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Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, August 17, 1939, [p. 1]
Obituary – Oliver Asbury Andrewes was born in Mahaska County, Iowa, near Oskaloosa, on July 30, 1861, and departed this life on Aug. 10, 1939, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Kelley, at the age of 78 years and eleven days.
He was married to Florence Ford on Aug. 27, 1881. To this union were born four children: Nellie Johnson of Clarinda, Louie Kelley and Lennie Andrews of Clearfield, and Nora Mercer—of Champaign, Illinois.
The family came to Clearfield in 1892 and so were of the pioneers of the community. For many years, he owned and operated a meat market in Clearfield. He was a charter member (1896) of Rosewood Camp, M. W. A. of Clearfield.
Ollie, as he was known to his many friends, had always lived a very active life and enjoyed the best of health, so his sudden death on Thursday evening was a shock to the community, as he had visited with friends in town in the late afternoon.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife and four children, 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; two brothers—W. E. Andrews of Washington, D. C., and R. A. Andrews of Fremont, Iowa—and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kelley, Sunday, Aug. 13, at 2:00 in charge of Rev. S. D. Harlan, followed by interment in Clearfield Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, March 13, 1930, p. 6
Eliza Shoemaker was born November 11, 1840 at Xenia, Ohio and departed this life Tuesday evening, March 4th, 1930, at the home of her grandson and family, L. E. Andrews, near Clearfield, Iowa, being at the time of her death 89 years, 3 months and 24 days old. On June 12, 1858, she was united in marriage with David Gilmore Ford. To this union were born three children, George, John and Mrs. Florence Andrews.
Mrs. Ford, with her husband and family, left Ohio and came to the west in the early days.
After living in Johnson Co. Mo. for eighteen months, they came to Iowa and settled in Ringgold Co. near the Union Cemetery, where they lived for many years and reared their family. They then moved to Shannon City, and after 20 years came to Clearfield which has been her home since the fall of 1914.
Grandma Ford, as everyone knew her, in the last years of her life was called upon to part with both her sons. Her husband preceded her in death in the year of 1904.
She led a consistent Christian life. During her young life she was a Methodist, later uniting with the Advent Church and after moving to Clearfield she attended the Christian church.
She leaves to mourn her departure her daughter, Mrs. Florence Andrews, 11 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday morning, March 7, at the home of L. E. Andrews, with Rev. Roy B. Weakland officiating. Interment was in the Union Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, March 13, 1930, p. 2
Obituary – William House
William House, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard House, was born in New York State on July 31, 1866. He departed this life March 4, 1930, at the home of his brother, Harry, where he received the most tender care during the months of his illness. He leaves five brothers, Harry, Thomas and Samuel, all of Clearfield; Fred of La Plata, Missouri, and Edward of Alexis, Illinois. There are many loving nieces and nephews to mourn their loss, besides a host of friends. One sister and two brothers preceded him in death.

He lived in the community of Clearfield thirty years. His friends were all whom he met, and those that knew him best, loved him best. He united with the Church of Christ in Clearfield in Dec. 1922. He emulated his Savior as a lover of little children and was always ready with his time and means to help others.

We have lost a kind friend and a good citizen. Our loss is his gain, to enter into the joys of a Saviour who has prepared a place for those that serve him.
[Poem not transcribed]
Funeral services were held in the Church of Christ, Clearfield, Thursday, March 6, at 1:30 p. m., Rev. Roy B. Weakland officiating. Interment was in the Clearfield Cemetery.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 9, 1960, p. 5
Mrs. Pearl Litteer Died at Lenox
Mrs. Pearl Litteer, 84, died at 4:45 p. m. Sunday at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Barrans in Lenox. She had been staying at the Barrans home the past six weeks and prior to that had been a patient at the William Custodial Home in Bedford.

Funeral services were held at the Bender funeral home in Lenox at 2 p. m. Tuesday. Burial in Conway cemetery.
She was born in Coshocton, Ohio and came to Taylor County, Oct. 23, 1890. She lived in the Greenwood church community, near Clearfield and in Conway before moving to Lenox a few years ago.
Her husband Chancey Litteer, preceded her in death in January 1945.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 3, 1908, p. 8
Mrs. Lowry [Lowary], living near Conway, died suddenly Tuesday night. Geo. Campbell was called there to attend to the funeral arrangements.

Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, August 20, 1925, p. 2
Elizabeth A. Armstrong – Mrs. Matthew Lourie—born in Argyle, Washington County, New York—Feb. 15, 1851. She passed away at her home in Clearfield, Aug. 17th, 1925, aged 74 years, 6 mos. and 2 days. She was one of a family of 10 children. In the year 1871 she was united in marriage to Matthew Lourie, who with their six children survive her. Also, one brother, James Armstrong, of Tabor, Iowa. She united with the Baptist church in early childhood and continued a [member until her death].

The surviving children are: --Edward M. and Arthur Leroy of Clearfield; Anna Smith of Coggon, Iowa; Frances Smith of Mount Ayr; Lillian Fett of Kahoka, Mo.; and Walter J. of Lawler, Iowa. She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren, besides a large number of other relatives.

Loved by all who knew her, a loving wife and mother, always thinking of others first—"Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also and he praiseth her."
Funeral services were conducted by her former pastor, E. B. Osborne assisted by the pastor of the Christian church, Rev. Underwood, at the Baptist Church, Aug. 19th, at 2:00 o'clock p. m.
Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery by the side of her father.

Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, August 20, 1925, p. 5
Mrs. Matthew Lourie, one of the old settlers of the community, died after a very brief illness at her home in Clearfield on Monday, at about 12:30. Death was caused by acute dilation of the heart.

Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, January 2, 1930, [p. 1]
Obituary – Matthew Lourie
Matthew Lourie was born November 17, 1843, at Fort Stewart, Dalry [?] County, Ireland where he grew to manhood. When he arrived at the age of about 21 he made up his mind there were better opportunities to be had in the United States of America and he therefore set sail and landed at a port in Delaware State on June 11, 1865. He came here with no money and at once sought work and obtained it as a farm hand in the State where he landed and thereafter went to the State of New York—where he became acquainted with Elizabeth A. Armstrong and they were married on the 8th Day of March 1871. Soon thereafter they moved to a farm near Clearfield, Iowa, where they made their home and reared their family of six children, Edward M. Lourie, who now resides near Clearfield, Iowa; Anna Mary who was married to Orla Smith and now lives at Coggon, Iowa; Frances E. who married A. I. Smith and is now living at Kahoka, Missouri; Walter J. who is married and lives at Waterloo, Iowa; and Arthur L. [eroy] Lourie who is married and lives near Clearfield.
Soon after they moved to Ia., Matthew Lourie and wife joined the Baptist Church at Clearfield, Iowa and remained members of this Church. On August 17, 1925 his Dear Wife died and for the last year he has been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. A. I. Smith, where he died of heart failure on the morning of the 23rd Day of December.
He was a kind husband, a good father and a friend to all. His children are all present today to do everything they can in keeping with the life of their father whom they will greatly miss but wish the thought that their reunion will take place in the future and God bless the useful and splendid life of their father, is the prayer of each of his children.
Funeral services were held at Clearfield Church of Christ on Thursday afternoon, December 29. The service was conducted by Rev. Osborn, who was pastor here many years since. Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, January 2, 1930
Matthew Lourie, 86, and well known to a number of our readers, died on Monday night of last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. I. Smith, at Mt. Ayr. His death was quite sudden. Mr. Lourie was born in Scotland and came to this country when about twenty-one years of age. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Armstrong in New York and until her death about six years ago, resided on a farm southeast of Clearfield.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 4, 1951, [p. 1]
Harley Maple, 72, Died Here Saturday
Lenox – Harley Maple [Mapel], 72, died at the Armstrong Nursing home in Bedford. The only survivor is one brother, Lester Maple of Seward, Neb.

Harley Maple had lived in the Lenox vicinity more than 30 years. He was a retired farmer and gardener.

Funeral services were held at the Barber Funeral Home in Lenox Tuesday, with Rev. Herold Butte officiating. Burial was in the Conway cemetery.

[MARSH, DANIEL, 1809-1898]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, October 20, 1898, p. 6
Died Marsh – At the home of his son, Chas. H. Marsh, October 15, 1898, Daniel Marsh, in the ninetieth year of his age.
Daniel Marsh was born at Hartland, Vermont, Jan. 19th, 1809. His parents and grandparents being among the first settlers of Vermont. His grandfather was the first territorial governor of the state and held that office for thirteen years.
Daniel was born on the old homestead that was opened in the wilderness and retained it until after his marriage with Lucinda Hall in 1837. Three children were born, namely Roswell, Mary L. B. and Daniel jr. they removed to Cambridge, Mass. and here another son, Chas. H. was born in 1844. They returned to Vermont in 1846 and here Mrs. Marsh died in 1850. In 1852 he removed to New York and in 1850 to Illinois, bringing the family west. He remained in Mason county, Ill. till 1873, farming and holding several offices. In 1873 he came to Corning, making his home while here with his son, Chas. H., and spending considerable time with his other sons living nearby.
Father Marsh was loved and honored by all; generous to a fault, he always thought of others before himself. Four sons and six grandchildren survive him. All were at his bedside except a grandson who is in the 51st Iowa at San Francisco.

[MARSH, DANIEL, 1809-1898]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, October 20, 1898, p. 3
Obituary – Daniel Marsh was born in Hartland, Vermont, January 19, 1809 and died at the home of his son, C. H. Marsh in Corning, Iowa, October 15, 1898, in the ninetieth year of his age.
The parents and grandparents of Mr. Marsh were among the first settlers of Vermont, his grandfather being the first lieutenant governor of the state, which office he held for thirteen years. He was born on the old homestead that was opened in the wilderness and retained it until after his marriage with Lucinda Hall in 1837. Three children blessed this union, namely Roswell, Mary L. B. and Daniel, jr. In 1844 Mr. Marsh moved to Cambridge, Mass. where Charles H. was born and in 1846 he returned to Vermont, where James and George were born. Mrs. Marsh died in 1850 and two years later Mr. Marsh moved to Lewis County, N. Y. where he was engaged in the lumber business, hiring a gentleman and his wife to keep house for him and rear his family in a Christian manner. In 1859 he removed to Mason county, Illinois, where he remained until 1870, holding many positions of honor and trust bestowed upon him by the public. In 1873 he gave up business and came to Corning, making his home with his son, C. H. and visiting back and forth with sons in nearby localities.
Grandpa Marsh was generous to a fault, always thinking of others before himself, a true Christian, loved and honored by all who knew him. He leaves four sons to mourn his loss, all of whom were at his bedside in his last moments.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 25, 1923, p. 3
Obituary – Mary Almira Zook was born July 29th, 1852 in Meigs county, Ohio. When twelve years of age she went to Indiana where she grew to maturity and where she was married April 8th, 1867, to Mortimer Martin.
To this union five children were born, Virginia Power resides in Petersburg, Ill., William H. in Bedford, Benjamin F. in Bedford and Suzanna Martin in Bedford. One child died in infancy.

In the year 1880, Mr. and Mrs. Martin moved with their family to Illinois where the husband and father died in the year 1908.

About ten years ago Mrs. Martin came to Bedford to make her home with her children and has been a resident of this city since that time.

She joined the Methodist church when a young girl and was a faithful attendant until age and failing health made it impossible.

For the last few years she has been a great sufferer and was confined to the house almost all of the time. For this reason, few were acquainted with her quiet kindly spirit and she lived only for her children whom she loved with a true mother's devotion.

Her spirit departed from this mortal body Tuesday, January 23rd at the advanced age of 70 years, 5 months and 24 days.
"Servant of God well done,
       Thy glorious warfare's past,
  The battle's fought, the race is
And thou art crowned at last."
The funeral was held at the residence this forenoon at 10:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Gable, after which the body was taken to Lexington cemetery where interment was made.

Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, June 2, 1947, [p. 1]
Mrs. Rosa Martin, 76, died at 4:30 a. m. Sunday at her home, 207 south Pine street, Creston. She had been ill for 10 years.
Funeral services will be held at the Deitrick and Keating funeral chapel at 1 p. m. Tuesday, with Rev. Harry J. Rains, pastor of the Christian church, officiating. Burial will be in the cemetery at Conway.
Rosa Wining [Winning] was born in Taylor County, June 27, 1870. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Wining [Winning]. She was married at Bedford to William Martin, July 17, 1911. Her husband survives her.
She came to Creston in 1902 and had made her home here since that time. She was a member of the Christian church here.
Casket bearers at the funeral services Tuesday will be James Henry, James Cashman, Ed Minnick, Arthur Ink, Harve Culver and Melvin Means.
[Note: The first name is spelled Rosia on her headstone.]

Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, November 19, 1951, [p. 1]
William Martin Dies Here at 81
William Martin, 81, died at his home at 216 south Pine street in Creston at 7:30 a. m. today. Mr. Martin had been ill for the past six months. He had lived in Creston for 20 years.
Funeral services will be held at the Deitrick and Keating chapel at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday. Dr. Leslie E. Thomas, pastor of the First Baptist church, will officiate. Burial will be in the cemetery at Conway. His body will be at Deitrick and Keating funeral home until the services are held.
William Martin was born in Indiana, Jan. 14, 1870. He was the son of M. [ortimer] and Mary Zook Martin. His wife preceded him in death in 1947.
Mr. Martin came to Creston from Marshalltown 20 years ago.
He is survived by a brother, Frank Martin, of Creston.

[MILLER, ALBERT "SHORTY," 1893-1961]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 2, 1961, p. 6
Albert Miller Dies
Albert (Shorty) Miller was taken suddenly ill last week and was taken to a hospital in Clarinda where he passed away Thursday night. Funeral services were held in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford Sunday afternoon. Interment in Conway cemetery.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa], Thursday, January 27, 1910, p. 4
Mrs. James Peterson - Mrs. Nellie Peterson [Petersen] died at her home in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Jan. 20. At the time of her death she was 30 years old.
Nellie Connor [Conner] was born in Conway, Ia., Jan. 1880 and had lived in Taylor County all her life until last November when she was married to James Peterson [Petersen] of Denver, Colo. She moved with her husband to Omaha last November, at which place she has since made her home. She leaves a husband, mother, three sisters and four brothers and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Conway Saturday afternoon; her sisters Misses Daisy and Hattie Connor [Conner], going from here to attend.

Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Wednesday, October 25, 1944, p. 4
Funeral services were held at Conway Sunday afternoon for George Phelps, who died at Greater Community hospital Friday night. Mr. Phelps had been a patient at the Cash clinic in Lenox for many weeks and has been in failing health a long time. He was taken to the hospital on Thursday. He was well known around Lenox, as he had always lived near Conway.
Surviving relatives include two nephews, D. C. Haynie of St. Joe, Dr. Elton Haynit [Haynie] of Kansas City, and one niece, Mrs. Nellie Goodrich also of Kansas City.

Kerrville Mountain Sun (Kerrville, Texas), Sunday, February 22, 1989, p. 7
Popken – Memorial services for Fritz E. [dward] Popken, 78, of Kerrville will be held Saturday, February 18, 1989 at 2 p. m. in the St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Kerrville with the Rev. Casey Vincent officiating.
He passed away Friday, February 17, 1989 in the Edgewater Care Center in Kerrville. He was a Kerrville resident sine 1984 and prior resident of Marfa. He was born December 21, 1910 in Nordheim, Germany. He came to the U. S. in 1929 and worked as a research scientist with the Lederle Laboratory for many years and also worked as an associate professor with the Julliard School in New York. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Marfa and a volunteer at the Cowboy Artists of American Museum.
Survivors include wife, Verna Popken of Kerrville; a step daughter, Laura P. Martens of New Haven, Conn., and a step son, William Price of Austin; and three grandchildren.
The family ask that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or Heart of the Hills Hospice, P. O. Box 942, Kerrville, Texas 78029. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

Journal News (White Plains, New York), Friday, August 2, 1974, p. 23
Dr. Lulu E. Sweigard – Dr. Lulu E. [dith] Sweigard, who taught body movement in the dance at the Juilliard School in New York City, died Thursday at Jeanora, her home in Tomkins Cove, after a long illness.
Dr. Sweigard, the wife of Fritz E. [dward] Popken, had a long career in teaching at the University of Northern Iowa, Columbia Teachers College, New York University and Juilliard. 
Born in Sharpsburg, Iowa, she was educated at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and later studied at Teachers College and NYU. Her doctoral thesis, "Bilateral Asymetry in Skeletal Alignment," won the Research Award for Physical Education and was the foundation of her life's work.
In the thesis she introduced her analyses of x-ray photographs to support her theories on body alignment and posture. Her approach to movement and education is the subject of a forthcoming book, "Human Movement Potential: Its Ideokinetic Facilitation."
Dr. Sweigard was a survivor of the 1941 torpedoing of the Athenia, the first American ship to be torpedoed by the Germans in World War II.
In addition to her husband, who is chairman of the Stony Point Planning Board, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ben Underwood of Sharpsburg.
Interment in Iowa will follow private services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Memorial Fund for Dance at Juilliard.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 15, 1939, p. 6
Laura Mae Rood – Laura Mae, daughter of S. J. and Angeline Wentzel, was born in Knox County, Illinois on October 5, 1872 and died at her in Clearfield, Friday, May 26, 1939, at the age of 66 years, 7 months and 21 days.
When a child of eight years she came with her parents to Taylor county, Iowa where they located four miles south of the site of Clearfield. It was there she received her education and grew to womanhood.
On January 5, 1890, Laura Mae Wentzel and Fred L. Rood were married at Clearfield and started their life's journey on a nearby farm. To this union were born three sons and three daughters, Walter dying in infancy and Edna Elizabeth Wilson on March 17, 1925 at the age of 31 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Rood moved the family to Creston, Iowa in 1907, but Mr. Rood soon decided to enter the hardware business and moved his family back to Clearfield where they have since resided. The husband and father died on December 11, 1926.
The Christian life of the deceased dated from her girlhood when she joined the Methodist Episcopal church. Her illness covered a period of 12 years. Mrs. Rood was a member of the Clearfield Royal Neighbors Camp.
To cherish her memory are her two sons, Frank N. of Leon and William B. of Clearfield; two daughters, Frances F. Flower of Des Moines and Hazel E. Reed of Clearfield; 4 grandchildren, Fay Jean Maranville of Shenandoah, L Banks Wilson, Bobby and Charlene Reed of Clearfield; 2 sisters, Della Crane of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Alice Grant of Clearfield; 2 brothers, C. I. Wentzel of Huntington Beach, Calif., and D. L. Wentzel of Santa Ana, Calif.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 18, 1937, p. 5
Funeral Services for Bert Sellers At Lenox
Funeral services for Bert Sellers, long time resident of the Lenox community, were held Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Sellers died at his home three miles northeast of Lenox Saturday afternoon after a brief illness. He lived with his brother, Chet Sellers and sister, Mrs. McGrue. They had resided in Lenox for several years but two years ago moved to the farm.

Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Thursday, November 18, 1937, [p. 1]
Edward P. Sellers, 62, Long Time Resident of Creston Died Today
Edward Patterson Sellers, 62, died at 7:40 o'clock this morning at the C. E. Custer home at 700 North Vine street after a two weeks illness caused by a stroke. He had been a resident for the past 25 years during which time he was engaged in both farming and railroading.
Mr. Sellers, who never married, was born May 16, 1875 in Wyanet, Ill., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Sellers. He was a member of the Methodist church and Masonic lodge.
Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mary Stough of Creston; four brothers, Robert and Linford Sellers of Council Bluffs, Clyde Sellers of Drake, Canada and Sherman of Denver, Colo. and three sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Custer and Ruby Sperry of Creston and Mary Edwards of Murray. Funeral arrangements are pending word from relatives.

Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Wednesday, November 24, 1937, p. 16
Edward Patterson Sellers – Edward Patterson Sellers, son of Edward P. and Mary Jenkins Sellers, was born May 16, 1875 at Wyanet, Bureau county, Ill. and died at the home of his sister, Myrtle Custer, Nov. 18, 1937, aged 62 years, six months and two days.
When a small boy he united with the M. E. church at Wyanet. He came with his parents to Conway, Taylor county in 1890. He spent a few years in Nebraska and then returned to Iowa. In 1914 he entered the employment of the C . B. & Q railroad and was employed in the storehouse at the time of his death. Eddie, as he was familiarly known, was an active member of Crest City lodge, A. F. & A. M., Royal Arch chapter and the Creston Commandery. He never married and lived with his aged mother, who was ill in the hospital at the time of his death.
Surviving are his mother, Mary Stough, four brothers, Sherman of Denver, Clyde of Drake, Canada, Robert and Linford of Council Bluffs, three sisters, Myrtle Custer and Ruby Sperry of Creston and Mary Edwards of Murray and a number of nieces and nephews. His father preceded him in death in 1901.

A short prayer was offered Sunday at his home, 519 West Adams street, by the Rev. L. E. Watson. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church by Rev. Watson at 1:30. Music was furnished by Mrs. John Hessell, followed by the Masonic service conducted by Thomas Beaumont. Burial was in the Conway cemetery beside his father. Pallbearers were F. M. Phelais, Wes Neeley, Merton Shiffer, Guy Prymire, Charley Harshaw and Earl Kessler.
Relatives attending the funeral from out of town were Clyde Sellers of Drake, Canada, Mr. and Mrs. James Sweeney of Sutherland, Iowa, Mrs. Kate Bowman of Sioux City, Andy Jenkins of Cherokee, Mrs. William Golderman, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sellers, Roy Sellers, Mrs. Harold Ross, Robert Sellers, Mr. and Mrs. Linford Sellers, all of Council Bluffs, Wayland Custer of Twin Falls, Idaho, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Custer, Louis Custer and Virgil Custer of Des Moines, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Edwards of Murray and Virginia and Phoebe Peckham of Nevinville.

Taylor County Democrat (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 12, 1893, p. 4
E. [dward] P. [atterson] Sellers, of Conway, arrived home from Wyanet, Ill., Oct. 8, where he was called to see his sick mother who died Sept. 29, aged 80 years and 16 days.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 9 & 11, 1923, [p. 1]
Obituary – Mary M. Abdill was born Dec. 4, 1837, at Carlton, Ohio, and entered into rest at the home of her daughter Mrs. Fannie Irwin, Bedford, Iowa, Jan. 4, 1923, in her 86th year.
Dec. 31, 1863, she was married to Arthur G. [riswold] Seymour, Monmouth, Ill., and to this union 10 children were born; four of this number however, Minnie, Mary, Lena and Roscoe, have been claimed by death. The living children are: Mrs. Florence E. Galbreath, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Jessie Cooper, Boulder, Colo.; W. L. and L. A. Seymour, Carval, Colo.; Mrs. Nellie Brent, Gladstone, Ill.; and Mrs. Fannie Irwin, Bedford, Iowa.
She also leaves 36 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, a brother, W. A., of Council Bluffs, Ia., and one sister, Mrs. Ellen McMannon, Los Angeles, Calif. The husband and father preceded her in death four years ago.
She with her husband came to Iowa in 1884, locating on a farm near Ladoga, Taylor County, where they lived until 1889, at which time they moved to a farm north of Gravity, living there until 1909 when they removed to Holyoke, Colo., where they made their home until 1917 when they came back to Taylor county, locating in Conway to live with their daughter, Mrs. Irwin.
Mother Seymour was a member of the Church of Christ and ever endeavored to honor her Master by living a Christian life. Let us if possible gather up the elements of her life and weave of them a picture for the walls of memory. The book of life was opened, and a new name was written by the hand of love. Her life was a rare jewel, her spirit as gold refined in the fire, ready for heaven.
Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ, Bedford, Ia., Monday, Jan. 8th, at 1:30 p. m. in charge of Elder S. D. Harlan. The music was furnished by a mixed quartette.

Evening Kansan-Republican (Newton, Kansas), Monday, June 28, 1909, [p. 1]
Life Crushed Out
John L. Silvers the Victim of An Awful Accident
Run Over by a Santa Fe Locomotive at the Station Last Evening—Died Shortly Afterwards at Hospital
John L. [ee] Silvers was run over by a Santa Fe locomotive just opposite the Wells Fargo express office at the station at 6:30 last evening and received injuries from which he died less than an hour afterwards.
Many different stories were told as to the manner in which the awful accident occurred. Entirely different versions are given by folks who claim to have been eyewitnesses of the entire transaction. However, what seems to be the most probable story, and the one wherein the most corroborative evidence is produced is that Silvers was standing upon or close to the first track, facing the depot, or rather facing in a slightly northwesterly direction. Engine 0260, in charge of Engineer Bartholomew and Fireman Marshall, had been out for a trial trip and was backing down the first track to the roundhouse. The engine bell was ringing and as the engine bore down upon Silvers and the crew saw that he was making no move to get to a place of safety the whistle was blown and parties standing near called to him. Instead of stepping forward so as to escape from the path of the oncoming locomotive, he stepped backward, was struck by the corner of the tank and knocked down, practically the entire engine passing over him.
The injuries received by the unfortunate man were of a frightful nature. The engine apparently crossed over his body about the hips, crushing the flesh and bones to a jelly and his left leg was also crushed until it was nothing more than a sickening mass of crushed flesh and bone and blood.
A large crow soon gathered, attracted by the screams of the victim and the confusion caused by those who had seen the accident. Silvers' body was left lying on the platform for about fifteen minutes until Dr. G. D. Bennett arrived, although life was not extinct. The body was then placed on a stretcher and carried to the open space between the laundry and the express office, the large solid board gate was closed so as to shut off the gaze of the curious crowd. Dr. John L. Grove was summoned, but it was fully fifty minutes after the accident occurred before the injured man reached the Axtell hospital. He expired on the operating table a few minutes after being taken to the hospital.
Folks who had seen Silvers a few minutes before the accident occurred say he was undoubtedly drunk and this evidence is strongly corroborated by those who worked around him after the accident happened, saying the smell of liquor was very strong and the finding in his pocket of a pint bottle about half full of whiskey.
Silvers was about fifty-five years of age and unmarried. For many years he followed mining in Colorado. In January last he came to Newton and for a time worked for the Independent Telephone company. Since the latter part of March, he has been employed by the Stewart Lumber company. It is understood that he has a mother, brother and two sisters living in Iowa and a sister in Bartlesville, who is the wife of a banker.
The body was removed to the undertaking parlors of C. H. Northfoss and an effort is being made to locate some of his people and have them advise disposition thereof.
Silvers will be remembered as the man who, some weeks ago, was a participant in a cutting scrape at a boarding house on West fifth street, although it was proven that he acted in self-defense and he was not prosecuted.
[The same article was published in the Weekly Kansas Republican (Newton, Kansas), July 1, 1909, p. 1]

Newton Journal (Newton, Kansas), Friday, July 2, 1909, [p. 1]
Ground Under Engine
John Silvers Stepped Backward From Platform in Front of Moving Engine.
John Silver was struck by a Santa Fe engine in front of the Wells Fargo express office Sunday evening about 6:30, and sustained injuries from which he died in an hour.
Those who saw the man just before the accident and those who handled his body, say that he had been drinking. The engine was No. 0260 with Bartholomew at the throttle and Fireman Marshall. It had just come in from a trip and was being backed down the first track to the round house. Silvers stood with his back to the track on the edge of the platform. Seeing the man was close to the rail, Marshall rang the bell and the whistle was sounded. Bystanders yelled at Silvers but instead of moving away from the track, he stepped backward, when the rear end of the tender was no more than three feet from him. The engine was traveling very slowly but the man was knocked down and the wheels passed over him. His legs were horribly crushed, and he was badly mashed about the hips. He was dragged to the edge of the platform where he lay until Dr. Bennett arrived. The doctor quickly determined the man could not live and County Physician Grove was summoned, and the body was taken to Axtell's hospital. The victim died in a few minutes after being placed on the operating table. The body was turned over to Undertaker Northfoss.

Silvers was a single man about 55 years of age. He came here from Colorado several months ago, having followed mining for years. He has been in the employ of the Stewart Lumber Company this spring, working as a carpenter.

Silvers is the man who was forced into a fight on west Fifth street two months ago and cut his assailant across the face with a pocket knife. He was not prosecuted for his part in the affair and his acquaintances speak of him as a pretty good sort of man and a splendid workman.
J. [ames] C. [Austin] Carr, stepfather of John Silvers arrived from Bedford, Iowa, Tuesday night, and took the body there for burial.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 1, 1909 p. 8
Killed by a Train
Lee Silvers, a son of Mrs. A. J. [James Austin] Carr, was killed Sunday evening at Newton, Kas., by being run over by a train. The particulars are very meager, but it is learned that he was standing on the platform at that town and stepped off the platform at the station onto the track in front of a moving train. He was badly mangled, but the remains were shipped back to Conway and the funeral held there Wednesday, conducted by Rev. Smith.

Mr. Silvers' father has long been dead and his mother, many years ago, was married to Mr. A. J. Carr of this city. In early life he made his home at and near Conway, where he still has many friends. He was about fifty years of age and aside from his mother he leaves one sister, Mrs. L. [aura] B. [elle] Payne of Gravity and several other relatives. H has been living in Kansas and Oklahoma for a number of years past. The relatives have the sympathy of all. 
[His headstone gives the death date as 1910, apparently an error, based on the death of the death notice.]

Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, January 8, 1945, [p. 1]
Miles Simmons Died in Creston Sunday
Miles H. [enry] Simmons, 78, died at his home, 102 N. Oak street Sunday at 8 a. m. following an illness of several years.
He was the son of Charles and Harriett Simmons and was born April 17, 1866 at Monticello, Iowa. In 1928 he moved from Conway to Creston. He retired from the C. B. & Q. railroad in 1935.
Surviving are two sons, West Simmons and Wayne Simmons of Creston; three daughters, Mrs. Rex Brammer of Creston, Mrs. Winnifred Johnson of Lenox and Mrs. Darrel Moore of Shenandoah. His wife preceded him in death and his son, Charles, died in 1913.
The body will be at McGregor Bros. and Coens until time of the funeral services at 2 p. m. tomorrow at McGregor Bros. and Coens chapel. The family requests no flowers. Burial will be at the Conway cemetery at Conway, Iowa.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 12, 1959, [p. 1]
Anna E. Smith Died At Creston
Mrs. Anna E. Smith, 91, a resident of Creston since 1947, died at her home there Wednesday, Nov. 4. She had been ill about a year. Mrs. Smith had lived most of her life in the Conway and Lenox vicinity before moving to Creston.
Funeral services were held at Coens Home for Funerals at 2 p. m. Friday. Burial was in the Conway cemetery.

Anna E. Summa was born at Albany, Mo., April 12, 1868. She was the daughter of John and Mary E.[lizabeth] Hise Summa. She was married at Albany in 1887 to Oscar E. [ldredge] Smith.
Mrs. Smith is survived by three sons, H. [arry] O. [rville] and A. [rchie] C. [leo] Smith of Creston and W. [ayne] O. Smith of Villisca; a stepdaughter, Mrs. L. A. Longfellow of Bedford; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a step granddaughter; two brothers, Wesley Summa of Stanberry, Mo., and Louis Summa of Gentry, Mo.; and a sister, Mrs. Sadie Ball of Albany, Mo. Her husband and two sons, Ross E. Smith and Dale Smith, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the First Christian church, Lenox.

Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Monday, September 18, 1961, [p. 1]
Mrs. H. O. Smith Dies Today at 79
Mrs. H. O. Smith, 79, a long-time resident of Creston, died at her home at 501 south Vine street at 11:05 a. m. today. She had been ill about five months.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday at Coens Home for Funerals. Rev. Clifford Saunders, pastor of the First Congregational church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Conway cemetery. Her body will lie in state at the funeral home until time of the services. The casket will not be opened after the services.
Etta Crabtree was born at Hawleyville, Iowa, Feb. 19, 1882. She was the daughter of Joseph and Alice Dawson Crabtree. She was married at Conway, Dec. 24, 1912, to H. [arry] O. [rville] Smith.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband; two sons, Duane Smith and Deane Smith, both of Creston; three grandsons and two granddaughters; and a brother, Ernest Crabtree.
Mrs. Smith had lived in Conway, Des Moines and Cheyenne, Wyo., before moving to Creston in 1923. She had lived here since that time. She had been a piano teacher.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Congregational church.

Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Tuesday, May 15, 1962, [p. 1]
Harry O. Smith Dies Here at 70
Harry Orville Smith, 70, died suddenly at his home at 501 south Vine street at 8 p. m. Monday. He had lived in Creston since 1923, except for about three years in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday at Coens Home for Funerals here. Rev. Clifford Saunders, pastor of the First Congregational church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Conway cemetery. His body will lie in state at the funeral home until time of the services. The casket will not be opened after the services.
Harry Orville Smith was born at Gentryville, Mo., Oct. 15, 1891. He was the son of Oscar E. and Anna Summa Smith. He was married at Conway, Dec. 24, 1912, to Etta Crabtree. He had lived in Conway before moving to Creston in 1923.
Mr. Smith was employed by the Burlington railroad until his retirement in 1956. He also was well known as a musician and had sung and played professionally. He also had been a professional baseball player.
Mr. Smith played for many years with the Creston Municipal band and was a member of the Creston Chorus. He was a member of the First Congregational church and of the Masonic lodge.
He is survived by two sons, Duane E. Smith and H. Deane Smith, both of Creston; a brother, Wayne Smith of Villisca; and a half-sister, Faunta [[Fonta] Longfellow of Bedford.
His wife, Etta, preceded him in death on Sept. 18, 1961.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 22, 1920, p. 10
O. E. Smith Passed Away
The writer was sure saddened on learning of the death of our fellow townsman and former business man, O. E. Smith, who passed away at his home in this city Thursday morning. Mr. Smith had been ailing more or less for some time past, but had too much grit to give up, but kept going until the day of his death, in fact, only a short time previous to his passing away he had a jolly word for his family and grandchildren, the latter of whom were constant companions of his when he was at home.
In former years Mr. Smith was one of Conway's prominent business men and through his efforts Conway was known far and wide as a good trading point. While in the grocery and meat market he catered to a large trade and in this way became acquainted with nearly everyone in this community.
As a citizen Mr. Smith always [has] done his part in furthering the different enterprises of the town, both business and social and gave his support to every worthy local undertaking.
He was a boy with his children and grandchildren, in whose company he took much pleasure.
He never lost an opportunity to boost and say a good word for his home town, and when in a position to do so, he gave his time and labor and money to do his share in building up the "home town."
Following is the obituary notice:
Oscar E. [ldridge] Smith was born at Martinsville, Mo., Feb. 18, 1861, and passed away at his home in Conway, Iowa, Jan. 15, 1920, aged 58 years, 10 months and 27 days.
He was married April 20, 1879, at Denver, Mo., to Minnie Williams. To this union were born five children: Roba E., David R., Fonta L. [ee], Mary R. [osetta], and Roy W. Roba E. died in 1880, Roy in 1888, and Minnie his wife died Dec. 11, 1887.
On Sept. 16, 1888, he was united in marriage to Anna Summa at Albany, Mo. To this union were born five children: Rosa E.; H. [arry] Orville, Archie Cleo, John Dale, and Oscar Wayne. John Dale died December 10, 1895. With the exception of the ones who preceded him in death, all the children were present at the funeral.
He was a member of the Christian church and of the Masonic Order, of which he had been a member for about twenty-three years. He was also a member of the I. O. O. F.
For some time Mr. Smith had been in poor health, having had a light stroke of paralysis in the spring of 1917, but worked as much as he was able, clear to the last.
On Wednesday, Jan. 14, he was seemingly as well as usual until about 5:30 in the evening, when he commenced complaining of a severe pain in his side which rapidly grew worse and his suffering was intense. He seemed to realize from the first that his condition was serious and made the remark, "I have something now that will get the best of me." He was conscious except when under the influence of medicine and even tried to joke with different members of the family. His fight for life was a brave but hard one.
Everything was done for him that medical skill and loving hands could do and at 4:30 Jan. 15 he passed away very easily.
He leaves a wife, five brothers, one of whom was present at the funeral services; seven children and eight grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends, to mourn his loss.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. Lowe, pastor of the Christian church in Bedford, assisted by Rev. Redinger, pastor of the Methodist church in Conway. Interment was made in Conway cemetery, at which place the Masons had charge of the services.
"Sleep on, dear one,
       Thy troubles re o'er;
But we'll meet thee again,
        On that beautiful shore."

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 3, 1908, p. 5
Obituary – At 6:40 o'clock Saturday morning, Aug. 29th, the spirit of Arthur Spacht took its flight to that land from which no one returns. The subject of this sketch was born in Dark County, Ohio, November 23, 1840 and died at his late home near Bedford, Iowa. He was 67 years, 9 months and 6 days old at time of his death. There is but little in the way of family history to be had in this case as he was left an orphan at a very early age and consequently knew but little of those who were bound to him by the ties of human nature. He had one sister in North Dakota, who paid him a visit not long ago, one sister in Illinois and one in Ohio. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah E. Dean April 24, 1863. To this union four children were born, three of whom are living and were present to pay their last tribute of respect to their loved one. They are Mrs. Grace Switzer of Colby, Kansas; Frank of Howe, Okl. and George of Bedford. In addition to those named he leaves five grandchildren to mourn his loss.
He belonged to no church but held to the Dunkard faith, having been to a certain extent raised under the influence of this sometimes called strange sect but honest upright people.
He came to Iowa some 40 years ago and has made this county his home since. For five years he resided on the farm where he died. His life has been an open book to you people who have been here, and he was always noted for his honesty and his upright morality. A good citizen has gone and a tender father and honored neighbor. The good wife preceded him about four years ago and now both are waiting to welcome the children of their fireside.
The funeral was held at the home at 1 o'clock Sunday conducted by Geo. a. Hendrickson of the Christian church of Bedford, assisted by the quartette from that church, after which the body was laid to rest in the Bowers cemetery to await the call from the grave.

Opinion-Tribune (Glenwood, Iowa), Thursday, September 26, 1946, p. 8
Morning Services for Mrs. Taylor Fri.
Services for Mrs. Monteze Taylor will be held at 10:30 a. m. Friday morning with the Rev. W. E. Kramer officiating. Graveside services will be held Friday afternoon at 3 p. m. at Conway, Iowa.
Mrs. Monteze Taylor was born on January 7, 1914 at Savannah, Mo., and passed away in Glenwood on Sept. 22, 1946 at the age of 32 years, 8 months and 15 days. For the past 5 years she has been employed at the State School at Glenwood and had been in ill health for some time before her death.
She is survived by a daughter, Miss Jacquelyn Taylor of Glenwood and father, Mr. Lee Long, of Rosalia, [Rosalia] Wash. and brother, Mr. Sheldon Long of Spokane, Wash.

Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, December 6, 1923, p. 12
Good Man Gone
Brief mention was made in a previous issue of the death of I. E. Webb.
His illness was of short duration, having been stricken with paralysis.
He had been a resident of New Market community for thirty-two years and was highly respected by all who knew him. He was a good citizen, always laboring for things that would tend to make men better.
He was a devoted husband and father and the bereaved family will always cherish the memory of the qualities which made an ideal husband and father.
It can truthfully be said of him that he lived in fear of God and died beloved by his fellowmen.
Funeral services were held Nov. 17th in the Mennonite church of New Market conducted by Rev. John Hess of Bloomington, Neb.
The church was not large enough to hold the people who came to pay their last respect to their departed friend. Interment was in Memory cemetery.
Isaac E. [lkanah] Webb was born Nov. 19, 1840 in Sangamon county, Ill., near Springfield, and moved with his parents to Mahaska county, Iowa at the age of two, having spent the remainder of his life in this state. He was married to Mary H. [annah] Wortman, April 21, 1867. She preceded him to the better world May1, 1921.
To them were born eleven children, two of them are dead—Mary A. [lmeda] dying at the age of five years and Mrs. Nora Glasgow, who passed away in 1910 at her home in Boulder, Colo.
In 1891 the family removed to Taylor county and have lived on his farm, five miles north of New Market, at which place his death occurred Nov. 14, 1923 at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 25 days.
In young manhood he confessed faith in Christ, was baptized and joined the Dunkard church. He was a minister of that church for a number of years and continued a faithful follower until he was called to join the church triumphant.
Grandpa Webb, as he was called by everyone, has lived an exemplary life, working for his Master, home and community when and wherever he could.
It has been said of him that he never spoke a cross word to any of his grandchildren and was a great favorite of them all. He left a good record and today we believe he is reaping the reward of his work on earth.
He leaves to mourn their loss nine children, Mrs. Louise Hinley [Henley], Wilmington, Calif., Mrs. Lora Outhier, Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Ida Lister, Clarinda, Mrs. Minnie Hicks, of near Gravity, John W. of Harrison, Neb. Elmer E., Walter I., George R. and Frank S., all living on farms near New Market; he also leaves one sister, two brothers, twenty-three grandchildren and two great grandchildren, besides a host of relatives and friends. –New Market Herald

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 7, 1935, [p. 1]
Frank Wright, Druggist, Dies Here Today
Frank Wright, a resident of Bedford and Conway for many years, died at his home in Bedford early this morning, after having been in failing health for some time.
The funeral arrangements are pending the arrival of the daughters, Mrs. Edith Calhoun of Columbus, O., and Mrs. L. S. Hamilton of Chicago, who are expected to be here this evening. Mrs. Calhoun will be accompanied by her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jones of Columbus.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 14, 1935, [p. 1]
Hold Frank Wright's Funeral Here Sunday
Funeral services for Frank Wright, 74, who died at his home in Bedford Thursday, Nov. 7, were held at the home Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. J. Stanley Decker. The body was placed in the mausoleum.
Frank Wright, son of Simeon and Ellen Lindsey Wright, was born in Clayton township, Taylor county, Iowa, April 22, 1861. He resided and grew to manhood on the homestead three miles southeast of Conway. He was one of a family of ten children, all of whom preceded him in death.
He was married to Miss Nettie Dean, Aug. 22, 1888. To them were born three children, Edith Wright Calhoun of Bedford, Lucile Hamilton of Chicago and one son, who died in infancy. The wife and two daughters survive. Also, two grandsons, John Franklin Hamilton and Richard Wright Hamilton of Chicago.
From babyhood Mr. Wright has been frail of body, but he was always brave and determined in his efforts to live and perform what he felt to be his share of responsibility and work. The last few months he had failed rapidly and during the last week of his life there was a marked decline hourly.
He was engaged in the drug business for fifty years, having been a registered pharmacist since 1889. He recently opened a store with a small stock of goods in his business building in Bedford and had hoped to develop and establish it more permanently as time and strength permitted, but because of his rapidly declining strength he had been compelled to defer the business of arranging his stock for the trade.
Mr. Wright was a member of the Methodist church and also of the Order of Free and Accepted Masons.

Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 29, 1946, p. 7
Obituary – Mrs. Frank Wright
Mary J. [ennette] Dean, one of the four children of George and Louise Ellen Dean, was born in Taylor county, Iowa, October 5, 1870. Following a lingering illness, extending over a period of several years, she died at her home in Bedford Tuesday afternoon, August 13, 1946.
Practically all of her life was spent in Taylor county. About a month ago she suffered a heart attack and had been confined to her bed since that time.
When a young girl she was converted and united with the Methodist church and remained a faithful and active member.
On August 22, 1888 she was married to Frank Wright of Conway. The youngest child, a son, died in infancy. Mr. Wright died in November 1935.
Among the survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Edith Wright Calhoun of Bedford and Mrs. Lucile Wright Hamilton of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. C. M. Jenks of Galesburg, Illinois; a brother, Omar Dean of Bridgeport, Nebr.; two grandsons, John and Richard Hamilton of Chicago.

The funeral services were conducted from the Shum Funeral Home Friday afternoon, August 16 by Rev. Russell G. Nye and Rev. Merle A. Gable of Des Moines. Interment was in the Mausoleum in Fairview cemetery.