Obituaries
submitted by: Julia Johnson - julia.johnson63@gmail.com
 

 [TACKETT, ELIZABETH BRISTOW]

Blockton News, Thursday, October 8, 1914, [p. 1]

Obituary – Elizabeth Bristow was born in Kentucky June 26, 1828, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Sleeth, of Clarinda, September 30th, 1914, aged 86 years, 3 months and 4 days.

She was united in marriage to James Tackett in Cedar County, Missouri. To this union three children were born, as follows: Mrs. John Sleeth, of Clarinda; Mrs. John Smith, of Oshkosh, Nebraska, and Thomas Tackett, of Tabor. Mr. Aaron Johnston, of Studley, Kansas, was also raised in the family. They were all present at the funeral.

The deceased came to Worth County, Missouri, 49 years ago, where she made her home till five years ago. She then went to Nebraska where she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. John Smith [words unreadable] until [word missing] months ago when she [words unreadable] daughter, Mrs. Sleeth.

Her companion preceded her March 20th, 1892. She leaves one brother, Edward Bristow, of the state of Washington. She was a member of the Baptist church at Athelstan and a woman of splendid life.

The funeral services were conducted in the Baptist church, Athelstan, October 2d, 1914, by Challie E. Graham, pastor of the Isadora Christian church, after which the remains were laid to rest beside those of her companion in the Isadora cemetery.

The funeral services were very largely attended. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of a host of friends. We commend them to the care and guidance of the kind Heavenly Father.

[TACKETT, ELIZABETH BRISTOW]

Blockton News, Thursday, October 8, 1914, [p. 1]

E. B. Johnston and wife attended the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Tackett, at Athelstan Friday.

[TACKETT, ELIZABETH BRISTOW]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, October 8, 1914
Aaron Johnston, of Sheridan county, Kansas, who was called to this state by the death of his aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Tackett, spent several days during the week at the home of his brother, E. B. Johnston and wife.

[TEASLEY, JAMES IRA]

Blockton News, Thursday, December 10, 1914, p. 8

James Ira Teasley, the oldest settler in Worth County, Missouri, died at the home of his son, Elmer Teasley, a few miles northwest of Grant City, on November 23d. He came to Worth County sixty-eight years ago before there was a town in the county and only nine families lived within the border of the county.


[WELLER, MAUDE ELLEN KNOTT]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 7 1961, [p. 1]

Final Rites For Mrs. Maude Weller

Funeral services for Mrs. Maude Weller, 69, of Sharpsburg, were held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church in Sharpsburg with burial in the Gravity cemetery.

Mrs. Weller was fatally injured Thursday night when she was run over by her own car after stepping out of the vehicle which she had parked on a sloping driveway of a neighbor in Sharpsburg. Although her home was in Sharpsburg she had spent her last five winters with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Gertrude Weller, in Lenox.

Survivors include two sons, Dean Weller and Howard Weller, of Sharpsburg; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Ellen Lewellen, of Malvern; 10 grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Isla Smith of Sharpsburg, Mrs. Jessie Hiatt, Mrs. Oma Eno, and Mrs. Elva Knott, all of Lincoln, Nebr.; two brothers, Bertie Knott of Texas and Charles Knott of Sharpsburg. Her husband preceded her in death.

[WELLER, MAUDE ELLEN KNOTT]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 14, 1961, p. 4

Obituary – Mrs. Maude Weller

Maude Ellen, daughter of Mary Ellen and William Isaac Knott, was born at Sharpsburg, Iowa, June 21, 1892 and passed away at the Rosary hospital at Corning, Sept. 1, 1961, at the age of 69 years, 2 months and 11 days.

Maude grew to womanhood in the Sharpsburg community and lived in Taylor County all her life.

On April 29, 1920, she was united in marriage to William Weller of Gravity.

To this union were born two sons and one daughter.

She was a member of the Methodist church where she was a faithful worker, taking part in the different organizations.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 3, 1937. Also by her mother and father and one sister, Viola.

She leaves to mourn her departure, her children William Dean Weller of Conway, Howard Edward Weller of Sharpsburg, and Mary Ellen Lewellen of Malvern; ten grandchildren, Karen, Ronald, William, Bonnie and Nancy Weller, Larry, Connie, Joy, Debbie and Vickie Lewellen; two brothers, Bert Knott of McAllen, Texas, Charlie Knott of Sharpsburg; four sisters, Elva Knott, Jessie Rice, Oma Eno, all of Lincoln, Nebr., and Ila Smith of Sharpsburg, besides other relatives and a host of friends.

After the death of her husband, she moved to Sharpsburg. She lived with her mother until her mother passed away.

In later years she has been a companion for her sister-in-law, Mrs. Gertie Weller of Lenox.

Maude was a kind and loving mother and friend to everyone.

Although she was handicapped, she was always ready to give a helping hand wherever it was needed.

She will be greatly missed in the community.

[WILLIAMS, PERRY MCCORD]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 17, 1966, p. 2

Perry Williams Rites Monday

Funeral services for Perry M. [cCord] Williams, 65, of Bedford were held March 14 at the east Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here conducted by Rev. J. Milton Kinney. He had been in poor health for a number of years and died at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Ted Frum of Monterey Park, Calif. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa.

Perry Williams was born at College Springs, Iowa, on Sept. 26, 1900. His parents were M. L. and Bertha McCord Williams.

He was married to Roxie N. Wagoner on Sept. 20, 1920.

He was a member of the Methodist Church.

A former hatchery man and operator of a nursing home, Mr. Williams spent his later years in the Gravity and Bedford communities.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his wife, father and mother, one sister, and three brothers.

He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Fern Carlson, Red Oak, Iowa, Mrs. Kennard (Mabel) Maier, Clarinda, Iowa, and Mrs. Lynn (Pearl) McGinnis, Omaha, Nebr.; one step daughter, Mrs. Ivan Goodman and family of Des Moines, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
[Note:  His headstone gives his birth year as 1899. California Death Records give the birth year as 1901.]

[WILLIAMS, ROXY VIOLA NOTT WAGNER MCKINNON]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 1, 1960, p. 8

Obituary – Mrs. Perry Williams

Roxy Viola Nott was born Feb. 22, 1895 at Fairfield, Iowa and died at her home in Bedford, August 23, 1960 at the age of 65 years, six months, one day.

When a child, she moved with her parents to Gravity, where she spent the formative years of her life.

On September 9, 1920 she was united in marriage to Perry Williams of Coin, Iowa, and they made their home there until 1932 when they moved to Gravity. In 1950 they moved to Bedford, where they opened the Williams Rest Home in 1952.

Survivors include her husband, Perry of the home; a daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Goodman, Des Moines; a sister, Mrs. Flossie Frum, Monterey, Calif.; two brothers, Ray Nott of Alhambra, Calif.; Milo Nott of Bellflower, Calif.; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren. Mrs. Williams was largely responsible for the rearing of two nephews, William Henry Nott and Calvin Nott and a niece, Mrs. Flossie Schroeder.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and became a member of the Methodist Church in Coin, transferring her membership to the Methodist church in Gravity and on April 16, 1950 of the Bedford Methodist church.

Funeral services were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home on State Street Friday afternoon. Rev. Anthony Blankers officiated. Burial at Gravity.

[WISDOM, ANNA ELIZABETH STOFFLE]

Blockton News, Thursday, November 25, 1915, p. 4

Word comes from Des Moines of the death of a former resident of Blockton, Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Wisdom, who made her home with her daughter, Miss Sylvia Wisdom, at 3915 Eleventh Street, Des Moines. It seems that she sustained injuries from a fall some time last week and later contracted pneumonia from which she died at the Methodist hospital in that city Friday night. The funeral was held Monday and interment took place in one of the cemeteries at that place. We believe there were seven children besides Miss Sylvia with whom she made her home---Ceph, Sherman, Carl, Willis, Dorothy and Mrs. Fannie Hill.

 

[WEST, MARION S.]

Adams County Free Press,  (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, Nov. 8, 1984, p. 2

Marion S. West, son of Edgar West and Annie Heatherington, was born Nov. 27, 1901 in Taylor County, Iowa, and departed this life Oct. 26, 1984 at Clarkson Hospital, Omaha, Neb., at the age of 82 years and 11 months.

He attended the Lincoln School in Holt Township and the Ralston School in Corning.

He was married March 3, 1926 to Grace Leighton at the Methodist parsonage in Corning. They were the parents of two children, Glenna Mae and Gerald.

He was a farmer and a business man all his life. His life was spent in Taylor and Adams Counties. He was not afraid of hard work, shearing many head of sheep in the spring of the year for several years. He also worked as a section man on the Prescott division for the railroad.

He was a family man, placing his family concerns first. He retired from farming in 1969, due to ill health, and moved into Corning where he spent the rest of his life.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, which he attended regularly. He was wide read on local, state, national and world events.

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife Grace and brother, James.

Survivors are his daughter Glenna and husband Vincent Sullivan of Corning, Iowa; Gerald L. and wife Madelene of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Eunice West of Fort Worth, Texas; step-sister, Mabel Brown of Omaha, Neb.; half-sister, Sara Mae Lawrence of Fort Worth, Texas; and other relatives and friends.

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Corning with Rev. Steven Williams officiating. Interment was in Washington Cemetery at Gravity, Iowa.

[WHITEMAN, EDWARD C.]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, May 1, 1913, p. 5

Obituary – Edward C. Whiteman

Edward C. Whiteman, son of F. [rank] C. and Rachel Whiteman of Gravity died after a few hours illness at his home in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday April 22, 1913, age 31 years, 11 months and 27 days. He was born near Lowell, Lake County, Ind., April 29, 1881. With his parents he moved to Woodson County, Kans., 1884, where they resided till 1893, when they moved to the farm one mile east of Gravity, where he grew to manhood. After graduating in the Gravity schools he entered the Bible College of Drake University at Des Moines, where he remained for about eighteen months, when failing health brought him home to Gravity. Later he clerked for S. F. Taylor for about two years, after which he entered business college in Des Moines. After the completion of his course of study, he went to Minnesota for a short time, thence to Omaha, where he was employed by the Paxton-Gallagher Co. as bookkeeper and stenographer. In February 1900 he made a profession religion and united with the Christian church in Gravity, to which faith he proved faithful until his death November 22, 1910. He was united in marriage to Lovetta Finn of Omaha, who survives him in his death.

His remains were brought back to Gravity and funeral services were conducted by W. L. Dunlavy and Irvin Wade in the Christian church on the following Friday at 2 o’clock and interment was made in the Gravity cemetery.

[WHITEMAN, FRANK C.]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, November 7, 1929, p. 8

Frank Whitman [Whiteman] passed away at his home in Gravity Thursday evening. The funeral services were held at the Christian church in gravity Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the Gravity cemetery. Mr. Whitman was 80 years of age and was an old resident of Gravity. He was employed for many years at the Implement House and also at the Chandler Lumber Company.

[WHITEMAN, RACHEL HAMILTON]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 7, 1941, [p. 1]

Rachael Whiteman Dies In Indiana

Mrs. Rachael Whiteman, 84, a former resident of Gravity, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elbert Storer in Indianapolis, Indiana, Friday, August 1.

The body was returned to Gravity, where funeral services were held at the Christian church, Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Ben W. Sinderson. Burial was in the Gravity cemetery.

[WILLS, DOROTHY DARLENE]

Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, November 18, 1991

DOROTHY DARLENE WILLS

Mrs. Dorothy D. [arlene] Wills, 72, of Reseda, Calif, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 10 at Laurel Wood Care Center in North Hollywood, Calif.

She was born April 6, 1920 in Gravity, Iowa, the daughter of Ora and Rachel Levi Churchill. Mrs. Wills had lived in California for over 40 years.

She is survived by two children: Ray Wills, Clarinda, Iowa and Darlene Shelton-McLuas, Reseda, Calif. There are seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Brothers and sisters are: Eva Wyckoff, Bedford; Harold Churchill, Clarinda; Margaret Kingery, Corning; Mildred Starett, Des Moines; Dewayne Churchill, Wall Lake, Iowa; and Orville Churchill, Council Bluffs. She was preceded in death by parents, daughter Donna Menedjian, three brothers and one sister.

Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 13 at Washington Cemetery at Gravity with Rev. Ken Lampe officiating. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[WILSON, CLARA MARSHALL]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, March 26, 1914, p. 5

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Marshall, Mrs. Charles Wysong and Mrs. Vess Bothel left Tuesday for Yutan, Neb., called by the serious illness of Mrs. Bert Wilson. Word received later stated the death of Mrs. Wilson, which occurred Tuesday evening. The body was sent to Gravity Thursday for burial.

[WILSON, CLARA MARSHALL]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, April 2, 1914, p. 7

Mrs. Bert Wilson died at her home in Yutan, Neb., Monday morning after a short illness. The remains arrived here Thursday noon and funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church at 1:30 p. m., conducted by their old time friend, Rev. W. L. Dunlavy. Interment was made in the Gravity cemetery. Those present who accompanied the remains here were Bert Wilson, husband, Alva Wilson of Pilger, Neb., Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schultz, Yutan, Neb., Claud Wilson and family, Ashland, Neb., Clark, Ella, Homer and Bernice of Yutan, Neb. the above named constitute the entire family and were all present at the funeral.

[WILSON, CLARA MARSHALL]

Bedford Free Press, Tuesday, March 3, 1914, p. 5

Last Monday Mrs. Sylvester Bothel received word that her sister, Mrs. Bert Wilson, who had been living near Yutan, Neb., was critically ill with little hope for recovery. Mrs. Bothel, her brother, Frank Marshall, near Conway with Mrs. Marshall, John Moore and Mrs. A. C. Berry, brother-in-law and niece of Gravity, left on the afternoon train Monday from Gravity for Yutan. Mrs. Wilson was dead when the relatives arrived and the remains were brought back to Gravity reaching there Thursday noon and were taken from the train to the Methodist Episcopal church where funeral services were held, conducted by Elder William Dunlavy, assisted by Rev. Carder, of the Methodist church. Interment was in the Gravity cemetery beside a child that had preceded her.

[WILSON, FRED A.]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 6, 1934, p. 6

GRAVITY

Former Resident Dies

Funeral services for Fred Wilson, a former Gravity resident, who died at Auburn, Nebr., were held here Thursday afternoon at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. J. C. Harris of Bedford. Burial was in the Gravity cemetery.

 

[WALKER, FLOYD MILES]

Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, February 8, 1951, p. 3

Dorman Young received word Sunday of the death of his sister’s husband Floyd Walker in Clarinda. Funeral services were Sunday afternoon in Clarinda, the Young family attending.

[WALKER, FLOYD MILES]

Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, February 15, 1951, p. 3

Floyd Walker of Santa Ana, Calif., who was here to attend the funeral of his father Floyd Walker, returned to his home Sunday. Earl Walker and wife of Wichita, Kan, were here and also returned home Sunday.

[WALKER, FLOYD MILES]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, February 15, 1951, p. 2

Attend Walker Rites

Mrs. Maude Grayson and sons Clarence and Charles, Mr. and Mrs. Kent Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Wallace, attended the funeral of Floyd Walker Wednesday afternoon at the Walker funeral home in Clarinda. Burial was in Gravity cemetery.

[WALKER, MILES]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, October 13, 1910, p. 8

Miles Walker Dies of Heart Failure

The entire community was shocked Thursday morning about 10:30 by the announcement that the dead body of Miles Walker had been found in the barn at his home in the north part of town. The discovery was made by Mrs. Walker and the suddenness of the shock nearly prostrated her. Neighbors were quickly on the scene and the condition of Mrs. Walker, for a time was quite serious, as she has been in feeble health for some time. Both doctors were out of town at the time the discovery was made, but their services would have been of no avail, as the body gave evidence that life had fled, and it was even growing cold, when the discovery was made.

Mr. Walker had been about his morning work in the barn and his last act was evidently an effort to open the stable door to throw out some litter from one of the stalls. The scoop filled with litter and a pitchfork were beside him, and it was evident from all appearances that he was stricken in an instant and died without a struggle.

Mr. Walker was down town on the evening before his death and appeared in his usual health and mentioned that he was expecting to spend the winter in California for the benefit of his and his wife’s health, and the news of his sudden death came as great shock to all. The county coroner was called at once by telephone and permission given for the removal of the body to the house. Coroner C. M. Paschal arrived from Bedford about two o’clock and the inquest was held soon after. The coroner returned a verdict of death from heart failure and gave Dr. L. T. Reed a certificate of burial. ---Gravity Independent.

 [WILSON, QUENDELL MARTIN]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, August 7, 1913 p. 8

Gravity

The infant son of Mrs. Faye Wilson died Friday morning at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Martin. Funeral services were held from the house Saturday afternoon. Interment in Gravity cemetery.

[WILSON, WENDELL MARTIN]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, August 7, 1913 p. 8

Gravity

The infant son of Mrs. Faye Wilson died Friday morning at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Martin. Funeral services were held from the house Saturday afternoon. Interment in Gravity cemetery.

[WHITWELL, CHARLES]

Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, November 14, 1917

Died at Gravity---Chas. Whitwell, a butcher at Gravity, died Sunday, November 11, 1917. Death was the result of a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Whitwell was formerly a resident of Iveyville and will be remembered by many of our readers. He was aged about 53 years.

[WHITWILL, ARAMINTA DELL “MINNIE” MONAHAN BARTON]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, April 26, 1917, [p. 1]

Prominent Gravity Lady Passes Away

Mrs. Whitwell Dies Suddenly In St. Joseph Following Operation

Mrs. Charles Whitwell [Whitwill], of Gravity, died very unexpectedly at Ensworth hospital in St. Joseph, Mo., on Thursday morning, April 19th, following an operation for gall stones which had been performed a week before.

The deceased was one of the most widely known ladies of the Gravity community and the funeral which was held Saturday, was the largest witnessed there for many years.

Mrs. Whitwell was an active worker in church affairs being president of the C. W. B. M. at the time of her death. For years she had been a member of the church of Christ, and her life was filled with kind and charitable deeds, which bound a wide circle of acquaintances with an everlasting tie of love.

As a toke on deep appreciation and friendship which the Gravity people bore the deceased, all business houses were closed during the hour of the funeral.

Mrs. Whitwell is survived by her husband and two daughters Verla and Lois, and a sister, Mrs. Jason Nevius of Bedford.
[Note: Her last name is spelled Whitwill on her headstone and the headstone of her husband.]

 

[VAN ALSTINE, CHARLES EDWARD]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 28, 1936, p. 7

Gravity

Vanalstine Dies Here Last Sunday

Charles Vanalstine [Van Alstine] died suddenly at his home in Gravity Sunday. The funeral services were held at the Christian church Tuesday afternoon. Burial was in the Gravity cemetery.

A number of friends were entertained in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Sunday and about 3 p. m., while they were sitting out on the porch visiting, Mr. Vanalstine suffered a stroke of paralysis and in a very short time passed away. He had been in poor health for several months past but was able to be up and around most of the time.

VAN ALSTINE, CHARLES EDWARD]

Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, June 1, 1936, p. 6

Charles Van Alstine

An old resident of Guss and Gravity communities, Charles Van Alstine, sustained a stroke at his home in Gravity, where he passed away Sunday, May 24, and was laid to rest in the Gravity cemetery the Tuesday following. He was past 54 years of age, born Feb. 21, 1882 at Guss, son of Edward and Ella Kunce VanAlstine. He was married in 1904 to Emma Shum, who survives him, as does a son George, three grandchildren, four sisters and three brothers. The Clarinda brothers and sisters are Mrs. Myrtle Wilcox, Mrs. Bertha Mitchell, Mrs. Hettie Orme, and Lewis Van Alstine of Hood River, Ore., and Mrs. Dora Swallow of St. Louis, Mo.

[WELLER, HOWARD EDWARD]

Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, March 2012

Howard Edward Weller was born March 29, 1929 in Conway, Iowa, the son of William and Maude (Knott) Weller. He passed away on Friday evening, March 16, 2012 at Jennie Edmondson Hospital in Council Bluffs at the age of 82 years, 11 months, and 16 days.

Howard grew up in Taylor County and graduated from Sharpsburg High School in 1948. He attended business school in Omaha, Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1950 – 1954. On January 4, 1953, Howard was united in marriage to Lavonne French at the First Baptist Church in Bedford. This union was blessed with three children, Bill, Bonnie and Nancy.

Howard worked for the City of Shenandoah in the Sanitation Department and after retiring he delivered medicine for Travis Pharmacy and most recently he was delivering medicine for Hy-Vee Pharmacy. Howard worked for the Spurrier Oil Company out of Clearfield running tank wagon service for many years and owned the Citi Services Gas Station in Sharpsburg. He also ran the Mobil Gas Station in Bedford as well as worked for the City of Bedford in the Sanitation Department before he and Lavonne moved to Shenandoah in 1976.

Howard was a 50 plus year member of the Masonic Lodge and was a lifetime member of the American Legion. He was an active member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah and served on the board of Deacons. Howard volunteered as the city Santa Claus in Sharpsburg and Bedford when he and Lavonne lived in these communities. He loved sports and enjoyed watching and supporting the Shenandoah Mustangs and Fillies. He enjoyed having coffee with the Hy-Vee group each morning; above all, he loved ice cream. Howard enjoyed country western and blue grass music. He and Lavonne were also active square dancers for many years – Howard loved to dance.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lavonne; his son, Bill Weller, daughter-in-law Connie Weller; sister, Mary Ellen Lewellen; brothers-in-law, JB, Bill and Paul French, and Dale Lewellen; sisters-in-law, Nadine and Fern French.

Survivors include his daughters, Bonnie Allely and her husband Denny of Shenandoah, Iowa, Nancy Weller of Shenandoah, Iowa; four grandchildren, Billy Weller and his wife LaTisha of Dothan, Alabama, Matthew Weller of Enterprise, Alabama, Alisha Weller of Sioux City, Iowa, Brett Allely of Shenandoah, Iowa; two great grandchildren, Judson and Hampton Weller; a brother, Dean Weller and his wife Betty of Bedford, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Joanne Perdew and Elnora French of Bedford, Iowa; three brothers-in-law, Ed French and his wife Bethel of Bedford, Iowa, Roy French and his wife Joyce of Hopkins, Missouri, Robert Perdew of Gravity, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating. Burial was in the Washington Cemetery at Gravity, Iowa with military honors accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Visitation with the family present was held on Tuesday evening, March 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service held at 6:30 p.m. A memorial fund was established in Howard's name. To leave online remembrances or condolences, go to www.kirschfuneral.com. The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah was in charge of arrangements.

[WELLER, EDITH LAVONNE FRENCH]

Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, June, 2011

Edith Lavonne Weller was born November 20, 1931 in Clearfield, Iowa, the daughter of Harvey and Louise (Shaffer) French. She passed away on Monday evening, May 23, 2011 at the Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 79 years, 6 months and 3 days.

Lavonne grew up in Taylor County and graduated from Bedford High School in 1950. She later attended business school at AIB in Des Moines, Iowa. On January 4, 1953, Lavonne was united in marriage to Howard Weller at the First Baptist Church in Bedford. This union was blessed with three children, Bill, Bonnie & Nancy.

Lavonne worked as a clerk at both Olson Pharmacy and Travis Pharmacy for many years. She was an active member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah where she and Howard both served on the board of Deacons. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed her coffee group in the mornings and embroidering. She had a love for country western and blue grass music. She and Howard were also active square dancers for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Bill Weller; daughter-in-law, Connie Weller; brothers JB, Bill and Paul French; sisters-in-law, Nadine and Fern French and Mary Ellen Lewellen; and a brother-in-law, Dale Lewellen.

Survivors include her husband, Howard Weller of Shenandoah, Iowa; her children, Bonnie Allely and her husband Denny of Shenandoah, Iowa, Nancy Weller of Shenandoah, Iowa; four grandchildren, Billy Weller and his wife LaTisha of Alabama, Mathew Well of Alabama, Alisha Weller of Sioux City, Iowa; Brett Allely of Shenandoah, Iowa; two great grandchildren, Judson and Hampton Weller; a sister, Joanne Perdew and her husband Robert of Gravity, Iowa; two brothers, Ed French and his wife Bethel of Bedford, Iowa, Roy French and his wife Joyce of Bedford, Iowa; brother-in-law, Dean Weller and his wife Betty of Bedford, Iowa; sister-in-law, Elenora French of Bedford, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2011 at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating. Burial was in the Washington Cemetery at Gravity, Iowa. Visitation with the family present was held on Thursday evening, May 26, 2011 at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah. A memorial fund is being established in Lavonne's name. To leave online remembrances or condolences with the family, go to www.kirschfuneral.com. The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah is in charge of arrangements.

[WILSON, EDWARD ILO]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 11, 1963, [p. 1]

Funeral services for Edward Ilo Wilson, 77, life long Taylor County resident, were held July 7 at the Bedford Baptist church with Warren Wilson officiating. Mr. Wilson died at Clarinda Municipal hospital July 4 after a long illness. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Included in the services was the following obituary:

Ilo Wilson, son of Edward and Elizabeth Wilson, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, October 27, 1885.

He was united in marriage to Ruby E. Knoles Nov. 14, 1906 and to this union two daughters were born: Geraldine H. Hensch of Northville, Mich. and Bethel Caven of Bedford.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters; one granddaughter, Sharon M. Messner of Detroit, Mich.; two great granddaughters, Kim Lynn and Jacqueline Renee Hensch of Fort Dodge, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Stimson of Emporia, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his half sister, Ethel, and his grandson, Wm. W. Hensch.

Mr. Wilson spent the early part of his life on a farm north of Gravity. After his marriage he clerked in a drug store and a general store for some time. He was in real estate business from 1916 to 1921. He then worked his father's farm for several years until he became interested in the hatchery business. He remained active after his retirement from the hatchery in 1956 until the last year.

[WILSON, RUBY ESTELLA KNOLES]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 21, 1967, p. 2

Last Rites Held Dec. 17 For Mrs. Ilo Wilson

Funeral services for Mrs. Ilo (Ruby) Wilson, 79, long time Taylor County resident, were held December 17 at the Bedford Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Ollie Odle. Mrs. Wilson died at Clarinda Municipal Hospital, December 14, 1967. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Ruby Estella Knoles, daughter of [Clark] Hunter Knoles and Alice Strader Knoles, was born at Petersburg, Illinois on February 11, 1888.

She came by carriage to Bedford with her parents at the age of eight. Except for the first eight years of her life in Illinois she spent her entire life in Taylor County.

On November 14,1906 she was united in marriage to Edward Ilo Wilson to this union two daughters were born.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ilo Wilson on July 4, 1963, her father and mother, a sister, Carol and a grandson William Hensch.

She is survived by her two daughters, Mrs. Geraldine Hensch, Northville, Mich., Mrs. Bethel Caven, Bedford, two sisters, Blanche Knowles, Bedford, Leta Cobb Wilson, Lamar, Pennsylvania, one brother, Victor Knowles, Shenandoah, Iowa; one granddaughter, three great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bedford, which she loved, attended and served faithfully.

She was a kind and loving mother, a devoted wife, a wonderful neighbor, a friend of many and always ready to help those in need. She will sadly be missed by those who loved her.

[WIRE, AMOS]

New Market Herald, Thursday, June 16, 1921, p. 3

Buried With Honor

Messrs. Clarence Brooks, Crumley McKay, Irvin McKay, Jesse Brown and Lloyd Jackson attended the military funeral Sunday of Amos Wire, Co., K, 168 Field Artillery Rainbow Division, whose body was placed in its last resting place in the Gravity cemetery.

[WIRE, CAROLINE JOSEPHINE FINNEKOHL]

Bedford Free Press, March 18, 1926, p. 6

Gravity

Mrs. Wire died at her home in east Gravity last Saturday evening. She had been in poor health for some time.

 

[WILLIAMS, CHARLES EARL]

Blockton News, Thursday, November 13, 1913, [p. 1]

Death of Earl Williams

The following is taken the Hydro (Oklahoma) Review of November 6th:

"Charles Earl Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Williams, was born near Blockton, Iowa, February 12th, 1885, and died at his home in Hydro, November 2d, 1913, aged 28 years, 8 months and 20 days.

He came to Hydro, Oklahoma, March 1906, was united in marriage to Maud L. Sylvester on May 15th, 1907. He was for several years one of the successful teachers in the public schools of this county, also teaching at Hammond and other places. Last September he accepted a position in the Hydro Review office, being foreman at the time of his death. He was superintendent of the Sunday school at the Christian church, having united with that church at Blockton, Iowa, in September 1898 when less than 14 years old. He had a fine tenor voice and used it in assisting any good causes. He was a member of the Yeoman in which fraternity he carried a policy for $1000.

He was a man of sterling qualities and principles and with [words missing] ever active in religious, social and business. His quiet disposition won him love and respect and scarcely a place he frequented or an acquaintance but what felt the good of his influence.

He was taken sick five weeks ago with la grippe, three times he was convalescent, but in his efforts to assist in the care of his wife and little boy, who were sick with typhoid fever, a relapse about a week before his death, resulting in typhoid fever of which he died. Every medical attention, a trained nurse and everything possible was done to save his life.

The funeral was held in the Christian church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock conducted by Rev. Esterwood, assisted by Rev. Branson. The Yeoman attended the services in a body and had a part in the services at the cemetery.

The deepest sympathy is expressed for his wife and two young sons whose home mourns the loss of a father's love and care. His wife was unable to see him or attend the funeral, being in a serious condition from typhoid fever. Besides his wife and two sons he is survived by his father and mother, two sisters, Mrs. C. H. Hatfield and Miss Mabel Williams and two brothers, Dr. S. E. Williams G. E. Williams, all of this city. A host of friends numbered only by his acquaintances, grieve his untimely death and extend sympathy to the family in their loss and sorrow."

[WILSON, ELIZABETH GULLETT]

Blockton News, Thursday, September 3, 1914, [p. 1]

Obituary – Died, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. S. Huff, in Blockton, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, September 1st, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson, aged 86 years, 5 months and 1 day.

Mrs. Wilson's maiden name was Gullett; she was born in Jackson County, Indiana, March 30th, 1828, where she was married to Ebenezer Wilson in 1845. They came to Peoria County, Illinois, in 1852, and later to Hancock County, same state, and to Mahaska County, this state, in 1866. In 1874 they moved to Murray where Mr. Wilson died 30 years ago, his burial taking place 30 years ago yesterday. Since Mr. Wilson's death she has made her home with her children.

Ten children were born to them, five of whom survive---E. [benezer] F. [rank] Wilson of Afton, C. [aleb] J. Wilson, of Beacon; Mrs. Martha Huff, of Blockton; Mrs. Cynthia Wilson, of Arispe, and Mrs. Mary Turner, of Grant City, Missouri.

She was a consistent member of the Methodist Protestant church from early womanhood until death, doing her duty by her family and the church until the infirmities of old age came upon her. Quietly she passed away when the machinery of life, which had served its purpose so faithfully and well for four score and six years, ceased its labors.

The funeral took place yesterday morning at 10:30 at the Methodist Episcopal church, the funeral sermon being preached by the pastor, Rev. Wm. Mercer. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Out of town relatives attending the funeral were [C. J. Wilson and] daughter, Nellie, of Beacon; W. F. Wilson and wife, of Arispe; E. F. Wilson and daughter, Velma, of Afton; Grant Turner and wife, and Mrs. Matilda Wilson, of Grant City, Missouri.       L.
[Note: She is buried in Lorimor Cemetery, Lorimor, Union County, Iowa beside her husband Ebenezer, not in Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton, Iowa.]

[WISECUP, JOHN WILLIAM]

Blockton News, Thursday, June 18, 1925, [p. 1]

J. W. Wisecup Dead

J. [ohn] W. [illiam] Wisecup, of south of town, while visiting at the home of L. L. Ridge at Walnut Shade, Mo., became critically ill the first of last week and in spite of all that could be done he grew rapidly worse and passed away during the early hours of Saturday morning. The remains were brought back to Sheridan Monday morning and were accompanied by L. L. Ridge, a brother-in-law, of Walnut Shade. Funeral services were held at the Isadora Church of Christ Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Challie E. Graham.

[WISECUP, JOHN WILLIAM]

Blockton News, Thursday, June 25, 1925, [p. 1]

Obituary – John William Wisecup was born in Adams County, Ohio, Feb. 12, 1860, and departed this life June 13, 1925, at Walnut Shade, Mo., aged 65 years, 4 months and 1 day. He had gone to this place on a visit, and took sick and passed away before the family knew of his sickness, the telegram announcing his illness having been delayed.

He was united in marriage to Miss Cora West, of Isadora, Mo., Jan. 17, 1892. To this union seven children were born, as follows: Osa Wisecup, Mrs. Charles Welsh, Mrs. Marshall Long, Bertha Wisecup, Crystal Wisecup, Eva Wisecup deceased, and a son who died in infancy. His companion preceded him March 4, 1919. Besides his five daughters, he leaves four brothers and two sisters as follows: Jake, Clabourne, Charlie and Richard Wisecup, and Mrs. Phoebe Storer and Mrs. Mary Haines, all of whom live in Ohio.

Brother Wisecup accepted Christ in 1902, and united with the Church of Christ at Isadora, Mo., where he still held membership at the time of his death. He was a very successful farmer, a loving father, a good neighbor, and a splendid citizen.

The funeral services were held in the church at Isadora June 16, conducted by Challie E. Graham, who was his pastor for 16 years, assisted by L. B. Day, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Isadora cemetery. A large congregation assembled to pay their last respects to him, despite the bad weather and roads.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of a host of friends. We bespeak for the guidance, blessing and comfort of the kind loving Father; and may they all follow Jesus, who will lead them safely home where pain, sorrow, sin and death are no more, and where peace, joy and life are eternal.

[WISECUP, JOHN WILLIAM]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 18, 1925
Mrs. Z. P. King and Miss Osa Wisecup, of Plainview, Texas, came Monday morning, called here by the death of the latter's father, J. [ohn] W. [illiam] Wisecup.

 

[ZIKE, WILLIAM]

Blockton News, Thursday, September 24, 1914, [p. 1]

Obituary – William Zike was born in Jackson County, Indiana, September 15th, 1835, and died at Arispe, Iowa, September 7th, 1914.

Mr. Zike was married to Harriet Poor in the year 1860 and to this union there were born ten children---three sons and seven daughters. One of the daughters, Martha Eva Coon, is deceased. The living children are Anna Bell Deibert of Hoxie, Kansas; Rev. S. [amuel] M. [iller] Zike, of Blockton; Hattie Florence Jones, of Benton; J. [acob] W.[endell]  Zike, of Carnegie, Oklahoma; L. W. Zike of New Virginia; Mary Etta Johnson, of Walla Walla, Washington; Ida May Baker, of Jamison; Julia Elizabeth Raines, of Mount Ayr, Zelma Elender Baker, of Jam[?]. there are also forty-three living grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren.

When about 30 years of age he was converted and joined the United Brethren church and remained a faithful member of that church.

He enlisted as a private soldier in the Civil War in Company H of the 120th Regiment Indiana Volunteers and served until the close of the war.

He was a kind father, a loving husband and a true Christian. His hard [words unreadable] are over, henceforth and forever he lives in the redeemed [words unreadable].

[Words unreadable] companion still survives. They have walked hand in hand as husband and wife for [words unreadable]. For over forty years he has preached the gospel. He appreciated her work and [words unreadable] faithful help. One son and grandson also are ministers [words unreadable].

The funeral was held in the Methodist Episcopal church at Benton Wednesday, September 96h, the sermon being preached by Rev. E. W. Curtis of Des Moines and interment took place in the Benton cemetery.

[ZIKE, WILLIAM]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 10, 1914
Rev. S. M. Zike was called to Arispe Tuesday by the death of his father, William Zike. Mr. Zike died Monday evening and the funeral was held yesterday morning and interment was made in the Benton cemetery.

 

[WARDEN, JOHN]

Blockton News, Thursday, March 20, 1919, [p. 1]

John Warden Dead

John Warden, a brother-in-law of Mrs. R. L. Loutzenhiser and a brother of Joseph, Silas and James Warden and Mrs. W. E. King, passed away at his home in Grant City Sunday afternoon. Pneumonia was the cause of his death. He leaves three children---Thomas, Vesta and Ray. The funeral services were held at Grant City yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

[WOODHULL, FRED SORAM]

Blockton News, Thursday, January 30, 1919, [p. 1]

Obituary – Fred S. [oram] Woodhull was born at Blockton, Iowa, December 1, 1879, and passed away at his home near Outlook, Washington, December 26, 1918, aged 39 years and 25 days.

He was united in marriage to Miss Essie Proctor on December 31, 1902. To this union four children were born---Estelle, Edna, Emma and Merriman.

With the exception of a few months' residence near Weston, Missouri, some three years ago, the last ten years of his life was spent near Outlook, Washington.

Besides the wife and four children he leaves to mourn his untimely death his father and mother, Chas. Woodhull and wife [Emma Jane Long]; five brothers, Floyd, Donald, Roy, Frank and Noel, and two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Gault and Mrs. Faye Roudekirk, all living in or around Creston, this state, except Floyd and Donald who are with the American Expeditionary Forces.

The sympathy of friends are extended to the bereaved wife and fatherless children in this dark hour of their bereavement.

The funeral services were held at the home near Outlook, Washington, conducted by Rev. Warner, of Sunnyside, and the remains were laid to rest in the Sunnyside cemetery.

[WINEMILLER, JOHN]

Blockton News, Thursday, November 21, 1918, p. 8

John Winemiller was born Nov. 7, 1847, at Kalos, Ohio, and died Nov. 12, 1918, at his home near Stanberry, Mo., aged 71 years and 5 days.

He was united in marriage to Mary Anna Payne March 31, 1872. To this union four children were born: Nellie Barton, of Union Star, Mo.; Elithe Houston, of Burlington Junction, Mo.; Eli Winemiller, of Smith Center, Kansas, and William Riley, who died in infancy. He was married a second time to Olive L. Daniels Feb. 6, 1887. To this union was born nine children, as follows: Eva Round, of Blockton, Iowa; Eve Round, of Dallas, South Dakota; Elizabeth Emmons, of Dallas, South Dakota, and Mamie, Eulah, Homer and Owen at home. Two preceded him. He also leaves two sisters and four brothers as follows: Lydia White, of Altamont, Kansas; Katherine Johnson, of Hastings, Nebraska; Joseph Winemiller, of Latah, Washington, and Ben, Walter and Henry Winemiller, of Sheridan. Also a host of other relatives and friends.

He united with the Christian church in early life and passed away still clinging to his faith. He was a member of the A. F. & A. M. Lodge No. 88. He was devoted to his home and family and thoughtful of others. The early part of his life he spent as general merchant and after fifteen years in that line devoted the rest of his life to farming.

The funeral services were conducted at the grave in the Sheridan cemetery, Nov. 14, by Challie E. Graham, after which the A. F. & A. M. took charge and completed the services.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of their many friends. May they not sorrow as those without hope, but live in the full confidence of meeting their loved one again in the deathless home.

[WISECUP, CORA ADELINE WEST]

Blockton News, Thursday, March 13, 1919, [p. 1]

Obituary – Cora Adeline West was born March 2, 1869, northeast of Isadora, Mo., and departed this life March 4, 1919, aged 50 years and 2 days.

She was united in marriage to John W. Wisecup Jan. 17, 1892. To this union was born seven children: Osa, Blanch, Nellie, Alfred, Eva, Berthie and Crystal, all of whom remain to mourn her departure except Alfred, who died in infancy. She also leaves to mourn; her husband, parents, John A. West and wife, of Blockton, and four sisters and three brothers, Mary Devore, of Tabor; Rosa Ridge of Walnut Shade, Mo.; Lou Ridge of Blockton; Retha King, of Blockton; W. L., L. L. and E. E. West of near her home.

She confessed her faith in Christ at an early age under the preaching of Bro. Carr, and united with the Christian congregation at Pleasant Ridge. She later united with the congregation at Isadora, and was member of the same at the time of her departure. She was an earnest devoted Christian, and highly esteemed.

The funeral services were conducted from the church at Isadora March 6th by Challie E. Graham, after which the remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the Isadora cemetery.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of a host of friends, all of whom wish for them divine comfort and guidance in this hour of sorrow.

[WISECUP, CORA ADELINE WEST]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 13, 1919
Mrs. J. W. Wisecup died at her home Tuesday from the influenza. The family have the sympathy of their many friends in their sad bereavement.

[WISECUP, EVA MARIE]

Blockton News, Thursday, October 16, 1919, p. 8

Obituary – Eva Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. [ohn] W. Wisecup, was born Dec. 8, 1903, and departed this life Oct. 8, 1919, aged 15 years and 10 months.

She leaves a father and five sisters---Osa, Blanche, Nellie, Bertha and Crystal---to mourn her departure.

Eva confessed her faith in Christ Sunday, Oct. 8, 1916, and united with the Church of Christ at Isadora, Mo., of which she was a faithful member till death.

The funeral services were conducted from the Isadora Church of Christ Oct. 9 by Challie E. Graham and the remains laid to rest in the Isadora cemetery.

Although Eva was frail in body she was one of those good girls whose life is not lived in vain.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of a host of friends in their hour of grief. May the kind heavenly Father heal their sorrowing hearts with the balm of His precious promises and lead them all safely home to the tearless land.

[WOODS, MILDRED MARIE]

Blockton News, Thursday, July 3, 1919, [p. 1]

Obituary – Mildred Marie, infant daughter of Mary Woods, was born February 28, 1918, and departed this life June 18, 1919, aged 1 year, 3 months and 20 days.

She leaves to mourn her loss: Mother, grandparents, five uncles and two aunts and other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted by W. M. Hunt. Tex: Matthew the 18th chapter and 3rd verse---"And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

Interment was made in the Athelstan cemetery.

 

[WALDRIP, BYRON T.]

Blockton News, Thursday, June 17, 1920, p. 5

Passing of Pioneer and Veteran

The following is taken from the Lineville Tribune, the deceased being the father of our townsman, D. T. Waldrip, who was at the bedside when his father passed away. The late Mr. Waldrip visited at the home of his son here at different times and was well known by a number:

B. T. Waldrip, a resident of this place for more than 40 years and a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home on West Hill on last Friday, May 28, 1920, aged 73 years, 2 months and 6 days. While the deceased has been in failing health for the past several years his condition did not become alarming until a few weeks ago when he was prostrated by a stroke of paralysis from which attack he never rallied.

The deceased had the great privilege of having lived more than half a century in this community and his death is as though a land mark had been removed for his life has been ineradicably woven in to the life and history of the neighborhood and in his active life had a great part in its growth and up building. He came to the neighborhood southwest of Lineville from Pleasanton, Iowa, shortly after the close of the Civil War, as a young man just married, where he lived until 1880 when he moved with his family to this place where he resided until the time of his death. He was the type of patriotic citizenship that influenced for good wherever met, in the home, as a neighbor, friend or in the busy marts of business circles and his death will be mourned by a large circle of friends.

Byron T. Waldrip was born in Schuyler County, Mo., Feb. 22, 1847. Being the son of a Methodist minister his early years of necessity followed the itinerancy of his father’s calling, which led them to sojourn for short intervals in various places in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska. At the breaking out of the Civil War they were living at Pleasanton, Iowa, and when but fifteen years of age, he responded to his country’s call, enlisting in the 3rd Missouri Cavalry and was assigned to Grant’s Army of the West, Col. Phillip’s Division. When the 3rd became depleted he was reassigned to the 7th Missouri taking part in the engagements at Springfield, New Tonia and Marshall. On the expiration of his term he reenlisted in the 13th Missouri Cavalry under Capt. Ballew and was sent west to guard the Colorado Frontier where he remained for some months after peace was made, serving in all four years and five months. The comrades of those days have always held a warm place his affections and his chiefest interest aside from his family has been his association with the comrades in the Grand Army of the Republic. It seems but fitting that his tired body should be laid to rest on Decoration Day, which has meant so much to him throughout the years.

 He was married to Alice Matthews on Nov. 25, 1866. To this union four children were born: Fleta Waldrip Bonafield, of Allerton; Belle Waldrip Lunt, of Des Moines; Dorwin T. Waldrip, of Blockton, and Beatrice Waldrip Hulen of Chicago, all of whom together with the wife survive him. Seldom has it been given a family to remain unbroken for more than fifty years as this one has. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Martha Neighbor, of Cameron, Mo.

Funeral services were held at the home on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. G. W. Hall, pastor of the M. E. church and was attended by a large number of relatives, neighbors and friends, including quite a number of the deceased’s comrades of the G. A. R. and large representation of the Odd Fellows lodge of this place, both organizations of which he has been a member for a great many years. Members of the latter order acted as pallbearers and escort of the funeral procession to Evergreen cemetery where the remains were laid to rest at conclusion of the services at the home.

[WENTZEL, ANGELINE CLINE]

Clearfield Enterprise, Thursday, June 24, 1920, [p. 1]

Obituary – Mrs. S. J. Wentzel

In 1854 in Northumberland Co., Pa., on March 14, Angeline Cline Wentzel was born. She was married to S. [innary] J. Wentzel October 6, 1870 and came to Iowa in 1880 settling on the farm south of Clearfield. From the farm she came to her late home in town about 6 years ago.

On December 19, 1919, death claimed her husband and the same angel came three days ago, June 19, 1920 to claim her.

Her home was blest with six children, five of whom survive her. They are Charles Ira and David Leroy Wentzel, Mrs. Ed Grant, Mrs. F. L. Rood, and Mrs. Geo. Crane. Mrs. Crane’s home is in Huntington Beach, California. The others live in or near Clearfield.

Mrs. Wentzel was apparently as well as usual the early part of the week and was out Wednesday morning, working around the yard, but later was found sitting in her chair dead. There evidently had been no conscious sickness or struggle, a quiet release of the spirit and her earthly career was ended.

For more than 7 ½ years she gave herself in unceasing care and loving ministry to the welfare and comfort of her invalid husband, and leaves in this and in other ways too, to her children and grandchildren, a rich legacy in the memory of her faithfulness and kindness.

She united with the United Brethren Church while living in Illinois, and later transferred her membership to the United Presbyterian church of Clearfield in the fellowship of which she continued till her death. Death came suddenly but not in an undesired way to those who are ready to go to be with Jesus. “Be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh.”

The funeral services were held Saturday at 10 a. m. in the United Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. Aikin of Monroe, Iowa, former pastor of this church. Interment followed in the Clearfield Cemetery.

[WENTZEL, SINNARY J.]

Clearfield Enterprise, Thursday, December 25, 1919, [p. 1]

Obituary – S. [innary] J. Wentzel was born Nov. 2nd, 1844, and departed this life Dec. 19th 1919, being 75 years, 1 month and 17 days old. He was a native of Pennsylvania, Perry County, of Revolutionary stock. At the age of 20 he enlisted in Co. F, 208 Penn. Vol. Inf. serving until the close of the war. In 1870 he moved west, locating in Knox Co., Illinois, where he was united in marriage to Miss Angeline Cline. They began their domestic life on a rented farm, so continuing until coming in 1880 to Taylor County, Iowa, having purchased the home south of Clearfield where they continued to reside until some 6 years ago, when by reason of failing health they removed to town. Six children have blessed this home, Charles Ira, David Leroy, Laura May wife of F. L. Rood, Lydia Alice wife of Ed Grant, Lucinda Adell wife [of] Geo. Crane, Huntington Beach, California, and Mary F. who passed beyond at the age of 3. Mr. and Mrs. Wentzel united in fellowship with the United Presbyterian church in 1901 and are held in highest esteem. He has served his family, his country, his state and community well, “surely a prince has fallen this day in Israel.”

The funeral services were held at United Presbyterian Church, Monday afternoon, conducted by the former pastor, Rev. T. R. Aikin. Ten members of Ed Otis Post G. A. R. were present. Interment followed in Clearfield Cemetery.

[WENTZEL, SINNARY J.]

Clearfield Enterprise, Thursday, December 25, 1919, p. 6

Veteran Dies

S. [innary] J. Wentzel, one of the fast passing roll of Civil War veterans, died at his home in Clearfield at about noon last Friday. He had been failing rapidly for some time, and his passing was not unexpected. About seven or eight years since Comrade Wentzel suffered a stroke of paralysis, and has been closely confined since. He endured his infirmity with patience and seemed to keep his sunny disposition. We give obituary elsewhere.

[WEST, SARAH ELIZABETH HIBBS]

Blockton News, Thursday, June 3, 1920, [p. 1]

Obituary – Sarah Elizabeth Hibbs was born in Adams County, Ohio, June 29, 1834, and passed away at her home at Sheridan May 20, 1920, aged 85 years, 10 months and 21 days.

She came with her parents from Ohio to Illinois when a young woman. On July 4, 1854, she was united in marriage to F. [rancis] M. [arion] West. To this union was born eight children---Cassius M., Cora A. [nise] Straight and Nellie Hines, all of Sheridan; James L. [incoln], of Grant City; Sidney and Aaron of Billings, Montana and Emma Jane Ribolt [Rybolt] and Grant West, deceased. She leaves to mourn besides the six surviving children, 17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

In 1855 she and her husband came to Worth County, Mo., where she had since resided. Her companion preceeded her in death a few years ago.

At the age of 25 she united with the Christian church and remained a faithful member until her death. As long as her health permitted she was a faithful and tireless worker; she was a kind and loving mother, bearing her burden patiently and willingly. She was a true Christian mother, always trusting in her Lord in all trials. The community in which she lived knew her as Grandma West or Aunt Sade. This was a true and noble woman whose influence was felt throughout the entire community.

Funeral services were held at the Sheridan Christian church Saturday, May 22, conducted the minister, Earl B. Clark.

[WOODHULL, EMMA ELIZABETH]

Blockton News, Thursday, June 25, 1931, [p. 1]

Miss Emma Woodhull Dead

The death of Miss Emma Woodhull in a hospital in Wheatland, Wyoming, last week came as a severe shock to her relatives and friends here. While it was known that she had been in a critical condition, she was supposed to be improving slowly and to be getting along all right. The body arrived here on the early morning train Sunday morning and the funeral was held at the Christian church at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Warrior and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[WOODHULL, EMMA ELIZABETH]

Blockton News, Thursday, June 25, 1931, [p. 1]

Obituary – Emma Elizabeth Woodhull, daughter of Fred S. and Essie R. Woodhull, was born at Red Lodge, Montana, Feb. 18, 1909, and passed away at the hospital in Wheatland, Wyoming, June 17, 1931, aged 22 years, 3 months and 29 days.

She spent most of her life in Blockton and vicinity. At an early age she united with the Christian church at Blockton.

Her father preceded her in death Dec. 26, 1918.

She leaves to mourn her death her mother and stepfather; two sisters, Mrs. Estelle Brown and Edna Woodhull; her brother, Merriman Woodhull, and many other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Blockton Christian church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior, pastor of the Methodist church, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[WOODS, CHARLES]

Blockton News, Thursday, February 12, 1920, p. 4

A little five-year-old son of David [Nathaniel] Woods of Athelstan died last week and was buried Friday.

[YOUNG, CATHARINE YAZEL]

Blockton News, Thursday, April 1, 1920, [p. 1]

Obituary – Catharine Yazel was born May 8, 1837, and departed this life March 20, 1920, aged 82 years, 9 months and 13 days.

She was united in marriage to Henry Young in 1855. To this union was born eleven children---Alonzo, George, Sarah, William, Millie, Syntha, Dora, Manford, Nancy, Etta and Thurman. She leaves forty grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, one sister and many friends to mourn her departure.

She united with the Methodist church when quite young and remained a true Christian until death.

The funeral was preached at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Zade Cordell at Athelstan March 22 by Will [words unreadable]. “Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.” The body, accompanied by some of the children, was taken to Center Grove, Iowa, for interment.