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Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, November 3, 1904, [p. 1]
After being confined to his bed only two days, Clarence, the six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Amerine, of this city, died Sunday night at twelve o'clock. The funeral was held from the house Tuesday forenoon, and upon the casket of their little friend each schoolmate and the teacher placed a flower, thus showing their respect for the one who occupied the now vacant seat in the schoolroom. The remains were buried in the Guss cemetery, Elder Fillmore officiating. The heart-broken parents have the sympathy of all.


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, September 9, 1875, p. 3
Died. ANDREW. – Willie B., son of Jacob and Jennie Andrew, aged 10 months and 11 days, Aug. 9th, '75.


Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 25, 1913, p. 2
Martha A. Baker died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. Wertz, in Bedford Sunday. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in New Market Monday. Interment was made in Memory cemetery.




Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, October 23, 1969, p. 11
Mattie Bordner – Funeral services for Mrs Harry (Mattie) Bordner, 84, of Clarinda, Iowa were held October 11, 1969, at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda. Mrs. Bordner died October 7 at West Heights Manor in Clarinda.

Mattie Wilson Bordner was born December 17, 1884 in Taylor County, Iowa.

She was married on December 2, 1909 to Harry Bordner who preceded her in death on October 15, 1938. To this union were born three children, Mrs. Charles (Geneva) Thompson of Clarinda, Mrs Leonard (Eleanor) Crawford of Mt Ayr, Iowa and Donald Bordner who preceded his mother in death in December 1946.

Also surviving are a daughter-in-law Mrs. Chester (Ora) Dehl and her family of Lampasas, Texas and previously mentioned sons-in-law, four grandchildren, Mrs Robert (Donna) Stewart of Lampasas, Texas, Mrs Robert (Lynn) Patee of Yankton, S D, Steven Crawford of Mt Ayr, Iowa, and Charles Gorton of Santa Ana, Calif; three great grandchildren, any nieces and nephews.

Mrs Bordner had been a member of the Baptist Church all of her adult life. She was a lifelong resident of Taylor and Page counties in Iowa.

She has been a kind and loving mother, grandmother, aunt and neighbor and will be sadly missed by her loved ones.

The Rev M Francis Hubbel of the First Baptist Church in Clarinda was officiating at the services with Mrs. Leslie (Doris) Forbes and Miss Aletha Hutchings furnishing the music. Casket bearers were Dean Beauchamp, Roy Beauchamp, John Beauchamp, Mike Fletcher, Halbert Hensley and Winifred King. Burial was in the cemetery at Hopkins, Mo.
[Note: Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940 and Harry Bordner's obituary, give the marriage date as December 2, 1908 at Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa.]








Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, February 23, 1905, p. 7
Guss News – Grandma Charter died last Saturday and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery Monday at 1 p. m.


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, January 26, 1911, p. 4
F. L. Charter died at the home of his son, Charles Charter, near Guss Friday, January 20, 1911, of heart trouble after an illness of a few days. The funeral was held at Guss Sunday and the interment was in the Guss cemetery.


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, October 29, 1908, p. 6
Guss Items
Another great shadow has been cast over the home of Charles Clark in the death of Mrs. Clark, who died Monday evening after only twenty-four hours' suffering from neuralgia of the heart. Mr. Clark had in the past buried his two only sons. Mr. Clark has the sincere sympathy of the community. The funeral was held at the home Thursday by Rev. W. L. Dunlavy. Interment was in the Guss cemetery.


Page County Democrat (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, November 12, 1908, p. 8
Charles Clark of Guss, Taylor County, was in the city Monday advertising his closing out sale of cattle, horses, hogs, grain, implements, etc. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Mr. Clark had the misfortune to lose his wife about three weeks ago and this following the death of his son last June, places him in a lonely and sad situation. Mrs. Clark suffered an attack of neuralgia of the heart and expired in less than twenty-four hours. She was well known around here, where the family resided many years.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 22, 1908
Mrs. Chas. Clark, of Dallas township, died at her home there Monday night. She was taken ill Sunday evening with pneumonia and only lingered until the next evening. The funeral was held from the home yesterday forenoon and the interment was in the Guss cemetery. This comes as an exceptionally heavy blow to Mr. Clark, as only last spring he lost his only son. The heartfelt sympathy of all of Mr. Clark's friends are extended to him in his dark hour of sorrow.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, February 6, 1931, p. 5
Fred Cordes, 85, died at 11 p. m. Sunday, February 1, at the home of his son John in Villisca. Death came suddenly after several months of failing health. Mr. Cordes was able to be up and about the house Sunday until 4 p. m. when he became tired and weak as he was preparing to take an afternoon stroll and went to bed for a rest. He died peacefully a few hours later.

He was born near Hamburg, Germany, on March 10, 1845, and in 1873 came from there to Chicago where he resided two years. While in Chicago he was married to Dora Cordes, and they moved to Taylor County, Iowa, near Guss to make their home. They resided in that vicinity eight miles southeast of Villisca until about eight years ago when they came to Villisca. On February 21, 1925, Mr. and Mrs. Cordes celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Mrs. Cordes died June 21, 1928.

Mr. Cordes is survived by two sons, John of Villisca and Charles of near here. A daughter Emma died in 1894. He also leaves three grandchildren and two great grandchildren, a brother in Rapid City, S. Dak., and one in Germany.

Mr. Cordes was reared in the Lutheran faith but changed his church membership to the Evangelical church after moving to Iowa.

Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday in the John Cordes home on Fifth Avenue, with the Rev. L. B. Carpenter in charge. Singers at the funeral were Mrs H. H. Nordyke and Mrs. Lester Scott. Pallbearers were John, Charles, Eldon and Maurice Cordes and Henry and Will Freuck.

Mrs. Louise Nelson and Miss Matilda Westphal of Shenandoah and Mr, and Mrs. Ira Fine of Hopkins, Mo., were here for the funeral. The ladies are nieces of Mr. Cordes.


Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Friday, December 6, 1901, p. 6
East River – After a long illness Levi Davis died at his home in Old Memory, Sunday, Dec. 1. The funeral was preached at the Methodist Episcopal church at New Market by Rev. D. Pruitt, assisted by Reverends Menoher and W. L. Dunlavy. The remains were then laid to rest in the Guss cemetery, near Maple Grove. He left a wife and three children and many friends to mourn their loss. He was a kind husband, an affectionate father and a friend to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed from the vicinity in which he has lived so long.


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, January 30, 1896, p. 7
--The funeral of Edwin M. Dennis who died at his parents' home, near Guss, occurred Sunday at Maple Grove church. Deceased has been in poor health for nearly a year. He was about 31 yrs. old and unmarried. Rev. J. G. Bourne delivered the discourse and the formal services were under charge of the I. O. O. F. of which order there was about eighty in attendance, twenty of them from the Villisca lodge. The funeral was attended by a large number of people, who thus attested their affection and respect for the deceased.


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, February 22, 1877, p. 3
DIED—On Thursday, Feb. 15th, Ethel E. daughter of Henry C. and Maggie Dennis, aged 8 years, 2 months, 10 days. Disease, congestion of the stomach.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hooker on Saturday at the home of the parents.




Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), April 28, 2016
Annabelle E. (Denny) Fidler was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Augusta, Illinois, the daughter of Alex and Elizabeth (Widener) Denny. She entered into rest on Thursday April 21 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, at the age of 90.

Annabelle was born and raised in Augusta, Illinois. Her father owned the Strawberry Cream Dairy farm that her family operated, where she and her younger brother Phillip grew up working on the farm.

She graduated from Southeastern High School, Augusta, Illinois in 1944 and attended Quincy University thru St. Mary's Hospital, Quincy, Illinois, where she graduated in 1948 with her RN degree.

She then moved to Iowa City, to work at the University Hospital, where she met Kenneth Fidler who was also attending the University to receive his BA degree in Business. They were married on Dec. 25, 1950 in Villisca, and had two children.

In 1952 Annabelle became a mother, so she quit working to become a "stay at home" mom, but always kept up her Nursing License. In 1972 she went back to school to "catch up" on all of the latest medications and returned to work at the Red Oak Memorial Hospital and later at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute. Upon her retirement she continued to work as a Home Health Care provider for several years, within the Villisca area. She enjoyed crochet, sewing, and gardening.

Annabelle was preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Elizabeth Denny, as well as her brother Phillip Denny. Her survivors include her husband Kenneth Fidler; her son, Russell Fidler and her daughter Karen (Fidler) Bain; two grandchildren, Ryan Bain (Kellie) and Justin Bain (Tia); and great granddaughter, Charlee Bain, as well as many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that are left to cherish her memory.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the Wolfe Funeral Chapel in Villisca. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery at Guss at a later date. . . . The Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca is in charge of arrangements.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, June 1, 1899
Clark Fleming – Died at his home in Siam, Iowa, May 27, after an illness of a year.
Mr. Fleming was born in Fayette county, Penn., March 26, 1821. He married Sarah Ann Scribner Jan. 21, 1845 and to this union nine children were born---five girls and four boys; one daughter had preceded him to that better world. The surviving children are: Henry Fleming, Siam; Mrs. Jos Litsch, Hopkins, Mo.; Wm Fleming, Manson, Iowa; Mrs. Jas Rees, Bingham, Wyoming; Dora Fleming, St. Joseph, Mo; Thos Fleming, Lewiston, Ill; Albert Fleming, Clay Center, Kan; Mrs. Ed Willard, Rocky Ford, Col. Father Fleming united with the M. E. church 57 years ago and his daily walk showed that he was leading true Christian life. He leaves a wife and eight children and a host of friends to mourn his loss. He told his wife several times that he was ready and willing to go to that better home that was prepared for him at God's right hand on high. The funeral was preached at the M E church in Siam at 3 o'clock p m, Sunday, May 28, by Rev Johnson, pastor. His remains were laid to rest in the Siam cemetery. The aged wife who is left behind says it will not be long until she will be with him. God bless the aged mother.   C. P.




Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Wednesday, March 18, 1903, p. 8
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Greenway of Guss died Wednesday and was buried with the grandfather, A. W. Greenway, Thursday.




Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, April 3, 1913, p. 6
Mrs. Joseph Greenway Dead
Mrs. Joseph Greenway died at her home near Gravity March 28, 193 after a prolonged illness of three years caused by the dreaded disease, tuberculosis. She was thirty-nine years, eleven months and three days old at the time of her death.

Rachel Anna White was married to Joseph Greenway March 10, 1895. To this union four children were born, one of which died in infancy, and the others, Fred, George and Walter, together with the father, survive her. Besides these she is survived by one sister and two brothers and numerous relatives and friends.

Mrs. Greenway had lived in Taylor County all her life. About a year ago the family went to Colorado in hopes that the change might benefit her health but were disappointed and returned to their home last fall. Everything possible was done for her relief but to no avail. Seldom is the blow of death so keenly felt in a community as it is in the death of Mrs. Greenway. She was ever genteel and kind to such an extent that her disposition was envied by many. She was devoted to her family; their welfare was considered first on all occasions. She was a dutiful, loving mother and ever tried to be a living example of things noble and good. She was a kind neighbor in so many ways that the community mourns the loss of a good woman and her influence. She was a Christian and lived it every day. And now she has gone to her reward.

Mrs. Greenway was a member of the M. E. church and the funeral services were held from the Guss church Sunday afternoon at half past one, conducted by Rev. Koser, pastor of the Nodaway M. E. church. The interment was in the Guss cemetery. Floral offerings were profuse and beautiful and spoke much for the esteem felt for the deceased.


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, April 3, 1913, p. 7
Several from here attended the funeral of Mrs. Joe Greenway at Guss Sunday. Mrs. Greenway was a sister-in-aw of Mrs. C. Scott and an aunt of Mrs. C. [yrus] Murphy and Joseph Scott of this vicinity.






Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, December 26, 1929, p. 6
Miss Hester Wallahan received word last week of the death of her sister, Mrs. Lucinda Hamill, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. J. Lee at San Francisco, Calif. the lady suffered a severe stroke Wednesday evening and passed away the following day. Mrs. Hamill made an extended visit here about seven years ago.


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, April 3, 1913, p. 6
Mrs. Joseph Mauderly Dead
Mrs. Joseph Mauderly died at her home near Guss, Friday, March 28, 1913, after an hour's illness, aged thirty-three years and twenty-five days. She had been in her usual good health and it is thought that her death was due to heart trouble.

Mrs. Mauderly is survived by her husband five children. The children are: Gerome [Jerome], Arthur, Pamelis [Permelia], Glee and Glen, also an aged mother and two sisters and seven brothers.

The funeral was held from the Guss cemetery Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Koser. The interment was in the Guss cemetery.


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, April 3, 1913, p. 7
News of Guss and Vicinity
Mrs. Joe Moderly [Mauderly] died suddenly of heart disease at her home two miles west of Guss Friday, March 28. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband and five children. She was buried in the Guss Cemetery.


Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, March 28, 1906, p. 4
Annie Heston, daughter of Zebulon and Elisabeth Heston, was born in Ohio on the 6th day of March 1829. When she was about 9 years old she moved with her parents to Indiana. When about 18 years old she was married to Silas Mitchell. There were seven children born to this union: John H., Elisabeth A., Lucy C., Minerva E., Lewis W., George W., Amanda L., three of whom, Lucy, Minerva and Lewis, are still living, Lucy being the only one present at the funeral. Minerva is living in Missouri and Lewis in Washington. Mrs. Mitchell with her husband and family came from Indiana to Taylor County, Iowa, about 33 years ago. Her husband died August 17, 1878, and since that time she has lived with her children and during the time acted the part of mother to three families of grandchildren. There were only four grandchildren present at the funeral. She and her husband were members of the Christian church in Indiana and after coming to Iowa they both joined the Methodist church and lived consistent Christian lives. Mrs. Mitchell died March 22, 1906, at the age of 77 years and 16 days. Funeral services were held Saturday at the home of her son-in-law, W. S. Marquis, in Taylor County, near Iveyville and interment was made in the Guss cemetery.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, March 28, 1906, p. 6
Mrs. Mitchell, mother of Mrs. W. S. Marquis was buried at Guss last Saturday. The lady was 77 years old. She had been nearly helpless with paralysis for the past five or six years.

W. F. McCoy, the undertaker at the Mitchell funeral, conducted things in a very satisfactory manner.


Taylor County Democrat, Thursday, October 5, 1893, p. 4
A Sad Accident
A very sad and heart rending accident happened to Mr. Nance' s little boy on the 26 instant, near Maple Grove, Nodaway township. He went to the poultry house to gather eggs and in some way or other he overturned the perches and fell beneath them, the weight holding him down until suffocation took place. He was four years old and the only child. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the community on account of the sad accident that has come to them.




Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, January 5, 1888, p. 2
An Unfortunate Family
New Market, Ia. --- Nov. 13, '87, Elmer Olinger, youngest son of John Olinger, was taken down with typhoid fever, was sick just five weeks, when the little fellow breathed his last. He was 4 years, 7 mos. and 13 days old. At the age of 10 months he was left motherless to battle his way through life, the youngest of a family of nine. During his sickness he was patient and uncomplaining, much more so than many of riper years. He had all the care that could be give him under the circumstances, yet he lacked the caressing hand of an affectionate mother. A few days after Elmer was taken sick the entire family was prostrated by the same disease, except the father and one daughter about 12 years of age. Medical aid was called early in the case but the disease could not be stayed and December 23d the second death occurred, that of Madie Blanche Olinger, age 16 years. She was born in Fremont Co., Iowa, Nov. 15, 1871, and was the oldest of the family. At the age of 13 years, her mother died, which left the great responsibilities of a large family devolving upon her. Madie was a dutiful and affectionate daughter, sympathetic in disposition, always ready to do good. During her long and painful sickness, she bore it with Christian fortitude, having anxiety and concern, not for herself, but for her brothers and sisters who were suffering with the same disease. She was a favorite among her acquaintances and the idol of the home circle. Her work on earth is finished and she has gone to live, we trust, in the "City of God," where she will be "waiting and watching" for the loved ones. May God comfort the sorrowing ones and bring them to her at last, is the sincere wish of the writer of these lines.

Three of the family are still dangerously sick. The condition of the entire family is sad in the extreme. The neighbors have lent a helping hand as far as it is possible to do so.  By A Friend


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, January 12, 1888, p. 2
--Editor Review: -- Again we are called upon to report another death in the unfortunate family of John Olinger. Died, of typhoid fever, at the residence of Warren Roberts, in Dallas twp., Taylor Co., Iowa, Jan. 6th, 1888, Nora Ellen Olinger, aged 11 yrs., 6 months and 15 days, after a painful illness of 27 days. This is the third death in the family in less than one month and at the time of this writing the recovery of two more is very doubtful. The affliction of the family is sad beyond description. A Friend.  New Market, Ia., Jan. 8, 1888.




Hopkins Journal  (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, June 22, 1899
Died Suddenly
Uncle Eph. Oxley, who resided northwest of Hopkins, died very suddenly last Sunday night.

He had been as well as usual all day, and had eaten a hearty supper that evening, but soon after took suddenly sick and died a few hours later without regaining consciousness, the doctors attributing his death to the bursting of a blood vessel. He was a very large man, weighing nearly three hundred pounds.

The funeral was held Tuesday in the grove near the family residence, Rev. Johnson, pastor of the Siam M. E. church, conducting the services. The attendance was the largest ever known in that country.

Mr. Oxley was an old soldier and a grand, good citizen, and will be greatly missed. Besides a wide circle of friends, he leaves a wife and nine children to mourn his loss. He was a large landowner, and left his family well provided for financially.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 22, 1899
A Sudden Death
Ethan I. Oxley died at his home near Siam Sunday night, June 18, at 12 o'clock.
Mr. Oxley was in his usual good health Sunday evening. After supper he took a bath and repaired to his bed. His family noticed his heavy breathing and going to him discovered he was unconscious. A doctor was at once summoned and everything done that medical science could perform, but all efforts to revive him failed. He died at exactly twelve o'clock.
Mr. Oxley was about sixty-two years old and was one of Taylor county's oldest and most respected settlers—moving to this vicinity in '57. He was a soldier in the Civil war, being a member of Company F of the Twenty-ninth Iowa volunteers. He was an honored and influential member of the G. A. R. post at Hopkins, Missouri. The funeral services were held at his late home at 2 p. m. Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Johnson of Siam, after which the body was interred in the Schreve [Shearer] cemetery in Page county.
The following comrades were selected as pall bearers and were all members of Mr. Oxley's company: J. M. Houck, Wm. Wilkins, Alex John, S. J. Dallison, Wm. Cobb and F. E. Walker.
Those present from Bedford state that it was the largest funeral they ever attended, which shows the high esteem and honor in which Mr. Oxley was held by his neighbors and comrades. He was liked by everyone and only words of love and devotion are heard from those who speak his name.
Those who were in attendance from Bedford were: F. E. Walker, Wm. Cobb, Wm. Wilkins, A. B. Wakeman, W. D. Blakemore, R. Vickery, Alex John, J. P. Wright, S. J. Dallison, Geo. Wallace, J. M. Houck, R. J. Salem, I. Kersey and Squire Robinson of Lenox.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 3, 1951, [p. 1]
Former Resident Dies in Carlisle
CARLISLE – Funeral services for T. [homas] J. [efferson] Parks, 75, were held April 12 at the Carlisle Methodist church and interment was made in the Carlisle cemetery. The pastor D. E. Wooge was in in charge.

Mr. Parks died April 9 at his home here after several weeks' illness with heart trouble and other complications. He had lived in Carlisle since 1919. He was born in Taylor County and lived in Bedford a number of years. He is survived by his wife, daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mamie Parks of Carlisle, also a stepdaughter and four stepsons, two brothers, Edd and Charles Parks who reside in the West and a sister, Mrs. Luella Chilcote of Bedford.

His son, E. E. Parks, died several years ago. Mr. Parks was a member of the Methodist church and had served on the board for several years.


Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 7, 1912, p. 8
Obituary – Minnie D. Bonar was born in Page County, Ia., July 28, 1871, and died in Bedford, Ia., February 29, 1912, at 11:30 p. m.

With her parents she moved from Page County to Taylor County in 1880 where she grew to young womanhood. She was married to M. [adison] M. [arion] Remington of the same vicinity, March 28, 1889. In 1892 they moved to Hopkins where they continued to reside until 1898 when they moved to Clearfield where they resided three years, after which they moved to Bedford, then to Effingham, Kan., in 1904, remaining there till 1907 when they moved back to Hopkins, within the past year returning to Bedford, the present home.

She united with the M. E. church at Clearfield in 1900. She was a faithful and consistent Christian with a hope of an eternal felicity in a brighter beyond. Her love for her own was the one thing in the world that was constant, the one peak that rose above the clouds, the one window in which the light forever burned, the one star that darkness could never quench. It rose to the greatest heights, it sank to the lowest depths, it forgave the most cruel injuries. It was her soul song through life till the grand closing symphony that bore her soul on wings of light into a happier beyond. She was prepared to associate with the purest of earth, she had no fears, no regrets.

She leaves to mourn her husband, her two daughters, Lois and Lottie, of Bedford, her aged father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. C. [harles] H. Bonar, of Hopkins, one sister, Susie and one brother Ed, also of Hopkins, one brother Henry, of Elmo, Mo., one brother William, of Springfield, Mo., one sister Marian Snodgrass, of Page county, Iowa.

Short prayer service was held at the home Friday after which the remains were taken to Hopkins by train where the funeral sermon was preached Saturday by Rev. W. B. Thompson of Bedford, assisted by Rev. Taylor of Hopkins. Interment took place in the Hopkins cemetery.


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, August 9, 1929, p. 4
Mrs. Martha C. Scott – Mrs. Martha Caroline Scott died Wednesday morning at 2 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cyrus Murphy, four and three-fourths miles southeast of Villisca, her death resulting from old age complications. She had resided in the Murphy home for more than thirty years.

Martha Caroline Greenway was born June 28, 1851 in North Carolina and was 78 years old at her death. She moved with her parents to Mercer County, Illinois, during her girlhood, and she was married there to Jas. H. Scott in 1870. To them three children were born, one daughter dying at the age of 9 years. Those living are Joe Scott of Villisca and Mrs. Cyrus Murphy.

Mrs. Scott came to Page County, Ia., thirty-five years ago. She was the last one of four children. Her funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. L. B. Carpenter. Interment was in the Villisca cemetery.


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 12, 1976, p. 4
Last Rites Held Feb. 6 for Henry Shepard
Funeral services for Henry Newton Shepard, 60, of Bedford were held February 6 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here with Rev. Dwayne Madsen and Carl Cummings officiating. Mr. Shepard died February 3, 1976, in the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda. Hopkins American Legion Glen Ulmer Post No. 288 extended military honors with interment at Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, Mo.

Henry Newton Shepard, son of Isaac and Mable Coleman Shepard, was born at South Mound, Neosho County, Kansas, November 24, 1915.

He grew to maturity in the area where he was born, attending the public school and local church.

During World War II he answered the call of his country and served 39 months in the European Theatre; he was awarded the Purple Heart.

On December 2, 1947, he was united in marriage to Helen Mendenhall at the Christian Parsonage in Hopkins, Missouri, and they lived in Parsons, Kansas until January 1949 when they moved to Iowa, where they have since continued to reside.

Born to bless this home and to share their love were two sons, Roger Henry and Phillip Lee, both of the home.

Henry was engaged in farming all of his working years and he enjoyed the challenge of conserving the soil and having it increase in yield.

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

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Helen; his two sons, Roger and Phillip; five brothers, Howard of Del Paso, Calif., Orville and Earl of Kansas City, Mo., Chester of Parsons, Kansas, and Frank of Portland, Ore., and Genevieve Kile of Chanute, Kans.; nieces; nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was a faithful member of the Bedford United Methodist Church and a member of the Glen Ulmer Post of American Legion, Hopkins, Missouri, for over 25 years.

Henry was a kind and considerate husband, father, brother, friend and neighbor and he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.


Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 3, 1958, p. 8
Mrs. Willard Smith Buried At Hopkins
Funeral services for Mrs. Willard Smith, who died at her home in Bedford, Monday, June 23, were held at the Bedford Methodist church Friday afternoon. Rev. Anthony Blankers, pastor of the church officiated. Burial in Hopkins cemetery.

Julia Mary Townsend was born August 16, 1885, the daughter of Alexander and Mary Elizabeth Townsend, on a farm near Hopkins, Missouri and died at the age of 72 years, ten months, seven days.

On December 25, 1904, she was married to Willard H. Smith. To them ten children were born, four sons and six daughters. A son, Donald, passed away shortly after his birth, and two of the daughters, Ruby Esther and Lucile Mary died at the age of ten years. Her surviving children are Mrs. Helen Spencer, Bedford; Kirk Smith, Auburn, New York; Carl Smith, Pocatello, Idaho; Galen Smith, Montpelier, Idaho; Mrs. Alice Tibbetts, Pickering; Mrs. Olive Wyckoff, Des Moines; Mrs. Iva Ruth Sanders, Bedford.

After their marriage, Mrs. Smith and her husband made their home on a farm south of Bedford near the Iowa-Missouri line and near the Hazel Dell School and church. After living in this community 40 years, they moved to Bedford where they have since resided. A very happy event in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Smith was the celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1954.

Mrs. Smith united with the First Methodist church of Hopkins in 1912 and in October of 1951, she with her husband transferred their membership to the Bedford Methodist church.

Surviving with the husband, Willard H. Smith and the children, are one brother, Joseph W. Townsend of Creston; 30 grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren.



Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, April 26, 1945, p. 7
Hold Last Rites At Guss Church for Mrs. Hermia Wallahan

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Guss for Mrs Hermia E. Wallahan, formerly a resident of that vicinity who died April 19 at the home of her daughter, Mrs Louis Phillips, in Oklahoma City, Okla., where she had made her home. The body, accompanied by Mrs. Phillips, arrived here Saturday night and was taken to the Pitman funeral home to await the funeral hour.

The funeral was conducted by Mrs. Bertha Peters and the music was by Mrs C. A. Penwell and Mrs. Neal Gray. The pallbearers were Harry Shipley, Dale Stroud, Ivan Hill, Walter Maxwell, Victor Brown and Yale Wright, and burial was in the Guss cemetery.

Hermia E. [lizabeth] Wallahan was born Jan. 9, 1856, in Wenona, Ill., and was 89 years old at her death. She came to Iowa in 1870 but since 1920 made her home in Oklahoma City She was married to Alfred C Wallahan on Jan. 1, 1880, and to this union were born three children. They are Mrs. Ruby Wickersham, Oakland, Calif; Claude C. Wallahan, Kennewick, Wash.; and Mrs. Louis Phillips, Oklahoma City She leaves also three grandchildren, Grace W. Wickersham, Oakland, Calif; Lowell C Wallahan, somewhere in the Pacific; and Mrs. John  Harper,  Villisca.

Mrs Wallahan was a member of the Christian church with which she became affiliated when she was 13 years old


Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, March 16, 1944, p. 2
Hester Wallahan, Long-Time Resident Of Nodaway, Dies
Hester Ann Wallahan, daughter of Milton and Martha Wallahan, was born in Center, Rock county, Wisconsin, January 25, 1854, and died at her home in Nodaway, Ia., March 9, at the age of 90 years. She came with her parents, brothers and sisters to Taylor county, Iowa, in the spring of 1875, later going to Nodaway where she lived with her parents until their passing. Later she resided for several years in Corning, returning to Nodaway where for many years she lived alone in the home where she died.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. C. W. Dennis of Miami, Fla., one brother, Dr. J. H. Wallahan of Corning, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Christian church.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p. m. at the Methodist church in Nodaway, conducted by the Rev. H. B. Kishpaugh, and burial was in the Guss cemetery. The singing was by Mrs. H. B. Kishpaugh, with Mrs. C.  N. Kennedy at the piano and the pallbearers were Dan Strain, Marcus McKown, W. W. Orme, Charles Watts, Oscar Starr and Henry Kernen.



Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 18, 1897, p. 3
Another death we have to chronicle this week is that of David Wilson, an old time resident of Polk Township. Mr. Wilson was afflicted with a kidney trouble and last fall went to Hot Springs, Ark., for treatment. His son, Chas. Wilson, was also taking treatment at the Springs. Last week the latter came home; but soon after received a message informing him that his father was in a critical condition. The father only lived a few days and his son brought the remains home for interment. The funeral was held at the Baptist church north of Hopkins on Sunday and was attended by a large throng of neighbors and friends of the family. Interment was at the Hopkins cemetery. The deceased came to Taylor County in 1865. He was a model citizen in all respects; his cardinal virtue being his love of justice between man and man. He was never known to engage in an angry controversy with anyone. His creed was, "Do right because it is right and not from a slavish fear of what the future may bring in rewards or punishments." The deceased was about 65 years of age.


Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 29, 1926, p. 3
Obituary – Sarah Matilda Cline was born November 8, 1849, at Middleburg, Ohio, and passed away at her home, April 20, 1926, aged 76 years, 5 months and 12 days.

She came with her parents to Mahaska County, Iowa, in 1864 and came to Worth county, Missouri, in 1879. She was united in marriage to David Wilson March 22, 1881, who preceded her in death twenty-nine years ago. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Elmer Beauchamp and Mrs. Harry Bordner, both of Bedford. There were also five stepchildren, Press G. and David P., both of Woodland, Calif., and Fred, William and Nora of Sheridan, Wyo., whom she loved as her own. She also reared one nephew, Homer Kent of Weiser, Idaho. There are also fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She leaves five brothers, George of California, Hiram of Kansas, Ira and Isaac of Oregon and Jasper of Colorado, and one sister, Mrs. Lottie Montland of Texas.

She accepted Christ as her Savior October 20, 1899, and united with the Union Baptist church of which she remained a faithful member until death released her from many months of suffering, of which she spent twenty-two weeks in bed, being patient through all her sickness. She was tenderly cared for by her three daughters.