Bedford, a sister-in-law, Leah Bradley of St. Joseph, Mo., Hazel Davidson of Bedford, Iowa; nieces and nephews and their families and a host of friends.
Bethel was a loving and caring family oriented person. Her greatest joy in her later years were her two grandsons and her three great grandchildren, as well as her extended family of nieces and nephews. It was a great disappointment for her that she could not say good-bye to her youngest grandson Roger. Bethel's memory will always be cherished by those who knew and loved her.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, June 17, 1965, p. 8
Clay Davidson Rites June 14
Funeral services for Clay Davidson, 72, lifetime Taylor County resident, held June 14 at Madison Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, were conducted by Carl Cummings. Mr. Davidson died June 12, 1965 at his home in Bedford. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.
Included in the services was the following obituary:
Clay Davidson, son of Archie Boyd and May Haun Davidson, was born March 13, 1893 in Jackson township, Taylor county, Iowa.
His entire life was spent on a farm east of Bedford until nine years ago when he moved with his sisters to a home in Bedford.
He served with the Provost Guard Co., Camp McArthur, Waco, Texas, from August 7, 1918 to March 4, 1919.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by three sisters, Belle and Hazel Davidson, and Violet Haynie of the home, and one brother and wife, Court and Bethel Davidson of Gravois Mills, Mo.; one nephew and his family, [Arthur] Verne and Rosemary Davidson and sons Kenneth and Roger of Cumberland, Iowa; two nephews who were raised in the Davidson home and their families, Russell and Shirley Haynie and children, Sondra and Steven of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Richard and Patricia Haynie and son, Edward Clay of Kansas City, Mo.; a cousin, Minnie Hoover, who lives in the home, as well as numerous other cousins, friends, and neighbors.
Although he had been in poor health for many years he was very patient. He kept abreast of the times with his radio and television.
Clay was particularly the friend of all the children around him and especially enjoyed working and visiting with them.
His memory will always be cherished by all who knew him.
Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, January 20, 1993
Funeral service for Hazel Davidson, 89, were held Thursday, Jan. 14, 1993 at Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home with Rev. Dean Rice officiating. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa
Hazel Davidson, daughter of Archibald and May Haun Davidson was born in Taylor County, Iowa on January 25, 1903 and departed this life on January 11, 1993 at Bedford, Iowa at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 16 days.
She lived and grew to maturity in Taylor County where she attended the public school.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters. Belle and Violet, and two brothers, Court and Clay.
Left to cherish her memory are three nephews: [Arthur] Verne Davidson, Cumberland, Iowa, Richard Haynie, Kansas City, Mo., and Russell Haynie of Laker Lotawana, Mo.
She was a kind and considerate sister and aunt and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Harry Edison Dougherty was born August 11, 1917 on a farm west of Bedford, Iowa. He attended public schools in Bedford and Clarinda, Iowa. His parents were Jesse Floyd Dougherty and Effie Lydia Horning, both of Bedford.
Harry married Verda "June Smith on January 25, 1959. Harry and Verda adopted their only child, Allen Dougherty in 1964 when he was five years old.
Harry worked in the retail business for JC Penney, Grahams Department Store, Brown's Shoe Store, Montgomery Ward, and Butler Brothers of Chicago, Illinois. Harry was a good salesman. He enjoyed visiting with people and never met a stranger. He traveled for 12 years in Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming as a superintendent for Ben Franklin Store. He spent his last 40 working years in the Ben Franklin Store in Leon, Iowa that Harry and Verda owned. Harry retired at age 62 and turned the store over to his son Allen. Over the years Harry was involved in various business interests such as O'Bryan Brothers, and part ownership of North Lumber in Leon with Wiley Buchanan.
Harry served in the United States Air Force from 1942 to 1943. He was a member of the Rotary, ZA-GA-ZIG Shiners, American Legion, Masons, and a 50-year member of the Elks Club. He belonged to the Bedford Baptist Church, and the Methodist Church in Leon.
Harry died August 6, 2004 in Leon at Westview Acres Care Center with all of his family by his side.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sister Ruth Jones of Red Oak, and a brother Willard Dougherty of Gladbrook, Missouri.
Harry is survived by his wife, Verda June Dougherty of Leon; his son Allen Dougherty of Bedford; granddaughter Stephanie McClellan and husband Shawn, and three great grandchildren, Quinn, Ethan, and Kaylyn McClellan of Leon; a brother Floyd Dougherty and wife Suzie of Trenton, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed by all of his family, friends and the community.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 9, 2004 at Slade -O'Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa with Rev. Max Carmichael officiating and a Masonic Service by Grand River Lodge #78 A.F. & A.M. Burial was in Memory Cemetery at New Market,
Iowa at 12.30 p.m. Monday with Military Honors by John F. Hardin American Legion Post #164 of Bedford, Iowa.
Memorials may be given to the Leon Cemetery Paving Fund.
Page County Democrat, Thursday, September 30, 1880, p. 3
Mother Duncan, who has for years been living in Buchanan Township, died on Thursday morning last, and was buried in the Shearer cemetery on Friday. She was one of the kindest and noblest women that ever lived, and no one knew her but to love and respect her. She passed to the better land without leaving an enemy, and the world is better from the fact that she lived in it. She leaves several children and many near relatives. All the people in that part of the county mourn her loss.
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, July 18, 1929, p. 4
Mrs. Dan Duncan
Mrs. Dan Duncan passed away at her home in Bedford Monday. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. R. Talley. Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery. Obituary will be printed next week.
[DUNCAN, EVALINE SCRIVNER]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, July 25, 1929, p. 7
Mrs. Dan Duncan
Evaline Scrivner was born in Fulton County, Ill., Nov. 6, 1854, and passed away at her home in Bedford, Iowa, July 15, 1929, at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 9 days. When a girl of fourteen years she came to Taylor County, and her home has been here since that time. On Dec. 8, 1878, she was married to J. [ames] D.[aniel] Duncan. Last year they celebrated their golden wedding. To this union five children were born, Maude, wife of E. [lza] E. [dgar] Clayton of Sharpsburg; Dena, wife of A. [lva] J. [efferson] Clayton of Siam; R. [oy] E. [lsworth] Duncan of Twin Falls, Idaho; O. [scar] A. [ntoin] Duncan of North Hollywood, Calif.; Alice, wife of W. H. Wickersham of Aden, Alberta, Canada. Mrs. Wickersham died Jan. 28, 1924, and is buried here in Bedford Cemetery [Bedford Fairview]. Soon after her marriage Mrs. Duncan was converted and joined the Methodist church in Siam where she worked for many years as a faithful member of that organization. In 1914 they moved to Bedford and her membership was transferred to the Methodist church here. For some years she has not been in the best of health and has been denied the privilege of church attendance because of her health. In the years during which she and her husband have lived in Taylor County they have made a host of friends and they are among the number of people who have helped to lay the foundations of church and state and have promoted those influences which have told for peace and quietness and those influences have told on the communities in which they have lived and have produced fruitage in the lives of their children. She rests from her labors and her works follow her. These friends will miss her and besides the above named relatives she leaves three sisters and two brothers to mourn her going.
The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, July 17th, from the Methodist church, under the direction of the pastor, Rev. M. R. Talley, and the body laid to rest in the Bedford cemetery [Bedford Fairview].
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 24, 1967, p. 3
Oscar A. Duncan Dies in Calif.
Oscar A. [ntoin] Duncan, formerly of Siam, died at Hollywood, Calif. August 11, after a lingering illness. Services and interment were in California.
Oscar A. Duncan, son of [James] Daniel and Evaline Duncan, was born June 21, 1884 near Siam where he received his education. Later he attended Amity College.
On Dec. 7, 1910 he married Jennie Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Smith of Siam. They went to California where they have made their home.
The Eldon Claytons of Siam are in California and attended the services. Mrs. Glen Stewart and Eldon Clayton are a niece and nephew.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, February 6, 1986
Death of Alice Flick reported
Alice D. [unning] Flick, 105, Des Moines, died at her home Feb. 1. Services were held February 4 in Des Moines. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.
Mrs. Flick was born in Bedford and has been a resident in Des Moines for 65 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines, PEO Chapter Q, Brevity Club, Des Moines Women's Club and Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
She was past president of the American University women, Des Moines branch.
She is survived by daughter Frances Flick, Des Moines, son Robert Flick, Des Moines; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, November 2, 1994
ROBERT BRUCE FLICK
Robert Bruce Flick, age 84, of Des Moines, died Saturday, Oct. 29 at his home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, at Dunn's Funeral Home with graveside services Tuesday afternoon at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa.
Robert Bruce Flick was born in Bedford, Iowa. He has been a resident of Des Moines since 1921.
He was a high school history teacher for Valley High School in West Des Moines. He formerly taught in Bedford, Iowa.
He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Amherst College Alumni Association, Hoyt Sherman Club, past president of the Iowa Classroom Teacher's Association, and Iowa State Teacher's Association.
He is survived by a sister, Frances J. Flick, Des Moines, niece, Charlotte L. Clark, New York, N.Y., and nephew, Robert B. Clark of New Jersey.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 30, 1943, [p. 1]
Will Hartzler, 69, Dies This Morning
Will Hartzler, 69, of Bedford, died at the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda this morning.
The funeral services will be held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, October 3, at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Archie A. Ross. Burial will be in the Fairview cemetery.
[HARTZLER, WILLIAM WINFRED “Will”]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 7, 1943, p. 8
Obituary – W. W. Hartzler
William W. [infred] Hartzler was born in Marion County, Iowa, October 11, 1873.
He was the son of Samuel and Josephine Sigler Hartzler. When he was still a boy his parents came to Taylor County and settled in Holt [township before the] family moved to the farm southeast of Bedford, which had been his home since. When a young man he united with the Presbyterian church of Bedford.
He loved his home, his fields, his stock and received his greatest pleasure in his work. He was of a family of five children, two preceded him in death, Charles S. and Mrs. Robert Coulthard. He is survived by one sister, Miss Bertha Hartzler at home; one brother, Harry Hartzler; two nephews, R. L. Coulthard of Gravity and Clyde Coulthard of Des Moines; one niece Mrs. Mae Allen of Bedford; and three great nieces and five great nephews.
The funeral service was held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Archie A. Ross. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, January 8, 1959, p. 4
Mrs. Ada Killfoy Died Here Monday
Mrs. Ada Killfoy, 80, died at her home in Bedford Monday, January 5 after a long illness. Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home at two o’clock Thursday afternoon, January 8. Rev. Colvin Caughey of the Baptist church officiated. Burial in Fairview cemetery. Mrs. Killfoy is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, February 1, 1900, [p. 1]
An Infant Dead
Last Saturday the two months old boy [Cecil] of Mr. Kilfoy [Killfoy], six miles east of Bedford, died. The mother was buried only a short time ago. The funeral was preached by Rev. Griffith of Bedford.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 27, 1943, [p. 1]
John Kilfoy Dies
John Kilfoy [Killfoy], familiarly known in Bedford as “Daddy” died unexpectedly at his home in South Bedford about 3 o’clock this afternoon. He had been in failing health for several years.
[KILLFOY, JOHN HENRY “DADDY”]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, June 3, 1943, p. 4
Hold Funeral Rites For John Killfoy
Funeral services for John Killfoy, who died unexpectedly at his home in Bedford Thursday afternoon, May 27, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Archie A. Ross. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
John Henry Killfoy was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, April 2, 1877. He came to Bedford when he was about fifteen years of age, and had resided here since.
He was married to Viva Templeton in 1898 . To them one son was born. Both preceded him in death. In 1902 he was married to Ada B. Norris, who survives, with several nieces and nephews.
He became a member of the Baptist church when a young man. Mr. Killfoy was connected with the business life of Bedford for many years, being in charge of transporting the mail and express between depot and town. Called “Daddy” Killfoy by his friends, he was well liked by all who knew him.
Bedford Free Press, December 28, 1899, p. 1
Death of Mrs. Killjoy
Vivian, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. [iles] M. [urphy]
Templeton, was born October 16, 1880, and died December 22, 1899, aged 19
years, 2 months and 6 days. She was married to John Killjoy [Killfoy] February
15, 1899, who, with a small babe, mourn her loss. The funeral
was conducted at the home of her father by Rev. Griffith Sunday morning,
after which the body was laid to rest in the Bedford cemetery [Bedford
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 5, 1959, p. 6
Carl Layman Rites In Bedford Sunday
Carl Layman of Bedford passed away Friday, October 30 at Municipal hospital in Clarinda, after a short illness. Funeral services were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Service, 708 State Street, Sunday afternoon. Rev. Anthony Blankers of the Bedford Methodist church officiated. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.
Carl Eugene Layman, son of the late George and Sarah Layman, was born December 16, 1896, at Champaign, Ill., and passed away at the age of 62 years, 10 months, 13 days.
He leaves to mourn his death: his wife, Laura Layman of Bristol, Tenn.; one brother, Russell Layman of Virginia, Minn.; three sisters, Lucile Livingston of Bedford, Mrs. F. B. Roberts of Belle Fourche, S. Dak., Mrs. J. C. Traweek of Glencoe, Ill.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 30, 1933, [p. 1]
Former Resident Dies in Washington
George Layman, 62, for many years a resident of the Bedford community, died at his home in Elma, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 25, after a year’s illness.
The body is being brought to Bedford and is expected to arrive Saturday. The funeral services will be held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. R. Talley of Mount Ayr, assisted by Rev. J. Stanley Decker of Bedford. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery.
Mr. Layman is the father of Mrs. Lucile Livingston and Miss Catherine Layman, both of Bedford.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 7, 1933, p. 5
Services Held for George Layman
Funeral services for George Layman, 62, who died at his home in Elma, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 25, were held at the Methodist Episcopal church in Bedford, Sunday afternoon, Dec. 3, conducted by Rev. M. R. Talley of Mount Ayr, and assisted by Rev. J. Stanley Decker of Bedford. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
Mr. Layman was born in Champaign County, Ill., August 31, 1871. He was married to Sarah Catherine Jackson, Feb. 19, 1896. To them were born five children, Carl E. Layman of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Lucile Livingston of Bedford, Miss Kathryn Layman of Bedford, Russell T. Layman of Virginia, Minn., and Mrs. Opal Roberts of Rapid City, S. Dak.
The family moved to Iowa in 1900 and resided for several years in Taylor and Adams counties. Mrs. Layman died Dec. 14, 1911. Mr. Layman moved to Washington in 1918 and was married in 1923 to Alice Crites. Surviving relatives are the wife, five children, four grandchildren, and three brothers. The brothers are Frank Layman of Corning, Bert Layman of Laurens, Iowa, and Fred Layman of Auburn, Iowa. Mr. Layman united with the Methodist church many years ago.
Bedford Free Press, Wednesday, October 2, 1918, [p. 1]
Livingston Services Held Last Sunday
Memorial services for Rollie Livingston were held Sunday afternoon in the courthouse park. A large crowd from all parts of the county were present, an unusually large number being from Gravity. It was originally announced that memorial services for Tommy Leonard would be held in conjunction with that of Livingston’s but relatives of the dead soldier requested that it not be held at this time.
The memorial address was given by Rev. L. P. Goodwin, pastor of the Methodist church, of which Rolla was a member. Although speaking of the praise, courage and bravery of the young man from Bedford who gave his life that this country would be a safe place in which to live, Rev. Goodwin, in his address particularly impressed upon those present the part that those at home had to play. More than the buying of bonds and furnishing funds but must do everything in every way possible to make the fighting forces of this country the best the world can produce. The talk filled the hearts of those present with patriotism. The following obituary of Rolla Livingston was read:
John Rolland Livingston
John Rolland Livingston, son of Benjamin P. and Margaret Livingston, was born in Page County, Iowa, March 28, 1897 and died in a Red Cross Hospital in France August 3, 1918 at the age of 21 years, 4 mo., 5 days.
He lived in Page County until 1904 when his parents moved to Nebraska. Five years later they returned to Iowa and settled near Bedford, where he since made his home, attending the Bedford schools and assisting his father on the farm.
When the United States entered the war, Rolla was one of the first to respond. April 10, 1917 he enlisted in Co. K of the 3rd Iowa, which became the 168th U. S. Infantry. Four days later he was united in marriage with Lucille Layman and [words unreadable] joined his company at Corning. After some months of training at Corning, Des Moines and Long Island, the well-known Rainbow Division left for overseas service. This splendid division has been in almost continuous service since entering the trenches early in the present year. Rolla was gassed May 27 and was in the hospital a few weeks. He returned to his company and in the famous drive on the Chateau Thierry front, north from the Marne, he suffered severe shrapnel wounds on July 26th. He was removed to a Red Cross hospital and thought to be in no serious danger. But on August 3 he passed away, death resulting from blood poisoning.
While the father was away, a son, Rolla Theodore, was born whom Rolla never saw. He leaves to mourn his loss, the young wife, Mrs. Lucille Livingston, and the little infant child, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Livingston, one brother, Ralph R. Livingston and one sister Mary Livingston. The host of assembled friends at the memorial service bears witness to the esteem in which he was held in the community.
Rolla united with the Methodist church when about eleven years of age at Trumbull, Nebraska and later bro’t his membership to the Methodist church of Bedford. He was a member of the Big Brother Class of the Sunday school and also of the Epworth League. A noble young life has been laid a willing sacrifice on the altar of world freedom. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, August 6, 1997, p. 5
Rollie Theodore Livingston
Rollie Theodore Livingston, 79, died Tuesday, July 29, 1997. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather with a wonderful sense of humor. A resident of McAllen for 23 years, Rollie will be missed by many close friends in McAllen, Austin, Iowa and Arkansas.
Rollie was born December 12, 1917 in Bedford, Iowa to the late John and Lucile Livingston. He was educated at Bedford High School and Iowa State University. Rollie served in the United States Navy during WWII. In 1947 he returned to Bedford. He was active in men’s clothing business owning retail stores in Bedford and Clarinda, Iowa and Maryville and Chillicothe, Missouri. He also represented Curlee Clothing Company and Hubbard Pants Company.
In 1955, the Livingstons moved to Clarinda, Iowa and in 1965 they moved to Austin, TX. In 1974 Rollie and Julia moved to McAllen. Later they also established a home in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Rollie was a member of the Methodist church and the McAllen Country Club. He was an avid golfer who also enjoyed fishing, hunting, dominoes and cards.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Julia Maria [Marie] Livingston, two daughters and their husbands, Julie and John Lisle and Ann and Ted Koziell and Kelly Koziell; and two great grandchildren, Ben and Molly Lederer.
Memorial services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 1, 1997 at Kreidler Funeral Home on N. 10th Street. Rev. Ken Harrison officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clarinda Foundation, Clarinda, IA 51632 or to the American Cancer Society. Services were entrusted to the care of Kreidler funeral Home in McAllen.
Memorial services will be held in Bedford at a later date.
Bedford Times-Republican, Tuesday, May 16, 1905, [p. 1]
Death of George McCorkle
George B. [lythe] McCorkle died at 6 o’clock this morning at his home near Bedford, of cancer of the intestines.
The deceased was in his 43d year and was one of the best known and most highly esteemed young farmers in Taylor County. He was born in Illinois but has lived on the farm near Bedford for more than a quarter of a century.
Mr. McCorkle was taken sick a year ago and has been confined to his bed since February.
The funeral will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2:30 p. m. at the Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Barackman. Interment at Fairview Cemetery.
[MCCORKLE, GEORGE BLYTHE]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, May 18, 1905, [p. 1]
Departed This Life
George B. McCorkle, son of Mrs. M. L. McCorkle, was born in Washington, Illinois, March 4, 1863, and died at his home about two miles southwest of Bedford Monday, May 16, 1905, at 6:15 o'clock a.m.
Mr. McCorkle came with his parents to Taylor County in May 1878, and has since resided in this vicinity. He was married to Minnie Maude Swearingen January 20, 1891, and to this union was born one child, Helen Blythe. His first wife departed this life about 5 years ago and he again united in marriage with Lulu McKissick, their marriage taking place September 4, 1902.
For about one year Mr. McCorkle had been in poor health, but not until of late was his case thought to be a dangerous one. Everything was done for him that medical skill and the attention of a devoted wife and friends could do, but all to no avail. The Master called and he must go.
Deceased was one of Taylor County’s most honored and respected citizens. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, having become a Christian when but a young man. He leaves a wife, one child, a mother, one brother, Sanford H., and one sister, Mrs. Anna Dinges, to mourn his death, besides a host of friends and distant relatives.
Funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday, May 17, by Rev. R.L. Barackman, after which the body was laid to rest in Fairview cemetery.
The Free Press joins their many friends in extending heartfelt sympathy to bereaved ones.
[MCCORKLE, GEORGE BLYTHE]
Bedford Times-Republican, Friday, May 19, 1905, [p. 1]
Death Loves A Shining Mark
George B. McCorkle Passes away---Obituary
Geo. B. [lythe] McCorkle died at his home a short distance southwest of Bedford, on Monday, May 16 at 6 a. m., age 42 years, 2 months and 12 days.
The deceased was born in Washington, Ill., on March 4, 1863, and there it was that his boyhood days were spent. When George was still a lad of fifteen, with his parents he removed to Taylor County and settled on the farm two miles southwest of Bedford, and then to the day of his death he made that his home.
On Jan. 20th, 1891, the deceased was united in marriage to Minnie M. [aude] Swearingen, who, dying a few years later, left him one child, a daughter, Helen Blythe. His marriage to Miss Lulu McKissick was solemnized September 4, 1902.
The visitation of the dread Angel of Death, no difference in what guise he many come, or upon whom his cold clammy hand is laid, brings sorrow, grief and pain. The aged, the maimed, the helpless, shrink from his touch, and those left behind yearn in vain for a sight of the one who was called away.
How much greater the sorrow, more poignant the grief---how inexpressibly sad, it is, when Death, merciless and insatiable, lays his wand upon one who in the prime of manhood, can best enjoy life; on one whose life is most valuable to his friends and dear ones, and of the most use to the world at large.
George McCorkle was just in the prime of life. Strong, vigorous and robust. Sickness, to him was a stranger. To see him none would have believed, but, that barring accidents, there was a long and happy life before him. But even then, when all seemed brightest, the grim spectre of death, unseen and unsuspected, was hovering near.
It was nearly a year ago when he was first taken ill. At first it seemed only a trifling indisposition, but in place of disappearing, it grew worse---slowly but surely. It was not until three months ago, that he was compelled to take his bed, and even then, so insidious was the advance of the disease, it was not thought his condition was so serious.
Everything that science could suggest was tried without avail; all that kind and loving hands could do was done, but all in vain. Death, which loves a shining mark, had placed its seal upon his brow---he was nearing the river and the skill of science, and even the boundless, pleading love of wife, child, mother and friend could not hold him back. Dimly for days burned the lamp of life, flickering, failing, sustained only by a great vitality, and faithfully, jealously guarded by a bulwark of love, until at last, the end came, and the tired and pain-racked body was at rest, the spirit untrammeled, sped to join the Immortals.
Mr. McCorkle united with the church at the age of eighteen and lived and died a faithful and consistent Christian. His friends have the sweet assurance that he died “in the Lord.”
Upon the death of his father the duties of eldest son fell upon Mr. McCorkle. He filled the place with fidelity and steady judgment even at the sacrifice of personal opportunities. He was a faithful son, an affectionate brother, a careful father, and a husband tender and true.
The funeral was held at the residence at 2:30 Wednesday, and was largely attended. Rev. Barackman delivered the funeral address. Interment at Fairview cemetery.
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, December 30, 1909, [p. 1]
Mrs. Mattha L. McCorkel
Martha L. [ucinda] Gordin [Gorin] was born February 21, 1839 in Vandalia, Ill., died at Ulysses, Neb., Dec. 25, 1909. When but six weeks old her parents moved to Washington, Illinois, which was her home until she came to Iowa. She was married to Miles B. [lythe] McCorkle May 4, 1862. Of that union three children were born, George B. [lythe], who is deceased and Sanford and Mrs. Anna M. Dinges of Bedford. May 15th, 1878, with her husband and children she came to Iowa and located on the home place just southwest of Bedford, and there she has ever since lived a happy and useful life.
Several years ago she united with the Presbyterian church of Bedford and ever since has been a loyal and consistent member of it.
She died while away from home on a visit with relatives and old friends in Ulysses, Nebraska. Her husband proceeded her a number of years, dying in 1885. She leaves to mourn her loss two children, Sanford and Mrs. Anna Dinges; four grandchildren, and a multitude of friends.
Her life was characterized by its energy, its simplicity, and its devotion to the things that are true and pure and ennobling. She loved her home and her children with a mighty affection. She made friends easily and retained them, counting them among the real treasures of her life. She so lived that when the summons came to go hence she was ready. When her son told her that an operation under the surgeon’s knife was absolutely necessary she knew that it might be the end of her earthly existence but she said calmly, “I am ready.” She was ready to live and be the joy and comfort of her friends and loved ones; she was ready to depart and be with Christ. Him she had learned to love and trust in her early years; unto Him she had been faithful through a good long life; with Him she had walked through the storms and bereavements of many a summer and winter, and when the end came she was not afraid. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”
It was Christmas day when the summons came, a day of gladness on earth, a day of gladness in heaven. She had been faithful unto death, and her Master had called her home to receive the crown of everlasting life. She has come to the grave in a full age like a shock of corn cometh in his season. She lived a life of blessing. This community is better for her having lived in it, and her end was peace. “Well done thou good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful over a few things, enter thou into the joy of the Lord.” C.
[MCCORKLE, MARTHA LUCINDA GORIN]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, December 30, 1909, p. 5
Mrs. Martha McCorkle
Death came rather suddenly to Mrs. Martha McCorkle, while she was visiting Mrs. Clara Patrick, a relative, in Ulysses, Neb. Her son, Sanford McCorkle, was with her at the time of death, and her daughter, Mrs. C. V. Dinges, was on her way there, when a message came announcing the death. The remains were brought here immediately, accompanied by the son.
Martha L. [ucinda] Gordin [Gorin] was born in Vandalia, Ill, February 21, 1839 and when she was but six weeks old her parents moved to Washington, Ill., which was her home until she came to Iowa. She was married to Miles B. [lythe] McCorkle, May 4, 1862, and to this union three children were born, George B.[lythe] McCorkle, deceased, and Sanford McCorkle and Mrs. Anna M. Dinges of Bedford. May 15, 1878, she came with her husband and children to Taylor County and located on a place just southwest of Bedford where she had since lived. Several years ago she united with the Presbyterian church of Bedford and has ever since been a loyal member. Her husband had preceded her to the grave, he having died in 1885. She leaves to mourn her loss, two children and four grandchildren. The funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. [harles] V. [erne] Dinges, in this city Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. S. E. Henry of the Presbyterian church, after which the body was laid to rest in Fairview cemetery.
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, January 31, 1901, [p. 1]
Died, at the home of her mother, Mrs. G. [eorge] W. Swearingen, on Saturday afternoon, January 26, at 5:25 o’clock, Mrs. George B. McCorkle, aged 31 years, 10 months and 11 days. The funeral services were conducted at the home of her mother Monday afternoon by Rev. E. N. Ware.
Mrs. McCorkle had been sick only a short time, and at first no apprehension was felt for her recovery, but the disease developed rapidly and soon ended fatally. All that medical aid and loving, tender hearts could do was done, but to no avail. Her Master called her and she obeyed. The interment took place in the Fairview cemetery.
Mrs. McCorkle was a true, loving wife and a kind, devoted mother, and had many friends. She leaves a husband and little girl to mourn her loss, also her mother, two brothers and four sisters. The sorrowing ones have the sympathy of all in their sad bereavement.
Minnie Maude Swearingen was born March 15, 1869, at Green Hill, Columbia[na] County, Ohio; moved to Bedford April 10, 1873; united with the Presbyterian church December 13, 1885; was married to George B. [lythe] McCorkle January 20, 1891.
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, February 18, 1897, p. 3
G. [eorge] B. Miller, aged nearly 80 years, died at his home three miles south of town, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 1897. He had been afflicted with kidney trouble for a long time and recently the grippe, which, added to his other infirmities, hastened his end. Funeral services were conducted from the home Friday at 1:00 p. m., by Rev. A. H. Collins, and the remains interred in Fairview. The deceased leaves a wife and three daughters. He has been a resident of the community in which he died since 1889, and was highly respected by all.
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, September 29, 1904, p. 5
---Mrs. Sarah H. Miller died at her home in Benton Township Saturday morning, with kidney disease, aged 76 years, 5 months and 17 days.
[MILLER, SARAH H. COPELAND CAMPBELL]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, September 29, 1904, p. 5
M. [athias] E. [dgar] Campbell left this morning for his home in Chicago, after attending the funeral of his mother, Mrs. S. [arah] H. Miller. He was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Phelps.
[MILLER, SARAH H. COPELAND CAMPBELL]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, September 29, 1904, p. 7
Mrs. Sarah H. Miller died at her home in Benton Township, about two miles west of the city, at 3:30 this morning, her age at the time being 76 years, 5 months and 17 days. The funeral will be held from the residence Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Miller is the lady who fell and broke her leg about two months ago, though she had nearly recovered from the effects of this injury, and it was kidney disease that caused her death.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, January 27, 1972, [p. 1]
Rites Held Here Wednesday for Ethel Robinson
Funeral services for Mrs. Floyd (Ethel) Robinson of Bedford were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Ray McCain. Mrs. Robinson died unexpectedly at her home in Bedford on Monday. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.
Mrs. Robinson’s survivors include her husband, Floyd; son, William; and three grandchildren.
[ROBINSON, ETHEL PAULINE DALTON]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, February 3, 1972, p. 6
Hold Last Rites Jan. 26 for Ethel Robinson
Funeral services for Mrs. Floyd S. (Ethel) Robinson, 65, of Bedford, were held January 26 at the Bedford Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ray C. McCain officiating with Rebekah Lodge services by Golden Rule Rebekah Lodge No. 134. Mrs. Robinson died January 24, 1972 at her home in Bedford. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.
Ethel Pauline Dalton Robinson, daughter of Milo and Eva Dowell Dalton, of Taylor County, was born June 6, 1906 at Elm Creek, Nebraska.
She was married to Floyd S. [ylvester] Robinson on September 15, 1923. To them one son, William Floyd, was born.
Among Mrs. Robinson’s survivors are her husband, Floyd S.; son, William Floyd and his wife, Janice; grandchildren Robert Lynn, Linda Sue and Paul William Robinson; a sister, Esther McColly of East Lansing, Michigan; sister-in-law, Oma Dalton.
One sister and two brothers preceded her in death.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 18, 1976
Final Rites Held Here March 12
Funeral services for Floyd Sylvester Robinson, 72, of Bedford, lifelong resident of Taylor County, were held March 12 at the Bedford United Christian Presbyterian Church with Rev. C. Ray McCain officiating. Mr. Robinson died March 9, 1976 in Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.
Floyd Sylvester Robinson, son of William H. [enry] and Viola Jared Robinson, was born in Taylor County September 8, 1903.
He lived in Taylor County where he grew to maturity, attended the public school and joined the United Christian-Presbyterian Church.
On September 15, 1923 he was united in marriage to Ethel Pauline Dalton at Bedford and they lived on a farm in Taylor County. To this union was born one son, Billy.
Mr. Robinson's occupations included farming, serving as city marshal, automobile salesman and service station attendant.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ethel, and one brother, Don.
On November 7, 1974 he was united in marriage to Lula Elsie Hinton Cortner.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lula; son Billy and his wife, Janice, and their four children, Robert, Linda, Paul and Jennifer; three aunts, Edith Wollenhaupt of Clarinda, Mabel Hartman of Cedar Falls and Minnie Journey, Bedford; three step children, Shirley Walters and her husband, Dale, Doyle Cortner and his wife, Gloria, and Joanna Mnichowicz and her husband, Ray; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Oma Dalton.
He was a member of the United Christian-Presbyterian Church and served on the Taylor County Fair Board for over 20 years.
He was a kind and considerate husband and father and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 3, 1960, p. 6
Wm. Robinson, 81, Dies From Burns
William Robinson, 81, Bedford, died Tuesday, November 1 at St. Francis hospital, Maryville, of burns he suffered Saturday.
Mr. Robinson was burned Saturday evening at his home when his night clothing caught fire from a cigarette. He was enveloped in flames. The house was not damaged.
Mr. Robinson was a retired dairyman and former operator of a meat market.
He is survived by his wife of the home and two sons, Floyd Robinson, Bedford, and Don Robinson, Inman, Nebr.
Funeral services are pending, awaiting word from relatives.
[ROBINSON, WILLIAM HENRY]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 24, 1960, p. 7
Obituary – Wm H. Robinson
William Henry Robinson was born Feb. 25, 1878 in Stark County, Illinois, the son of Geo. F. [rederick] and Mary E. [lizabeth Snyder] Robinson and died Nov. 1, 1960 at the age of 82 years, seven months, six days.
On Feb. 26, 1901  he was married to Viola Jared and to this union two sons were born, Floyd S. [ylvester] Robinson of Bedford and Donald L. [ee] Robinson of Inman, Nebr.
Mr. Robinson engaged in farming until retiring a number of years ago in Bedford where they continued to reside. He was a lifelong resident of Taylor County and was baptized and joined the Berea Christian church at the age of 17.
He is survived by his wife, the two sons and their wives; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Basie Mincks of Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Grace Braam of Des Moines, Mrs. Edith Wollenhaupt of Clarinda; two brothers, Arch of Anderson, Ind., Roy of California.
William Crum Swinehart, son of Henry Walker Swinehart and Ann Crum, was born Mar. 26, 1944 in Clarinda, Page Co., Iowa and died
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, February 7, 1901, p.
“Of Such is the Kingdom”
Friday evening, February 1, 1901, Calvin Andrew Scane, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Scane, of Bedford, left its frail tenement of clay and returned to the God who gave it. It budded on earth to bloom in heaven, and was only 2 months and 8 days old at the time of its death. The parents can take sweet consolation in the words of Jesus, “Suffer the little children and forbid them not to come unto me for of such is the kingdom on heaven.” The little body was taken to Lenox and interred in the cemetery at that place Sunday. The funeral services were conducted Father Noonan, pastor of the Catholic church.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 1, 1937, [p. 1]
Hold Last Rites for Joe Scane
Hundreds of Friends Pay Their Respects
Funeral services for Joe Scane, who died in the hospital at Iowa City Sunday, were held Wednesday afternoon, March 31, at the Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. Robert Boshen. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.
Business houses here were closed during the services, and one of the largest crowds to attend a funeral service was present to pay last respects.
Chief of the Bedford volunteer firemen’s organization the past three years, employee at the Bedford Oil Company’s Main Street station for years, and a friend to all, Joe’s death saddened this community. Death came as a result of injuries received in a car accident near Winterset last fall.
Firemen in uniform acted as pallbearers; other firemen and the city officials attended in a body; members of the Masonic orders attended in a body and gave the Masonic burial service at the grave.
Just before his accident Joe had succeeded in convincing the city council of the need for a new fire truck. He never saw it, nor realized that his ride in it would be to the grave. The new truck was used a hearse at Joe’s funeral.
Joseph Walker Scane was born April 6, 1906 in Bedford, son of William Henry Scane and Henrietta Walker Scane.
Surviving is one brother, William Benjamin Scane of Bedford, Iowa. His father died April 23, 1936; his mother on Aug. 11, 1915. Two brothers and a baby sister also preceded him in death, Calvin Andrew Scane on Feb. 1, 1901, Henry Wayland Scane on April 8, 1904, and Baby Margaret Scane on Jan. 1, 1909.
Joseph Scane attended the Bedford public schools and graduated from high school in the class of 1927. He was a member of the Masonic lodge No. 156, at Bedford and also a member of Triangle chapter No. 68, Royal Arch Masons.
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, August 12, 1915, [p. 1]
Mrs. William Scane
Mrs. William Scane died at her home in Bedford Wednesday afternoon. The funeral services will be held at the residence Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will be made in the Fairview cemetery.
Loretta Walker was born January 11, 1872, at Gravity and spent all of her life in Taylor County. In 1898 she was united in marriage to William Scane. To this union were born five children, three having died in infancy. Ben, aged ten, and Joe, eight, with the father survive. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. C. C. Corson of Bedford and a brother, A. S. Walker of Indianola.
Mrs. Scane has been sick for several years, during which time she had submitted to several operations, but through all she was a patient sufferer. Her physical endurance was a marvel to her relatives and friends who observed the manner in which she survived her attacks of illness, and how life continued during the last days when she was taking no food nor nourishment. Her suffering was great until the last few days, but her visitors always found her cheerful.
[SCANE, HENRIETTA “RETTA” WALKER]
Bedford Free Press, Tuesday, August 17, 1915, p. 8
Mrs. Wm. Scane
Between 4 and 5 o’clock Wednesday afternoon occurred the death of Mrs. William Scane at her home in east Bedford. Mrs. Scane has been an invalid for several years, submitting to several operation which prolonged her life but failed to restore her health. The funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon conducted by Rev. Joe W. Goodsell. Interment was in the Fairview cemetery.
Loretta Walker was born January 11, 1872, near the present town of Gravity, and spent all of her life in Taylor County. In 1898 she was united in marriage to William Scane. To this union were born five children, three having died in infancy. Ben, aged ten, and Joe, eight, with the father survive. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. C. C. Corson of Bedford and a brother, A. S. Walker of Indianola.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 30, 1936, [p. 1]
Will Scane, 71, Dies Saturday
Wm. H. Scane, 71, a resident and business man of Bedford for many years, died at his home Saturday, April 25, after having been in failing health for several weeks.
The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. P. J. McStay of Lenox and burial was made in the Fairview cemetery.
Wm. Henry Scane, son of W. [illiam] A. [ndrew] and Margaret [Little] Scane, was born at Watertown, Wisc., August 31, 1864.
He was married to Henrietta Walker, Feb. 20, 1898. To them were born five children, three of whom died infancy. The two surviving are Wm. Benjamin Scane and Joseph Walker Scane, both of Bedford.
Mrs. Scane died Aug. 11, 1915. One brother and one sister also preceded him in death.
Surviving with the two sons are two brothers and a sister, Frank Scane of Waterloo, Iowa, Harry Scane of Chicago, and Mrs. Joe Cathcart of Kansas City, Mo.
Yasuko (Onodera) Turner, 83, died July 11 2014, with her family by her side in Clarinda. She was born Feb. 26,1931, in Sendai, Japan to Koyo and Seizi Onodera.
Yasuko graduated from high school and attended college in Japan where she received a degree in education. Yasuko then met and married Doyle Turner while he was stationed in Japan. Doyle and Yasuko returned to the United States in 1956 and resided in Bedford and later Clarinda. To this union there were two daughters Kathleen (Sue) and Linda.
She was an active member of the Clarinda United Methodist church and a fifty-year member of the order of Eastern Star. Once she had been in the states for a few years and after learning the English language she attended college and obtained her LPN nurse degree and spent 37 years working as an OB nurse in Clarinda and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. One of her proudest moments was when she obtained her US citizenship in 1961.
Her interests included family, attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. Yasuko every year looked forward to the Glenn Miller festival and enjoyed the Tamana bands from Japan.
Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters and their spouses, Kathleen and Arvid Garey of Clarinda and Linda and Mark Laumann of Farragut, son and his spouse Hiroshi and Mitcheko Onodera of Sendai, Japan. 13 loving grandchildren, Scott (Carrie), Amy, Erik (Kim), Heather and Jessie Laumann and Brett and Jennifer Geer, Renee (Tim) McMahon, Dillon Kersey and Tracy (Shad) Brown, Shu, Ken and Megami Onodera. 10 great grandchildren, Danica, Makenna, Kandra, Cameron, Evan, Quentin, Xander, Cian, Saige and Tadyn; nieces and nephews, Louis and Greg Larson and Janice Mobley, and many friends.
Yasuko is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother in law and sister in law Alberta and Phil Larson.
Funeral services were 2 p.m., Sunday, July 13 at Ritchie Funeral Home with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Saturday, July 12 at the funeral home. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery, Bedford. A memorial will be established. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.
Yasuko will be missed by her family and friends and she has touched many people’s lives through her love and humor.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to
Westridge for the exceptional care and love they gave to our mother during the
past seven years.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 8, 1947, [p. 1]
Mrs. Willman dies Unexpectedly Monday
Mrs. Ida Willman, 82, resident of Bedford for many years, died unexpectedly in the yard at her home Monday afternoon. She is survived by one sister, Miss Nettie Flummer of Bedford. Her husband, D. Willman, preceded her in death several years ago.
The funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home this, Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. W. Swan of the Christian church.
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 14, 1936, [p. 1]
L. D. Willman Dies; Burial Here Friday
L. D. Willman, a long time resident of Bedford, died at his home at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, after having been in failing health for several years.
The funeral services will be held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck. Burial will be in the Fairview cemetery.
[WILLMAN, LORENZO DOW]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 21, 1936, p. 8
L. D. Willman Rites Held Here Friday
Funeral services for L. D. Willman, who died at his home Wednesday, May 13, on the day of his seventy-first birthday anniversary, were held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home Friday afternoon, May 15, conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery. The local I. O. O. F. lodge gave their services at the grave.
Lorenzo Dow Willman was born in Calhoun County, Ark., near Hampton, May 13, 1865.
He was married to Miss Ida Flummer in Ottawa, Kans., Oct. 8, 1884. After a short residence in Ottawa, they moved to Bedford and established their home, and had since lived here.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. L. D. Willman, a brother, George of Faber, Ark., and a sister-in-law, Miss Nettie Flummer of Bedford.
He has been a member for the past 35 years of Bedford Lodge No. 91, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
In about the year 1900, while Brother Walters was ministering to the Church of Christ in Bedford Mr. Willman made the confession of faith and was baptised.
He was a very familiar figure among the businessmen of Bedford, in that for the past forty-five years or more, he has been actively engaged in various types of business. This business has made for him many friends, not only among the businessmen of this city, but throughout the community. His cheerful disposition, his ready smile and hearty handshake, are responsible in a large degree for his popularity among men.
Nearly two years ago Mr. Willman began failing in health, and during these two years was confined to his home. His death came suddenly and was a great shock to his loved ones.
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, February 27, 1902, [p. 1]
Death by Scarlet Fever
The Victim A Son of S. F. Wright
Died at Topeka, Kansas, and Body Brought to Bedford for Interment in Fairview Cemetery
Last Saturday morning Mr. and Mrs. Melchor Payton received the sad news of the death of a grandson at Topeka, Kansas, the result of a malignant attack of scarlet fever. The child was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. [ilas] F. [ranklin] Wright, and was eight years old. The remains were hermetically sealed and shipped to Bedford for burial in Fairview cemetery. On account of the dangerous character of the disease, the funeral was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Payton, conducted by Rev. T. J. Ream.
Before the body was shipped, permission was asked for and received by wire from the state board of health at Des Moines, and health physician Randolph was also notified that the body would be sent here.
Mrs. Payton went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wright, in response to a telegram announcing the boy’s death, but has not returned, as the youngest boy, two and a half years old, was taken down with the terrible disease, and she stayed to assist in taking care of the sick one. This is indeed a sad case, and the bereaved ones have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their trouble. Mr. Wright and a brother accompanied the remains to Bedford.
From the Topeka State Journal we learn that an epidemic of the most malignant form of scarlet fever is raging in the northwest part of that town, and the Nickle Platte School has been closed. Harold Wright was taken sick at school last Friday morning, and so rapidly did the disease develop that he died that night at 1 o’clock. The paper states that the disease was probably carried to Harold in a valentine given him by little nine-year-old Nellie Bell, who also died the same night that Harold did.
[WRIGHT, HAROLD ROY]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, March 6, 1902, [p. 1]
A Sad And Pitiful Case
Two Children Died In One Family
Scarlet Fever Snatches Two Jewels From the Arms of their Loving and Almost Heartbroken Parents
The Free Press greatly regrets being called upon to chronicle one of the saddest cases that has come under our observation for a long time. Last week we gave news of the death of the eight year old boy of S. [ilas] F. [ranklin] Wright, of Topeka, Kansas, from scarlet fever. The body was brought to Bedford and interred in Fairview cemetery. Another little son three years old also contracted the disease and died at 10 o’clock last Thursday night. This body was also sent to Bedford and placed in Fairview. It arrived on the Friday midnight train, and accompanied only by a few sorrowing relatives and friends was laid by the side of its brother. Then came another awful message that the father and mother and the last remaining child, aged about five years, were all stricken with the dread disease.
Sad and terrible indeed is this case. Two little darlings lie sleeping side by side in mother earth, waiting the call of the last trumpet. But in the midst of sorrow and suffering and trial comes the blessed assurance that their liberated spirits have returned to God and are now free from all pain and sickness and trouble. It is a great consolation to know that they await their dear ones on the other shore. Christ’s words, “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven,” should appeal to the stricken ones.
Later—The welcome news comes from Topeka that the sick ones are recovering.
[WRIGHT, FRED ELLSWORTH]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, March 6, 1902, p. 7
The Mother Stricken
From Friday’s Daily
It is with sadness that we make mention of another death in the family of Mr. and Mrs. S. [ilas] F. [ranklin] Wright, recent residents of this community. It will be remembered that last Sunday, the day that Harold Wright was buried at this place, little Freddie, the three-year-old boy was stricken with the same affliction.
Reports from there up to last evening were most favorable, and the relatives and friends here retired with high hopes of his recovery. At 12 o’clock last night Bert Payton was called to his telephone when he received the shocking news of the death of the little one. He died at 10 o’clock last night.
The proper precautions will be taken under the directions of the authorities and the remains will be brought to this city for interment tonight. The remains will be taken from the train to the cemetery and no funeral services will be held here. . . .
[WRIGHT, FRED ELLSWORTH]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, March 6, 1902, p. 7
Amidst Darkness and Storm the Little One Is Laid Away In Its Cold and Silent Grave
(From Saturday’s Daily)
The remains of little Freddie, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. [ilas] F. [ranklin] Wright, arrived in this city from Topeka last night. A few relatives and friends sadly waited at the depot for the arrival of the train and when the coffin was deposited upon the platform, it was immediately taken to the Fairview cemetery.
In the darkness of night amidst the falling snow and the dismal moaning of a winter wind, the little form was followed to its last earthly resting place---gloomy and cold and cheerless.
But though the tender body was clasped in the cold embrace of earth, the child spirit was free, and radiant in the arms of Him who tenderly said: “Suffer little children to come unto me.”
Everything connected with the interment was cold, cheerless and gloomy, the grief-burdened parents miles away, ill and anxiously watching over their last stricken one earnestly praying: “If it be possible let this cup pass from us, but thy will, O Lord, not ours, be done.” The last closing scenes on earth are heartrending, but there shines a Light above in whose radiant beams the childish, dimpled face of little Freddie, known on earth no more, but with the angels eternally. These thoughts alone, and no words of solicitous friends, can heal the lacerated hearts of the sorrowing parents.
All who know of the circumstances of this family’s bereavement are moved to tears by the seeming cruelty of the affliction and the sad lot of the loving parents.