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Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, January 31, 1920, p. 7
Lenox Time-Table—Friends were shocked by the announcement that Mrs. A.[ndrew] J. [ackson] Alexander who contracted pneumonia on Tuesday, January 20, passed away at her home Tuesday morning, January 27, at 12:30 p. m. Funeral services will be held at the home on Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock conducted by Rev. A. L. Davidson. Obituary next week.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday., August 30, 1943, p. 5
Robert Andrews Died Sunday at Home in Mt. Ayr
Mt. Ayr—Robert Andrews, 74, died at 10:30 a. m. Sunday at his home in Mt. Ayr. A long-time resident of Ringgold County, Mr. Andrews took an active part in civic affairs and at one time served as a county supervisor.

His wife, two sons, one daughter and several grandchildren survive.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Presbyterian church in Mt. Ayr.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Thursday, November 2, 1972, [p. 1]
W. O. Atkin, Corning dies
Corning – William Otto Atkin, 83, of Corning, died Wednesday at the Murphy Memorial hospital in Red Oak. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at the Corning Christian church. Rev. Donald Briley of Prescott will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. The Roland funeral home will have charge of the services.

Mr. Atkin was born July 19, 1889, at Lenox, the son of Charles and Nancy Atkin. On Dec. 22, 1910, he was married to Ruby Ellen Kerns, who survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Kenneth of Pacific Junction, Roy of Green Ridge, Mo., Donald of Phoenix, Ariz.; Glenn of Sylvis, Ill., and Guy of Yelm, Wash., a daughter, Mrs. Ethric (Neeva) Brown of Red Oak, a brother, Charles of Clearfield, three sisters, Estella Stoaks of Clearfield, Verna Schroeder of Denver, Colo., and Mildred Smith of Iona, Ida., 16 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

Mr. Atkin farmed in the Lenox area before retiring. He lived in Mount Etna, Brooks and Nodaway and the last eight years in Corning.


Lenox Time Table, (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, November 9, 1972, p. 3
Sharpsburg – Mrs. Chloe Kerns accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kerns of Clearfield to Corning Friday where they attended the funeral services for their brother-in-law, Otto Atkin, which were at the Christian Church.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, December 19, 1903, p. 4
The death of W. [illiam] F. [oster] Barr occurred at his home place in Mercer township, occupied by his son, M. [cCluney] R. [adcliffe] Barr, on the 11th inst. at 9:30 a. m. of kidney trouble of which he had been afflicted for a long time and for the past five months confined to his room, at the advanced age of 78 years, 2 months and 25 days. He was born in Mifflin County, Pa., Sept. 16, 1825, and on November 29, 1849 he married Miss Jane Cunningham of the same locality. To this union was born nine children, five of whom are living as follows: J. [ohn] W. [illiam] Barr of E. St. Louis, Ill.; Mrs. Geo. Algoe of Toluca, Ill.; M. [cCluney] R. [adcliffe] and R.[obert] G. [eorge] Barr and Mrs. W. [illiam] E. [dward] Case of Mercer township. Mrs. Algoe arrived a few days before and was present at the time of his death. In 1866 Mr. and Mrs. Barr located in Marshall County, Ill., where they remained until about 1880 when they located in Mercer Township where they resided until the time of their death, Mrs. Barr having passed to her reward about five years ago. The funeral was held at 10 o'clock Sunday morning from his late residence, conducted by Rev. M. R. Harned. Interment in Lenox cemetery. The deceased had long been a member of the United Presbyterian church.




Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 6, 1961, p. 5
Mrs. Velma Bolte, 55, Dies At Lenox Home
Lenox, Iowa – Mrs. Velma Bolte, 55, died at her home near Diagonal, Saturday, April 1. Surviving are her husband, Roy; two brothers, Milo Parker, A. J. Parker, both of Diagonal; one sister, Dr. Portia Parker of Indianapolis, Ind.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Prairie Star Church northeast of Lenox with Rev. Donald Freeman officiating. Burial in Rising Sun cemetery near Lenox.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Saturday, July 2, 1938, [p.
Rites for Adin Brown of Lenox Held Friday
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon for Adin Brown, 79, of Lenox at his home. He died Wednesday afternoon with a heart attack. Burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.


Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, April 15, 1926, [p. 1]
Mary Elizabeth Carson – Mary Elizabeth Carson, daughter of William G. [ilmore] and Elizabeth Finley Carson, was born in Adams County, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1842, and died at the home of nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer McCreight, of near Clearfield, on Saturday, April 10, 1926, aged 83 years, 7 months and 25 days, being the last of 11 children. When quite young, Mary Carson came with her parents to Low Point, Ill. where she lived until 1875 when she moved to Adams County, Ia. From this time until 1891 she made her home with her sister, Mrs. James Ramsey. In 1891 she moved to Tarkio, Mo., where she conducted a boarding club for college students, and also kept students as roomers. In this way she became acquainted with many of Tarkio College, whom she soon came to love, and who in turn loved her. Since then she has eagerly followed the career of many of these students and when any of them were near her home, they always called to see her and to renew friendship.

In 1915 she came again to the home of her sister in Lenox where she resided ever since. When her sister died, Miss Carson continued to live in the Ramsey home and took the place as far as she could of the wife and mother.

Early in life Mary Carson accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and has ever tried to follow Him. Wherever she lived, she was a faithful member of the church and took an active part in the work. She was a member of the local United Presbyterian Church for a number of years, and was exceedingly faithful in attendance, coming often when but few in her condition would have attempted to come. Her cheery face and smile will be sorely missed by the members of this congregation and by her many friends. Yet for her sake we rejoice that the Lord, whom she loved, has called her home where she will have no more pain or suffering but where she will be forever with her Lord.




Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 16, 1950, [p. 1]
Former Resident Dies Down In Louisiana
A. [lva] A. [rthur] Dalton, 53, a former resident of Bedford, died Tuesday, January 28 at Coushatta, Louisiana. Burial was at Ruston, La.

Mr. Dalton was born in Bedford, January 3, 1887. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Roy Wisdom of Lake Charles, Louisiana.




Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, Illinois), Monday, March 20, 1972, p. 20
Eyre – Mrs. Ida L. Eyre, 86, of 813 Ewing, East Alton, died a 8 a. m. today at her home. She had previously lived in Corning, Iowa for 60 years.

Mrs. Eyre was a member of the Lutheran Church in Corning, Iowa.

Surviving are two brothers, Junis [Junius] Brown of Ft. dodge, Iowa and Homer of Preston, Iowa. She made her home with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Agnes Brown in East Alton.

The body has been moved from Marks Mortuary in Wood River to the Roland Funeral Home in Corning, Iowa. Funeral services will be at 10 a. m. Friday. Burial will be in the West Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Tuesday, March 21, 1972, p. 15
Former Corning resident dies
Corning – Mrs. Ida Young Eyre, 86, a former longtime resident of Adams County, died in her sleep at her home at Alton, Ill. last night.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Friday at the Redeemer Lutheran church at Corning. Rev. Terry Cashman, the pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. The Roland funeral home will be in charge of the services. Her family will be at the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 p. m. Thursday.

Mrs. Eyre is survived by two brothers, Junius B. Brown of Fort Dodge and Homer C. Brown of Creston; five sisters-in-law, Mrs. J. B. Brown of Fort Dodge, Mrs. Agnes Brown of East Alton, Ill., Mrs. Al Stewart of Corning, Mrs. Bertha Costin of Creston and Mrs. Tura Wurster of Lenox; and many nieces and nephews.


Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Wednesday, June 23, 1982, p. 4
Final Rites for George Ferguson June 21
George Andrew Ferguson, the son of George and Janet Frew Ferguson, Sr., was born February 25, 1896 in Taylor County, Iowa. He died at the Rosary Hospital in Corning, Iowa on Friday, June 18 at the age of eighty-six years, three months and twenty-three days.

George joined the Lenox Presbyterian church at an early age, later transferring his membership to the United Presbyterian church where he remained an active member until his health failed. He served on the church board and was an Elder for many years.

On May 19, 1920, he was united in marriage with Mary Recknor.

Mr. Ferguson worked for the government as a corn sealer for a number of years.

He will be remembered as a loving husband and a kind father and will be missed by his family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Hamilton and Tom; three sisters, Mary Tuttle, Stella Stoner, and Margaret Duncan; a daughter, Georg. Stoaks; a granddaughter, Susan Beggs; and three great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of Lenox; five daughters, Merle Beggs and husband, Don of Creston, Marjorie Evans and husband, Leo, Thelma Boltinghouse and husband, Roland, Juanita Sweeney and husband George, and Helen Brokaw and husband, Paul, all of Lenox; a son-in-law, Don Stoaks and wife, Marcella of Oakland, Iowa; twenty-three grandchildren; thirty-nine great grandchildren; two sisters, Flora Arnold of Des Moines and Mabel Armstrong of Lenox; and other relatives.

Services were held Monday, June 21 at 10:30 a. m. at the United Presbyterian church in Lenox. Reverend Floyd Newbrough of Huxley officiated.

Music was by Roberta Lockhart, organist and Mike and Jill Evans, vocalists. The selections were "He Touched Me" and "Take My Hand Precious Lord."

Casket bearers were Steve Stoaks, Nick Evans, Dave Sweeney, Vince Sweeney, Dan Sweeney, Tim Brokaw, Tom Brokaw, and Bob Brokaw.

Flower bearers were Diane Bovaird, Donna Leeps, Connie Birt, Kathy Purdum and Carolee Hamblin.

Interment was in the West Fairview Cemetery at Lenox.

Larkin-Bender Funeral Home of Lenox was in charge of arrangements.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Friday, January 23, 1976
Oscar Gardner dies today
Clearfield – Oscar Gardner, 66, of Clearfield, a retired farmer, died Monday morning at the Ringgold county hospital in Mount Ayr.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Christian church in Clearfield with Rev. Hiram Kegerrais officiating and burial in Fairview cemetery at Lenox.

Survivors include his wife, Irene; one brother, Frank Gardner of Hamburg; three sisters, Mary Perigo of Shenandoah and Mrs. W. V. Halstead of Kimball, Nebr.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Dean Miller of Creston, and two step grandchildren, Joy and Chris.

Visitation will be held at 7 to 8 p. m. Tuesday at the Varner funeral home in Clearfield.


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 6, 1909, p. 7
Mrs. J. [ames] L. [eander] Henderson died at her home in east Lenox Tuesday evening after a brief illness. In the death of Mrs. Henderson we fully and keenly realize our loss as she was a true friend and her devotion to those she loved would make a bright chapter in any life. At the time of going to press we have not learned when the funeral will occur but expect to give a lengthy obituary of this good woman in our next issue. --- Lenox Time Table


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, July 11, 1905, [p. 1]
Farmer Killed Near Lenox James Henderson, Age 55, was Killed Yesterday While Helping a Neighbor Wagon Run Over His Head Leaves Wife and Two Children-Son Heard Sad News While Attending Summer School
Jas. Henderson, a farmer [aged] 55 years, and married, with a wife and two children, was killed yesterday at the farm of Robt. McCahan, two miles south of Lenox. McCahan lives just across the road from Henderson's home, and Henderson had gone over to assist his neighbor in haying. They were loading a hayrack, and Henderson was attending to the load on the wagon, when the team made a sudden start and Henderson fell from the wagon in such a manner, that the heavy vehicle ran over his head, and he died in a few moments.

The son of Mr. Henderson, a young man, was attending the Summer School when the accident happened. The message came that his father was badly hurt—perhaps dying.

The professor broke the news as gently as possible and did not tell him more than that his father had been hurt and that he was wanted. The young man seemed to have foreboding of the worse; he left for home at once, but long before he reached there his father had breathed his last.

The deceased was well known in the vicinity of Lenox as an honorable upright man, and his terrible death has cast a shadow of gloom over the entire community.


Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 13, 1905, [p. 1]
A Sad Accident
Lester Henderson, of Lenox, who was attending the summer school, was called home Monday, on account of the death of his father, who was killed in an accident Monday morning. Mr. Henderson was assisting a neighbor in haying, loading on the rack when the team suddenly started, throwing him under the wagon in such a manner that the wheel passed over his head, causing death almost instantly. The deceased was a highly respected farmer near Lenox and his sudden death causes deep mourning to his family and friends.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday [Bedford, Iowa), March 11, 1926, p. 7
William T. Johnson – William Temple Johnson, son of Francis and Hannah Johnson, was born Oct. 1, 1859, in Monroe, Wis., and passed to his reward from his home in Lenox, Iowa, Feb. 28, 1926, aged 66 years, 4 months and 27 days.

He was married to Miss Sarah Ingram, Nov. 2, 1884, at Viroqua, Wis. To this union was born one daughter Hazel and two sons, Francis and Hal Stephens. Hazel and Hal have preceded their father in death leaving Francis with his mother to mourn the departure of a kind, loving father and husband. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson resided for a time in Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, finally locating at Lenox, Iowa, in June, 1898. This has been their home ever since. Mr. Johnson followed the carpenter trade until failing health compelled him to lay down his tools. He is the youngest of nine children, two of whom survive him, Edward Elgin Johnson of Freeport, Ill., and Mrs. Mary Reed of Minneapolis, Minn., neither of whom were able to be present at the funeral. Mr. Johnson was converted about 11 years ago and united with the Methodist church in April 1915. Because of failing health he has been unable to attend the services the last few years. The funeral was from the Methodist church, conducted by the pastor, and interment was in Fairview cemetery.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, September 29, 1960, p. 2
Gwenda Kirkman, 69, a lifelong resident of the Lenox community died Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Creston hospital. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Lenox with burial in the Lenox cemetery. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Julia Hance, (Creston); two brothers, Bill Kirkman and Dewey Kirkman, both of Lenox.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, May 13, 1903, p. 2
Mercer Township
The death of Mrs. Emma Konkler occurred Sunday morning, May 10, 1903, at her home in Creston, of consumption. Mrs. Konkler leaves a husband, one son, three brothers, two sisters and an aged father to mourn their loss.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, May 20, 1903, p. 7
Mercer [Township]
The death of Mrs. Emma Konkler, which occurred a week ago last Sunday, was a sad affair as she leaves a husband and a little four year old boy to get along alone in the world. "What is home without a mother," can only be answered by those who have had a trial of living that way. Mrs. Kunkler [Konkler] was a daughter of Wm. F. Barr of this township.


Freeport Journal-Standard (Freeport, Illinois), Monday, May 18, 1942, p. 12
Joseph Krohmer, Woodbine
Woodbine, Ill., May 18--- Joseph Krohmer, 89, passed away about a 3 o'clock Sunday at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Krohmer, in Woodbine.

He was born in Germany, Nov. 29, 1852, and in October 1880, was united in marriage to Miss Mary Agnes Haas, who died in October, 1912.

He is survived by two sons, John Krohmer of Woodbine and George of Lenox, Ia.; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Cain of Sharpsburg, Ia., Mrs. C. [laus] A. Larson of Lenox, Ia., ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the home and at 2 o'clock in the Derinda Lutheran church. Rev. Mr. Meinen will officiate and burial will be made in the Derinda cemetery.


Freeport Journal-Standard (Freeport, Illinois), Wednesday, May 20, 1942, p. 14
Joseph Krohmer - Woodbine, Ill, May 20 – Funeral services for Joseph Krohmer were held from the Vanderheyden funeral home at 1 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon with services at the Derinda Lutheran church at 2:00. Rev. William Meinen had charge of the service.

The casket bearers were John Fehrle, Jacob Wurster, Joseph Brudi, John Haas, William Hermann, and Chris Knauer. Burial was made in the Derinda cemetery.

Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Joseph Cain, of Sharpsburg, Ia., and Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Larson, of Lenox, Ia.


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 30, 1952, [p. 1]
Mrs. Clara Larison Died In Colorado
Mrs. Clara Larison, former resident of Bedford, died in Pueblo, Colo., Oct. 26. The body is brought to Bedford by her daughter, Mrs. Harry Green, the former Miss Grace Buell, for burial.

Funeral services will be held at the Wetmore Funeral Home at 2 p. m. Friday, October 31.  Burial will be in Hopkins cemetery.


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 13, 1952, p. 7
Obituary – Mrs. Clara Larison
Clara White, daughter of M. [iranda] S. and Emmeline White, was born in Knox County, Ill., Feb. 7, 1872 and died Oct. 26, 1952 in Pueblo, Colo., at the age of 80 years, eight months, 19 days.

She came as a girl with her family from Illinois to the vicinity of Hopkins, Mo., where she grew to womanhood and taught school for a number of years.

She was married to Charles F. Buell at the Methodist parsonage in Bedford in February 1894. To them was born one daughter, Grace, now Mrs. H. E. Green of Greeley, Colo. Her husband died in September, 1895 leaving her with four stepsons and the one daughter.

She was married in 1915 to Robert Larison, who died in 1924.

Mrs. Larison is survived by her daughter; one stepson, Frank A. Buell of Kansas City; 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren.

As a child she became interested in the Christian religion in the United Brethren church in Illinois and on coming to this vicinity, she and her family found religious expression in the Methodist church. For a time in her later life she became interested in the Jehovah Witness program, but on moving to Colorado with her daughter, she was very devout in her attendance at the Methodist church at Greeley.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robt. M. Peters from the Wetmore Funeral Home in Bedford, Oct. 31, with burial in Hopkins cemetery.


Creston Daily Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Saturday, June 9, 1923, p. 5
Taylor Co. Man Ends Life  Daniel McVey of Near Bedford Hangs Self at Home
Daniel McVey, aged 50 years, residing four miles east of Bedford [Lenox], took his own life Friday evening by tying a rope around his neck and jumping off a box in one of the out buildings located on the 120 acre farm he and his brother, William, were farming.

The body of the unfortunate man was found about eight o'clock by the brother who notified the neighbors. Deceased was in good shape financially and he is believed to have committed the rash act on account of ill health.

Both the deceased and his brother were unmarried and owned the farm on which they lived.

Justice of the Peace George Goodale of Lenox acting as coroner held an inquest this morning but adjourned the meeting until 5 o'clock this evening when further evidence will be taken.


Creston Daily Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Saturday, March 14, 1959, [p. 1]
John M. Madden Dies Here Today
John M. Madden, 77, died at the Dory Nursing home here at 6:25 p. m. today. He had spent all of his life in the Lenox and Creston communities. He had been in poor health about four years.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at Coens Home for Funerals. His body will lie in state at the funeral home until time for the services. The casket will not be opened after the services. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

John Milton Madden was born at Lenox, July 20, 1881. He was the son of Edmond and Alice Greenland Madden. He had spent his lifetime as a farmer.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. J. E. (Sarah) Hughes of Lenox and a nephew, James E. Hughes of Lenox.


Creston Daily Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Tuesday, March 17, 1959, p. 3
Rites Today for John M Madden
Funeral services for John M. Madden, a lifetime resident of the Creston and Lenox vicinities who died early Saturday morning at the Dory nursing home after a 4-year illness, were held at 2 p. m. today at Coens Home For Funerals. Rev. Burton C. Collier of Lenox officiated. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery. Organ music was furnished by Mrs. Helen Kline. Pallbearers were Hugh Madden, George Hayes, George Miller, James Hughes, Howard Mickey and Roy Madden.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, December 16, 1911, p. 4
Mary Maxwell Dead
Prescott Argus---Prescott friends were shocked to learn of the death of Miss Mary Maxwell, which occurred Sunday at her home in Lenox. The cause of her demise was a stroke of paralysis, which she suffered about two weeks ago, which left her paralyzed and unable to speak. Miss Maxwell resided about three miles southeast of Prescott for many years and was well known to every one in this vicinity. About a year ago she moved to Lenox where she resided until her death. The funeral was held at the Stringtown church, on Tuesday at 10 o'clock and interment made at the Stringtown cemetery. Friends here sympathize with the relatives of the deceased.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, June 3, 1897, p. 8
Miss Maxwell of Lenox, for a year past teacher in the public schools at Storm Lake was on the lake sailing Friday and was drowned. The boating party consisted of two ladies and two gentlemen who started to cross the lake in two boats at a point where Storm Lake is about two and one-half miles wide. When about three-fourths of the way over, the boat in which Miss Maxwell and her companion were riding began to fill with water. The other boat was signaled and while attempting to get into the other boat it tipped over and threw the four persons into the lake. By great exertions three of the company were saved, but Miss Maxwell was drowned. The lake is about twelve feet deep where the accident occurred. About fourteen hours after the accident the body was recovered. Funeral services were held at Storm Lake and the remains sent to Lenox for interment. During Miss Maxwell's residence at Storm Lake she established a large circle of warm friends. She was an estimable young lady and a capable teacher.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, June 3, 1897, p. 9
---Miss Shirlie Maxwell, of Lenox, was drowned at Storm Lake last Friday while out boat riding with some friends. She had just finished her year there in the public schools, and was going for a picnic across the lake before departing to visit friends at Cedar Falls and at home. Miss Maxwell had many friends in this county who were grieved to learn of her sad death.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 8, 1897
Miss Shirlie Maxwell, of Platte township, was accidentally drowned while on a boating excursion at Storm Lake, Iowa, on the morning of May 28, 1897. Miss Maxwell was a graduate of the Lenox High school; had subsequent training at the Iowa State Normal school and several years' experience in two good, graded schools of the state. At the close of a year of successful service in the schools of Storm Lake, with a testimonial of appreciation of her work in the form of an election to a place in the same city for the following year, in her possession; looking forward eagerly to a return to her aged father and mother at Lenox in a few days, her young and beautiful life was suddenly brought to a close by this sad accident. She was a brilliant and lovable young lady, who gave promise of the greatest usefulness in life, and upwards of one thousand friends were present the following Sabbath evening when her remains were laid to rest in the home cemetery at Lenox.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, January 14, 1929, p. 5
Mrs. H. Meadows Dies In Far West
The body of Mrs. Harold Meadows, former resident of Creston, who died last week at her home in Long View, Wash., will arrive tomorrow at Lenox where burial services will be hld. Before her marriage, Mrs. Meadows was Miss Jessie McChesney.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, January 14, 1929, p. 5
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Chambunes of Chicago are in the city visiting at the home of Mrs. Frank Larson. They were called here by the death of Mrs. Chambunes' sister, Mrs. Harold Meadows, who died a few days ago in Washington.

Leon McChesney of Gary, Ind. is a guest at the home of Mrs. Frank Larson. He was called here by the death of his sister, Miss Jess McChesney of Lenox.


Lenox Time Table, (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, January 17, 1929, p. 5
Funeral services for Mrs. Chas. Meadows, who died at Long View, Wash., January 9th, were conducted from the Barber home, January 15th at 3:30 p. m. by Rev. E. R. Stroud and interment made in Fairview cemetery. Mrs. Meadows will be remembered as Miss Jessie McChesney, formerly of this city.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Tuesday, April 19, 1960, [p. 1]
Mae Orr Dies At Clearfield
Clearfield – Mae Orr died at the home of her brother, Elmer Orr, near Clearfield, this morning. She had been ill since Monday.

Miss Orr had been a long-time resident of Lenox and was a member of the United Presbyterian church at Lenox.

Her body is at the Bender funeral home in Lenox. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Wednesday, April 20, 1960, [p. 1]
Lenox – Funeral services for Mae Orr, 73, will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Bender funeral home in Lenox. Rev. James E. Eddy will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. Miss Orr, a resident of Lenox for many years, died at the home of her brother, Elmer Orr, near Clearfield, Tuesday morning.

She is survived by her brother, Elmer; and five sisters, Mrs. Harry Kreiger of Lenox, Mrs Bernice Clauson of Los Angeles, and Florence, Alma and Myrtle in California.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Thursday, April 7, 1960, p. 19
Anna E. Paisley Dies In Colorado
Mrs. Anna E. [lizabeth] Paisley, 86, a former resident of Creston and the Lenox vicinity, died at Loveland, Colo., according to word received here. Funeral services were held in Loveland today and her body will be brought to Coens Home for Funerals here. It will be taken to Lenox for burial after graveside services at 3 p. m. Friday.

Mrs. Paisley is survived by a son, Elvin E. [ugene] Paisley, a former manager of the Iowa Southern Utilities Co., at Lorimor. Her husband, Gilbert M. [elvin] Paisley, preceded her in death Feb. 23, 1944.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, April 14, 1960, p. 23
Graveside services were conducted Friday afternoon in the Lenox cemetery by Rev. Eddy of the UP church, for Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Paisley, a former resident of the Prairie Star community. For several years she has lived with her son, Eugene in Loveland, Colo. Besides her son, a daughter, Mrs. Veda Griffith [Griffin] and grandson, Eugene Griffith [Griffin] survive to mourn her passing. Friends from this vicinity who attended the rites were Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Davis and Leone, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Shawler, Ira Campbell, Mrs. Ray Hewitt, Mrs. Artie Morley, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Rhoades, Willard Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Tripp, Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Tripp and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hewitt now of Lenox, also Grace and Jessie Tripp.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Wednesday, February 23, 1944, p. 2
G. M. Paisley Died After Long Illness
Gilbert Melvin Paisley, 80, died at 7:21 a. m. today at his home, 622 North Vine street. He had been ill for 13 years and his death was attributed to paralysis.

Mr. Paisley was born on Aug. 2, 1863 in Adair County, the son of S. [amuel] M. and Sarah Paisley. Later he moved to Lenox vicinity where he engaged in farming for 35 years. After his retirement he moved to Creston in December, 1942 and has made his home here since that time.

He was formerly a member of the Presbyterian church united at Lenox but changed his membership to the Creston Presbyterian church after coming here in 1942. As a young man he served with the Iowa National Guard.

Surviving relatives include his wife, the former Anna E. [lizabeth] Whitlow, whom he married at Northboro in 1900, one son, Elvin E. [ugene], manager of the ISU at Lorimor, and one daughter, Mrs. Veda Griffin of Creston, one sister and three brothers. A third child died in infancy.

Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. John Neuenschwander at 1:30 p. m. Friday at the home, 622 North Vine street. Burial will be at Lenox.


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 4, 1929, [p. 1]
Girl Drowns Tuesd'y At Local Bathing Beach  Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Pearce of Bedford  Was 9 Years Old  First Accident Which Has Occurred at Local Bathing Resort.
Annabelle, the little 9 and one-half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. [laude] M. Pearce of north Bedford was drowned in Cobb-L-Stone Beach late Tuesday afternoon. Annabelle and Ruth Croy had been playing in the water during the afternoon and about 5 o'clock when Ruth was ready to go home, she missed her little friend. The proprietor, George Cobb, the lifeguards, Donald White and Joseph Pieringer, as well as a large number of others, were in the water at the time and near the scene of the accident. Reginald Long was taking a sunbath and was sitting on the tower. No commotion from the child of any kind whatever was seen by anyone in the water, and no one had noticed her disappear. She had bought a candy bar only a little while before. Search was started when Ruth missed the girl and the body was found a short time afterwards, near the wire, which separate the children's part of the beach from the deeper water. The body was about 4 feet under water but was not at the bottom. The coroner, Dr. L. T. Reed and physicians were called and administered aid but to no avail.

This is the first accident that has occurred at this pleasure resort. Mr. Cobb and his helpers have always been commended on their care of the bathers, and especially for their interest they have taken in the safety of the many, many children, who spend much of their time there. In this case it would seem quite likely, from the condition of the child's body, as described by physicians, that a heart attack may have been the cause of the drowning, as the little lungs were free from water when she was found. An inquest was held Wednesday morning. The accident is a most regrettable one, and none aside from the parents of the child, feel the burden of grief more than do Mr. and Mrs. Cobb, but no cause of carelessness is attributed to these estimable people.


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 11, 1929, p. 4
Annabelle Bernita Pearce – Annabelle Bernita, only child of Mr. and Mrs. C. [laude] M. Pearce, was born in Sharpsburg at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. [homas] T. [ownsend] Young, Dec. 27, 1919. She was accidentally drowned at Cobb-L-Stone Beach in Bedford the afternoon of July 2nd, 1929. This is the brief statement of the coming and going of a precious little life. Though only given to the home for nine and a half years she has filled that home with life and gladness and has given to the devoted parents, grandparents and other relatives, as well as to the many friends who loved her, memories which they will cherish until they are privileged to share with her the beautiful home beyond.

The funeral service was held at the home at 11:00 o'clock, July 4th, conducted by Rev. J. C. Harris, pastor of the Christian Church. Burial was made at Lenox, Iowa.


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 2, 1930, p. 7
Claude M. Pearce – Claude M. Pearce was born in Pittsburg, Penn., Aug. 18, 1881, and passed away at the home of his father-in-law, T. [homas] T. [ownsend] Young, at 1:00 a. m. Dec. 21, 1929, at the age of 48 years, 4 months and 3 days. He was married to Miss Roxie Young, Aug. 13, 1913. To this union one child was born, Annabelle, who passed away July 2, 1929.  The passing away of the beloved child had much to do in hastening the death of her father. In 1915, Mr. and Mrs. Pearce moved to New Mexico, where he was a merchant and postmaster for 12 years. From there he moved to Bedford, Iowa, where he owned an oil station until the first of July of this year. Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn his going, one uncle and two nieces and many other relatives and a host of friends. To know Mr. Pearce was to love him. He was a kind and loving husband and father, a loyal citizen.

The funeral service was held in the Lenox Christian Church, Monday, Dec. 23, at 2:00 p. m., J. C. Harris, minister of the Bedford Christian Church, in charge. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, January 18, 1971, p. 15
Robert D. Potts Dies Here at 80
Robert David Potts, 80, a retired farmer, died at the greater Community Hospital here at 11:20 p. m. Saturday. He had lived in Creston since 1944 and his home was at 1406 Higbee Street.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Rev. Dale Cunningham, the pastor will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. His family will be a Coens Home for Funerals from 7:30 to 8:30 p. m tonight.

His family said a memorial fund is being established for the First Presbyterian Church. Contributions may be left at the funeral home or Coens furniture store.

Robert David Potts was born April 12, 1890 in Adams County. He was the son of James and Elizabeth Cain Potts. He was married in Lenox, April 7, 1912, to Edna Hewitt, who died Feb. 15, 1966.

Mr. Potts farmed in Adams and Union county all of his life until his retirement.

He is survived by two sons, Gerald W. Potts and Robert Gail Potts, both of Creston, and brother, Will Potts of Grinnell.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.


Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, December 30, 1948, [p. 1]
Burial of Infant
Graveside services for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Potts of Creston were held here Wednesday, conducted by Rev. A. E. Kiser.


Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, October 19, 1922, [p. 1]
Richard P. Preston was born in Scott County, Iowa, June 9, 1866. He departed this life at his home in Creston, Ia., Oct. 8, 1922, aged 56 years, 3 months and 29 days. He has lived in the vicinity of Lenox since 1886; a well known and respected citizen.

He was united in marriage to Wellie [Nellie] Donaldson, March 26, 1890. Three children were born into their home, Earl, Hazel and Bernice. There were also two grandchildren, little Darlene Preston and Bernice McClellan. Mr. Preston also leaves two brothers, J. C., and C. [harles] G. [eorge], and six sisters, Mrs. Richard Bell, Mrs. Louis Ambrose, Mrs. A. F. Schoening, Mrs. Fred Stoaks, Mrs. Dave Donaldson and Mrs. John Einfeldt.

Many other relatives and a host of his friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved family in this their deep sorrow. Mr. Preston united with the M. E. church when young in life, which he remained a member until death. He was a fine neighbor and well liked by all who knew him.

The funeral services were held in the Lenox M. E. church, Tuesday afternoon. A large crowd was present to pay their last tribute of respect to a friend and neighbor. Rev. Homer Caskey conducted the services. Text Heb. 13:8. Interment in Fairview cemetery.


Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, May 29, 1941, [p. 1]
J. P. Recknor Death A Shock To Community  Died Sunday Morning Following Short Time In Hospital
The entire community was deeply shocked Sunday by the death of J. P. Recknor, long-time resident of this community, which occurred at the Greater Community hospital in Creston early that morning where he had been a patient only a short time. Mr. Recknor was 83 years old, and would have celebrated his 84th birthday the following Sunday, June 1.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Lenox, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. F. J. Robins.


James Parker Recknor, son of Jesse and Mary Frazee Recknor, was born in Mahaska County, Iowa, June 1, 1857. On March 17, 1886, he was united in marriage to Ida Shreck. They lived on a farm near Prescott for a number of years and then came to Lenox.

He is survived by his five children, Ernest of New Richland, Minn.; Callie Bush and Cora Buxton of Kent; Etta Black and Mary Ferguson of Lenox; seventeen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

One grandchild died in infancy. Also surviving are two brothers, Will of Creston and Isaac of Nevin, and three sisters, Mrs. Rose Pottorff of Dodge City, Kansas; Mrs. Frank Heflin and Mrs. W. W. Osborn of Creston.

Since childhood, Mr. Recknor has been an active church member and brought his children up in the church. Even when the children were small they seldom missed services. For the past 23 years he had been a faithful worker in the Methodist church in Lenox.

He was a good father and a kind friend, always ready to lend a helping hand and his ready, cheerful smile will be sadly missed.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, May 5, 1941, p. 3
Services for Edith Reed, 51, Held Today
Funeral services for Edith Myrtle Reed, 51, long time resident of Creston, who died here Saturday, were held at the Presbyterian church at 4 p. m. today in charge of the Rev. John Neuenschwander. Burial was at the cemetery at Lenox and pallbearers were Earl Oshel, Joe Healey, Pat Bremhorst, James Gray, Earl Livingston and Paul Jones.


Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, May 8, 1941, [p. 1]
Former Lenox Resident Died  Services For Mrs. Edith Reed Held At Creston, Monday
Mrs. Edith Reed, daughter of C. [lement] D. [eforest] Hewett of Lenox, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edna Jandrey, at Creston, Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock.

Mrs. Reed was born on a farm south of Lenox and had been a resident of Creston for the past 25 years. She died following an illness of over a year at the age of 51.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Lola Freeman and Mrs. Edna Jandrey of Creston and Mrs. Beulah Healey of Gothenburg, Nebr., her father, C. D. Hewitt of Lenox, three sisters, Mrs. Robert Potts of Creston, Mrs. Ray Potts of Stuart and Mrs. Hazel Arthur of Los Angeles, Calif., and three brothers, Glenn of Omaha, Paul of Chicago and Dee of Conway.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Presbyterian church in Creston. Interment was made at Lenox.


Creston Daily Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Thursday, November 19, 1925, [p. 1]
Roy Reed Found Dead On Farm  Wealthy Taylor County Farmer Is Victim of Gun Accident
G. [eorge] L. [eroy] Roy Reed, 48, prominent and wealthy Taylor County farmer living about half way between Kent and Lenox, was accidentally shot and killed on his farm Wednesday afternoon, it was learned here today.

The body was found at 2:30 p. m., about a quarter of a mile from the house. He had died from a wound in the right side, inflicted by the shotgun he was carrying, Mr. Reed had been in ill health and it is believed that the gun was accidentally discharged when he suffered a "sinking spell" caused by an attack of heart disease or when he was crawling through a fence.

He left the house about 12:30 to shoot hawks, it was learned here, and a search was made for him after he failed to return when expected.

Mr. Reed is survived by his widow and two daughters, both at home. He was a son-in-law of M. [orris] B. [enjamin] Albaugh, farmer living three miles northeast of Creston, and a brother-in-law of J. K. Donovan, 400 South Birch street. He was an active member of Prairie Star church.

Funeral arrangements had not been completed this forenoon.

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Friday, November 20, 1925, [p. 1]
Roy Reed Kills Himself With Gun Accidently Found Dead in Field on Wednesday
Roy Reed of Lenox community was found dead in the field Wednesday at about 2:30 with a bullet hole through his abdomen, which is believed to have been caused by accidental shooting, the wound being inflicted by himself.

Mr. Reed, a farmer of that vicinity, had gone out with his gun to try to bring down a chicken hawk, which was proving troublesome in the vicinity. His wife became anxious from the fact that he had been subject lately to heart trouble and sent her brother, Walter Allbaugh, out to look for him. Mr. Reed was found in the field dead and no one will ever know just how the accident happened. Coroner Boyd Erland was called and pronounced the death accidental shooting.

Mr. Reed leaves a wife and two daughters. He is 48 years old and his untimely death is much to be regretted by his friends and neighbors and all of those near and dear by family ties.


Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 18, 1902 p. 4
---John Reeves died at his home in Lenox last Thursday and was buried Sunday.

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, February 2, 1924, p. 3
The large circle of friends of Newton Rhoades of Grant Township will be surprised and pained to learn of his sudden death last Saturday morning of heart trouble. He had not been in the best of health for some time but was about the home as usual looking after his farm. The morning of the day of his death, January 26th, 1924, he arose early to accompany his daughter to the early morning train at Lenox, then returned home and went into the house and apparently had stirred the fire and in a short time Mrs. Rhoades came in and found his prostrate body on the floor. A physician was summoned but all that was earthly of Newton Rhoades had passed to Him who gave it. He was a son of Jacob and Elizabeth Rhoades and was born in Cambria, Iowa, August 5, 1863, and at the time of his death was aged 60 years, 5 months and 21 days. He was next to the youngest of a family of eleven children, all except one, preceding him in death. With his parents when two years of age, he went to near Laclede, Mo., where they resided six years then the family moved to near Shenandoah where he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jane Gillespie, August 30, 1888, who survives him, and they resided for a time at Aurora, Neb., and then returned to Page County and in 1902 he bought the farm northeast of Lenox where he has since resided and lived the life of a busy and honored citizen. Besides the devoted wife he is survived by one son, Admiral R. [oy] Rhoades and three daughters, Miss Bertha, Mrs. Lela Boone and Mrs. Nannie [Fannie] Chandler. Also one sister, Mrs. Sarah Suits of Malvern, Iowa. He was ever ready to do his part in any worthy cause---religiously, educationally or politically and was an ardent democrat and for many years was the democratic committeeman from Grant township and always ready and willing to his "bit." Those in attendance at the funeral from a distance were: Mrs. Sarah Suits, Malvern, Iowa; Mrs. Belle Alley, Randolph, Mrs. Fannie Rhoades, Mrs. Susie Banner, Mr. and Mrs. T. N. Rhoades, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Rhoades, Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Rhoades, Mr. and Mrs. Alf Danielson and Thos. Snyder, all of Shenandoah, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Gaule, Mr. and Mrs. F. Parkins of Clearfield; Mrs. Maggie Gillespie, Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Gillespie of Red Oak; Miss Mattie Gillespie, Mrs. H. L. McIntyre of Omaha, Nebr., and Amos Sheets of Cambria, Iowa. Interment was made at Fairview cemetery, Lenox, Iowa. To know Newt Rhoades was to give us a better conception of this world for he always saw the bright side. The world was made better by Newt Rhoades having lived.




Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, June 4, 1970, [p. 1]
Barbara Schoenhair Died May 26
Final rites were held Thursday, May 28th for Barbara Schoenhair, 89, who died May 26, 1970.

Barbara Schoenhair was born Mar. 26, 1881 and passed away at the Lenox Nursing Home on May 26 at the age of 89 years and two months. She was a patient at the Nursing Home over 10 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband and one grandchild. She is survived by five sons, John and Raymond of Lenox, Iowa, Harry of Creston, Iowa, Clarence of Omaha, Nebraska, and Fred of Bedford. Three daughters also survive: Mrs. Dewey Travis (Marie), and Mrs. James Harper (Dora) both of Imperial, Nebr., and Mrs. Irene Wall of Clearfield, Iowa. Seven grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren also mourn her passing.

Services were conducted from the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox Thursday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Don Briley, pastor of the Christian Church, officiating.

Music was furnished by Norma Paymal.

Bearers were Bill Beach, Carl Cordell, Paul Winslow, Arthur Jones, Myrle Henderson and Raymond Dill.

Burial was in Fairview cemetery.


Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), February 16, 1983, p. 6
Flossie Schultz Dies Tuesday, February 8
Flossie D. Schultz, the second child of Henry and Melissa Akers Schultz, was born May 2, 1890 in Taylor County, Iowa near the site of the home where she still resided. She died at the Rosary Hospital in Corning, Iowa on Tuesday, February 8 at the age of ninety-two years, nine months and six days.

Flossie grew to womanhood on the family farm and attended schools in Taylor County.

She was a fifty-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Lenox, serving the chapter as secretary at one time and was a past Worthy Matron. Flossie was also a member of the Lenox United Methodist Church, the Lenox Country Club and other social clubs.

Flossie was proud of her independence. She drove her own car whenever and wherever she wanted. She was thankful for her own good health and until January of this year had lived in her own home. Flossie had not been in a hospital until two years ago.

She will be remembered as a person who enjoyed the company of others and one who loved to visit.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, John; and two sisters, Edna and Evelyn Schultz.

She leaves friends to mourn her passing.

Services were held Friday, February 11 at 1:30 p. m. at the Larkin-Bender Funeral Home in Lenox. Pastor Jack Cutbirth of the Lenox First Christian Church officiated. Music was by Norma Paymal, organist.

Casket bearers were Carl Cordell, Donald Beck Arthur Jones, Merle Swank, Bill Beach, and Claude Hogue.

Interment was in the West Fairview Cemetery at Lenox.


Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, February 12, 1925, p. 2
Dr. J. [ames] P. [axton] Scroggs of Lenox died at his home last Saturday and was buried on Monday. He was an early resident of that town. Mrs. Geo. Martin, a former Clearfield resident, is a daughter.


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Monday, February 9, 1925, [p. 1]
Another old and highly respected citizen of Lenox in the person of J. [ames] P.[axton] Scroggs, a physician by profession, passed away at his home in Lenox Saturday. "Doc" Scroggs as he was commonly known in that locality had been one of the active and foremost citizens there since the early days and his medical skill and judgment was highly valued at all times.

. . . the funeral of Dr. Scroggs is held today.


Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kansas), Saturday, July 1, 1916, p. 6
Death of Mrs. M. A. Scroggs. Took Place This Morning at the Home on Sixteenth Avenue East.
The death of Mrs. Mary Ann Scroggs occurred this morning at the home on Sixteenth avenue east after an illness of many months. Mrs. Scroggs has lived in Hutchinson since 1893 and has in that time made many friends by her kindly ways and her interest in all that surrounded her.

Mrs. Scroggs is survived by six children, Mrs. Martha Wilson of Hutchinson, Dr. J. [ames] P. [axton] Scroggs of Lenox, Ia., Mrs. Helen Robinson of Fairland, Ind., Mrs. C. E. George of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. W. H. Seiber of Los Angeles, Calif., and Miss Margaret Scroggs of this city with whom she made her home.

She was a member of the First Methodist church and Rev. J. W. Abel will have charge of the services at the home tomorrow at three o'clock after which her remains will be taken to Lenox, Ia., to be laid in the family cemetery on next Monday.


Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kansas), Wednesday, September 28, 1898, p. 5
Samuel Scroggs Dead.
The funeral of Samuel Scroggs was held from the home on Twelfth avenue west yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock. The services were conducted by Dr. J. Hall of the First M. E. church. His death occurred Monday evening. Mr. Scroggs had a paralytic stroke while visiting at Pretty Prairie about three weeks ago and later was brought to his home in this city. Since that time he has been steadily sinking. He had reached the age of about 80 years. A wife and daughter survive him. The family came to this city about five years ago. The remains were shipped to Lennox, Iowa, for burial.


Dr. Scroggs of Bushnell, Ia., and Mrs. Wilson of Lenox, Ia., were in the city yesterday to attend the funeral of Samuel Scroggs.


Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, June 22 1916, p. 4
Obituary - Elmer Elsworth Severn was born Nov. 12, 1884 in Adams Co., Iowa and died June 13th, 1916, aged 31 yrs., 7 mo. and 1 day. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ, at Lenox, conducted by Rev. C. Shaw, pastor of Blue Grove church. The remains were laid to rest in the Lenox cemetery.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Tuesday, April 15, 1969, p. 20
Elsie Shoenhair Dies Here at 86
Mrs. Charles K. (Elsie May) Shoenhair, 86, died at the Crest Haven nursing home here at 5:50 p. m. Monday after a long illness. She had lived in Creston since 1928.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. Wednesday at the Keating-McKasson funeral home here. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. Her family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p. m. tonight.

Elsie May Duckett was born near Sharpsburg, Sept. 30, 1882. She was the daughter of Noah and Amelia Heath Duckett. She was married at Sharpsburg, Feb. 1, 1910, to Charles Karl Shoenhair, who preceded her in death Oct. 26, 1961.

Mrs. Shoenhair came to Creston in 1928 from Corning and had lived here since that time.

She is survived by three sons, Wayne Shoenhair of Kansas City, Mo., Russell Shoenhair of Tulsa, Okla. and Kenneth Shoenhair of Creston; two daughters, Mrs. Allen (Fern) Knight of Davenport and Mrs. Eldon (June) Griffin; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, two brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Shoenhair was affiliated with the Non-Denominational Christian church.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Wednesday, April 16, 1969
Rites Today for Elsie Shoenhair
Funeral services for Mrs. Elsie May Shoenhair, 86, were held at 1 p. m. today at the Keating-McKasson Chapel here. Henry Eicher and Jay Wilson of the Non-denominational Christian church conducted the service. Music was by Mrs. Reed Kline, organist, and Esther Wilson, Jeanne Van Loon and Ivan Van Loon who sang "Where All Is Peaceful" and "A Little While." Casket bearers were Gary Beemer, Curtis Stamp, Harold Wilson, Quentin Beemer, Walter Skinner and Marion Wilson. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs. Shoenhair died at the Crest Haven nursing home Monday afternoon after a long illness. She had lived in Creston since 1928.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Thursday, February 21, 1929, [p. 1]
Erma Shoenhair, Freshman Here, Dies At Hospital
Erma [Irma] May Shoenhair, a freshman in the Creston high school, died at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the Greater Community hospital following a mastoid operation. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shoenhair, 1013 Patt street and would have been 16 years old Monday.


Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri.), Friday, October 22, 1943, [p. 1]
Walker Smith Dies; Funeral on Sunday
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Campbell funeral home for Walker Smith, 75 years old, of southwest of Maryville, who died at 7 o'clock this morning at the St. Francis hospital. Burial will be at Lenox, Ia. Rev. James E. Jones, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate.

Mr. Walker was born December 9, 1867 at Jacksonville, Ill. and had been manager of several horse and mule markets before he began farming. He had lived at the present residence three years. He was married August 9, 1920, at Lenox, Ia., to Pearl M. [Naomi] Stevens [Stephens]. Mr. Walker was a member of the Methodist church and the Knights of Pythias.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Walker E. [lliott]  Smith of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Spooner and Mrs. J. W. Bowman, Maroa, Ill.; one brother, W. H. Smith, Rockwell City, Ia.; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and a son. Bert E. Smith, who died a week ago.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Tuesday, October 26, 1943, p. 6
Walker Smith, Former Horse Dealer, Is Dead
Walker Smith, 75, who was well known in Creston some 35 or 40 years ago as a consigner of horses to auctions here, died Friday at his home in Maryville, Mo. Funeral services were held in Maryville and burial was at Lenox, the home of his wife, the former Pearl Stephens. A son, Walker E. [lliott] Smith of Maryville, also survives.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, August 10, 1899 p. 6
Union Township
Mr. Jas. Stephens died at Lenox last Tuesday from the effects of sunstroke. Deceased was a resident of Cromwell several years; he used to drive the meat wagon out this way and had many friends who will be sorry to know of his death. His wife is a daughter of M. M. Mullen of Cromwell. The sympathy of friends is extended to the bereaved family.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Friday, September 3, 1926, p. 15
Obituary – Fred H. Stoaks was born in Holstein, Germany, December 26, 1850 and departed this life at his home in Lenox, Iowa, August 26, 1926, at the age of 75 years and 8 months.

He came with his mother to this country in the year 1868, was married to Sarah J.[ane] Preston January 21, 1879, near Davenport, Iowa. Six children were born to them all of whom survive. They are: Charles G., Fred A., of Lenox, Iowa; George W. [illiam], of Los Angeles, California; Andrew J. [ames], Mrs. Dora H. Caskey, Pearl A. Shaw, Lenox, Iowa.

He lived near Davenport, Iowa ten years, being engaged in farming. He came to Adams County, Iowa, in 1878 where he lived on his own farm five miles northwest of Lenox, until about eighteen years ago he retired to his beautiful home in Lenox.

Brother Stoaks was united with the German Lutheran church in Germany when he was 12 years old. He, with his companion, joined the Methodist Episcopal church at Lenox about twenty years ago. He has been a faithful member until death. The past few years his health prevented him from attending church services, but he has been a liberal contributor in every possible way.

Besides the children named he leaves his very devoted and faithful companion, ten grandchildren and many friends who will mourn their loss.

During the past year Mr. Stoaks has been a very patient sufferer, never complaining of his failing health but always hopeful.

The whole community expressed their sorrow as they gathered to pay their last tribute of respect at the funeral service, held at the Methodist church last Saturday afternoon. Thus we bid farewell to a life that has been held in high esteem and ever maintained the integrity of a man.

Due to the ill health of his pastor, Rev. I. R. Mills, the services were conducted by the undersigned. Text: John 16:33 verse.    Homer Caskey


Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, December 12, 1957, [p. 1]
Services Today For Sarah Stoaks
Mrs Sarah J. Stoaks, 97, one of the oldest residents in Lenox died Monday at 7:30 p. m. in a Creston hospital. Funeral services are being held this afternoon, Thursday, at the Methodist Church, the Rev Burton Collier officiating. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs Stoaks had kept her home and until recently had been able to do her own work and look after her business.

She is survived by two daughters Mrs Dora Caskey of Lenox and Mrs Pearl Shaw of Spokane Wash.; two sons, Fred of Clearfield and Andrew of Lenox; 9 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. She was the last of the family of 11 children. One of her sisters lived to be 98 years old.

Her husband, Fred, and 2 sons preceded her in death.

Mrs. Stoaks had belonged to the Methodist Church here for 63 years, the longest period of any woman in the congregation. Her activities in the church were recognized when she was crowned "Queen for a Day," at a circle meeting on her 91st birthday.


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 4, 1975, p. 4
Last Rites Held August 18 for Paul Laverne Wall
Funeral services for Paul Laverne Wall, 53, of St. Joseph, formerly of Gravity, held August 18 at Shum-Novinger funeral Home in Bedford, wee conducted by Rev. Dwayne Madsen. Mr. Wall died August 15, 1975 in St. Joseph. Gravity American Legion Post No. 578 conducted military services at Fairview, Lenox, Iowa.

Paul Laverne Wall, son of Floyd and Florence Wall, was born at Lenox, Iowa February 9, 1922.

He lived and grew to maturity in Taylor County where he attended rural school near Lenox and a Lenox church. He later moved to [a] farm near Corning and was graduated from Corning High School.

On June 1, 1942 he was united in marriage to Christine Stewart at Hiawatha, Kans., and they lived in Gravity most of their married life until nine years ago when they moved to St. Joseph, Mo. To this union three children were born: Steven, Marsha and Mark.

Mr. Wall was employed by Carnation Food Company.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Steven.

Left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Christine; daughters, Marsha Swartz; son, Mark, son-in-law, Gary Swartz; three grandchildren, Lori, Lisa and Jeremy; father and mother; other relatives and many friends.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Wall was a member of the Gravity Methodist Church.

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


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 10, 1935, [p. 1]
C. B. Walters' Mother Succumbs at Diagonal
Mrs. Joseph Walters, 74, a resident of the Diagonal Community for many years, died unexpectedly at her home in Diagonal about 9 o'clock Wednesday evening, Jan. 9. She was the mother of C. B. Walters and Homer Walters, both of Bedford. There is also one other son, Ray Walters of Diagonal. Burial will be at Lenox.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Tuesday, May 25, 1971, p. 21
Britt Willits of Prescott Dies
Prescott – Britt Willits, 64, of rural Prescott, died Sunday evening at his home north of Prescott. He was a farmer.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Thursday at the Prescott Christian church, Rev. Donald Briley, the pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. His body is at the Roland funeral home at Corning.

Mr. Willits is survived by his widow, Gladys; two daughters, Dora Marie Haggee of Columbus, Nebr., and Mary Ann Karash of Loveland, Colo.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, December 4, 1958, p. 3
Britt Willits - Britt Leander, son of Levi and Marie Willits, was born on a farm northeast of Lenox, November 2, 1875. Following country schooling and graduation from Lenox High, Britt took his college work at Drake University. He was assistant postmaster at Lenox for several years; a member of the Lenox Christian church and Sunday school Superintendent; transferring membership to the Prescott Christian church after moving to this community.

March 16, 1904, Britt was united in marriage to Lillie Lahr, at a double ceremony; Marguerite and Albert Grundman being the other couple. Mr. and Mrs. Willits lived on a farm a half-mile south of Lenox, until the spring of 1908, when they moved to a farm three miles north of Prescott. Three years later they moved to the present Willits farm, west of town. Mrs. Willits died soon after moving into Prescott, 1951. Following an attack of coronary thrombosis three years ago, Britt has made his home with his son and family.

Mr. Willits was stricken suddenly while sitting in the kitchen, Monday evening, November 24th, and passed away in a few moments. He was aged 83 years and 22 days.

Survivors include the only son, Britt, his wife, Gladys, and their daughters, Dora and Mary; a brother, Burr Willits, of Marshalltown; and a niece, Dorothy, in Chicago. An older brother, Victor, died just a week ago, in California.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 26, at 1:30 p. m., at the Christian church in Prescott, in charge of Rev. Joe M. King. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, May 24, 1951, p. 6
Lillie Lahr Willits – Lillie Lahr Willits, daughter of Jacob and Anna Lahr was born December 20th, 1876 at Montezuma, Iowa, in Poweshiek County, and passed away at her home in Prescott, Iowa May 6, 1951 at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 16 days.

Her general health had been failing for a long time but death was due to a heart ailment.

She was united in marriage to Britt L. Willits of Lenox, Iowa March 16, 1904. To this union one son was born, Britt Lahr Willits.

She has been a resident of Adams County for sixty years. Early in life she united with the Christian Church at Lenox. She was kind and considerate and loved and respected by all who knew her. She was greatly interested in and worked for the betterment and progress of the community. She was greatly interested in 4-H club work and for many years was a club leader. She spent [?] years in extension work in the [?[ and was always ready to give help when it was needed.

In her youth she became a seamstress and milliner and followed that profession in both Massena and Lenox and made many friends who were true to her all during her life.

In addition to her husband and son she leaves to mourn her loss her daughter-in-law, Gladys Williams, two grandchildren, Dora and Mary Willits, three brothers, Jacob J. Lahr of McDonald, Kansas, Frank J. Lahr of Seaside, Oregon and Louis D. Lahr of Moline, Illinois. Two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Grundman of Prescott, Iowa and Mrs. Anna B. Kroeger of Ashland, Oregon, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Those preceding her in death are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Lahr, one sister, Mrs. Rosa Winkler and one brother, Fred W. Lahr. She devoted herself to her two granddaughters and will be greatly missed by all her loved ones.

The body was brought to the home in the forenoon Wednesday and lay in state amid the profusion of wonderful flowers, until time for the funeral. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 9, at 1:30 p. m. in the Christian Church in Prescott, conducted by Rev. A. Henry. Burial was in the Willits family lot in the west cemetery at Lenox. Pallbearers were Harry Grundman, Harold James, Fred Williamson, George Riley, Park Homan and Ernest Green. Mrs. Ray Campbell and Mrs. Glen Tucker sang, "Old Rugged Cross," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and "Going Down the Valley, One by One," with Mrs. Fred Moon at the piano.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral were her sister, Mrs. E. B. Kroeger of Ashland, Oregon, Mrs. H. G. Lamansky of Pleasant Plain, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Burr Willits of Marshalltown, Mr. and Mrs. George Bernhart of Afton and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lahr of Moline, Illinois. Also Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mercer and Mrs. Bessie Sundstrom of Corning were at the burial services.


Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, April 18, 1946, p. 2
Irvin Dowell – Irvin Wilson, son of Isaac and Sarah Ann Wilson, was born in Pennsylvania, December 5th, 1864, and departed this life at the Creston Hospital, April 10th, 1946 at the age of 81 years, 4 months and 5 days.

He came with his parents to the community in the fall of 1874 and settled on a farm west of Clearfield, where he grew to manhood and spent the greater part of his life, later moving with his parents to Clearfield and his lived here since.

His parents and two Brothers preceded him in death and he laves to mourn his passing a sister Marcella Maple in California, a sister Mrs. Lillie Jackson, of Beaver, Utah and one brother, Frank Wilson of Chicago, Ill. besides other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held in the Crew funeral home at Clearfield, Iowa t 2 p. m. Friday April 12, 1946 conducted by Rev. Chas. L. Ellis. The remains were buried in the Clearfield cemetery.


Creston Daily Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Tuesday, January 30, 1923, p. 12
Death of Mrs. Wilt at Lenox
Word was received in Creston today of the death of Mrs. Frank Wilt, which occurred at her home in Lenox, following an attack of pneumonia.

The funeral services will be held from the home at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, December 17, 1910, p. 7
Joseph Wood, sr., a former resident of Adams County, living near Lenox, died in that city on November 30, aged 78 years. He was born in England July 5, 1832 and when 20 years of age he came to America. When a mere lad his father died and he helped to support the family by working in the coal mines of England and after coming to this country he followed mining in Schuylkill, Pa., where he was married and later came to Rock Island County, Ill., and in 1870 came to Adams County where he resided until 1899 when he moved to Lenox. In 1862 Mr. Wood enlisted in Co. H, 120th Illinois and served for three years. His first wife was Miss Mary Lockey, also of England, whom he married in Pennsylvania.  She died a few years ago. To this union were born five sons and two daughters, all of whom are dead except three sons, they being William, Joseph jr., and John. Mr. Wood was married a second time to Mrs. Catharine Walters, who survives him. The deceased was well known in the southeast part of this county where he resided so many years. The funeral was held at Lenox and the burial was in the Fairview cemetery of that place.


Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, February 26, 1940, [p. 1]
Chris Wurster, 81, Died Today
Chris Wurster, 81, a native of Germany who came to Iowa at the age of 17, died at his home 105 South Jarvis street at 3 a. m. today. He had been ill for over a year,

Christian Wurster was born August 7, 1858 at Wurttemberg, Germany, and farmed near Lenox before moving to Creston in 1914. He was married in 1882 in Davis county, Ill., to Katherine Herring [Haering], who died in January 1920. He was a member of St. John's Evangelical  [church].

Surviving are six children, Mrs. William Froemel of Omaha, Mrs. Clyde Milliken, John Wurster, Sam Wurster and Willie Wurster of Lenox and Clara Wurster of Creston; ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Five brothers preceeded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at St. John's Evangelical church, conducted by the Rev. G. G. Bratzel, and burial will be at Lenox.


Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, February 29, 1940, [p. 1]
Chris Wurster Died Monday  Funeral Services Held at Creston Wednesday For Former Lenox Man
Chris Wurster, 81, died at his home in Creston at 3 a. m. Monday, having been ill for over a year.

Mr. Wurster was born at Wurttemberg, Germany on August 7, 1858 and came to Iowa at the age of 17. He farmed near Lenox until 1914 at which time he moved to Creston.

Surviving are six children, Mrs. William Froemel of Omaha, Mrs. Clyde Milliken, John Wurster, Sam Wurster and William Wurster, all of Lenox and Clara Wurster of Creston, ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. His wife and five brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church in Creston Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, December 4, 1941, p. 10
Frank H. Young – The death of Frank H. [enry] Young, which occurred in a Clarinda Hospital Sunday, brought sadness to a devoted family and a large group of friends in Adams and Taylor counties. Mr. Young had suffered a stroke of paralysis in 1938 [?] from which he had not fully recovered and the direct cause of his death was a heart attack a short time before his passing.

Frank H. Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. [homas] T. [ownsend] Young, was born October 25th, 1882 at Eldorado Springs, Missouri, and died November 30, 1941, aged 55 years, 3 months and 5 days. He was married to Ida L. Brown, November 7, 1905 at Cache, Oklahoma. They came to Adams County in 1906 and in 1924 moved to a farm twelve miles south of Corning in Taylor County, which has since been their home. He united with the Christian church when 14 years of age and was a devoted Christian during his life.

The deceased is survived by his mother, Mrs. T. [Thomas] T. [ownsend] Young; his widow, Mrs. Ida Young; two sisters, Mrs. Tura Williams of Lenox, Iowa; and Mrs. Bertha Costin of Sharpsburg, Iowa; one brother, W. [illiam] E. Young of Clearfield, Iowa; and six nieces and nephews. One nephew, Alex Brown, was reared in the family from the age of 11 and now lives at Carroll, Iowa with his wife and two children.

Those who have preceded him in death are: his father, who died May 30th, 1935; his brother, Glenn, in April 1935; and one sister, Roxa Elliston, who passed away in February 1941; He is also survived by many other relatives and a host of friends, who grieve with the sorrowing family. He will be remembered by many as a good citizen, a kindly neighbor and a devoted husband and his passing is a real loss to the community.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 2, 1941 in the Roland Funeral Home, Corning, Iowa, Rev. A. E. Nelson in charge. Music was furnished by John Riegel and Esther Roland, accompanied by Mrs. William Sparboe. Pallbearers were Mike Kretzinger, Florance McKay, George O'Riley, James Hunter, Dan Leonard and Homer O'Connell. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, April 18, 1935, p. 7
It was an unexpected shock to the family and friends of Glenn E. Young when it was learned that he had passed away suddenly early Sunday morning, April 14, at 5:00 o'clock. Mr. Young had seemed in good health on Saturday and was in town with his family, but was taken ill early Sunday morning and before a doctor could reach him had passed away. Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Federated church, conducted by the Rev. Howard Congden, and interment was made in the Walnut Grove cemetery.

Glenn Young was born near Eldorado Springs, Mo., June 10, 1890, and died April 14, 1935, aged 44 years, 10 months and 4 days. He is survived by his widow, Katherine Costin Young, to whom he was married December 12, 1907; one daughter, Mrs. Earl Sickler; two sons, Carl and Harold; a grandson, Gordon Dale Sickler, all of Corning; his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. T. [homas] T.[ownsend] Young, of Sharpsburg; three sisters, Mrs. Bert Williams of Lenox, Mrs. W. [illiam] H. Costin of Sharpsburg, and Mrs. W.  [illiam] R. [ay] Elliston of Van Alstyne, Texas; two brothers, F. [rank]  H. [enry] Young of Corning, and W.[illiam] E. Young of Lenox.

Among the many relatives who share the sorrow of the immediate family are: his father-in-law, J. [ames] F. Costin of Olathe, Kansas; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Sybel Rittenhour, Kansas City, Mrs. Elsie Tallman, Prescott and Mrs. Della Shannon, Kansas City; six brothers-in-law, Frank of Olathe, Kansas, William of Sharpsburg, Harry of Kent, Charles of Independence, Mo., James of Laramie, Wyoming and Cecil, who has made his home with the Young family.

Mr. Young was known as a devoted husband and father who was willing to make any sacrifice for the welfare of his family. He was highly respected as a neighbor and friend. His industry and sincerity linger in the memory of all who knew him. His family and relatives are joined by an innumerable host of neighbors and friends who share with them this hour of sorrow.