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Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Wednesday, July 2, 1975
Funeral for Kristina Ahnen on Thursday
The funeral for Kristina Marie Ahnen, 3, will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Coen funeral home here. Rev. Cecil Geiselman, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene, will officiate. Burial will be in the West Fairview cemetery at Lenox.

The little girl was killed about 10:50 a. m. Tuesday when she was struck by a car driven by Mrs. Violet Oshel, 1209 north Sycamore street, when she ran into the street in the path of the northbound car in the 400 block on north Sycamore street. She suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Greater Community hospital.

Kristina Marie Ahnen was born in Creston, July 10, 1971, and would have been four years old next week. She was the daughter of George Ahnen and Carolyn Wall Ahnen. She had lived in Creston all of her life.

She is survived by her mother and her father, a brother, Joseph Ahnen, at home at 420 ½ New York avenue; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Gardner of Clearfield and Mr. and Mrs. Orville Smith of Creston. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Otis Walls and Glen Ahnen.


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 16, 1930, p. 4
Mrs. Floyd Ames – Mrs. Floyd Ames passed away Wednesday of last week at her home in Sheridan, Mo. the funeral services were held at the Christian church in Sheridan, Friday, conducted by Rev. Clark M. Crowell of Bedford, Interment was made in the Sheridan cemetery.

Goldie Blanche White was born near Blockton, Ia., Aug. 23, 1898, and departed this life in Sheridan, Mo., Oct. 8, 1930, at the age of 32 years, 1 month and 16 days. She was united in marriage to Floyd L. Ames, July 2, 1921. To this union two sons were born, Floyd Ray, aged 7 years, and E. N., aged 5 years. She has left to mourn her demise, her husband and their two little sons, and her son, Rex H. Freemyer, aged 12 years, by her former marriage; two sisters, Mrs. Cassie McCann of Clearfield and Mrs. Jessie M. Chapman of Athelstan; three brothers, John White of Nevada, Mo., David White of Blue Springs, Mo., and Luke H. White of Creston; and father and mother Ames of Sheridan; besides a host of other relatives and friends. She united with the Baptist church at the age of 14 years.


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 21, 1946, p. 2
Obituary – Maude Barber
Maude Martin, daughter of Miles W. [ashington] and Nancy Martin, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, December 31, 1866 and died March 9, 1946 in St. Joseph, Mo., at the age of 80 years, 2 months and 9 days. She lived her entire life in Taylor County.

She was married to George W. [ashington] Barber, Sept. 21, 1884. To them six children were born, three having preceded her in death. She is survived by three daughters, Margaret Barber of Kansas City; Katharine Barber of St. Joseph; Mrs. G. T. Brott of North Platte, Nebr.; three grandchildren, one great grandchild; and three brothers, Jesse W. Martin of Kellerton, Elmer T. Martin of Ashland, Wisconsin, and Homer Martin of Des Moines.

Mrs. Barber was converted when a young woman and united with the Baptist church at Athelstan. During her years of affliction, she has shown great patience and fortitude. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, March 12 in the community church at Athelstan, conducted by Rev and Mrs. David H. Dye. Burial was in the Athelstan cemetery.


Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Wednesday, February 10, 1982, p. 4
Final Rites for Ethel Barker February 8
Ethel May Barker, the daughter of Fredrick and Mary Brock DeHappart, was born May 25, 1894 at Crawfordsville, Iowa. She died at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Corning on Thursday, February 4 at the age of eighty-seven years, eight months and nine days.

At an early age, Ethel moved with her family to Conway, Iowa. She attended grade school there and helped in her own home as well as in the homes of others. Later, she operated the telephone office in Sharpsburg for a number of years.

Ethel was united in marriage with Bud Barker of Corning in 1920. The couple moved south of Clearfield and then to their farm six miles northwest of Lenox.

In 1922, Ethel joined the Conway Methodist Church, later transferring her membership to the Mercer Center Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women's organization.

Following her husband's death in 1962, Ethel remained in her own home for a time and then was cared for in the home of her daughter and husband for eleven years. After suffering a broken hip and a stroke, Ethel became a resident of the Colonial Manor Nursing Home.

Others preceding her in death besides her husband were her parents, three brothers, Lester, Guy and Arthur DeHappart; and three sisters, Flossie Lock, Amanda Reeves and Elizabeth Brant.

Survivors include her daughter, Hilda Rundlett and husband, Harold, of Lenox; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held Monday, February 8 at 1:30 p. m. at the Larkin-Bender Funeral Home in Lenox. Reverend Lester Hesseltine of the Lenox and Mercer Center Methodist Churches officiated.

Music was by Harley Porter, organist, and Shirley Riley, soloist. The selections were "Beyond The Sunset," and "Going down The Valley."

Flower bearers were Mrs. Donald Bovaird and Mrs. Charles Lundquist.

Casket bearers were Harold Riley, Richard Riley, Donald Bovaird, Charles Lundquist, Dean Bovaird, and Lew Eckles. Honorary bearers were Raymond Riley, Harvey Riley, Art Schweers, and Lee Brokaw.

Interment was in the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, April 11, 1935, p. 3
L. F. Bowers received word Sunday that his grandmother, Mrs. Samuel Beveridge, had passed away at her home in Villisca that morning at 10:00 a. m.  at the age of 85 years. Mrs. Beveridge had suffered a stroke the evening before about 8 o'clock. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Christian church in Villisca. Interment in the Guss cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Bowers and Miss Hester Wallahan of Nodaway attended the funeral.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, April 11, 1935, p. 10
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stanley and sons, Byron and Carl, went to Villisca Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Samuel Beveridge, stepmother of Mrs. Stanley. Mrs. Beveridge suffered a stroke of paralysis Saturday and died Sunday as a result. Funeral services were held in the Christian church in Villisca at 2:00 p. m. and interment was made in the Guss cemetery.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, April 12, 1935, p. 1
Mrs. Samuel Beveridge, 84, died at 10 a. m. Sunday at her home at First Avenue and Fourth Street following a stroke of paralysis at 5 p. m. Saturday evening from which she never regained consciousness. Cerebral hemorrhage was given as the cause of death.

The body was taken to the Fessler & Sutphen funeral parlors Sunday morning where it was prepared for burial and then returned to the Beveridge home.

Funeral services were held here Tuesday at 2 p m. in the Christian church, with which Mrs. Beveridge had united while young, with the Rev. Ira E. Carney, pastor of the Christian church of Red Oak, in charge. Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

Mrs. L. W. Scott and Mrs. H. H. Nordyke, accompanied by Mrs. Charles Meyerhoff at the piano, sang for the services. Pallbearers were Homer Tugel, Howard Cooney, Byron Stanley, John Bowers, Paul Beveridge and Thomas Easter, all relatives of Mrs. Beveridge.

Naomi Easter was born Sept. 21, 1850, near Hillsboro, Ohio, from where she moved with her parents to Illinois while still quite young. She was united in marriage with J. [ames] W. Reynolds on Sept. 2, 1866, in Illinois and a year later they moved to Iowa, arriving at Sciola in November 1867. She lived in or near Villisca the 67 remaining years of her life.

Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds, two of whom are deceased, Oliver P. dying in infancy and Joe B. in 1927. Mr. Reynolds died in August 1885.

On January 26, 1890, Mrs. Reynolds married Samuel Beveridge and to them two daughters were born, Marie, who died in infancy, and Mrs. Velma Kitchen of Gillette, Wyo. Mr. Beveridge died in March 1931.

Mrs. Beveridge leaves six children, C. C. Reynolds, Bloomfield, Neb.; J. A. Reynolds, Miller, Neb.; Mrs. Bertha Bowers, Villisca; Mrs. Stella Griffith, Clarinda; Mrs. Lizzie Dennis, Canova, S. Dak.; and Mrs. Velma Kitchen of Gillette, Wyo., all of whom were here to attend the funeral services. One brother, 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and other more distant relatives also survive.

Others present from a distance to attend the funeral included Mrs. C. C. Reynolds, Bloomfield, Neb., Mrs. Ada Reynolds and two sons, Billy Joe and Bobbie Lee of Gravity, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Easter and daughter, Mrs. Good, of New Market, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Tugel of Corning, Mrs. Carl Stanley and sons, Byron and Carl, jr., of Corning, the Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Beveridge and son Paul of Woodward, Iowa, Mrs. Harold Denny of Ogden, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. John Bowers of Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Bowers of Nodaway and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Dennis of Lenox.



Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, March 19, 1931, p. 3

Friends of Samuel Beveridge will be sorry to hear of his death, which occurred at his home in Villisca Monday, March 16th. He was eighty-nine years old.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, March 19, 1931, p. 9
Samuel Beveridge, father of Mrs. Carl Stanley of Corning, died at his home in Villisca Monday morning, after an illness of a little more than a week. Mr. Beveridge was quite aged being eighty-nine years old, but until recently had enjoyed fairly good health. His son, Dr. T. F. Beveridge, of Muscatine, visited him last week and his daughter, Mrs. Ed Phillips of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, arrived with her husband Sunday. Other children who survive and who attended the funeral are: Mrs. Cora Burge of Villisca, Rev. J. H. Beveridge of Attica, Iowa; Mrs. George Kitchen of Villisca, Mrs. Carl Stanley of Corning, J. M. Beveridge and Mrs. Minnie Swan of Vancouver, Washington. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Villisca, the pastor of the Christian church at Red Oak in charge of the services. Interment was made in the Maple Grove cemetery in the Guss vicinity.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, March 20, 1931, [p. 1]
Samuel Beveridge Dies At His Home Here At Age of 89
Samuel Beveridge, 89, civil war veteran and resident of Villisca for many years, died at 7:30 o'clock Monday morning at his home here after a serious illness of two weeks.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p. m. Wednesday in the Christian church here and burial was made in the cemetery at Guss. The Rev. Ira Carney, pastor of the Red Oak Christian church, conducted the services. Sons-in-law and grandsons of Mr. Beveridge served as pallbearers.

Samuel Beveridge was born November 10, 1841 in Highland County, Ohio and grew to manhood there. He enlisted in Company B of the second Ohio infantry and served in the Union army until the close of the civil war.

He was married Nov. 16, 1865 in Ohio to Christina Kinzer. To them were born nine children. They are Dr. Frank Beveridge of Muscatine, Iowa; Elizabeth Moffet, now deceased, Effie Jane Wallahan, now deceased, Cora Lee Burge, Villisca; John M. Beveridge, Vancouver, Wash., Jacob Henry Beveridge, Knoxville, Iowa, Sarah E., now Mrs. Carl Stanley of Corning, Ia.; Mrs. Minnie Swan of Vancouver, Wash., and Mrs. Ed Phillips of Okmulgee, Okla.

Mr. Beveridge moved with his family to Iowa about fifty years ago. His wife died in February 1888, and on January 26, 1890, he was married to Mrs. Naomi Reynolds. To them were born two children, Marie, who died when a babe, and Velma, now Mrs. G. [eorge] W. Kitchen of Villisca. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Eden of St. Joseph, Mo.

He united with the Christian church when a young man and was a member of that church and of the Villisca post of the G. A. R. at the time of his death.


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, March 20, 1931, p. 4
Relatives from out of town who were here to attend the funeral of Samuel Beveridge are: Dr. and Mrs. T. F. Beveridge, Thomas Beveridge, Mrs. Frances McKee, Mrs. Elmer Bloom, all of Muscatine, Iowa; the Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Beveridge, Knoxville, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Phillips, Okmulgee, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stanley and sons, Byron and Carl, jr., Corning, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Denny, Ogden, Iowa; Dale Burge, Chariton, Iowa, Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Wallahan, Corning, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Reynolds, Bloomfield, Neb., Mr. and Mrs. Eliner Griffith, Clarinda, Ia.; Mrs. Ada Reynolds, Gravity, Iowa.


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 13, 1941, p. 6
Aged Resident Dies
Horace Black, 80, died at the State Hospital in St. Joseph Friday, Nov. 7. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Christian church, Challie E. Graham officiating. Burial was in the Athelstan cemetery. He leaves his companion and other relatives to mourn his passing. His brother, D. D. Black of Newburg, Oregon, was here for the last rites.


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 26, 1942, p. 3
Mrs. Black Succumbs Had Been Ill Several Weeks—Burial At Athelstan
Mrs. Rose Downing Black, 82, died Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Rollie Cooper, northwest of Sheridan, after an illness of several weeks.

The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Sheridan Christian church, Challie E. Graham officiating. Burial was in the Athelstan cemetery.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Lucy Freeman of Silver City, Iowa, Mrs. Lillie Cooper and Mrs. Bessie Copple of Sheridan; three sons, James Downing of Downers Grove, Ill., Harlan Downing of Tabor, Iowa, and Leslie Downing of Grant City, Mo. Her husband and six children preceded her several years ago.

In later years she was married to Horace Black, who died about a year ago. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Clara Potter of Libby, Montana, and one brother, James Adams of Sheridan.


Clarinda Herald-Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Friday, May 26, 2017
Ellavee Cabeen, age 89, of Clarinda, entered into peace Sunday, May 21 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda. Funeral services were held 10 a.m., Thursday, May 25 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda with Rev. Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 24 at the funeral home. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Bedford. Memorials may be directed to United Methodist Church, New Market. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.

Ellavee Madge Owens was born Sept. 27, 1927, in Dora, Missouri, the daughter of Harley Owens and Chloa (Martin) Owens. She attended country school in Ozark County, Missouri.

On Sept. 24, 1946, she was united in marriage to John Henry Harness in Hiawatha, Kansas. To this marriage three children were born; Stanley, Susan and Shari. John and Ellavee lived on a farm south of New Market for many years. On Sept. 21, 1991, Ellavee married Richard Cabeen. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with their families.

Ellavee was an active member of the New Market Methodist Church for many years. She was a homemaker and later employed by the New Market Community School.

Preceding Ellavee in death are her parents; husbands, John Harness and Richard Cabeen; brothers, Calvin, Flavol, Amon, Bob and sister, Hazel.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Stanley Harness and wife Nancy of New Market; daughter Susan Krenk and husband Dave of Lincoln, Nebraska; and daughter Shari Barr and husband Mike of Villisca; seven step children, Bill Cabeen of Clarinda; Jim Cabeen and wife Mary Lou of Mason City; Don Cabeen and wife Paula of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Betty Motsinger and husband Bud of Hamilton, Missouri; Janice Beck and husband Brent of Corning; John Cabeen and wife Mary of Ankeny; and Dave Cabeen and wife Jayne of New Market; eleven grandchildren; twenty step grandchildren; numerous great and great-great grandchildren; brother Burvon Owens and wife Lola of West Plains, Missouri; brother Wayne Dayton Owens and Darlene Storz of St. Louis, Missouri; and sister Wanda Noble and husband John of Johnston; nieces; nephews; and many friends.


North Taylor Review (Sharpsburg, Iowa), Thursday, August 17, 1916, [p. 1]
Bernita Carter Dies
Bernita Carter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Carter of Blue Grove, died Thursday morning after a severe illness of a week's duration. The little one was about 2 years and 8 months old.

The funeral will be held at Blue Grove church, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment will be at Lenox.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved parents in their sorrow.


Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 22, 1928, [p. 1]
Mrs. John D. Carter, of Maloy, died at a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, Friday morning. Mrs. Carter, accompanied by Mrs. Hugh Hartley, went to Rochester on the Sunday evening before for examination and treatment. The body was sent to Salt Lake City for interment.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 22, 1928
Mrs. John D. Carter Dead
Mrs. John D. [avis] Carter, of Maloy, died at a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, Friday morning. Mrs. Carter, accompanied by Mrs. Hugh Hartley, went to Rochester on the Sunday evening before for examination and treatment. The [body] was sent to Salt Lake City for interment.


Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 30, 1898, [p. 1]
Obituary – Mrs. J. D. Carter died at her home in Benton Township, Ringgold County, June 24, at 2:30 o'clock, after an illness of nearly two weeks. She was born in Carroll County, Ohio, August 10, 1832, being sixty-five years of age at the time of her death. She was married to C. [aleb] G. Martin, at Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, August 1, 1850, and to them were born five children, three of whom, Frank C. and Clay Martin and Clara M. Wishard, survive her and were with her in her last illness, to minister to and comfort her in her suffering.

Mr. Martin died December 3, 1880.

Deceased was married to J. [ohn] D. [avis] Carter, January 1, 1884, to whom she has been a most devoted and loving companion, imparting joy and happiness by her cheerful disposition and her beautiful Christian life. She will be sorely missed by his children, who have learned to love her almost as a mother and to whom she always gave a warm welcome to the parental home. She was converted and joined the M. E. church when young and has ever been a consistent, charitable Christian, and expressed her readiness to die and go to her sure reward. The remains were taken to Bloomfield, Davis County, and buried by the side of C.[aleb] G. Martin, her first husband, in which neighborhood her three children reside. The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Thomas Ratcliffe, of this city. Miss Carrie Wisdom, who devoted her time during the illness of Mrs. Carter to her every want, accompanied the relatives to Davis County to be present at the funeral services, which were conducted at the home of F. C. Martin.


Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 8, 1902, p. 4
---Grandma Carter, residing at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Campbell, is not expected to live many days. She is afflicted with dropsy.




Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 29, 1978
Gertrude Cordes, 78 Final Rites Held At Villisca & Guss
Funeral services for Mrs. Maurice (Gertrude) Cordes, 78, who lived near Villisca and later near Bedford, were held June 21 in the Villisca United Methodist Church. Mrs. Cordes died in Clarinda Municipal Hospital June 17, 1978. Interment was at the Guss Cemetery.

Gertrude Etta Starks was born in rural Taylor County on December 8, 1898, the daughter of Delano and Abigail King Starks. She attended rural school in Taylor County and graduated from Corning High School with the class of 1917.

Gertrude taught in a rural school in Taylor County until her marriage in 1921 to Maurice Cordes and they made their home and raised their family on the family farm until his death in February 1960. To this union were born three daughters, Kathleen Morrow, San Diego, California; Marjorie Wehrkamp, Bedford, Iowa; Alyce McFarland, Chicago, Illinois; and one son, Richard Cordes, Odebolt, Iowa; other survivors are one son-in-law, Don Wehrkamp and one daughter-in-law Bobbe Cordes.

She is also survived by six beloved grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brother, George; and sisters, Jennie Mitchell, Alice Watts and Mary Allen; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a granddaughter, Karen Morrow; brothers, Roy, Edwin and Harry and sister, Bessie Reed.

In 1945 she returned to teaching until 1962 when she retired and moved to Villisca working in the 4-U Trading Post until her health failed in 1976. From then until shortly before her death she made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie Wehrkamp at Bedford.

She was a kind and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and loved by all her friends and neighbors.

Gertrude was uncomplaining during her illness.


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 14, 1943, p. 3
John Cordes Dies
John Cordes died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 26, at his home in Villisca, following a stroke he suffered that morning. The funeral services were held in Villisca Thursday afternoon. Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

Mr. Cordes spent most of his life in the Guss community, having moved to Villisca a few years ago. He is survived by his wife; a son, Maurice of Guss, a daughter Helen of Portland, Maine; and a son, John Eldon of Los Angeles, California. All the children were home for the last rites.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, September 30, 1943, p. 4
John A. Cordes Dies at His Home Following Stroke
John A. Cordes, resident of this community all his life, died Sunday at 3 p. m. at his home on Fifth avenue following a stroke of paralysis which he suffered between 6 and 7 o'clock that morning. He failed to regain consciousness after he was stricken.

He was born Nov. 7, 1876 in Taylor County, Iowa, and was 66 years old at the time of his death. He was married Sept. 14, 1896, to Miss Myrtle Smock at her home in the Guss vicinity and they at once began farming, which occupation Mr. Cordes followed all his life. After a few years they bought the farm southeast of Villisca on which they lived until seventeen years ago when they came to Villisca to make their home.

To them were born four children, one son dying in infancy. Those who with the wife and mother survive are Maurice A. Cordes, living on the home farm, Miss Helen Cordes of Portland, Me., and John Elden Cordes of Los Angeles, Calif. There are six grandchildren. Mr. Cordes leaves also a brother, Charles Cordes of southeast of Villisca.

Mr. Cordes was a member of the Evangelical church. His funeral will be held this Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Sutphen funeral home, conducted by the Rev. F. W. Thompson of the Presbyterian Church and interment will be in the Guss cemetery.

The singing will be by Mrs. Maude Scott and Mrs. Grace Nordyke, accompanied by Mrs. Elzena Russell. Pallbearers will be Chas. Peterson, Harry Himiller, Will Rock, Elver Lacox, Estle Werner and Omer Day


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 18, 1960, p. 4
Maurice Cordes Died Unexpectedly
A stroke while he was taking his wife to her rural school caused the sudden death of Maurice Cordes, 60, Monday, Feb. 15, at about 8 a. m.

He had been feeling ill, he told his wife, Gertrude, but he was taking her by car when he had the illness. Aid was summoned at a near farmhouse. Mr. Cordes was taken to meet the ambulance and doctor, but declared dead when the doctor made the examination at the Dale Lewis farm in the Guss community.

Mr. Cordes was born in the same vicinity where the home now is. It was known that he had high blood pressure, but he had been able to continue his farm work.

Surviving are his wife and four children: Mrs. Kathleen Morrow, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Marjorie Wehrkamp, Bedford; Mrs. Alice McFarland, Emerson; Richard, student at Iowa State University. ---Clarinda Herald-Journal

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, February 25, 1960, p. 7
Maurice A. [rthur] Cordes was born on a farm in Taylor County, Iowa, on December 28, 1899 and passed away on February 15, 1960, at the age of sixty years. He was the eldest son of John and Myrtle Cordes.

On March 19, 1921, he was married to Gertrude Starke of Corning, Iowa. Three daughters and one son were born to them.

He united with the Methodist Church at Guss, Iowa, in 1922.

His entire life was devoted to farming.

Those who survive him are his wife, Gertrude, his mother, Mrs. Myrtle Cordes of Riverside, Calif., the four children, Kathleen Morrow of San Diego, Calif.; Marjorie Wehrkamp of Bedford, Iowa, Alyce McFarland of Emerson, Iowa; and Richard of Ames, Iowa. Also surviving is a sister, Helen Osborn of Omaha, Nebr and a brother, John E. of Altadena, Calif., four beloved grandsons, and two sons-in-law, Donald Wehrkamp and Donald McFarland.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, December 22, 1960, p. 5
Burial at Guss for California woman
GUSS, Dec 21 – Grave side rites will be held Dec 22, 10 a m, at the Guss Cemetery for Mrs. Myrtle Cordes who died at Riverside, Calif., following a lingering illness. Sutphen Funeral Home is in charge and Rev Sigafus will conduct the service. Mrs Cordes lived in this community many years before going to California. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs Helen Osburn, of Omaha; a son John Eldon of California; a daughter-in-law, Mrs Gertrude Cordes of Corning, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband John and a son Maurice, who died less than a year ago.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, December 29, 1960, p. 4
Mrs. Myrtle Cordes – Graveside services for Myrtle Smock Cordes were held at the Guss Cemetery on Thursday morning, Dec. 22, 1960 with Rev. Alvin Sigafus officiating. Mrs. Cordes passed away in Riverside, California on Dec. 17, 1960. Funeral services were held at the Simons Mortuary in Riverside on Dec. 19, 1960.

Myrtle Cordes was the daughter of Samuel and Amelia Smock. She was born at Batavia, Iowa on November 10, 1876. When a small girl the family moved to the Guss vicinity. She was married to John A. Cordes on Sept. 15, 1898. They resided on a farm many years, later moving to Villisca. Since the death of her husband in 1943, she has resided with her sister in Riverside, Calif.

A son, Ralph, died in infancy. Her son, Maurice A. [rthur] passed away in February of this year. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Harold S. Osborn of Omaha, a son, John Eldon of Altadena, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Gertrude Cordes of Corning, Ia., sister, Miss Bessie Smock of Riverside, Calif.; nine grandchildren and six great grandsons.

She was a member of the Church of Christ in Riverside, Calif.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 2, 1936, [p. 1]
Obituary – Lewis Cass Cox, son of George W. and Jane Hiatt Cox, was born at Logansport, Indiana, on Jan. 11, 1850, and departed this life at the home of his son, John, near Bedford on March 28, 1936, aged 86 years, 2 months and [?] days.

He came to Taylor County in the year 1880 and three years later on Jan. 2, 1883, he was married to Jane McCalla and to this union five children were born—Anna May, Mary Bell, Lillian Maude, John E. and David M.

Since coming to Taylor County Mr. Cox has resided on his farm south of Blockton. During these more than 56 years of residence on this same farm he made many friends and took an active part in the life of the community.

He was preceded in death by his wife who passed away just four months ago, on Nov. 24, 1935; his daughters, Anna May, who passed away on Jan. 30, 1916; Mrs. Lillian Maude Brown, who died on April 20, 1920, and Mary Bell, who departed this life on June 25, 1926. Four of his brothers and his two sisters also preceded him in death.

He is survived by his two sons, John Edward Cox of Bedford and David McCloud Cox of Blockton; three brothers, Coleman Cox of Bend, Oregon; John Cox of Oregon and Charles Cox of Washington; fourteen grandchildren and one grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends mourn the passing of this good man.

He identified himself with the Church of Christ at Tent Chapel about the time of its establishment and later united with the Church of Christ at Blockton and remained a faithful member of the church until his death.

Much could be said about one who has spent so much of his lifetime in this vicinity, but let these words suffice—He was a faithful companion, a kind and loving father and brother, and one of our very best citizens.

Funeral services were held at Tent Chapel Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck and interment in the Tent Chapel cemetery.


Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, July 1, 1926, p. 4
Obituary – Mary Belle Cox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. [ewis] C. [ass] Cox, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, Aug. 24, 1888, and passed away at the family home 2 ½ miles south of Blockton, June 25, 1926, aged 37 years, 10 months and 1 day.

She was the second child of a family of five children. Two sisters, Anna May and Lily Maude, having preceded her in death. The aged parents, two brothers, John E. and David M., and wives, four nieces and six nephews, all of Blockton, are the surviving members of the immediate family.

When about fourteen years of age she united with the Christian church at Blockton under the preaching of Rev. H. E. Van Horn.

The funeral services were held at the Tent Chapel church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. H. V. Reeves and interment was made at the same place. The services were largely attended.




Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 30, 1960, [p. 1]
Ted Davies Died In Omaha Hospital
E. B. (Ted) Davies, 79, died Saturday, June 25 at 1:20 p. m. at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha, the death being entirely unexpected as he was recovering from surgery and his family was at the home near Guss.

Mr. Davies was known for his beard, wide-brimmed hat and jovial conversation. He was a boy in the Corning vicinity, always farming in the Hawleyville community. He had throat trouble several years, developing into cancer.

His wife, Lucille, and six children survive him. Of the four sons, Leo is at New Market, Teddie in Omaha, John at Clarinda and Lewis at home. Mrs. Violet Julian of Omaha and Bonnie Davies of Clarinda are the daughters. The Davies have two grandchildren. Mrs. J. A. Pearson of Clarinda and Mrs. Frances Ely of Montezuma, Iowa are sisters and Hugh Davies of California, a brother, who is critically [ill] in a veterans hospital at Long Beach, Calif.

The funeral service was Wednesday at 2 p. m. at Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda. – Clarinda Herald-Journal


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, July 11, 1960, p. 7
Ted Davies – Edward Breeze Davies was born on a farm south of Corning, Ia., June 13, 1881, and June 25, 1960, at a hospital in Omaha. He was the youngest member of a family of four and all except Edward are still living. They are Mrs Ely, 89, living with her granddaughter at Montezuma, Ia., a brother, Hugh Davies, who is very sick in the Veterans Hospital at Long Beach, Calif. and a sister, Mrs J A Pearson of Clarinda.

Edward Breeze Davies, familiarly known as "Ted," was of a sturdy Welch ancestry. Throughout his unusually active 79 years, spent in the vicinity of Guss and Hawleyville, Ia, he acquired, through hard work, clear judgment, and wisdom in financial matters, a considerable portion of good, Iowa farm land.

Always successful in handling livestock, especially horses and cattle, he thought of ways to handle them even under adverse conditions, such as herding them to the green pastures of northern Iowa at a time of extreme drought in this vicinity.

Many people have told of kindness and generosity to them in times of poverty and distress.

He leaves, in his passing, his wife Lucille; six children, Violet Mae Julian, Omaha, Leo Edward, New Market, Ted Earnest, Omaha, Bonnie B and Hugh Breeze, Clarinda, and Lewies Lee Joe, at home; and two grandchildren.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, November 26, 1936, p. 4
GUSS Taylor County
Guss, Nov. 23 --- Funeral services were held at the Guss cemetery Sunday afternoon at 2:30 for the infant son of Ted Davies. The little one passed away at the home on Saturday afternoon, being a month old.


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 26, 1973,[ p.  1]
Davies Found Dead In County Jail Here
Hue Breeze Davies, 30, an inmate in county jail in Bedford, hanged himself in his cell Thursday night, according to Taylor County Sheriff Marven Weed.

Weed said Davies, who was being held on a forgery charge, used the binding from a blanket to hang himself from a conduit in the cell. He said he discovered Davies' body at 6 p. m. Thursday.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, April 23, 1973
Hue B Davies had lived in N M
Graveside services were held this Monday afternoon for Hue B Davies in the Guss Cemetery.

His death came late Friday afternoon, found by Sheriff Marven Weed when the officer visited the Taylor County jail. Davies had hanged himself while awaiting hearing on a check charge, according to the sheriff's office.

He had been making his home in New Market with Mrs Elsie Soffe[n]brotten.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ted Davies. He is survived by his mother, Mrs Lucille Davies of Nodaway, three brothers, Leo of New Market, Ted of Nodaway, and Lewis of Omaha and two sisters, Mrs. Lewis (Violet) Hill of Stockton, California and Mrs Lloyd (Bonnie) Butner of Clarinda.

Lavelle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), November 26, 1997, p. 5
Lucille Davies – Mrs. Lucille Davies, 92, of the Guss area died Thursday afternoon, November 20, at Goldenrod Manor Care Center where she had lived for the past several years. She was born January 22, 1905 at Clarinda, the daughter of Harry and Martha Carr Johnson.

She worked for area families and married E. [dward] B. [reeze] (Ted) Davies who preceded her in death.

She is survived by four children: Violet Hill, San Francisco, California; Bonnie Nosecable, Nodaway, Iowa; and Leo and Ted Davies of Guss, Iowa. There are several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents; husband; sons John and Louie; brothers Clarence, Orvie and Clad; and sisters Alta, Lilly and Tanon.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 22, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. David Pugh officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery at Guss.


Sheridan Express (Sheridan, Missouri), Saturday, March 19, 2016
Obituary -- Barbara Deardorff 1932-2016
Barbara Jean Deardorff, daughter of Pearl (Bower) & Virgil Deardorff, Sr, was born at home on March 18, 1932. Barbara graduated from high school and began a long and rewarding career as a nurse's aid at Clearview Home in Clearfield.

Barbara did not have children of her own so she became a 'second mom' and extended grandma to many throughout the Clearfield community. She enjoyed hosting Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas dinners: usually there was a dinner for the single people and another for the married couples. Barbara loved to play cribbage and cards. In her later years, she enjoyed her 'get-aways' to the casino.

Barbara loved to go fishing and she would take kids and make sure they knew how to bait their hooks and catch their fish. She was a wonderful cook and will be remembered for her fried chicken, potato salad, pies, home canned pickles, cinnamon rolls...just to name a few.

Barbara passed away on March 17, 2016 at the age of 83 years, 11 months, and 29 days. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Keith & Virgil Deardorff, Jr; sister Verna Fletchall; and twins Bennie Lou and Betty Sue and infant brother Charles Myles.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sisters Bonnie (Jerry) Fletchall and Connie Asher; brother Phillip Deardorff; sister-in-law Joanie Deardorff; several nieces and nephews; many friends including special friends, Dixie Larsen, Sharon England, Opal Neece, and Pat Long.


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 14, 1916, [p. 1]
Pioneer dies From Injuries
E. H. Eells Answers Call While At Springs
Owned Extensive Land Interest Near Guss—Had Lived in County A Half Century
Friends in Bedford and community will regret to hear of the demise of E.[lections] H. [oyt] Eells, which occurred at Excelsior Springs, Mo., on Monday, December 11th.

The deceased had been in ill health ever since an automobile wreck in which he was a victim and which happened last March. At that time he was severely injured about the back and complained of almost continuous pain across the kidneys. He visited in Bedford last August and was in very poor health at that time. Shortly after he left for Excelsior Springs, where he was undergoing treatment at the time of his death.

The remains were taken to New Market, Iowa, where the funeral was held on Wednesday and from there they were escorted to Guss and laid to rest beside those of his wife who had preceded him in death about four years before.

Mr. Eells had resided in Taylor County for over fifty years and can well be considered one of our pioneer settlers. He owned extensive property interests near Guss in Nodaway Township and lived in that community during the earlier years of his life. Later he and his wife came to Bedford to make their home and after the demise of the latter Mr. Eells moved to New Market, where he could be near a daughter.

He was a member of the M. E. church and had lived a Christian life, having a reputation for goodness and honesty. He was held in high regard by his neighbors and his generosity and kind deeds had made him a host of friends in the community who regret his death to the utmost.

Two children survive to mourn the loss of a loving and affectionate father, they being Mrs. Francis Rogers, of New Market, and Mrs. Etta Lebhart of Corning.

The bereaved ones have the condolence of the entire community.


Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 20, 1906, [p. 1]
Mrs. E. H. Eells Dead.
Mrs. Lucy O. Eells was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, 61 years ago. She died Sunday night at her home in North Bedford about midnight, from cancer of the liver, after long months of suffering. About a week ago she was taken to the hospital at St. Joseph with the hopes that the treatment there would cure her; but after an examination the physicians at once saw that her case was hopeless and so informed her. Realizing that her death was near at hand her greatest anxiety was to return to her home, which she loved so well, before the death messenger called her. She was brought back but only for a few short hours.

When but nine years of age she left her Ohio home with her parents and came to Iowa, locating in Johnson County. While living there she was united in marriage to Mr. E. H. Eells, in September 1871. To this union two children were born, both grown to womanhood and were with their mother when the final summons came.

In her home she was all that a loving wife and devoted mother could be. Home was her especial sphere, where her duties were her pleasure. Early in life she united with the Methodist church, in which she has since been a faithful worker and consistent member.

After a short funeral service at the late home of the deceased, in Bedford, conducted by Rev. W. B. Thompson, the remains were taken to Guss Wednesday morning for interment.

The sympathy of a large circle of friends is extended to the bereaved relatives and heartbroken husband.


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 20, 1906
Called Hence
Mrs. E. H. Eells died at her home in north Bedford, Monday morning at 12:05 o'clock, aged 61 years, 4 months and 2 days. Short services were held at the home Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock and immediately thereafter the cortege left for Guss, the old home of the decedent. At 2 p. m. the funeral, conducted by Rev. Thompson, was held in Maple Grove church at Guss. Interment was made at Maple Grove cemetery.

Lucy O. [ctavia] Huss was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, August 15, 1845. When 9 years of age she moved with her parents to Johnson County, Iowa. There she resided until 1871, and there it was she met and wedded E. [lections] H. [oyt] Eells, the husband with whom she lived for more than a third of a century. On September 9, 1871, these two were united in marriage and one month later departed for Taylor County, where ever after they made their home. Holt Township was where they decided to locate, and there for 27 years they resided on the same farm upon which they settled during the days of their honeymoon. Eight years ago they decided to leave the farm and purchasing a home in north Bedford, they moved to the city, and here the deceased spent the last years of her life.

During their married life two children came to bless their home. Both are girls, and both now married, reside in this county. Mrs. Ella Liebhart, with her husband, lives on the old home place in Holt Township, while the other daughter, Mrs. Orpha Rogers, lives at New Market. Chas. Huss, a brother of the deceased, resides in Holt Township, and her sister, Mrs. Sarah Weller, lives in Nodaway. These two were all of the ten brothers and sisters who were present at the obsequies.

Until some four years ago Mrs. Eells was a woman of good health, but about that time she was taken ill with typhoid fever from the effects of which she never fully recovered. Although she was able to be up and around, the ravages of that disease seemed to have undermined her health, and ever since she has been slowly but surely failing. Two weeks ago her condition became extremely critical and it was decided to take her to the hospital at St. Joseph with the one faint hope that an operation might prolong her life. This hope proved vain, the surgeons deciding that an operation would only hasten the inevitable. As soon as Mrs. Eells realized her condition she insisted on being brought home. She knew she was soon to die and wanted to bid farewell to the world at home and among loved ones. Buoyed by this hope she survived the journey and arrived here Saturday night, but on Sunday night just after midnight her spirit took flight to the bourne from whence no traveler e'er returns.

The deceased was an active member of the Methodist church for more than a quarter of a century, a consistent church member and an ardent and true Christian. By her death the community loses a kind neighbor who was always ready to answer any call of distress or suffering and her husband and children lose a loving wife, a devoted mother.


Bedford Times Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 28, 1910, p. 5
  N. E. Eells – On Tuesday, July 26 occurred the funeral of N. E. Eells at Guss. The sermon was preached by Rev. C. A. Carlson, the pastor of the Guss church.

Most of the relatives live at a distance from Guss; one brother lives at New Market and the four sons live at the following places.

Rev. M. H. Eells, Beattie, Kans., H. E. Eells, Academy, S. D.; L. L. Eells, South Auburn, Neb.; John Ells [Eells], Fulton, S. D.

Mr. Eells lived near Guss twenty-eight years, leaving the community in 1897. Many old settlers from surrounding towns and communities were present at the service.

Nathlonal [Nathaniel] E. [dgar] Eells was born near New Lisbon, Columbia[na] County, Ohio, July 6, 1839, and died in Christs Hospital at Topeka, Kan., July 23, 1910. His age was 71 years and 17 days.

At the age of 4 years and in the year of 1843 he came with his parents to Iowa and settled on a farm 10 miles north of Iowa City. Aug. 9, 1862, he enlisted in Co. G Iowa volunteer infantry and served till the close of the civil war. On May 1, 1866, he was united in marriage to Miss Susan H. Huss. To this union were born four sons and one daughter. The four sons survive him. In the year 1873 he moved from his home in Johnson County and settled on a farm near Guss. At his first Iowa home in Johnson County he lived thirty years, except the time spent in the service of his country. He lived twenty-eight years on his farm in Taylor County near Guss.

In 1897 his companion died and since that time he has made his home mostly with his eldest son, Rev. M. H. Eells, now of Beattie, Kans.

The cause of his death was enlarged prostate gland together with a wasting of the vital forces. For about forty years he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and died in the faith of his beloved Zion. It was ever his aim and purpose to be a kind husband, a good father and a respected citizen.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, October 7, 1897, p. 9
EELLS – On Friday, October 1, 1897, aged fifty-four years, Mrs. Harriet Eells, of Holt township, Taylor County. Funeral Saturday, conducted by Rev. Harvey of Hepburn. Interment in Maple Grove cemetery.


Red Oak Express (Red Oak, Iowa), April 25, 2017
Obituary - Glenna Mae (Frame) Eggert, 91, Red Oak, formerly of Clearfield, died March 31, 2017, at the Red Oak Rehabilitation and Care Center.

Glenna was born April 19, 1925, in Taylor County near Lenox, to Glen and Mildred Velda (Snare) Frame.

Glenna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; son, John; and one grandson.

She is survived by her son, William Eggert of Red Oak; four grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Clearfield United Methodist Church. Rev. Michael Shaffer will officiate the service. Burial will be at the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials are to be established in her name.


Norma Jean Green
Norma Jean (Wildt) Green was born in Elm Creek, Nebraska to Hershel [Herschel] Hirum [Hiram] Wildt and Freada Josephine Lundsford [Lunsford] Wildt on November 5, 1931. She departed this life on April 23rd at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center in Bedford, Iowa surrounded by her loving family. She started school in Elm Creek, Nebraska and in 1938 her family moved to a farm near Nodaway, Iowa where she attended country school. They later moved to a farm near Blockton, Iowa where she graduated in 1950. Norma attended Northwest Missouri University in 1950-51 earning 60 hours of college credit to be a teacher. She loved teaching at Gay #8 north of Blockton 2 years and later at Nodaway Frog Pond Gay #4 country schools. Years later she was invited to a school reunion of her country school students. She was queen for a day.

On February 7, 1954 she was united in marriage to Gerald William Green and they made their home on a farm west of Athelstan, Iowa. To this union 3 children were born, Jerry, Sherry and Terry. In later years they became licensed foster parents. The door was always open and many nieces and nephews spent many summer hours at their house where there were many special memories made.

Norma loved to sew and many family members wore the clothes she made including many red cowboy shirts with white fringe. Also many cowboy shirts for parades along with assorted wedding attire and prom dresses. She passed that love on to her daughter and other young ladies by teaching sewing as a 4-H leader. She also taught cooking classes as a 4-H leader and later taught Sherry how to make her famous raspberry jam along with her crabapple and apple butter. When she started having grandchildren and great-grandchildren they received many of her homemade clothes, blankets, and afghans. She loved crocheting bead socks. Another specialty was giving home permanents. Many Sunday afternoons were spent with various family members getting perms.


When her children were older she returned to her love of helping children learn as a teachers aide and substitute teachers with the Sheridan and Worth County schools. Upon retirement she became a full-time go-fer, helping move from field to field, going for parts and taking lunches to the field. Her crocheting was the main stay in the truck as she never knew how long she would be at the field with her guys.

Norma was a member of the Blockton Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her son Jerry; brother Robert; parents: Hershel and Freada; in-laws; Jacob and Neva Green; brothers-in-law Buddy White, Leland Loghry, Donald Green and Dick Green; sister-in-law Roberta Green.


Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband Gerald of 63 years; daughter Sherry Skinner; son Terry (Lori) Green; 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brother Laverne Wildt; sisters-in-law Irene White, Evelyn Loghry, Joanne Green; brothers-in-law Junior (Marvel) Green, Norman (Barb) Green, Gordon Green, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Her smile and generous ways will live in our hearts forever.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Blockton Christian Church. Interment will be in the Athelstan Cemetery near Blockton. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City.
[Online obituary courtesy of Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City, Missouri.]


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 24, 1983, p. 9
Max Haidsiak, 58, Final Rites Held February 19
Funeral services for Max Alvin Haidsiak, 58, of Bedford, held February 19 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were officiated by Rev. Carl Cummings and Pastor Duane Hunt. Mr. Haidsiak died in his Bedford home February 16 following an extended illness. Taylor Lodge #156 A. F. & A. M. conducted a Masonic service with interment at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Max Alvin Haidsiak, son of John Frederick and Anna Christina Holms Haidsiak, was born in Taylor County, Iowa on February 23, 1924.

He grew to maturity in the Maloy-Blockton area where he attended the public school in Maloy and the Methodist Church in Blockton. He and his sons, John and Wayne, later joined the Baptist Church in Bedford.

On July 19, 1945 he was united in marriage to Lois Jean Snyder at Atchison, Kansas, and they lived in the Blockton-Bedford area.

To this union eleven children were born: John Frank, Wayne Alvin, Charles Lee, Robert Lynn, Leland Dean, Sarah Louise, Susan Elaine, Kristi Ann, Max Alan, Howard Mark, and Lisa Jean.

He engaged in farming until 1967, when he was employed by Taylor County until disabled. He was a member of the Baptist Church in Bedford and Taylor Lodge AF & AM #156.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Sarah, grandson, David, and three sisters, Ethel, Hazel, and Lucile.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lois; ten children; his brothers: Frank of Bedford and Wayne of Clearfield; four sisters: Helen Hunter of Harrisonville, Missouri, Nina Dukes of Bedford, Vera Carson and Annable Walkup, both of Redding; 16 grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

He loved all children and enjoyed their company. His greatest pride was his family and their accomplishments. Despite his suffering, he never complained and always had a smile for all who visited. While his loss will be deeply mourned, his family could not ask that he continue his suffering.


Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 19, 1928, p. 4
Obituary – Winfield Scott Lee, son of Harrison and Marthena Lee, was born near Glasgo, Henry County, Iowa, Feb. 16, 1855, and died April 10, 1928, aged 73 years, 1 month and 25 days.

He was united in marriage to Anna Smith of Mount Ayr in 1880. To this union three children were born.

With his family he moved to Blockton about 25 years ago and entered into business as a harness and shoemaker. He continued in that business until his health completely failed. Nine years ago this May he had a stroke of paralysis and has gradually failed in health until the day of his death.

He professed conversion some years ago and joined the United Brethren church and after it disbanded he united with the Church of Christ and continued his membership in that church.

Besides several brothers and sisters he was preceded in death by his wife, who died Nov. 5, 1918, and one child who died at two years of age.

He leaves to mourn two children, Mrs. Jennie Oneal, of Blockton, and Mrs. Bertha White, of Athelstan; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Bell Erwin, of Athelstan, one adopted son, Elmer Warren Lee, of Ranier, Washington; two brothers, Taylor Lee of Holendale, Minnesota, and Pleasant Lee of Trafalgar, Indiana, and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Van Daren, Salem, Ia.

Funeral services were held at the home Thursday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. J. H. Bennett and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 12, 1928
W. S. Lee Dead
W. [infield] Scott Lee died Tuesday afternoon or evening at the Taylor County Home. The body was to home [come?] here last evening where the funeral will be held this afternoon.


Nancy Jane Lucky was born July 13, 1960 in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, the daughter of Betty Jane Hunt. She passed away on Sunday afternoon, June 19, 2016 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 55 years, 11 months and 6 days.

Nancy grew up in the Clarinda area and graduated from Yorktown School. She worked for several years at the Nishna Production workshop and can redemption center. In December of 1994 she was united in marriage to Jimmy Mark Lucky in Red Oak, Iowa. This union was blessed with 2 sons, James and Joey.

Nancy was a homemaker raising her 2 boys. She attended the Crossroads Community Church in Red Oak and later the Christian Fellowship Church in Shenandoah. She enjoyed her lottery tickets, writing to her many pen pals, baking and visiting the nursing home and playing dominos with the residents. Her true love was spending time with her family, especially her boys.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother-in-law, Terry Shaver.

Survivors include her boys, James Lucky and Joey Lucky of Red Oak, Iowa; her husband, Mark Lucky of Red Oak, Iowa; her sister, Brenda Shaver and Eldon Stiverson of Clarinda, Iowa; a nephew, Donnie Patterson of Red Oak, Iowa; great nephew, Jacob Patterson of Red Oak, Iowa; special friend, Chris Norris of Red Oak, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with Pastor Rich Iske and Pastor Anna Miller officiating.

Burial will be in the Athelstan Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will take place on Thursday evening, June 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Memorials are suggested to the family. The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements.
[Note: Online obituary available from SWI Memorials.]




Obituary for Joy Miller
Celebration of Life Services for Joy Miller, age 65, of Lenox, who died Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Greater Regional Hospital in Creston will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM at the Lenox United Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held Friday at the Presbyterian Church in Lenox from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Interment will be held at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials may be directed to the Lenox United Presbyterian Church. Memories can be shared with the family at under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Melody Joy (Rice) Miller was born July 14, 1949, in Maryville, Missouri the daughter of Lewis Rice and Daisy (Huntsman) Rice. Joy grew up attending country schools to the 8th grade, graduating from the Lenox High School with the Class of 1967. On November 23, 1969, she was united in marriage to Harlan J. Miller at the Methodist Church in Lenox, Iowa. Two children were born to bless their lives, Mike and Diana. When her children were younger, she enjoyed having a playground full of children in her back yard.

Joy's number one passion in life was being a grandma. She loved hosting Easter Egg hunts or attending any event one of her grandchildren was involved in. She loved being involved in her children and grandchildren's lives. Joy was known to decorate for each holiday and looked forward to the crafting time with the grandchildren where they made Christmas ornaments.

Joy also enjoyed going for walks, swinging on her front porch swing, taking photos and especially scrapbooking! She even labeled each photo individually! Joy never sat still for long, whether she was working a jigsaw puzzle, mowing the yard (frequently), tending to the flowers and the trees, or doing whatever she could to just be outside. For the past 23 years Joy has faithfully served the Lenox Community School District as Head Cook.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend is her loving husband of 45 years, Harlan Miller of Lenox; a son, Mike Miller and wife Gentry of Lenox; a daughter, Diana David and husband Brian of Lenox; a brother, Jim Rice and wife Linda of Lenox; a sister, Bev Freshour and husband Kevin of Lenox; a brother-in-law, Allen Miller of Lenox; seven grandchildren, Grant, Bailey, Josie, Taylor, Jordan, Kaleb and Ashlee; along with many other family members and a community of friends.

Preceding Joy in death are her parents, Lewis and Daisy Rice; her step-mother, Peggy Rice; four brothers-in-law, Donald Miller, Gail Miller, Dickie Miller, and Edwin Miller; and one granddaughter, Macy Miller.
[Note: Online obituary available from Ritchie Funeral Home.]


Grand Bay News (Grand Bay, Alabama), Friday, October 20, 1916, p. 9
Jessie Fremont Graves was born near Roscoe, Coshocton County, Ohio, February 18, 1862, and died at her home near Grand Bay, Ala., October 8, 1916. She was the fifth child in a family of nine children.

Her marriage to A. [lonzo] C. Morse took place at Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa, on June 19, 1884. Four children were born of this union—Bernice M. Andrew, of' Harlowton, Mont.; Dana C., of Perry, Ia.; Harry G., of Mitchell, S. Dak., and Merle M., of Herrold, Ia.

In her early years Mrs. Morse united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and has ever been a steadfast follower of the lowly Jesus. She was ever to be found a zealous worker in every cause for the betterment and up building of the homes and community in which she lived.

Death came suddenly after a long and painful illness lasting over many months.

Besides the husband and four children she leaves to mourn her loss three brothers and two sisters, one of whom, Cora M. Graves, made her home with her sister in Grand Bay, and lovingly cared for her to the last.

Interment was made at the old home in Iowa. Mr. Morse and Miss Graves accompanied the body to Iowa, where Mr. Morse will remain for some time, and Miss Graves will go on to California to make her home with another sister there.



Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, July 5, 1951, p. 8
Austin A. Proctor – Austin A. Proctor, son of Jefferson and Alice Proctor, was born at Corning, Iowa, July 21, 1874 and passed away at Rosary Hospital June 24, 1951.

He was united in marriage to Stella Deaver, Jan. 26, 1898. To this union six children were born. Five children, Bernice, Harold, Gladys, Agnes and Mildred preceded him in death in early infancy.

He is survived by his wife, Stella Proctor and daughter, Hazel Hoskinson of Des Moines, two grandchildren, [words missing] Iowa and Clifford Hoskinson of Kensett, Iowa and one great granddaughter, Marjean Hoskinson. One sister, Mrs. Violet Curtis of Van Nuys, California, a brother, Eldon Proctor of Des Moines and numerous nephews and nieces.

He spent the first thirty years of his married life as a farmer at Clearfield and Corning, Iowa. He has been employed at Turner's store during the last ten years, where he made many friends both young and old.

Austin united with the Methodist church in his early manhood and followed his faith consistently through the years always giving his best to the interest of individuals and community regardless of race or creed.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 26th, 1951, in the Boyd Roland Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Frank Jacobs. Music was furnished by Miss Dorris Hoskinson, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Kirby Hoskinson.

Interment was in Walnut Grove cemetery with pall bearers Francis Turner, John Cantieri, Dick Scott, Bert Huntsman, Cecil Costin and Fred Hill.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, September 15, 1955, p. 2
Stella I. Proctor – Stella I. Proctor, daughter of G. [ustavus] A. [dolphus] and Louisa Deaver, was born at Lenox, Ia., February 7, 1877, and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hazel M. Hoskinson, 4128 3rd St., Des Moines, September 12, 1955, at the age of 78 years, 7 months and 5 days.

She was united in marriage to Austin A. Proctor January 26, 1898, at Corning, by the late Rev. A. Y. Cupp. To this union six children were born. Five of the children, Bernice, Harold, Gladys, Agnes and Mildred, passed away in infancy. Her husband, Austin A. Proctor, passed away June 24, 1951.

Mrs. Proctor is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Hazel M. Hoskinson, with whom she has made her home for the past three years; two grandsons, Clifford D. Hoskinson and wife, Fern, of Mason City, and Kenneth E. Hoskinson of Algona; one great granddaughter, Nancy Marjean Hoskinson; four sisters-in-law, Mrs. Violet Curtis, Van Nuys, Calif.; Luella Deaver, Hermit, Calif., Blanche Deaver, Mojave, Calif., and Mrs Alta M. Glenn, Des Moines, also a host of friends who will miss her greatly.

She was a faithful member of the Corning Methodist church for many years, but after moving to Des Moines she transferred her membership to the Epworth Methodist church there.

Much of Mr. and Mrs. Proctor's married life was spent on farms near Clearfield and Corning.

Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1955, at 2 p. m. from the Methodist church in Corning, with the Rev. Frank Jacobs in charge.

Interment at Walnut Grove cemetery.

Music was furnished by Mrs. Doris Kapple and Mrs. Kirby Hoskinson.

Pall bearers were Francis Turner, Bert Huntsman, Dick Scott, Cecil Costin, Fred McClelland and John Cantieri.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1902, p. 8
Mr. and Mrs J. [efferson] Proctor went to Clearfield yesterday to attend the funeral of their little grandchild.




Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 7, 1939, p. 2
Bury Mrs. Reynolds Here
The body of Mrs. Ada Reynolds of Gravity was brought to the Guss cemetery for burial Wednesday afternoon. Those attending the funeral service in Gravity from here were Mr. and Mrs. Will Rock, Mrs. Cinda Hess, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stamps, Mrs. Gilbert Branan and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Groff.


Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, September 5, 1927, p. 5
Joe Reynolds, 45 years of age, a resident of Villisca, recently committed suicide by drinking carbolic acid. For the past six years he has been a sufferer from tuberculosis. He had spent two years in a sanitarium at Custer, S. Dak., and four months at Oakdale sanitarium at Iowa City, but recently returned form Oakdale when he learned that there was no hope for his recovery. He purchased four ounces of the poison at a Villisca drug store saying that he wanted it for use as a disinfectant. The following morning he poured all but a few drops of the poison into a glass and drank it. He was unconscious when found. He left a note on the kitchen table addressed to his wife and daughter, bidding them goodbye and commending them for the tender care which they had given him and stating that he saw nothing in store for him except illness and suffering and believed it would be better for all if he were dead.


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 3, 1954, p. 7
Obituary – Albert James Rusco
Albert James Rusco, son of Charles and Mary Rusco, was born in Jefferson Township, Taylor County, Dec. 24, 1885 and died in Benicia, Calif., May 17, 1954.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Helen Sickels of Stockton, Calif., Mrs. Freeda [Freda] Greenslit of Palmdale, Calif.; three sons, Forrest of Blockton, Floyd of Norwalk, Calif., and Doyle of Manteca, Calif.; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Chas. and Joe.

Funeral services were held May 20 in Stockton, Calif. with Rev. W. A. Staub officiating. Burial was in Stockton, Calif.


Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 7, 1918, [p. 1]
Obituary – Arthur Rusco, infant son of Albert J. [ames] Rusco and wife, was born Feb. 23, 1918 and departed this life Feb. 27, 1918. The child leaves to mourn their loss, the father and mother and two brothers and two sisters.

The funeral services were conducted from the home in Athelstan Feb. 28, by Challie E. Graham, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Athelstan cemetery.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of friends in this hour of grief. May they look to the giver of all good who will richly bless and strengthen them. Their dear one is safely in the arms of Jesus, who will tenderly care for it, and may they live to meet it there after the sorrows and labors of this life are o'er.
[Note: the same obituary was printed in the Bedford Times-Republican, March 7, 1918.]



Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, March 3, 1941, p. 7
Mr and Mrs Maurice Cordes received the sad news Sunday of the death of Maurice's grandfather, Sam Smock that occurred at his home in California. The Smock family lived near Guss for a number of years. The body is being brought back here for burial.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, February 27, 1941, [p. 1]
S. B. Smock dies At Riverside, Calif.
Mrs. John Cordes received word Monday from Riverside, Calif., that her father, S. [amuel] B. [rown] Smock died there Sunday at his home. Mr. Smock formerly lived in the Guss neighborhood. His body will arrive here Friday for burial in the Guss cemetery. Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been definitely decided.

Mr. Smock is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Cordes of Villisca and Miss Bessie Smock who lived with her father at Riverside. His wife preceded him in death several years ago.


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, March 6, 1941, p. 7
Obituary – Samuel Brown Smock, son of Archibald C. and Hannah Moore Smock, was born June 1, 1851, at Indianapolis, Ind. When he was less than two years old, his parents, with their family, came to Iowa, settling near Ottumwa and later living at Batavia where Samuel grew to manhood. At Batavia he was married to Amelia Bartholomew, Aug. 27, 1872. Two children were born to this union, Myrtle, now Mrs. J. A. Cordes of Villisca, Iowa, and Bessie of Riverside, Calif. He leaves also three grandchildren, Maurice Cordes, Villisca; John E. Cordes, now in Cairo, Egypt, and 6 great grandchildren.

His wife died in 1889, leaving him the two children to rear. In 1880 he moved from Batavia to Taylor Co., Iowa, where he made his home on the farm which he left in 1918 when he and the younger daughter went to California. They lived at Long Beach 2 years, then moved to Riverside in 1920.

He was a member of the Church of Christ for many years, serving as an elder in the Fairview congregation south of Villisca. He was a member at Riverside at the time of his death.

Attending the funeral here from a distance were Miss Bessie Smock of Riverside, and Mr. and Mrs. John E. Cordes of Fairfield, Ia.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, July 11, 1966, p. 3
Ilo Stalcup of Near Thayer Dies
Afton --- Ilo Leslie Stalcup, 38, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Stalcup of rural Thayer, died Sunday morning at the Shearer nursing home in Creston. He had been a patient there the past two years and had been in ill health for several years.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Stroud funeral home in Afton with Rev. William Tomlinson officiating and burial in the Guss cemetery south and west of Corning.

Born Dec. 10, 1927, in Taylor County, he was the son of Carroll and Mildred Ridnour Stalcup. He is survived, in addition to his parents, by two sisters, Mrs. Lealon (Maxine) Radford of Landis, Ind., and Vera Stalcup of Thayer.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, February 11, 1957
Ed Stroud Died Sunday Evening
Lifetime Guss Resident Leaves Wife, Two Daughters and Son
Guss (Special) – Ed Stroud, 75, died at the house of a daughter, Mrs. Ted McCoy, at Villisca Sunday at approximately 8:30 p. m.

Mr. Stroud was born and reared in the neighborhood in which his farm was located near here. He had farmed all his life, his son Dale operating the home farm in recent years.

Surviving besides Mrs McCoy (Bernice) and his son are his wife and another daughter, Mrs Cecil (Marjorie) Schrader of the Guss community.

Boyd-Roland Funeral Home of Corning is in charge of funeral arrangements. The services will be held at the Guss church and interment will be in the cemetery here.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, July 11, 1966, p. 8
Funeral Thursday for Mrs Ed Stroud
Guss – Mrs. Mamie Stroud, 83, died July 5 at Municipal Hospital in Clarinda. She had been in poor health for several years.

Survivors are a son Dale, two daughters Mrs Ted (Bernice) McCoy of Villisca and Mrs Cecil (Marjorie) Schrader of Farragut, four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren. She was a member of the Guss Methodist Church and of the Woman's Society of Christian Service.

Her husband Ed died in 1957. They had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary several years before his death.

Funeral services were held Thursday from the Guss church with interment in the Guss Cemetery.



Gene Trost, 86, of Creston, formerly of the Lenox and Kent areas, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 at the Afton Care Center.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Powers Funeral Home junction of highway 34 & 25 in Creston. Pastor Doug Brunell will officiate.

Burial will be at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Visitation with family receiving friends will be 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Powers Funeral Home in Creston.

Memorial may be directed to the family to be decided at a later date. Online condolences may be given at

Gene Edwin Trost, son of Ruth (Bartrem) Trost and Joseph Carl Trost, was born May 24, 1930 in Lenox, Iowa. He graduated from Lenox High School in 1947.

Gene and Gert Kitt were united in marriage on December 11, 1950 in Des Moines. They settled south of Kent, Iowa where Gene began farming. To this union six children were born.

In 1977, Gene remarried Yavette Kimball in Reno, Nev. They continued to farm until 2000, when they retired in Arizona. When Yavette passed away in 2008, Gene moved back to Iowa.

Gene is survived by three sons, Mark Trost of Creston, Rod (Lori) Trost of Lincoln, Neb. and Jon (Laura) Trost of Cromwell; three daughters, Cindy (Richard Cunningham) Waske of Creston, Peggy (Eduardo) Noel and Tammy Trost, both of Merced, Calif.; a stepdaughter Piper Kimball of Calif. and a stepson Rick Kimball of N.D.; former daughter-in-law, Tammy Magers of Creston; 11 grandchildren, Tammy and Katie; Kristen, Erin, Kim and Jesse; Tara, Casey and Kendra; Hanna and Miranda; 8 great-grandchildren, Cassandra, Aspen, Oliver, Brodie, Brayden, Aubree, Mikah and Kavon; a brother Donald Trost of Ankeny; a sister, Mildred Reynolds of Torrance, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Yavette, his parents Joe and Ruth, 2 sisters Margaret Boone and Dorothy Poore; his brother, Raymond Trost, 3 brothers-in-law Yale Lillie, Howard Poore and Jerry Reynolds, nephew Richard Lillie, and 2 sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Isabel Trost.

[NOTE: Online obituary available Powers Funeral Home, Creston, Iowa.]


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 12, 1907, p. 3
Obituary – On the 25th of November, 1907, the death angel visited the beautiful little city of Nodaway and claimed as its victim, Mrs. Martha Herbert Wallihan [Wallahan], who had been in ill health for several months. The funeral services were conducted on the following Wednesday at 10 o'clock in the Presbyterian church by the writer assisted by the pastor of that church and the pastor of the M. E. church in the presence of a very large audience of sympathizing friends and relatives, using as a scriptural basis for thought, Rev. 21:1-4 and John 14: 1-4 from which some lessons were suggested touching the subject of Heaven, after which the remains were interred in the Guss cemetery by the side of her beloved husband who died Nov. 18th, 1893.

She was born Feb. 6th, 1833, at Elkton, Columbiana County, Ohio, and was married to Wilton [Milton] Wallihan [Wallahan] at Center, Wisconsin, Aug. 25, 1830 [1850]. To this happy union were born six children, the oldest daughter having crossed the river of death many years ago. The surviving members of the family are Miss Hettie and Alford Wallihan of Nodaway and D. Jay Wallihan of Corning, Ia., all the above being present at the funeral and Mrs. Lucinda Harrill of San Francisco, Cal., and Mrs. Jessie Dennis of Goshen, N. Y.

Sister Wallihan moved with her family from Wisconsin in 1875 to Iowa and settled in Nodaway Township, Taylor County, where they broke out and improved a new farm, where they resided till the spring of 1889 when they moved to Nodaway, Iowa, where she resided till her death. When a child twelve years old she made a profession of Christianity and united with the M. E. church; eight years later she united with the Christian church where she found a true representation of her faith for the remainder of her life.

We have been personally and intimately acquainted with her for about 30 years, enjoying upon various occasions the hospitality of her home, exchanging ideas with her, touching the teachings of the Bible, being encouraged by her comforting words as her pastor in time of need, listening to her earnest prayers and talks in our religious services upon various occasions, all of which tends to cause the writer as well as many others to hold her in sacred memory.

   W. L. Dunlavy, Gravity, Iowa
[Note:  The last name is spelled Wallahan on her headstone.]