Obituaries
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[ALEXANDER, KARMON ERNEST]
Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, February 13, 1980, p. 2
Relatives and Friends At Alexander Funeral
Those from out-of-town who were here to attend the funeral for Karmon Alexander held at the Larkin-Bender Funeral Home on Feb. 5, included: Mrs. Marge Paton, Reinbeck; Mr. and Mrs. John Roe of Ellwood City, PA; Mr. and Mrs. Dean Roe, Stuart, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Roe, LeMars, Ia.; Mrs. H. B. (Bonnie) Ridgley, Miami, Fla.; Julie Paton, Diagonal; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Roe, Des Moines; Mrs. Gary Schirm, Waukee, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ellis, Maryville, Mo.; Alan Key, Chicago; Mrs. L. D. Goforth, Creston; Mrs. Price Petre and Mary Ann Basier, Kansas City, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Neiley, Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Denny Elliott, Topeka, Kansas.

 

[BELL, MARY DEE VAN HOUTEN]
Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, May 26, 1982, p. 4
Graveside Services Are Scheduled for June 2
Graveside services for the burial of the ashes of Mary Van Houten Bell will be held Wednesday, June 2, at the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Reverend Charles Pedersen, minister of the Christian League for the Handicapped Home of Walworth, Wisconsin, will officiate.

Mrs. Bell had been a resident of the home for several years before being moved to the Willowfield Nursing Home at Delavan, Wisconsin. She died there on Saturday, May 22 at the age of eighty-eight years, eleven months and twenty days.

The daughter of George and Selina Jenks Van Houten, Mary was born in Lenox on June 2, 1893. She was raised in the Lenox community where she graduated from high school.

Survivors include a sister, Abi Dawson of Washington state, and a nice and nephew, Nellie McGrath and George Barrans, both of Lenox.

 

[BUCKNER, MARGARET ARMINA TEDFORD]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, August 21, 1913
Mrs. Margaret Buckner – Margaret Armina Tedford was born in Putnam County, Indiana, July 26, 1833, and died August 17 at 11 o’clock a. m. at the home of A. B. Duncan near Humeston, Ia. She, with her parents, moved to Louisa County, Iowa, in 1853, where she was united in marriage with Thomas Buckner, March 15, 1855. To this union were born six children, four dying in infancy. Mary Buckner died in March 1890, leaving five children to the grandparents’ care and William A. [very] Buckner who with the husband and father still survive. She also leaves eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She united with the German Reform church when about 26 years of age, and after coming to Lenox in 1880, united with the Presbyterian church. Four relatives have spent their last days in her home and were tenderly cared for while she herself died away from her home. Mrs. Buckner and husband had gone to Humeston for a visit with her sister and family, where in two days she was stricken with typhoid fever and was very ill for seven weeks. Her daughter-in-law, Mrs. W. A. Buckner, was with her and cared for her for the last six weeks. Her son came several times to spend a few days at her side.

The life of Margaret Buckner has been a long example of patience and unselfishness. Surely goodness and mercy followed her all the days of her life, “And she shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

The remains were taken from Leroy through Osceola and Creston to Lenox, where interment will take place in Fairview cemetery after the services at the United Presbyterian church.

[Note:  The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Free Press, August 26, 1913, p. 5.]

 

[CARMICHAEL, CARRIE NETTIE THOMAS]
Creston News Advertiser, Friday, October 22, 1965, p. 13
Former Resident of Lenox Dies
Lenox—Mrs. Carrie Carmichael, 78, a former resident of Lenox, died at her home in Maryville, Mo., Tuesday afternoon. Graveside services were held at 3:30 p. m. today at the Lenox cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norm.

 

[CARMICHAEL, CARRIE NETTIE THOMAS]
Maryville Daily Forum, Wednesday, October 20, 1965, [p. 1]
Mrs. Carrie Carmichael Dies At Hospital
Mrs. Carrie Nettie Carmichael, 80, Maryville, died at 3:45 p. m. Tuesday at the St. Francis Hospital following a long illness. She had been a patient at the hospital five days.

Born May 16, 1885 in Illinois, the daughter of the late Latt W. and Martha C. Allen Thomas, she was married Dec. 16, 1948, at Lenox, Ia., to Norman Carmichael, who preceded her in death Feb. 13, 1951. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lillie Sparks, Mound City, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p. m. Friday at the Price Funeral Home with the Rev. F. Hauser Winter officiating. Burial will be at Lenox, Ia.

 

[CIPRA, CHRISTINA ANNA SALA]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, July 4, 1940, [p. 1]
Sister-In-Law of Mrs. J. O. Roe Died Saturday
Mrs. Jess Roe received word Saturday of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Joe Cipra, who had passed away that day at her home in Meadville, Penn.

Mr. and Mrs. Cipra were residents of Lenox nineteen years ago, at which time they moved to Denver, Colo. where they lived for several years before moving to their present home.

The body will be brought to Lenox Thursday for burial, but arrangements have not been decided upon definitely at this time.

 

[DAVIS, GLADYS LEAH GOLD HAYES]
Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, July 29, 1992, p. 6
Gladys Leah Davis – Gladys Leah Davis was born October 10, 1901 to Charlie and Inez Gold on a farm near Lenox, Iowa. She passed away on July 21, 1992 at the age of 90 years, nine months and 11 days.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband Melvin on January 5, 1990.

Surviving are her seven children: daughters, Lavon Vest of Kansas City, Mo., Marton McMahill (husband Rex) of Ankeny, Patty Shafar (husband Elvin) of Gravity; sons include: Charles Hayes of Glenwood, Roquel Davis (wife Sandy) of Lenox, Butch Davis (wife Lola) of Lenox, and George Davis (wife Kay) of Waukee; 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren also survive.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Lenox, the Navy Mother’s Club, and 50-year member of the Rebekah Lodge.

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

Funeral services were conducted by Carl Cummings Thursday, July 23, 1992 at Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Lenox. Rebekah services were given at the funeral home with burial in the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox, Iowa.

 

[DAVIS, LILLIAN LOIS TICE]
Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, January 8, 1997, p. 4
Lillian Lois Davis - Lillian Lois Davis was born July 14, 1939, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, one of four children of Leon Tice and Fern Alice (Porter) Tice.

Following her schooling, Lois worked mostly as a babysitter and a nurse’s aide.

On July 14, 1970, she was united in marriage to Herman “Butch” Davis in Council Bluffs.

Following their marriage, Lois resided in Lenox with her husband Butch. For a short time, they resided in Bethany, Missouri. The past couple of years Lois was in a nursing home in Des Moines.

Lois was a member of the Christian Church.

Lois died December 31, 1996, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines at the age of 57 years, 5 months and 19 days.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Lois is survived by her husband of twenty-six years, Butch Davis of Lenox, a brother Leon Tice of Clarinda; a sister Donna Mae Mathis of Bethany, Missouri; two brothers-in-law: Roquel Davis and wife Sandy of Lenox, and George Davis and wife Kay of Altoona; and sisters-in-law; Marton McMahill and husband Rex of Ankeny, Iowa; Patty Shaffer and husband Elvin of Bedford, Iowa and LaVon Vest of Raytown, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and many long-time friends in the Lenox area.

Graveside services were held Saturday, January 4, 1997, at 1:30 p. m. at the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox with Rev. Dena Woldruff officiating.

A memorial has been established in Lois’ name.

Coen-Beaty Funeral Home of Lenox was in charge of funeral arrangements.

 

[DILL, WILLIAM HOYT]
Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, August 11, 1960, [p. 1]
Hoyt Dill, 77, Dies at Lenox
Lenox—Hoyt Dill, 77, died at his home in Lenox Tuesday, at 10:30 p. m. He was born in Ohio. He had lived in Lenox 17 years. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge. His wife preceded him in death in November of 1959. They had observed their golden wedding anniversary in 1954.

He is survived by a son, Raymond Dill, of Lenox.

His body is at the Bender funeral home in Lenox. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p. m. at the Lenox United Presbyterian church, with Rev. James E. Eddy officiating. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[DRORBAUGH, BOBBIE JAMES “JIMMY”]
Creston News Advertiser, Friday, August 6, 1954, [p. 1]
Jimmy Drorbaugh Dies of Leukemia
Jimmy Drorbaugh, 8, who had been ill for about a year with leukemia, died at the Mercy hospital in Des Moines at 10:40 a. m. today. He had been in the hospital for treatment several times during his illness.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed and will be announced later. His body will be taken to the Bender funeral home at Lenox this afternoon.

He was born at Creston, Nov. 11, 1945. He was the son of Harry (Bob) Drorbaugh and Audrey Ranck Drorbaugh. He attended the Franklin grade school here until he was forced to leave school because of his illness. He was in the third grade.

One brother, Marvin Lee, preceded him in death in 1944.

 

[DRORBAUGH, BOBBIE JAMES “JIMMY”]
Creston News Advertiser, Saturday, August 7, 1954, [p. 1]
Rites Monday for Jimmy Drorbaugh
Funeral services for Jimmy Drorbaugh, 8, will be held at the Keating and Beemer Funral home here at 2 p. m. Monday. Rev. Charles Colyn of Lenox will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. His body will lie in state before and after the funeral services.

The boy, son of Harry (Bob) Drorbaugh and Audrey Ranck Drorbaugh, died at the Mercy hospital in Des Moines Friday morning. He had been ill for about a year with leukemia.

 

[DRORBAUGH, HARRY MAGREW]
Creston News Advertiser, Wednesday, March 9, 1960, [p. 1]
Harry Drorbaugh Of Lenox Dies
Lenox---Harry Drorbaugh, 78, of Lenox, died at the Munyon nursing home in Creston early this morning. He had been in the nursing home for a week after being a patient at Rosary hospital in Corning for two weeks.

Funeral services will be held at the Christian church in Lenox at 2 p. m. Friday. Rev. Robert Duckett will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. His body is at the Bender funeral home in Lenox.

Mr. Drorbaugh was born at Lone Tree, near Iowa City, and came to the Lenox community when he was a small boy. He was a farmer until retiring and moving to Lenox a few months ago.

He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth; three daughters, Mrs. Thirza Hucke of Kent, Mrs. Leota Hall of Manilla and Mrs. Don Wilson of Lenox; a son, Robert, of Glenwood; and six grandchildren.

He was a member of the Lenox Christian church.

 

[DRORBAUGH, HARRY MAGREW]
Creston News Advertiser, Thursday, April 7, 1960, p. 6
Harry M. Drorbaugh – Harry M. Drorbaugh, the son of Archibald and Elmira Drorbaugh, was born near Lone Tree, Ia., Sept. 3, 1881. He passed away at the Munyon Nursing Home in Creston at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 6 days.

Harry, the oldest of six children, moved with his parents from Lone Tree to Sac County and later to Shelby County.

When he was 19 the family came to Union County, and he spent the rest of his life in the Creston-Lenox vicinity, except for one year in Salem, Oregon.

In 1906, he was married to Elizabeth Ila Seamans of Creston. To this union four children were born. They lived on farms in the Kent vicinity until 1930 when they moved to a farm near Lenox where he continued farming until his health failed.

He joined the Methodist church in Kent in 1927 and later transferred his membership to the Christian church in Lenox where he attended as long as his health permitted.

Preceding him in death were his parents, one sister Alice and two grandsons, Marvin and Jimmy Drorbaugh. Survivors include his wife, the four children, Mrs. Dayton Hucke (Thirza) of Kent, Mrs. Allen Hall (Leota) of Manilla, Ia.; twins Mrs. Donald Wilson (Betty) of Lenox, and Harry Jr. (Bob) of Glenwood, seven grandchildren, Marilyn Hucke of Shenandoah, Gary and Anita Hall, Manilla, Ia.; Donna, Mickey and Angie Wilson of Lenox, and Jerry Cartwright of Glenwood, three sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law, two brothers and two sisters in Washington and Oregon.

The funeral was March 11 at Lenox Christian church, the Rev. Robert Duckett officiating.

 

[DRORBAUGH, MARVIN LEE]
Creston News Advertiser, Saturday, December 9, 1944, p. 6
Rites Held Yesterday For Drorbaugh Child
Lenox—Funeral services were held at the Arnold Funeral home yesterday for Marvin Lee Drorbaugh, 11 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Drorbaugh, Jr. who died at the home of his parents near Lenox, Wednesday, following a few days illness.

Immediate surviving relatives include his parents and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Drorbaugh, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Doris Ranch. Rev. Chas. Colyn had charge of the service. Burial was in Lenox cemetery.

 

[ELY, ADA MAE REEVE]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, December 5, 1907, p. 12
Mrs. Chas. Ely, of Lenox, well known to a number in this vicinity, died last week at her home, aged 43 years.

 

[ELY, ALPHA LEOTIS “ALPH”]
Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, April 29, 1937, p. 2
A. L. Ely – Alpha Leotis Ely, son of James H. and Sarah Jane Ely, was born at North Henderson, Ill., on Sept. 14, 1870. He passed away at St. Joseph, Mo., April 16, 1907, at the age of 66 years, 7 months and 2 day.

He came to Corning, Ia., with his parents, when he was about ten years old, where he grew to manhood.

On Oct. 1, 1890, he was united in marriage to Fanny Davies [Davis]. To this union eight children were born, four boys and four girls, two of the boys having preceded him to the Great Beyond.

He and his family lived six miles south of Corning until the spring of 1910 when they moved to the farm north of Lenox, where he still resided at the time of his death.

He was a charter member of the W. O. W. lodge at Corning, Ia.

Alpha, as he was known by all his friends, was of a cheerful disposition; always he will remembered by his friends and relatives as a peace maker. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of god.”

He was a kind, loving husband and father and will be greatly missed by his family and neighbors.

He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife; four daughters, Muriel Sommers of Gravity, Ia., Edna Kanoff, of Pomona, Calif., Frances Lininger of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Erma Williamson of Lincoln, Nebr.; two sons, James H. of Long Beach, Calif., and Bert at home; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. He also leaves a brother, Merton Ely, at Spokane, Wash., and a sister, Mrs. Elma Nelson, of Kellogg, Ida.

 

[ELY, CHARLES WESLEY]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, October 17, 1912, [p. 1]
Killed in Auto Crash  Chas. Ely of Lenox, The Victim
John Nagle, Ben Evans, Orla Richards and R. P. Gordon Receive Serious Injuries

Just as we are going to press, delayed until Friday afternoon, we learn of a serious automobile accident near Kent. Chas. Ely was instantly killed, John Nagle has two ribs broken, Ben Evans is seriously injured, R. P. Gordon internally hurt, and Oral Richards has a leg broken. All the parties reside at Lenox, and are prominent there and well known here. They had started to Creston and were about a mile north and a mile west of Kent. They were going about 35 miles an hur and as near as we can learn Mr. Ely, who was driving, in some manner fell from the car and in falling threw the steering wheel so that the car overturned with the result as stated. Full details are not at hand.

 

[ELY, JAMES H.]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, January 16, 1913, p. 4
A. [lpha] L. [eotis] Ely received word Sunday of the death of his father at Brush, Col. The body will be brought to Lenox for burial.

 

[ELY, GROVER]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 1, 1962, p. 6
Grover Ely, 74, Dies In Wash.
Grover Ely, 74, of Vancouver, Wash., died there Monday, Feb. 19. He was a former resident of Lenox.

Funeral services were held at Vancouver the following Wednesday.

He is survived by his widow, Nina, a son; and a sister, Mrs. Louie Walter of Lenox.

 

[ELY, LEOTUS “LEO”]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, November 9, 1910, p. 5
Shot In The Side
Leo Ely, of Near Lenox, Is Accidentally Shot by His Brother

Last Sunday evening Leo Ely was accidentally shot by his brother James while handling a 22-caliber rifle. The boys are sons of Alpha Ely, formerly of this county, but now residing one mile north of Lenox. Leo is about 15 years old and his brother is 13. The younger lad did not know the rifle was loaded, and the charge went into his brother’s left side ranging downward into the bowels. The young man vomited quite a good deal, but the doctors do not regard the wound as necessarily fatal. The injured boy is getting along nicely at the present time.

This is another case of “didn’t know it was loaded.” The same old moral applies.

 

[ELY, LEOTUS “LEO”]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, November 16, 1910, p. 8
Death from Accident
Leotus Ely, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alpha Ely, residing one mile north of Lenox, who was accidentally shot by his brother, James, Sunday afternoon November 6th, died Thursday at about 8 o’clock. We last week mentioned the shooting which was the result of playing with a firearm which was thought not loaded. The boys were playing in the yard and James had a 22-calibre rifle and remarked that he was going to shoot. When he pulled the trigger he was greatly surprised to hear a report. The ball entered his brother’s left side below the ribs. The injured lad did not suffer much from the wound until Wednesday and he rapidly grew worse until death came as a relief from the suffering as mentioned above Thursday.

Mr. Ely and family formerly resided south of Corning and are well known here. Leotus was born in Holt Township. He was nearly 15 years of age at the time of his death. The sudden death was a shock to his friends and is regretted by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Lenox Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock and interment was made in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[FRANKLIN, AB]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, September 1, 1904 p. 4
Sudden Death of Ab. Franklin
Tuesday morning Ab. Franklin, residing on a farm half a mile east of Lenox, died with hardly a moment’s warning. Up to a few minutes to the time of his death, he was in good health, with no thought of the very sudden summons that was awaiting him. He had gone to the water closet, and shortly afterward was heard to scream out. His son went to his rescue and helped him to the house, and within three minutes the unfortunate man was dead. It is thought that death resulted from the bursting of a blood vessel. Deceased will be buried in the Lenox cemetery this afternoon at 2 o’clock by the Masonic order, of which he was a member.

[FRANKLIN, AB]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 1, 1904
A report has reached us from Lenox that Ab Franklin died there this morning. Mr. Franklin formerly resided on a farm in the southeastern part of Grant township, moving, several years ago, to another place near Lenox. He is well known through the entire country. His sickness was of very short duration.

 

[GODDEN, GRACE VERDELIA ALBAUGH]
Creston News Advertiser, Friday, November 18, 1932, [p. 1]
Mrs. L. Godden, Cromwell, Dies
Mrs. L. [ona] F. Godden, 55 years of age, died at her home near Cromwell at 3:25 this morning after a lingering illness. Mrs. Godden was well known in the Cromwell community having lived there for a number of years. She had lived in the Clearfield community prior to moving to Cromwell.

She is survived by her husband and four children, Thelma, Genevieve, and Kenneth, all at home and Earl of near Kent, three sisters, Mrs. Faith Reed of Lenox, Mrs. W. B. Healey of El Reno, Okla., Mrs. Albon Weisshaar of Creston and three brothers, Walter and Morris Allbaugh of Creston and Lewis Allbaugh of Denver, Col.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 at the home and at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Congregational church in Cromwell. Rev. E. Carnell Wilson will be in charge. Interment will be made in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[GODDEN, GRACE VERDELIA ALBAUGH]
Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, November 22, 1932, p. 4
Mrs. L. F. Godden – A large group of sorrowing people paid their last tribute to the memory of Mrs. Godden at the funeral services held at the Congregational church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. E. Carnell Wilson, pastor of the church, conducting the services. A quarter composed of Mrs. A. O. Cannon, Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin, Will Smith and P. D. Covert, accompanied by Miss Jo Sutton sang “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms,” “Asleep In Jesus,” and “It Is Well With My Soul,” Will Smith singing the latter hymn as a solo. Pallbearers were E. J. Forquer, Howard Sammons, Joe Worsley, Roy Sammons, Carry Stalker and Roy Sammons. Interment was made in the cemetery at Lenox.

Grace V. Albaugh was born in Taylor County, Iowa, Jan. 31, 1877. She passed away Friday morning Nov. 18, 1932, aged 55 years, 9 months and 17 days.

On Thanksgiving day, Nov. 29, 1900, she was married to L. [ona] F. Godden. To this union four children were born who with the husband survive her. The children are, Earl, Thelma, Genevieve and Kenneth. She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Faith Reed of Lenox, Mrs. W. B. Healey of El Reno, Okla., Mrs. Alban Weisshaar of Creston; three brothers, Walter and Morris Albaugh of Creston and Lewis Albaugh of Denver, Col.

Following her marriage, Mrs. Godden and husband lived for a time in Ringgold County. Twenty-four years ago they came to Union county, living north and east of Creston and moving to their present home south of town just 21 years ago in March.

For several months Mrs. Godden had been in poor health and for the past eight weeks no hopes were held for her recovery. She was taken to the hospital in Creston but no alleviation from here trouble could be obtained.

She was a devoted wife and mother and it would have been excusable if she had considered that her family and home required all her time and strength, yet she found it possible to be a good neighbor, a kind friend and a useful member of the Congregational church.

There is little to be said to the sorrowing relatives of this wife and mother who was taken almost in her prime, but to those grief stricken ones is offered the deepest and most heartfelt sympathy of the community.

Relatives and friends from a distance in attendance at the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Godden and family of Kellerton, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Godden and family of Corydon, Mr. and Mrs. Will Godden and family of Lenox, Mrs. Faith Reed and daughter of Lenox, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Albaugh and family, Walter Albaugh and Mr. and Mrs. Alban Weisshaar all of Creston, also Guy McCormack, Mrs. Randall Recknor, Mrs. Maggie Gibbons, John Gibbons and Marion Sammons of Creston.

 

[GODDEN, NANCY “NAN” DEAVER]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, May 14, 1942, [p. 1]
Mrs. Melvin Godden Buried Here Friday
Burial services were held at the Lenox cemetery Friday afternoon, May 1, for Mrs. Melvin Godden, who died very suddenly at her home near Corydon April 29 at the age of 64 years.

Mrs. Gooden was the youngest of six, and the last surviving child of Jonah S. and Lovina Preston Deaver, and was born at Lenox, April 24, 1878.

She grew to womanhood at Lenox, where she became a member of the Christian church in her girlhood. Here, too, she was married to Melvin F. Godden, March 2, 1898. To them were born two sons and with their father and their families, survive her. They are Wayne M. of Rock Island, Ill. and Dick M. of Davenport, Ia.

Mrs. Godden had suffered ill health for the past several years but her sudden death was a shock to her friends.

Short funeral services were held at 10 a. m. Friday, May 1, with the pastor, the Rev. C. V. Pence officiating. The family accompanied the body to Lenox where they were met by her relatives and burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[GORDEN, SUSAN STOKES]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, June 13, 1908, p. 10
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gordon and Mr. and Mrs. A. [lbert] W. Arthur went to Lenox Wednesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Susan Gordon, an aunt of the two ladies.
[Note: Her last name is spelled Gorden on her headstone.]

 

[GORDEN, WILLIAM]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, December 24, 1896, p. 2
Wm. Gordon, one of the old and well-known residents of this county, died on November [December] 11, at his home near Lenox. Bright’s disease was the cause of his death. Mr. Gordon was 67 years of age. He was formerly a resident of Peoria County, Ill., but moved to Taylor County in 1870. He was an old soldier, having served during the war in the 47th Illinois infantry.
[Note: His last name is spelled Gorden on his headstone.]

 

[GREEN, MILO LEONARD]
Creston News Advertiser, Monday, May 4, 1959, p. 2
Milo Green, 50, Dies At Omaha Saturday
Corning—Milo Green, 50, a former resident of Corning, died at a hotel in Omaha, Nebr., Saturday afternoon. His home was in Omaha.

Funeral services will be held at the Roland funeral home at Corning at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday. Rev. W. H. Sinning, pastor of the Corning Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. Full military rites will be held. Earlier services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Heafy and Heafy mortuary in Omaha.

Mr. Green was a former member of Company F, 168th infantry of the 34th division.

He has no surviving relatives.

 

[GREEN, MILO LEONARD]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, May 7, 1959, [p. 1]
Services Held For Milo Green
Former Corning Man Dies in Omaha
Funeral services for Milo L. Green, 51, former Corning man well known in Omaha radio, TV and theater circles, were held Wednesday from the Roland Funeral Home in Corning.

Mr. Green was found dead in his hotel room in Omaha last Saturday.

Douglas County officials are awaiting an autopsy report to determine cause of death.

Born in Taylor County March 18, 1908, Mr. Green was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Green. His father operated a country store east of the Tuck corner and Milo attended rural schools in Taylor County.

His father later moved to Corning to work for A. B. Turner and Milo then entered schools here, graduating in 1927. The Greens later operated their own grocery in Corning.

Bitten by the “theater bug” while acting in school plays here, Mr. Green compiled an outstanding record in the theatrical field. He acted in the last production at the Corning Opera House in 1934.

In the Omaha-Council Bluffs area, Mr. Green took part in over two dozen plays. In 1948 he won the coveted Henry Fonda-Dorothy McGuire “Oscar” at the Omaha Community Playhouse for best acting of that season.

During his career Mr. Green also excelled in painting. He started to paint the Stations of the Cross for St. Patrick’s church in Corning, but they were never finished.

His career was also highlighted by journalism and radio work. During World War II Mr. Green kept readers of the Adams County Free Press in touch with happenings of National Guard members of Villisca’s Co. F, which contained many Corning men.

Through his “Brickbats” column he wrote artfully while in this country and when troops went through the thick of early war battles in North Africa and Italy.

All of the “Brickbats” articles he wrote came through censorship.

After his return home Mr. Green was employed at Omaha radio station KOIL for some time. He later re-entered service, serving nine years in public relations work with the Air Force.

His last direct affiliation with Corning came in 1957 when during the Centurama, Mr. Green’s booming voice was heard as he narrated the pageant, “Pride In Our Heritage.”

Services here were conducted by Rev. W. H. Sinning. Military rites were carried out by the Corning and Villisca Nation Guard units and the Corning American Legion OURCQ Post 117.

Pallbearers were Gail Ogburn, Byron Ogburn, Warren Routh, John Jones, Bob Moore, Tom Dunn. Music was by Mrs. Wayne Millbollin, Mrs. W. H. Sinning and Mrs. Dick Cook.

Interment was in the Lenox cemetery.

Services were also held in Omaha Tuesday at the Heafy and Heafy mortuary.

 

[GUNDERMAN, LORENZ,  -1900]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, May 10, 1900, p. 5
---John Gunderman, an insane patient from Taylor County, died in the Clarinda asylum last Thursday.

 

[HAMILTON, JOSEPH JAY]
Creston News Advertiser, Monday, May 2 1960, [p. 1]
Rites Today for Joseph J. Hamilton
Lenox—Joseph J. Hamilton, 10-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Hamilton of Lenox, died at Blank Memorial hospital in Des Moines Friday evening.

Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. today at the Bender funeral home in Lenox. Rev. Leonard Lutz officiated. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

The child is survived by his parents and two brothers, Nathan and Neil.

 

[JOHNSTON, DORIA NADINE WARNER]
Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, June 14, 2000, p. 4
Doris Johnston - Doris Johnston, age 74, of Lenox, Iowa passed away Sunday, June 11, 2000 at the Lenox Care Center after an extended illness.

Doris Nadine Johnston was born on Nov. 24, 1925 in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, the daughter of Glen and Edna (Leighton) Warner.

She graduated from Lenox High School in 1943. While in high school she was honored at the state typing contests for her speed and accuracy. She was united in marriage to Bernard Johnston in 1943 and was a homemaker all of her life.

Doris lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for many years and moved back to Lenox during the late 1960's.

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Merrill Leighton and brother Dale Warner.

Doris is survived by her three children, Sherrie Johnston Hender of Greenwood Village, Colo., Brad Johnston of La Mesa, Cal., and Lance Johnston of Perris, Cal.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Private memorial services for Doris Johnston will be held at a later date. Nelson-Boylan funeral Chapel in Red Oak is handling arrangements.

 

[LARIMER, HUBERT LEROY “FAT”]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 22, 1962, p. 5
H. L. Larimer Rites Nov. 11
Services for Hubert L. Larimer, 65, held November 11 in Lenox, were conducted by Rev. Colvin Caughey. He passed away at the nursing home in Villisca on Nov. 9. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

Hubert LeRoy Larimer, better known as Fat, son of Charles and Gertrude Larimer, was born Oct. 31, 1897 at Russell, Iowa.

On Dec. 19, 1924 he was united in marriage to Thelma Haynes at Lenox, Ia. To this union four sons were born.

He leaves his widow Thelma, four sons, Dean of Lenox, Ia., Harold of Bedford, Ia., Milton of Des Moines, Ia., and Jay D. in the Air Force now stationed in the Philippines. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Charles L. Larimer; two brothers, Gerald and Charles A. Larimer of Des Moines; two sisters, Mrs. Bon Gray of Des Moines and Mrs. Ruth Brun of Phoenix, Arizona, ten grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

His father preceded him in death in 1956.

He joined the Baptist Church at Russell, Ia., when a young man.

 

[LYDDON, ALICE MARY RILEY]
Clearfield Chronicle (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, January 13, 1966, [p. 1]
Alice Lyddon Passes Away

Alice M. [ary] Lyddon, 87, passed away Saturday, January 8th at the Thomas Nursing Home in Lenox where she had been a resident for sometime. She had been in failing health for several weeks.

Mrs. Lyddon was a former resident of Clearfield.

 

[LYDDON, FLORA BELLE DENTON]
Creston News Advertiser, Saturday, March 24, 1973
Flora Lyddon, formerly of Clearfield, dies
Clearfield—Mrs. Flora Lyddon, 85, a Clearfield resident until moving to the home of her son, Dale, in Minneapolis, Minn., somewhat over a year ago, died Thursday at a Minneapolis nursing home. She had been a patient at the home for a year.

Mrs. Lyddon is survived by four sons, Dales of Minneapolis, Doyle of Phoenix, Ariz., Bernard of Iowa City and Ivan of Albuquerque, N. Mex., a daughter, Mrs. Bill Lightner of Ottumwa, a sister, Mrs. Walter R. Kerns of Creston, and several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, in 1955.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday at the Christian church in Clearfield. Rev. Chou Taik Yoon will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. The Varner funeral home will have charge of the services.

Mrs. Lyddon’s family will be at the funeral home at Clearfield from 7:30 to 8:30 p. m. tonight.

Her family said a memorial fund is being established for the Clearfield Christian church and contributions may be left at the funeral home.

 

[LYDDON, FLORA BELLE DENTON]
Clearfield Chronicle (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, March 29, 1973, [p. 1]
Flora Lyddon, formerly of Clearfield, dies
Mrs. Flora Lyddon, 85, a long time resident of Clearfield, until moving to the home of her son, Dale, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, somewhat over a year ago, passed away Thursday, March 22, 1973, at a nursing home in Minneapolis. She had been a patient at the home for a year.

Mrs. Lyddon is survived by four sons, Dales of Minneapolis, Doyle of Phoenix, Ariz., Bernard of Iowa City and Ivan of Albuquerque, N. Mex., a daughter, Mrs. Bill Lightner of Ottumwa, a sister, Mrs. Walter R. Kerns of Creston, and several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, in 1955.

A memorial fund was established for the Clearfield Christian Church and contributrions can be left at the funeral home in Clearfield.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p. m. Sunday, March 25th, at the Clearfield Christian Church. Rev. Chou Taik Yoon officiated with burial in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[LYDDON, FRANK ELWIN]
Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, May 7, 1931, [p. 1]
Obituary – Frank E. Lyddon
Frank Elwin Lyddon, eldest son of John and Lydia Lyddon, was born near North Henderson, Illinois, on Nov. 18th, 1868, and passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 1931, at his home in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was 62 years, 5 mos., and 10 days old.

In 1895, he was united in marriage with Alice M. [ary] Riley, to which union was born two sons, Raymond V. [alentine] Lyddon of Clearfield and John Forrest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He joined the Methodist Church in 1890 at Greenwood Chapel, near Conway, transferring to the Clearfield congregation and still later to Council Bluffs.

He was a loving husband, a kind father, faithful Christian, and a friend to all. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two brothers, George Lyddon of Indianola, Iowa and Harry Lyddon of Clearfield, Iowa. There also survive three grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Thursday in Clearfield Methodist Church and was very largely attended. The pastor was in charge, and interment at Lenox, where his parents lie in the last long rest that comes to all men.

 

[LYDDON, LYDIA ANN WELHOFF]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, May 8, 1930, p. 8
Mrs. Lydia Lyddon Dies Recently At Age of 86 Years
Mrs. Lydia Lyddon was born in Indianola, March 9, 1845 and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy Rood, April 25, 1930, in the 86th year of her age.

She was united in marriage to John Lyddon, March 12, 1868, who preceded her in death August 31, 1924. To this union were born four children, Frank Lyddon of Council Bluffs, Mrs. Ella Rood and Harry Lyddon of Clearfield, and George Lyddon of Indianola.

In her girlhood she united with the Methodist Episcopal church.

She is survived by four children, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She was a good Christian and a devoted mother.

Funeral services were held at Lenox Methodist church on Sunday afternoon and was largely attended. Interment was in Lenox cemetery beside the body of her husband. Rev. Hower officiated and Rev. Stroud of Lenox assisted him. The music was furnished by Lenox people.

 

[MILLER, ALBERT RAY]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa,), Saturday, May 4, 1918, p. 17
A very sad accident resulted in the loss of life to Albert Miller, the eleven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller residing in Grant township Thursday, April 25. The little fellow had gone to the pasture on his little pony to drive up the cows, his usual evening chore, and when he didn’t return in a reasonable time his younger brother Homer was sent to hurry his movements, when he found him dead, his pony standing beside him. Nothing is known whatever how he met his death, as it was witnessed by no one and no bones were broken, but it is supposed that the pony might have stumbled and thrown the child.

 

[MILLER, ALBERT RAY]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa,), Saturday, May 4, 1918, p. 13
A gloom of sadness came over this entire community on last Thursday evening, such as accidents cause, when it was announced that Albert Miller, living near Lenox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller, formerly of this community, was killed in some way never to be exactly known. He was found dead in the field by a little brother, who had gone in search of him. After he came home from school he helped his mother set out some strawberry plants and then got on his pony and went after the cows for the evening as was his usual custom and being absent but a very short time. Yet the family wondered why he did not return and his little brother Homer went to look for him and found him in the pasture lying on his face cold in death and his pet pony standing by his side. As no bones were broken and no one saw the accident, no one knows how it occurred. Albert was 11 years old and a very active, cheerful, happy hearted boy and the sudden bereavement comes very hard upon his family. Many people from this locality attended the funeral at Lenox Saturday and all extend their deepest sympathy at this sad hour.

 

 

 

[MOORE, ELLA BERTHA SCHAFFER]
Creston News Advertiser, Monday, October 12, 1964, [p. 1]
Ella B. Moore Dies Here at 74
Mrs. Ella Bertha Moore, 74, a lifetime resident of the Crestonland community, died at the Greater Community hospital here at 3:20 p. m. Saturday. Her home was at 806 west Mill Street.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian church here. Rev. Dale Cunningham, the pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery at Lenox. Her body is at Coens Home for Funerals. Her family will be at the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 p. m. Monday.

Mrs. Moore’s family said a memorial fund is being established for the Presbyterian Church for which contributions may be left at the funeral home or Coens furniture store.

Ella Bertha Schaffer was born in Adams County, April 17, 1890. She was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Miller Schaffer. She was married in Adams County, Feb. 8, 1911, to William Roy Moore, who preceded her in death June 1, 1953.

Mrs. Moore moved to Union county in 1934 and lived on a farm before moving to Creston in 1941. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by a son, Melvin Moore of Creston; a daughter, Mrs. Rusty (Hazel) Plowman of Creston; two grandchildren, Sandra Moore and Terry Plowman; and three sisters, Mrs. Emma Orth of Lenox, Mrs. Kate Miller of South Bend, Ind., and Mrs. Margaret Williams of Corning.

 

[MOORE, ELLA BERTHA SCHAFFER]
Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, October 13, 1964, p. 5
Rites Today for Ella B. Moore
Funeral services for Ella B. Moore, who died Saturday, were held at 2 p. m. today at the Presbyterian church with Rev. Dale Cunningham officiating. Burial was in Fairview cemetery at Lenox. Mrs. Kenneth Petznick was organist and Jim Abbott and Dixie Taylor sang “Beyond the Sunset” and “In the Upper Garden.” Pallbearers were: Lewis Plowman, Leland Swanger, Howard Brown, Dell Jasperson, Gayle Moore and Elvan Nash.

 

[MOORE, WILLIAM ROY]
Creston News Advertiser, June 4, 1953, [p. 1]
William R. Moore Rites Held Today
Funeral services for William R. [oy] Moore were held this afternoon at 3 p. m. at the Presbyterian Church with Rev. John E. Klein officiating. Burial was in the Lenox Cemetery. The pallbearers were Roy Noerrlinger, Willis Giles, Les Evans, Guy Frymire, Russell Hardisty and Herman Kloppenberg.

[MORRIS, HAL DEAN]
Hal Dean Morris, 88, of Kent, died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Powers Funeral Home 601 New York Ave. Creston. Pastor Dan Moore will officiate. Burial will be West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Military rites will be by Theodore J. Martens Creston VFW Post #1797. There will be a 6:00 pm masonic service performed by Crest City Lodge #522. Memorials may be made to the Des Moines Animal Rescue and the Cromwell Church.

Hal Dean Morris was born March 22, 1926 in Kent, IA to Helen Louise Butler and Claude James Morris. He graduated from Lenox High School in 1943. Hal Dean served in the Navy. On Sept. 22, 1945, Hal Dean married Florbelle [Florabelle] "Pat" Morris in Norman, Okla. and lived in Norman, Okla., until moving to Lenox in 1946. They moved to a farm in Kent in 1949. He has lived in his current home since 1974. He was a farmer and the Fire Chief for the Kent Fire Dept. He was a member of the Cromwell United Church of Christ, served on the Kent School Board, Union County Conservation Board, a 50-year Mason, and member of the American Legion, Creston VFW and the Creston Elks Lodge # 605. Survivors include two daughters, Susan Loudon of Creston and Peggy Sweeney of Britt, IA; one son, Monty Morris of Kent; daughter-in-law Carmen Morris of Ankeny; one brother Robert (wife Verna) Morris of Lenox; one sister Marjorie Reynolds of Atlantic; sister-in-law Helen Jean Morris of Winterset; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Hal Dean was preceded in death by his parents, wife Pat Morris in 2007, his son Paul Morris in 2013, a grandson, Thaddeaus, brother Kenneth Morris, brother-in-law Darrell Reynolds, son-in-law Jim Loudon and sister-in-law Katie (husband Harvey) Heimke.

[Online Obituary courtesy of Powers Funeral Home, Creston, Iowa.]

 

[NIXON, EMMA]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 25, 1965, p. 3
Emma Nixon Dies In Lenox
Miss Emma Nixon, 85, died March 11 at her home in Lenox. She was a native of Taylor County and had lived in this vicinity all her life.

Services were held Sunday, March 14 at the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox with Rev. David A. Shaeffer officiating. Burial in the Lenox cemetery.

She is survived by two sisters, Miss Isabel Nixon, Mrs. Ruth Boltinghouse; one brother, William B. Nixon, all of Lenox; and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

[NIXON, HUGH]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, April 2, 1913, p. 7
Attended Funeral---Isarel Olive and David Donaldson were in Lenox the fore part of this week to attend the funeral of Hugh Nixon. The gentleman passed from this life Friday and the funeral was held Monday. Messrs. Donaldson, Olive and Nixon were old neighbors in Illinois years ago.

 

[NOOK, SHERI DEANNE]
Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, September 29, 1959, p. 3
Rites at Lenox for Nook Baby
Lenox—Graveside services for Sheri Deanne Nook, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Nook of Lenox, were held at Fairview cemetery at 10 a. m. Monday. The baby was born at Rosary hospital in Corning Saturday and died at the hospital Sunday.

Rev. Burton C. Collier, pastor of the Lenox Methodist church, officiated.

The baby is survived by the parents and a sister, Teresa.

 

[ORTH, CHRIS]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, February 24 1923, p. 8
Friends and neighbors of this vicinity were grieved to hear of the passing away of Chris Orth of east Lenox on last Friday evening. Many from this vicinity attended the funeral services on Monday. This community spares their sympathy for this sad family as Mrs. Orth’s youngest child is lying quite sick with pneumonia.

[ORTH, CHRIS]
Creston Daily Advertiser, Saturday, February 24, 1923, p. 7
Chris Orth, a former resident of Prescott, passed away at his home near Lenox last Saturday. His death was the result of attack of pneumonia.

 

 

[PULLMAN, RALPH WILLIAM]
Des Moines Register, Tuesday, June 5, 1973, p. 18
Ralph W. Pullman – Services for Ralph W. [illiam] Pullman, 64, of 1300 S. W. Porter Ave., who died Sunday at Mercy Hospital where he had undergone surgery, will be at 10 a. m. Wednesday at Dunn’s S. W. Ninth Street Funeral Home. Burial will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Born in Lenox, Mr. Pullman lived in Fairfield before moving to Des Moines 34 years ago. He was a route driver for Colonial Cleaners.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby, one daughter, Mrs. LaRita Underwood of Des Moines; two brothers, the Rev. E. LeRoy Pullman of Council Bluffs and George of Milwaukee, Wis.; one sister, Mrs. Mary A. Yount of Osceola; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that any memorial contributions be made to Camp Sunnyside.

 

 

 

[REED, JAMES]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, March 27, 1920, [p. 1]
Lenox Time-Table.---James Reed, an old settler of Taylor, Union and Adams counties, died at his home in Adams County last Saturday evening March 6, at 7 o’clock. Mr. Reed was born in Lightlesburg, Ohio, September 6, 1852, being one of twelve children of the parents, his mother dying when he was three years old and the father some twenty years ago. Of the brothers and sisters, eight are living, four girls and four boys, viz: Erma Oshel of Orient, Iowa; Damaris Cochren of Lake View, Oregon; Dora Donovan of Creston, Iowa; Hattie Robison of Rush, Colorado; John of Clearfield; William of Lenox; Truman of Greenfield; and David of Idaho Falls. All but the one sister in Oregon were present at the funeral; also an uncle, W. H. Reed, and his children of Bloomington, Ill., were present. The deceased moved from Ohio to Illinois when a child and when eight years old to Union County, Iowa. Later he moved to Taylor County and afterwards to Adams County to the farm home where he died and had lived for 37 years. He was married to Miss Mary Capplinger [Caplinger] at the present Truman Cottrel place in 1872. Three children were born to them, one dying in infancy, and two sons, Ross and Roy, who with their mother, survive, and with brothers and sisters and two grandchildren, Gladis and Opal, and many friends and neighbors, mourn the loss of the beloved dead. Mr. Reed united with the Prairie Star Presbyterian Church on profession in 1897. He was a staunch friend of the church, but because of an accident a few years ago he has not been able to attend as faithfully as he would have liked. Next to the church he was a warm friend of the Red Cross movement and is buried with the badge on his coat. In politics he was a staunch Republican and a great admirer of President McKinley.

The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church in Lenox, conducted by Rev. N. R. Miles.

 

[REED, JAMES HARRISON]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, October 3, 1895, p. 4
J. [ames] H. Reed, an old settler of this county, residing near Lenox, fell dead one day last week while pumping water. He is supposed to have died from heart disease.

[REED, JAMES HARRISON]
Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Tuesday, October 1, 1895|

J. [ames] H. [arrison] Reed, a wealthy and respectable farmer and a pioneer of Taylor county, dropped dead, of apoplexy, while attending to the farm chores.

 

[ROOD, LUELLA MAY “ELLA”  LYDDON]
Creston News Advertiser, Wednesday, November 26, 1958, p. 11
Harry Rood Here To Attend Mother’s Funeral
Clearfield---Harry Rood of Olympia, Wash., arrived here Tuesday morning to attend last rites for his mother, Mrs. Ella Rood, which were held Wednesday.

 

[ROOD, LUELLA MAY “ELLA’  LYDDON]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, Thursday, November 27, 1958, p. 6
Clearfield---Mrs. Ella Rood, 83, died at her home here Saturday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday, Rev. H. Ball officiating. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery. Mrs. Rood was survived by her husband, Roy, and two sons, Harry of Olympia, Wash., and Cecil of Cleveland, Ohio.

[Sanders, Charles]

Lenox Time Table, Thursday, November 10, 1949, [p. 1]
Funeral Wednesday For Former Kent Man
Funeral services for Charles Sanders of Brookfield, Mo., a former resident of Kent, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p. m. at the Arnold Funeral Home.

 

[SAUNDERS, CHARLES REID]
Creston News Advertiser, Monday, June 13, 1960, [p. 1]
Charles Saunders Dies at Lenox
Lenox---Charles Saunders, 76, died Sunday morning at his home east of Lenox.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the United Presbyterian church. Rev. James Eddy will officiate. Burial will be in Lenox cemetery.

Mr. Saunders is survived by his widow, Agnes; two sons, Don of Lenox and Vernon of Bozeman, Mont.; and three daughters, Mrs. Earl Douglas of Lenox, Mrs. Luther rogers of Kennewick, Wash., and Dorothy Saunders of Portland, Ore.

 

 [SCHAFFER, CHARLES CLEVELAND]
Creston New Advertiser, Monday, May 10, 1965, p. 5
Charles Schaffer Dies Today at 77
Prescott --- Charles Schaffer, 77, a farmer in the Prescott and Stringtown communities, died at the Greater Community hospital at Creston at 9:15 a. m. today. He had entered the hospital Saturday.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Stringtown Community church. Rev. Don Briley, the pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. His body will be taken to the church at noon Wednesday from the Roland funeral home at Corning.

Mr. Schaffer is survived by his widow; six children, Mrs. Dale Black of Mount Ayr, Mrs. Harold Black of Clearfield, Mrs. Norman McCoy, Mrs. Herman Davison and Mrs. Burdette Taha in California and Walter Schaffer of Kent; and a sister, Mrs. Rose Wurster of Lenox.

 

[SCHAFFER, CHARLES CLEVELAND]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, May 20, 1965, p. 6
Charles Cleveland Schaffer, son of Jacob and Mary Eberle Schaffer, was born August 10, 1887 near Prescott, Iowa, and departed this life at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston, Iowa on May 10, 1965 at the age of 77 years and nine months.

He spent his entire life in Adams County. He was baptized October 17, 1887 into the Trinity Lutheran church, which was being held at that time in Smoky Hollow School.

On January 8, 1919, he was united in marriage to Cora Anna Sterling. To this union six children were born, five daughters and one son; Hazel Black of Mount Ayr, Helen Black of Clearfield, Dulcie McCoy of Modesto, Calif., Bernice Davison of Alameda, Calif., Merle Taha of Pittsburg, Calif., Walter Schaffer of west Des Moines.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Clara Randecker of Elizabeth, Ill., Cora O’Riley of Hopkins, Mo., Lula Wurster of Lenox.

Left to mourn his passing are: his widow, Cora; his children: five sons-in-law; one daughter-in-law; 17 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one sister, Rose Wurster of Lenox; one brother, Elmer Schaffer of Kent; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 12 at 2 p. m. from the Stringtown Community church with Rev. Donald Briley and Rev. Charles Colyn officiating. Music was by Roland Buxton and Norma Paymal. Pallbearers were Ivan Sterling, Harvey Wurster, Leland O’Riley, Melvin Wurster, Glen Goldner and Harley Whaley. Flower bearers were Mrs. Glen Goldner, Mrs. Leland O’Riley, Mrs. Harley Whaley and Mrs. Melvin Wurster. Interment was in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[SCHAFFER, CORA ANNA STERLING]
Creston New Advertiser, Tuesday, December 5, 1972, p. 23
Cora Schaffer, Corning, dies
Corning --- Mrs. Charles (Cora) Schaffer, 74, died early today at the Colonial Manor nursing home at Corning. She had lived in the Corning and Prescott communities since 1919.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Friday at the Grace Baptist church at Corning. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

Cora Sterling was born at Masontown, Pa., March 25, 1898. She was the daughter of James and Martha Cober [Cover] Sterling. She was married at Prescott, Jan. 8, 1919, to Charles Schaffer, who preceded her in death May 10, 1965.

Mrs. Schaffer is survived by a son, Walter Schaffer of St. Charles; five daughters, Mrs. Vail (Hazel) Black of Mount Ayr, Mrs. Harold (Helen) Black of Clearfield, Mrs. Norman (Dulcie) McCoy of Modesto, Calif., Mrs. Herman (Bernice) Davidson of Mount Hermon, Calif., and Mrs. Burdette (Merle) Taha of Pittsburgh, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Thompson of Modesto, Calif., and Mrs. Lloyd (Stella) West of Corning; and a brother, D. C. Sterling of Champaign, Ill.

 

[SCHAFFER, ELIZABETH MILLER]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, April 13, 1939, p. 7
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Williams and family attended the funeral of Mrs. Williams’ mother, Mrs. William Schaffer Monday at Lenox. Mrs. Schaffer died after a long illness, April 7 at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 1 day. Mrs. Schaffer had been sick in bed for the past eight weeks.

 

SCHAFFER, JACOB]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, October 15, 1913, p. 8
Jacob Shaffer died Monday afternoon, October 13, 1913, at about 2 o’clock, at his home south of Prescott. He had been suffering from rheumatism for some time and the disease went to his heart. He was on the way to Prescott when the pain became so severe he returned home and asked one of the boys to put his team away. He sat down in a chair and passed away in a few minutes. Funeral services were held this morning at 11 o’clock at the Stringtown church, conducted by the Lutheran minister of Creston. Interment was made in the Lenox cemetery.

Mr. Schaffer was born in Pittsburg, Penn. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Schaffer. When about one year of age he moved with his parents to Ohio and in 1869 he came to Adams County, locating on the farm where he lived until death claimed him. Mr. Schaffer was married to Miss Sophia Knolla, of this county, who passed away about 34 years ago. Later he was married to Miss Mary Eberley [Eberle], of Illinois, who with the six children born to this union survives him. The children are Mrs. Clara Randecker, of Illinois; Mrs. Cora O’Riley, living near Queen City; Lulu, Rose, Charles and Elmer at home. Besides his family Mr. Schaffer leaves three brothers, Frank Schaffer, in Missouri, and William and Fred, residing in this community; one sister, Mrs. Laban Harrison, who lives near Prescott; also two half-sisters, Mrs. Thomas Urie, of Montana, and Mrs. Kate Steler, of Norwalk, Ohio. During his long residence in this community Mr. Schaffer made many friends who deeply regret his demise.

 

[SCHAFFER, JACOB]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, October 18, 1913, p. 9
The many friends of the county were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Jacob Schaffer of Mercer Township at 2 o’clock, at his residence. He had started for Prescott and when about a mile from home began feeling so badly that he returned home. Arriving there he asked the boys to put up his team and went to the house. A physician was phoned for, but he died in a few minutes after reaching the house of rheumatism of the heart. The funeral was held Wednesday at 11 o’clock at the Stringtown church, and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Blaufuss of Creston. Interment was made at Lenox. Jacob Schaffer was born July 1, 1850 at Pittsburgh, Pa., where he lived with his parents until eighteen months old when the family removed to Wellsville, O., residing there until 1869, when he came to Iowa, settling in Adams County upon the farm where he died. He was married to Miss Angeline Knolla in 1874 in this county. His wife died in 1878 and he was remarried in 1881 to Miss Mary Eberle of Elizabeth, Ill. He was the father of four daughters and two sons. Mrs. Clara Randecker residing at Elizabeth, Ill.; Mrs. Cora O’Riley residing north of Corning; Misses Lula and Rosa and Charlie and Elmer residing at home. Besides his wife and children he leaves three brothers and three sisters. They are Fred Schaffer, William Schaffer, Mrs. Louise Urie, Mrs. Laban Harrison of this vicinity, Frank Schaffer of Elmo, Mo.; Mrs. Kate Stellar of Norwalk, O. All attended the funeral except the latter sister. Mr. Schaffer was one of the substantial farmers of the county and was one of the best respected in this part of the country. Being one of the pioneers of Adams County, he saw the raw prairie grow to the present state of high cultivation and was associated in various ways with the up building of the same. Those who knew him best could relate many acts of charity and kindness to those in need and was a friend indeed to many. He was a good neighbor and will be greatly missed from the community.

 

[SCHAFROTH, LEVI GOTTLEIB]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, December 10, 1919, p. 8
Died – Levi Schafroth, one of the well-known citizens of this community, died Monday at his home in Mercer Township, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis. He had had one stroke some months ago and the second one proved fatal. The funeral services will be held at the Mercer Center church on Thursday of this week.

Mr. Schafroth was born March 31, 1848 [1844] in Berne, Switzerland. He came to this country when a lad of nine years, with his parents. In Monroe County, Ohio, he was married to Miss Mary Riggenbach and to them were born 15 children, all of whom are now living, except one. We shall give a more extended obituary next week.

 

[SCHAFROTH, LEVI GOTTLEIB]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, December 17, 1919, p. 2
Obituary – Levi Schafroth passed from this life Monday, December 8, 1919, at his home near Mercer Center. The funeral services were held at Mercer Center church, Thursday morning, at 10 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Joseph Penn, pastor of the M. E. church of Prescott. The body was laid to rest in Fairview cemetery at Lenox.

Levi Schafroth was born near Berne, Switzerland, March 31, 1844, and died Monday morning, December 8, 1919, at his home near Mercer Center, aged 75 years, 8 months and 7 days.

When seven years of age he came to America with his parents, locating in Pennsylvania and later moving to Monroe County, Ohio. He was drafted into the Union army during the civil war in 1862, and later volunteered in Company B, Ninth Ohio Calvary, serving two and a half years, or until the close of the war.

He was married to Miss Mary Ann Blenst Riggenbach January 11, 1868, in Hannibal, Ohio, who still survives him. They lived in Ohio for ten years. Desiring to locate in the west, they came to Iowa in March 1877, locating near Brooks for one year and then moving to their present home in Mercer Township, where they have lived for over forty years.

To this union were born fifteen children. One son, Edward, died in infancy. The living children are: Mrs. J. H. Walter, of Jasper township; Mrs. Fred Miller, of Creston; J. [ohn] E. Schafroth, of Little York, Ill.; Mrs. E. [F.]  E. Miller and J.[oseph] B. Schafroth, of Lenox; Mrs. Rose Miller, William Schafroth and Mrs. O.[tto] B. Hanson, of Mercer township; F. [red] L. Schafroth, of San Juan, Texas; Mrs. Charles Miller, of Prescott township; George, Emma, Lillian and Alta, residing at home.

Mr. Schafroth leaves 44 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; also two sisters and one brother survive him. Ed Schafroth, of Corning, and Mrs. Mary Waechili and Mrs. Carrie Bogart, both residing in Allentown, Pa., and many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Schafroth was a member of the Evangelical church for a number of years, until recently when he transferred his membership to the Mercer Center M. E. church. He was a good husband, kind father, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

 

[SCHAFROTH, MARY ANN BLUEST RIGGENBACH]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, September 25, 1920, p. 2
The death of Mrs. Levi Schafroth of Mercer Township last Tuesday morning at 7:45 was sad news to the many friends. While she had been ailing with lung trouble for some time the end was not thought to be so near. Mary Ann Bluest Riggenbach was born June 27, 1851 near Hertzergdom, Baden, Germany, and was aged 69 years, 2 months and 24 days. At the age of six years she came with her mother and other relatives to the United States and located at Hannibal, Monroe County, Ohio, where she was united in marriage to Levi Schafroth, January 11, 1868, where they resided until 1877 when they came to Adams County and for one year resided near Brooks and then went to Mercer township where they resided until their death, the husband and father passing away December 8, 1919. To this union were born fifteen children, all living except Edward who died when two years of age. The living children are Mrs. J. H. Walter of Jasper township, Mrs. Fred Miller of Cromwell, John E. Schafroth of Little York, Ill., Mrs. F.[rank] E. [dward] Miller and Joe Schafroth of Lenox, Mrs. Rose Miller and William Schafroth of Mercer township, Fred L. Schafroth of San Juan, Texas, Mrs. Chas. Miller of Prescott township, Mrs. O. H. Hanson of Union Township, George, Emma, Lillian and Alta, residing at home. Besides the children she is survived by one sister, Miss Elizabeth Riggenbach of Sterling, Ohio and three brothers, John Riggenbach of Sterling, Ohio, Adam Riggenbach of New Martinsville, W. Va., and Fred Riggenbach of Sardis, Ohio, forty-five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and a host of friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jasper Weber of the M. E. church of Gravity at the home on Thursday at 2 p. m. and interment was made in the Fairview cemetery at Lenox. All the children were present except John and Fred.

 

[SCHAFROTH, MARY ANN BLUEST RIGGENBACH]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, September 29, 1920, p. 2
Obituary – Mary Ann Bluest Riggenbach was born June 27, 1851, near Hertzergdom, Baden, Germany, and died Tuesday morning September 21st, 1920 at her home near Mercer Center, aged 69 years, 2 months and 24 days.

At the age of 6 years, she came with her mother and other relatives to the United States, locating at Hannibal, Monroe County, Ohio. She was married to Levi Schafroth, January 11, 1868, in Hannibal, Ohio, and lived in that state for 10 years. Desiring to locate in the west, they came to Iowa in March 1877, locating near Brooks, Iowa, for one year and then moving to their present home in Mercer Township where she has lived for 42 years. To this union were born 15 children. One son, Edward, died when 2 years old. The living children are: Mrs. J. M. Walter, of Jasper township; Mrs. Fred Miller, near Cromwell; John E. Schafroth, of Little York, Ill.; Mrs. F. [rank] E. [dward] Miller and Jos. B. Schafroth, of Lenox; Mrs. Rose Miller and William Schafroth, of Mercer township; Fred L. Schafroth, of San Juan, Texas; Mrs. Charles Miller, of Prescott township; Mrs. O. H. Hanson, of Union township; George, Emma, Lillian and Alta, residing at home. She leaves 45 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, also one sister and three brothers, Miss Elizabeth Riggenbach and John Riggenbach of Sterling, Ill.; Adam Riggenbach, of New Martinsville, W. Va.; Fred Riggenbach, of Sardis, Ohio, and many other relatives and friends.

Mother Schafroth was a member of the German Baptist church of Sardis, Ohio. She was a good, kind mother, was highly esteemed by all who knew her.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jasper Weber, of the M. E. church at Gravity and interment was made in Fairview cemetery at Lenox.

 

[SHAWLER, IVA ISABELLE YOUNG]
Creston News Advertiser, Thursday, December 24, 2015
Iva Shawler of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, formerly of Lenox, passed away Dec. 18, 2015, at Shorehaven Health and Rehab Center in Oconomowoc at the age of 99 years, six months. Services took place at 4 p.m. at the Shorehaven Chapel on Monday, Dec. 21. The family received friends from 3 to 4 p.m.

Iva Isabelle (Young) Shawler was born June 18, 1916, on a farm near Corning to Lynden Monroe Young and Edith Irene (Haviland) Young. On Sept. 3, 1938, she was united in marriage to James Lester Shawler.

They lived and farmed in the Lenox area for many years before selling their farm and moving into town. James passed away in November of 1982, and Iva later moved to Delafield, Wisconsin, to be close to her daughters.

Iva was preceded in death by her husband James; son Larry and son-in-law James Kraus. Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful mother, grandmother and sister are her daughters, Farene and husband Calvin Rose of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, and Lynette Kraus of Wales, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Jessica Rose (Kevin) Frederick, Leanne Rose, Kyle Kraus, Kelsey Kraus and Michael (Kimberly) Daniels; great-grandchildren, Emily and Abby Frederick, Christopher, Ashtyn and Shaye Daniels; sisters, Belma Hartman of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Leola Wurster of Wickenburg, Arizona.

She loved us all to pieces and will forever be in our hearts.

 

[SHAWLER, LARRY L.]
Creston News Advertiser, Saturday, November 26, 1960, [p. 1]
Lenox Youth, 20, Dies Under Wrecked Auto
Larry Shawler Pinned After Helping Others Out
Lenox—A 20-year-old Lenox youth was killed last night after the automobile he was driving had been in an accident on a rural road, about four miles east of Conway.

Larry Shawler, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Shawler, who live five miles southeast of Lenox, died a few minutes after the accident. The car he was driving had left the road at a  “dead end” intersection. Shawler got out of the car and had helped three passengers from the automobile when he complained of pain in his chest and lost consciousness.

Not Seriously Hurt

The passengers, none of whom were seriously hurt, were Sanford Harvey, 20, of near Clearfield; his sister, Kathy, 16; and Jo Ann Snyder, 16, of near Conway. They suffered lacerations, bruises and shock and were treated by a Lenox doctor but did not require hospitalization.

Deputy Sheriff T. C. Buchanan of Lenox said the four young people were going south on a dirt road about 10 miles southeast of Lenox and failed to make the turn onto an east-west graveled road. The car left the road and stopped against an embankment.

Car Rolls Over

Shawler was the first out of the car and helped the others from the automobile.

Deputy Sheriff Buchanan and Dr. Roger W. Boulden arrived at the same time from Lenox. They said the Shawler youth died before he could be put into [an] ambulance.

The Shawler youth is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Shawler, and two sisters, Farene, 10, and Lynette, 6.

He was not married and was employed at the Gerald Maharry farm near Lenox.

His body is at the Bender funeral home in Lenox.

Deputy Sheriff Buchanan said Shawler’s death is the first traffic fatality this year in Taylor County.

 

[SHAWLER, LARRY L.]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 1, 1960, [p. 1]
Auto Accident Kills Youth
Three Others Escape Serious Injury
One person was killed and three were injured at 8:55 Friday evening in a one-car crash four miles east of Conway on a county road.

The Dead: Larry Shawler, 21, Lenox, driver of the car

Injured:

Sanford Harvey, 20, Clearfield, his sister, Kathy Harvey, 16, also of Clearfield, and Joann Snyder, 16, of Conway.

Highway patrol officers said the Shawler car failed to make a turn at “T” road intersection and plunged head on into an adjacent embankment. Shawler died about 15 minutes following the accident.

The three other passengers were treated by a Lenox doctor for lacerations, bruises and shock.

Larry Shawler was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Shawler, who live five miles southeast of Lenox. Other survivors are two sisters, Lynette, 5, and Farene, 10. Shawler recently had been employed at the Gerald Maharry farm near Clearfield.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox. Rev. Herbert Phillips of Clearfield officiated, assisted by Rev. Hugh Williams of Lenox.

 

[STOAKS, HAZEL JUNE MILLER]
Funeral services for Hazel Stoaks, age 98, of Lenox, who died Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Clearview Nursing Home in Clearfield, will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lenox Christian Church. Visitation will be at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox on Tuesday from 3 to 8 with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8. Interment will be held at West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be given in Hazel's name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Hazel June Stoaks was born June 12, 1913, in Adams County, Iowa the daughter of Frank Miller and Kate (Schafroth) Miller. She grew up attending country school. On May 29, 1929, she was united in marriage to Cleo (Jobe) Stoaks. To this loving union two children were born, Howard and Katherine.

Hazel spent her entire life in Adams County and Taylor County, Iowa. Hazel and Cleo purchased the farm in Adams County in 1936. This is where they raised their family and also chickens for many years. Hazel will be remembered for her passion for gardening and her flowers! She also had a passion for making quilts. She would always have one set up in her living room while she worked on it and whoever was around at the time, would have to help her turn it so she could reach to finish her sewing. We would not even attempt to guess how many pairs of jeans she patched over the years! Hazel also had a love for cooking, you could always count on her to have some cookies to snack on and her homemade noodles and angel food cake were something you could always expect to enjoy at family dinners! Hazel's home was always "the gathering place" for family to stay and visit whether from near or far. She was a 50+-year member of the Eastern Star and had been Worthy Matron. She was also a 50+-year member of the Lenox Christian Church. She had been a member of the Neighborhood Club and at one time they had over 20 members. She had helped with many activities within these organizations.

Left to cherish Hazel's memory is her son, Howard Stoaks of Lenox; four grandchildren Gary Stoaks and wife Teresa; Kurt Stoaks and wife Mandy; Mary Ann Tallmon and husband John; Joan Watts and husband Mark; nine great-grandchildren, Dawn Shuler and husband John; Alicia Hutt and husband Rob; Shane Stoaks and wife Lindsay; Todd, Jacy and Tyra Stoaks; Milan and Ryan Tallmon; and Nicholas Newberg; nine great-great-grandchildren, Stacie, Stephanie, Dustin and Morgan Shuler; Lincoln, Hayden and Dylan Hutt; and Laramie and Laney Stoaks; two sisters, Lela Spoonemore and Alberta Calvin; a sister-in-law, Pauline Miller; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Hazel in death are her parents Frank and Kate Miller; her loving husband Cleo in 1974; a daughter Katherine in 2003; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Stoaks in 2002; her ten siblings, Edna Starks, Margaret Curts, Harry Miller, Raymond (Mike) Miller, Clyde Miller, Albert Miller, Frank Miller, Homer Miller, Lyle (Pete) Miller and Wilma Gray.

Hazel will be missed by her entire family and many friends.

She will live in their hearts forever.

 

[UNDERWOOD, LARITA MARIE PULLMAN BROWN RUNYON]
Obituary - LaRita M. [arie] Underwood, 70, passed away of heart failure on December 6, 2005. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 9 at Westover Funeral Home with cremation to follow the service. A private family burial will be in Lenox, Iowa.

LaRita was born in Fairfield, Iowa on July 31, 1935, the daughter of Ralph Pullman and Ruby Marie Collins. LaRita was a District Administrator for the Dictaphone Corp, and had worked part-time as a bartender at Westport Lounge. She attended many achievement clubs and had won trips to Spain, Mexico and Hawaii.

LaRita is survived by daughters, Kim Runyon and Julia Blackwell, both of Des Moines; sons, Dan Underwood of Dallas, Texas and Jeff Underwood of Tulsa, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Casey Burch, Jamal Elawag and Omar Elawag, all of Des Moines; and two great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 8 at Westover Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
[Online obituary Westover Funeral Home, Des Moines, Iowa]

 

[VAN HOUTEN, GEORGE HAMILTON]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, October 23, 1930
G. H. Van Houten Dies At Home At Lenox, Iowa Was Well-Known Traveler, Lecturer, Writer
G. H. Van Houten, 83, writer, traveler and lecturer, familiarly known here because of his talks over the Shenandoah radio stations for the past few years, died at his home in Lenox, Iowa, Friday morning, at 1:40 o’clock, after being bedfast since August 1st from illness, due to a stroke of paralysis he had several weeks earlier.

Leaving the hospital in Shenandoah early in August because of his dislike at being confined in such an institution, he was taken to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Boyer, at Creston. Here he refused to be satisfied and expressed a wish to come to Red Oak to the home of Mrs. Laura McCormick, where he had stopped on previous visits here.

Came to Red Oak
His wish was granted and he was brought here and remained bedfast in the Mrs. McCormick boarding house under the care of Mrs. George Ashley, as nurse, until three weeks ago when he was taken to his home in Lenox, where he died.

George Hamilton Van Houten was born at Rockport, Mo., February 24, 1847. When one year old, his parents moved to Madison County, Iowa, and he has lived in Iowa since that time. He moved to Cass County with his parents in 1855 and to Taylor County in 1863, locating at Lexington, now an obsolete village in Taylor County. That same year after being rejected several times because of his age for U. S. service in the Civil War, he successfully enlisted in Co. E, Fourth Missouri cavalry and became a plainsman, receiving an honorable discharge in 1865.

Became School Teacher
After his discharge he returned to his home in Taylor County where he married and followed the vocation of farming and the nursery business. He had been married sixty-four years last December. Having never had the opportunity of attending school, when his daughter was twelve years old, he attended the same rural school with her, and later became a teacher in that school near Bedford. He became teacher of his daughter.

Possessed with the faculty of studying and learning in detail every subject matter that came to his attention, he developed considerable knowledge of the nursery and was successful. He became a great reader of books and acquired an unusual knowledge of world affairs, first coming into prominence in his immediate neighborhood as a debater at literary societies and as an influential speaker of political issues of that day.

Was Active
Because of his active life in Taylor County, he became secretary of the Western Iowa Horticultural Society and the Southwestern society. He was appointed a member of the board of trustees of Iowa Agricultural College and secretary and manager of the Iowa Farmers’ Institute organization. Gaining in political prominence in 1891 he became the republican nominee for lieutenant governor. At this time he was also serving as colonel of the Iowa Division Sons of Veterans. Receiving an appointment in the U. S. secret service in 1893, he made a tour of the Hawaiian Islands.

Returning to his home in Taylor County he gave lectures on Hawaiian affairs and life before schools and other audiences. Being a student of the Bible he was ordained to the ministry and was local minister of the Methodist church in Lenox for a time. He served as a member of the state legislature three terms from Taylor County in the 26th, 27th and 32nd General Assemblies.

Traveled Widely
Mr. Van Houten also served at one time as secretary of the Iowa State Fair association and was the first secretary of the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Interested in Bible study, he had a desire to visit the lands of Bible history and thus became endowed with the hobby of traveling to gather information for his lectures as well as for the satisfaction of procuring a definite knowledge of the world.

He made three trips to the Holy Lands in Palestine and also visited most of the European countries. He made trips to Japan, China, India, Africa, Egypt, Mexico, Alaska, through Canada into the Behring Sea country, besides visiting most every state in the United States.

Wrote Books
Mr. Van Houten contributed many stories of his travels and the countries through which he traveled to newspapers and magazines, besides writing several good books.

After his many travels and after he became aged, he said: “I am impressed with the thought that America, and especially that part we call the United States, is of all places and countries the best, and most worthy of our inspection and enthusiastic support. I have tried to impress this in addresses to schools and gatherings; trying to stimulate admiration and love of country. The object lesson one gets in travel impress these thoughts on the careful observer. Surely we live in a goodly land. Let us strive to leave it better than we found it.”

Had 12 Children
When Mr. Van Houten began his travels he was seen very infrequently by his wife and children. He was the father of twelve children, nine of which are living and have married. He has twenty-four grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Besides his widow, who lives at Lenox, [words missing] for many years, he is survived by the following children: W. [alter] C. [onrad] Van Houten, an attorney, and Mrs. Marge Barrans, of Lenox; Mrs. Myrtle Boyer, of Creston; A. W. Van Houten, of Davenport; M. B. Van Houten, Vernon B. Van Houten, Mrs. Mary Bell and Mrs. Abi Dawson of Bellingham, Wash., and Mrs. Bessie McIlhern, living in California.

Mr. Van Houten was a Mason, Odd Fellow, Methodist and a member of the G. A. R. post at Bedford, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at Lenox Sunday afternoon, Rev. Floyd L. Shephard of the Methodist church there conducting the services. A Masonic service was held at the Lenox cemetery where burial was made. ---Red Oak Express

 

[WARNER, GLEN DEWIGHT]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 22, 1954, p. 4
Obituary – Glenn Dewight Warner
Glen Dewight Warner, son of Lewis Alfred and Sarah Ellers Warner, was born July 28, 1903 near Blythedale, Mo., in Harrison County. Being 50 years, 11 months and 17 days at the time of his death, Friday, July 16.

Glen’s mother died when he was 3, and with his brother and sister he made his home with his grandparents, John and Alice Warner until his father remarried. He grew to manhood in Ringgold County. In 1922 he was married to Nellie Edna Fitzgerald of near Kellerton. To this union 3 children were born, Don Ella [Donella], Doris and Dale.

In 1936 Glen was stricken with an illness caused by an earlier injury. All through the years since then he bore his affliction with great patience, even endeavoring to comfort those who grieved for his illness.

He leaves to mourn his passing his daughters, Mrs. Wayne Roberts of Boulder, Colo., Mrs. Bernard Johnson of Atlantic and son, Dale of Omaha; five grandchildren, four brothers, five sisters.

Funeral services were held in the Gravity Methodist church Sunday afternoon, July 18. Rev. Felt, pastor of the Gravity Methodist church, was in charge of the services. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[WILSON, ELDA MARIE WILCOX]
Creston News Advertiser, Friday, January 4, 1952, [p. 1]
Elda M. Wilson, 77, Died at Clearfield
Lenox—Mrs. Elda Marie Wilson, 77, died at her home south of Clearfield at 3:30 a. m. Thursday. She had been ill since Sunday when she suffered a severe stroke.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church at Clearfield at 2 p. m. Saturday. Rev. C. E. McPherson will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery at Lenox. The Crew funeral home of Clearfield is in charge of the services.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by a son, Leo Wilson of Clearfield; a daughter, Mrs. Velma Grant of Clearfield; a grandson; two granddaughters; and three great grandchildren.

 

[WURSTER, HILDA REGINA MARIE EBERLE]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, Thursday, June 6, 1957, p. 4
Obituary – Wurster
Hilda Regina Marie Eberle, only daughter of Elizabeth and Charles Eberle, was born near Prescott, Iowa, January 23, 1896, and passed away at the Methodist hospital in Des Moines May 23, 1957 at the age of 61 years, 4 months and 5 days.

She attended Iowa State Teachers College and taught in rural schools for 7 years. She was a member of the United Presbyterian church of Lenox. She was united in marriage to John J Wurster Jan 4, 1923. To this union were born two daughters, Darlene Waggoner and Donna Wurster, both of Des Moines.

She spent her married life on a farm east of Lenox. Shortly after her husband’s death on Oct. 11, 1956, she moved to 1708 E 22nd St., Des Moines, where she and her youngest daughter made their home together. She was a kind and loving mother.

She leaves to mourn her passing her two daughters, her son-in-law Lewis Waggoner, one brother Bryan Eberle of Lenox, and a host of relatives and friends. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Lee Eberle.

Services were held at the Bender funeral home Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev James Eddy. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[WURSTER, KARL CHARLES]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, Thursday, February 9, 1967, [p. 1]
Memorial Services for Karl Charles Wurster Feb. 8
Memorial services were held for Mr. Karl Charles Wurster at the Bender Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2:00 p. m.

Rev. David Shaeffer officiated. Mrs. Ruth Boltinghouse was organist.

Interment was in the Lenox Fairview Cemetery.

Mr. Karl Charles Wurster, son of John and Caroline Wurster, was born Nov. 13, 1881, on a farm west of Lenox, Iowa, and passed away on Feb. 4, 1967 at the age of 86 years.

On Sept. 27, 1911, he was united in marriage to Mamie Sanders of Lenox. Mr. Wurster was a long-time member of the Lenox Christian Church, where he served as a Deacon for many years, until his health prohibited this service to the church.

His life-long career as a carpenter brought him recognition as a fine craftsman and able workman.

Survivors include his wife, Mamie; one daughter, Maxine Henderson; one son Karl Wurster; a grandson, Jerry Henderson; a daughter-in-law, Jean Wurster; a son-in-law, Glen Henderson; also a sister, Carrie Thompson; a brother, Ben Wurster; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were: Harold Carey, Harvey Wurster, George Wurster, Darrell Reynolds, Robert Reynolds, and Willard Campbell.

He will be greatly missed among his circle of friends.

 

[YARYAN, HARRIET ALMIRA WIARD SHAWLER]
Clearfield Enterprise, Thursday, July 21, 1938, [p. 1]
Obituary – Harriett A. Wiard, daughter of James and Charlotte Wiard, was born Febr. 1, 1852, in Cook Co., Ill., and departed this life July 15, 1938, at her home in North Clearfield, at the age of 86 years, 5 mos. and 14 days.

On account of the mother’s death, her childhood days were spent with her sister Maryette Chamberlain, at Ellisville, Ill. On July 3, 1873, she was united in marriage to Chillion Shawler. They located in Warren Co., Ill. On Feb. 9, 1874 they both united with the Baptist Church. Into this Christian home came three sons, Milton W. [iard] Shawler, J. [ames] O. [liver] Shawler, Lowell Shawler, and one daughter, Minnie M. Wood, all now residing in Clearfield vicinity.

Mr. and Mrs. Shawler came to Iowa in an early day, locating in Taylor County in Oct. 1875. The husband and father died July 13, 1899. On May 28, 1903, she was again united in marriage to William B. Yaryan, a Civil War veteran, who died May 28, 1916.

Our subject being the daughter of early pioneers experienced the struggles and privations of that time which formed a sturdy character, typical of the people of the early days. Her father was one of the surveyors of the city of Chicago when it was founded in 1833.

Mr. and Mrs. Shawler ran the first hotel in Clearfield, in a building that was later moved one block west, and became a part of the Evans House.

Her life was one of Christian service. She transferred her membership to the Methodist Church in Clearfield in 1903, so that she might be affiliated with a working church. She was a regular attendant at all services and exemplified her Christianity in her service to her family and her neighbors, all of which reaped its reward in their constant attentions during her months of illness. She was an active member of the Women’s Relief Corps as long as physical health permitted.

The last of a family of eleven children has answered the call of their Savior.

To cherish her memory, are her three sons, one daughter, fourteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, many other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held in Clearfield Methodist church on Sunday afternoon, July 17th, with a large attendance. The Relief Corps were in attendance, and sat together. Rev. M. O. McKenzie, the pastor, was in charge of the service. Pallbearers were six grandsons of the deceased.

Interment followed in Clearfield Cemetery.

 

Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, July 21, 1938, p. 2
Mrs. Harriet Yaryay [Yaryan], resident of this community since before Clearfield was on the map, died at her home in North Clearfield on Friday afternoon. She had been failing rapidly for months, and her death at 86 leaves but two former wives of Northern soldiers in the community. Her children were by her first husband, Mr. Chillian [Chilion] Shawler, who died in 1899.

 

[YOUNG, CHARLES ADAM]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 8, 1962, p. 5
Chas. Young Dies At Lenox
Charles A. Young died at his home in Lenox Friday, March 2, after a month’s illness. Funeral services were held at the United Presbyterian church in Lenox, Monday afternoon, March 5, conducted by the pastor of the church, Rev. James E. Eddy. Burial in the Lenox cemetery.

Charles A. [dam] Young was born at Orient, Nov. 27, 1892, the son of George E. and Ella J. Santee Young. He lived in the Orient and Creston communities until his marriage, Jan. 27, 1916, to Ida M. Willbee in Creston. After his marriage he moved to a farm near Lenox where he lived 40 years. He retired from farming four years ago and had lived in Lenox since that time.

He is survived by his widow, Ida; seven sons, George E., Richard C., Kenneth D., William C., Donald P., and Dale R. Young, all of Lenox and Harold A. Young of Rolfe, Iowa; a daughter Mrs. Roy (Betty) Case of Prescott; 13 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Walter Howe of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., Mrs. Charles E. Lichty of Creston.

Mr. Young was a member of the United Presbyterian Church and a memorial fund for the church has been established in his memory.

 

 [YOUNT, JASPER CLARENCE]
Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, December 10, 1974, p. 9
J. C. Yount, Osceola, dies
Osceola---D. [Jasper] C. [larence] Yount, 84, of Osceola, died there. He had operated a wallpaper and paint store in Osceola for 30 years before retiring. He had lived in Creston before moving to Osceola and was a painter and wallpaper hanger.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. Wednesday at the Webster-Kale funeral home at Osceola. Burial will be at the Lenox cemetery, where graveside rites will be held at 2:30 p. m. Wednesday.

Mr. Yount is survived by his widow, Mary; two daughters, Mrs. Doug (Betty) Hall of Estherville and Mrs. Max (Leta) Johnson of Creston; two sons, Dale Yount of Greenfield and Duane Yount of Osceola; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 

[ZELUF, OPAL BEATRICE PACE]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 22, 1979
Opal Zeluf, 59, Dies in Nebr.
Funeral services for Mrs. Ralph (Opal B.) Zeluf, 59, of Cedar Creek, Nebr, a native of Bedford, held March 16 in Fusselman Perry Funeral Home in Louisville, Nebr., were conducted by Wilfred Henning. Mrs. Zeluf died in her home in Cedar Creek March 13, 1979. Interment was at Glendale Cemetery, Louisville, Nebraska.

Daughter of Lonnie Pace and Maude Wilson Pace, Opal B. Zeluf was born November 22, 1919 in Bedford, Ia.

On October 10, 1936 she was married to Richard [Ralph] M.[aven] Zeluf in Bedford.

She moved to Cedar Creek from Omaha ten years ago. In Cedar Creek she was employed at Ault's Store and Bob's Grocery

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Ralph; seven children, Pattie Gillot of Nebraska City, Nebr.; Beverly Kleager of Ralston, Nebr.; John Totusek of Omaha, Nebr.; Donna Nystrom of Ralston, Nebr.; Michael Zeluf of Omaha, Nebr.; Diane Lukowski of Nehawka, Nebr.; and Marvin Zeluf of Cedar Creek, Nebr.; 18 grandchildren; mother, Maude Pace of Bedford; brother, William Pace of Council Bluffs, Ia.; two sisters, Ollie Lee of Bedford and Jossie Sandval of Ogden, Utah.

Mr. and Mrs. Orvis Lee and Mrs. Maude Pace of Bedford and Mr. and Mrs. Rickey Lee of Maynard, Minn., attended the services.

 

[ZIEHE, JOHN GEARY]
Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, July 26, 1965, p. 8
John Ziehe died after coronary
Braddyville (Special) --- John Ziehe, father of Mrs. Robert Werts, died Sunday at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital where he had been taken 12 hours earlier following a coronary. His funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p m at Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda and burial at Lenox.

The family was formerly of Clarinda, moving to California when Mr Ziehe had defense work. They came back to Iowa last November with residence at Braddyville since. His wife, Flora, survives him.

The Ziehes have four children, including Mrs Betty Werts, Clarinda, Mrs Catherine Slevin, Kearney, Neb; Capt J B Ziehe, Clinton, Md; John Ziehe Jr, Hayward, Calif. His brother is Martin Ziehe, Sheridan, Mo, and sisters Mrs Emory Briggs and Mrs Elma Briggs, Corning, Ia; Mrs. Hulbert [Hobert] Briggs, New Market; Mrs Alva Fuller, Waterloo.