Obituaries
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[ASHMORE, WILLIAM, - 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 6, 1901
Died at Villisca
John Ashmore and family of the Bedford steam laundry were called to Villisca Saturday by the death of Wm. Ashmore, a brother of John, who died Friday, May 31. The funeral occurred in Villisca on Saturday.

[BARNETT, SARAH SPRAY]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 26, 1901
Mrs. Sarah Barnett – Friday morning, September 20, at 10 o'clock, Mrs. Sarah Barnett died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Miller, aged 65 years. She had been an invalid for a number of years and her death was not unexpected. Revs. Collins and Ware conducted brief funeral exercises at the home at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. The remains were taken to Earlham, Iowa, for interment, accompanied by Mr. Miller and family, where further funeral exercises were held, and interment made on Sunday.

[BEAL, SOLOMON N.]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 4, 1901
Found Dead in Bed
On Sunday morning, March 31, Solomon Beall, an old soldier, was found dead in bed at his house in New Market, the cause of death being heart disease, from which he had suffered for some time. Coroner Dunning was notified of the death and at his suggestion the affidavits of Mrs. Beall and his physician were taken as to the cause of death. An inquest was not deemed necessary. He leaves a wife and seven children.
[Note: The last name is spelled Beal on his military headstone.]

[BENNET, SAMUEL, 1849 – 1903]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 5, 1903
Resolutions of Respect
Died, Samuel Bennet, at his home in Siam, Taylor county, Iowa, January 20, A. D. 1903, and was buried in Birch cemetery January 21, by Plumb Lodge No. 285, A. F. and A. M. in the ritual and ceremonies of the craft of which he was a member. Brother Samuel Bennet was born in Lebanon, Ill., July 17, 1849, aged 53 years, 6 months and 3 days.
The following resolutions of respect have been passed by Plumb Lodge No. 285 A. F. and A. M.
[Resolutions not transcribed.]

[BLAKE, DANIEL, 1834 - 1900]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 6, 1900
--Jacob Blake has received word of the death of his brother, Daniel Blake, in the mountains which occurred last Thursday. Mr. Blake was a number of years ago one of Bedford's leading merchants.

[BOND, MARGARET, MRS., - 1901] 
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 22, 1901
Mrs. Bond Died
About three weeks ago Mrs. J. F. Carson was called to Monmouth, Illinois, by the sickness of her mother, Mrs. Margaret Bond. Word has been received that Mrs. Bond Died August 14.

[BRADLEY, SARAH, MRS., - 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 27, 1901
Sudden Death
G. [ranville] M. [onroe] Bradley has received the sad intelligence of the sudden death of an aunt, Mrs. Sarah Bradley, which occurred at her home in Illinois one day last week, presumably caused by heart trouble. She was 80 years old.

[BRADLEY, Calvin's Brother]

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 20, 1902
--Calvin Bradley and wife, who were called to Illinois to attend the funeral of a brother of Mr. Bradley, returned home Friday morning. Sympathy of Bedford people is extended to the sorrowing ones.

[BROWN, HARRY P., 1875 - 1902]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 10, 1902
Commits Suicide
Harry Brown, aged about 26 years, who lived on his father's farm 6 miles northwest of Lenox, committed suicide Tuesday night by blowing the top of his head off with a shotgun. It seems that young Brown had been despondent for some time although it was not thought that there was any danger of the act which he committed. Thus, was a life that might have been a useful one ended. – Lenox Time Table

[CALHOUN, ESTHER M.]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 17, 1901
She Was Called to Try Another Life
Miss Esther Calhoun Has Been Transferred From Her Place on Earth to the Beautiful Home Beyond the Skies
The death of Miss Esther Calhoun has cast a gloom over all Bedford. Her demise came as a shock to all. Up to the time of her sickness she was enjoying her usual health, being employed as a teacher in the Lenox schools. Sunday night, January 6, she was taken sick with a severe pain in her side, from which she never fully rallied. Her sufferings were great until death relieved her of her pain and misery, although she was patient and uncomplaining even through all her suffering. The end came on at 11:15 Sunday night, January 13, just one week after her first illness. She died at the home of Mrs. Maher at Lenox. The body was brought to Bedford on the Monday afternoon train and taken to the home of her sorrowing parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. [oseph] C.[arnahan] Calhoun. The funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock by Revs. Collins and Shipman, in the M. E. church, after which the body was laid to rest in the Fairview cemetery.
Esther M. Calhoun was born in Lafayette county, Missouri, December 27, 1869. She united with the Methodist church in Bedford under the pastorship of Rev. Austin, in February 1886. Hers was a sweet, noble, Christian life, full of kind words and charitable deeds. Her character has always been such as to make a deep and lasting impression upon all with whom she came in contact. Her life is truly worthy of emulation. She has for a number of years actively engaged in church and Sunday school work and has followed as near as she knew how in the footsteps of her Redeemer.
The funeral services at the church were of a most impressive character. Beautiful flowers contributed by loving hearts decked the altar and coffin. Rev. Collins paid a high tribute to the worth and character of deceased. He took his text from Rev. 14:13. His sermon was indeed a comfort and solace to the sorrowing ones. Rev. Shipman added to the eulogy by giving his personal knowledge of her life since she went to Lenox. He paid a high tribute to her Christian character. 

[CHAMBERLAIN, SALLY BENNETT WHITED]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 27, 1902
Grandma Chamberlain Dead
Grandma Chamberlain died this morning at 3:30 at Kansas City. She will be buried at Amboy, Ill. She was an old resident of Bedford and greatly loved by many.

[CHAMBERLAIN, SALLY BENNETT WHITED]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 20, 1902
In Memoriam – It has been said that every life has its message and every deathbed its lesson. No matter whether the grim messenger comes in the rosy bloom of youth or when life's horizon is tinted with fading sunset, his visit is a sorrowful one, but how comforting it is to know that our loved ones can bow to His decree with serene confidence and triumphant hope. Such was the passing away of 'Aunt Sally,' as Mrs. Sally Chamberlain was familiarly known to so many of her friends.
Mrs. Sally (Bennet) Chamberlain was born at Penn Yann, Yates county, New York, Dec. 23, 1818. Her parents were David J. and Dorothea (Morse) Bennett, and in her father's family there were three children, two brothers and herself. She was married to her first husband, Freeman Whited, in 1834 and to this union were born three children, David J., Lester B., and William M. David enlisted in the 13th Illinois volunteers at the outbreak of the civil war and was in the service until Oct. 6, 1861, when he died in the hospital at St. Louis. In 1856, when seventeen years old, Lester died of fever in New York. William, the only surviving son, is a resident of Raymond, South Dakota. Upon the death of her first husband, Mrs. Chamberlain lived several years in widowhood till Sept. 12, 1847, when her marriage to Jason Chamberlain occurred. Soon after they moved to Illinois, settling in Whiteside county. Cornelia A. and Elvira F. were the children of this union. The former is the wife of Henry H. Putnam of Bedford, Iowa and the latter is Mrs. C. C. Morgan of Kansas City. There were also two stepsons and two stepdaughters. One son, George W., departed this life May 10, 1900, at Round Grove, Ill. One daughter, Mary, is the wife of J. A. Cole, of Osage, Iowa and the other, Lucy, is Mrs. Charley Loring of Sterling, Ill. Until her husband's death, Dec. 21, 1880, Mrs. Chamberlain's home was in Amboy, Ill. Since that time, she has made her home with her children. On January 15, 1902, she went to Kansas City on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Morgan. A few weeks later she began to be ill, but no serious indications appeared until Saturday, February 22, when she gradually grew worse, enduring intense suffering in the course of her illness until the morning of February 27, when she peacefully passed away at 3:30, death having resulted from acute gastritis. Short funeral services were held at the home by Rev. Baines-Griffith, pastor of Pilgrim Congregational church, where she had worshipped when in the city, the scripture lesson being her oft read XXIII Psalm. The remains were then brought to Amboy, Ill., where the former [formal?] funeral exercise took place from the First Baptist church, her former church home, conducted by Rev. Annable, the pastor. His text was Job 17:9. She was laid to rest in the beautiful Amboy cemetery beside her husband.
At a very early age Grandma Chamberlain united with the Baptist church and continued an earnest and consistent member throughout her long life. Her character was a rare illustration of Christian graces. The interests of Christ's kingdom were very dear to her heart and it was her chief desire to glorify her Redeemer and Lord. During the last hours, when the eternal morn seemed breaking upon her vision, she sang with the pastor, who was at her bedside, portions of her two favorite hymns, "Nearer my God, to Thee," "Jesus, Lover of my soul." The place where she always found the highest satisfaction was her heavenly Father's sanctuary and this she sought whenever possible, both in public and private. Charity was the watchword of her daily service. No needy one ever knocked at her door without welcome and kindly cheer. To her children and grandchildren, who rise up and call her blessed, she has left a precious heritage of faith and devotion. [Poem not transcribed.]
[Note: The same obituary was published in the Bedford Times-Republican, March 20, 1902.]

[CHAVEY, CATHERINE, MRS.]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 13, 1902
Death of Mrs. Chavey
Died, at her home in Bedford, Iowa, on Monday evening, March 10, 1902, at 6 o'clock, Mrs. Catherine Chavey, aged 82 years, 3 months and 20 days. Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith. Interment in Fairview cemetery.
Mrs. Chavey was born near Paris, France, November 19, 1819. She has lived in Bedford for about 32 years. Her husband died about ten years ago. She was the mother of 11 children, only one being dead. The address of several of the children is not known and they could not be notified of the funeral. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all.

[CHAVEY, CATHERINE, MRS.]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, March 13, 1902, [p. 1]
Mrs. Catherine Chavey died at her home in Bedford Monday, March 10, 1902, at 6 o'clock p. m., aged 82 years, 3 months and ten days.
The funeral services were held at the house on Wednesday, March 12, at 10 o'clock a. m., Rev. D. W. Griffith officiating.
Deceased is an old resident of this city, and was the mother of eleven children, ten of whom are living. There were five of her daughters at her bedside when she passed away. Mrs. Lizzie Moon, of La Junta, Colorado; Miss Louise, of Harrisonville, Missouri; Mrs. Chamberlain, of this city, and Misses Addie and Sophie, also of this city.
After her 32 years residence in this community it can be said of her that she was a quiet, unassuming, hardworking, honest and devout.

[CHAVEY, CATHERINE, MRS.]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, March 13, 1902, [p. 1]
Death of Mrs. Chavey
Died, at her home in Bedford, Iowa, on Monday evening, March 10, 1902, at 6 o'clock, Mrs. Cathrine Chavey, aged 82 years, 3 months and 20 days. Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith. Interment in Fairview cemetery.
Mrs. Chavey was born near Paris, France, November 19, 1819. She has lived in Bedford for about 32 years. Her husband died about ten years ago. She was the mother of 11 children, only one being dead. The address of several of the children is not known and they could not be notified of the funeral. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all.

[CHAVEY, CATHERINE, MRS.]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, March 20, 1902, p. 4
Obituary - Catherine Chavey was born near Paris, France, November 19, 1819, and died at her home in Bedford, Taylor county, Iowa, at 6 p. m. She was married to Mr. Chavey Sept. 15, 1839. To this union 11 children were born, 10 of whom survive her. Her daughter, Mrs. Moore, of La Junta, Col., Miss Chavey, of Harrisonville, Mo., and the daughters who live in Bedford were present at her death. No mother was more fondly loved or more tenderly cared for.
She was a good neighbor, quiet, hardworking, honest and devout. She was a consistent student of the word of god and loved the cause of her redeemer. She was one of the oldest settlers, having lived here for 32 years.
The funeral took place at the house on Wednesday, conducted by Rev. Griffith. The interment took place at Fairview cemetery.
Truly it can be said of her
Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep,
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes.

[CHAVEY, PETER]
South-West Democrat, Bedford, Iowa, Friday, November 9, 1888, p. 4
Obituary - Died, in Bedford, November 4, 1888, of old age, Peter Chavey in the 79th year of his age. Funeral services were conducted from the residence of deceased by Rev. Scott. Deceased was born in France February 28, 1809, was married November 1838, and was making arrangements to celebrate his golden wedding on the 15th of the present month. He was the father of eleven children, ten of whom are living, one son and nine daughters. Chavey was an exemplary man and a good citizen.

[CORRANT, SALLY MCKENZIE]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 6, 1900
Gone to Rest
Sally McKenzie was born in Buffalo, New York, June 21, 1804, and departed this life Saturday, November 24, 1900, aged 96 years, 5 months and 3 days. She was married in the year 1822 to Mr. Richard L. Corrant. Her husband departed this life in the year 1875. Ten children were born to this union, eight boys and two girls. Three boys and one girl preceded her to the better land. She and her husband have made their home with their son, George Corrant and wife, near Union church since the year 1866.
Funeral services were held at 11 a. m. Monday, conducted by Rev. John Ross. Interment took place in the Willard cemetery.

[CRAIG, ELI]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 3, 1902
--Jacob Craig last week received the sad news of the death of his brother, Eli, who died at Shady Grove, Mo., June 11; aged 68 years.

[DAUGHERTY, MARJORIE]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 16, 1902
Has Gone to Its Rest
Saturday morning of last week occurred the death of Marjorie, the six months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Daugherty. The funeral services were conducted at the home in Bedford Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Griffith. The little body was laid to rest in mother earth and the bright spirit returned to the God who gave it.



[DEMONT, MABEL'S INFANT, - 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 31, 1901
The Coroner Investigates
Coroner Dr. M. B. Dunning was called to Gravity Wednesday morning, at the home of R.[ichard] S. Demont, on account of the death of the five months old boy of his daughter, Mabel. The child was found dead in bed and the attending physician thought it was a case for the coroner and sent for Dr. Dunning, who responded promptly to the call. He made a thorough investigation, called witnesses and minutely inquired into all the circumstances. His investigation resulted in pronouncing the cause of the death as being inanition due to inability of digestive organs to assimilate food.

[DICKEY, ADELAIDE "ADDIE" EATON]
Evening Herald (Ottawa, Kansas), Wednesday, December 25, 1901, p. 4
Mrs. Adelaide Dickey wife of Lyman Dickey of the Dickey Land Company died this morning at four o'clock of paralysis, after an illness lasting nearly a year. The funeral will be held at two o'clock from the Dickey residence on East Seventh. Interment will be in Hope cemetery.

[DICKEY, ADELAIDE "ADDIE" EATON]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 9, 1902
BLOCKTON – S. E. King received a letter Monday from Lyman Dickey in which the news of the death of Mrs. Dickey was conveyed to the friends of the family here. Mrs. Dickey died at her home in Ottawa, Kan., December 26, the funeral being held the following day.

[DOTTS, RUSSELL]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 19, 1903
--Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. T. Hughes, Wednesday, at 1:30 p. m., over the remains of the five-month-old babe of Mr. and Mrs. John Dotts and interment was made in Conway cemetery. – Conway Journal

[DOUGHERTY, WILLIAM SHELBY]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 13, 1900
Across the River
Several weeks ago, Shelby Daugherty moved to Bedford from New Market and concluded to make this city his home. He was destined to enjoy his residence here only a short time, however, having crossed over the river into the mysterious beyond on Friday, December 7, at 10:30 p. m. He was about 60 years of age at the time of his death. The remains were taken to Old Memory cemetery one mile west of New Market. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith.
[Note: The last name is spelled Dougherty on his headstone.]



[FARNSWORTH, ELIZABETH ANN "ELIZA" BROWN]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 31, 1901
Death of Mrs. Farnsworth
Mrs. Elizabeth Farnsworth, wife of Ira Farnsworth, died at her home near Irena, Mo., at 1:40 o'clock, January 27th, aged 68 years. The last sickness of Mrs. Farnsworth was of short duration, the disease being catarrhal pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the Honey Grove church, and the interment in the cemetery nearby.
An unusual incident in connection with her death was that on the same day of the month two years ago, her son, John Farnsworth, died. The funeral services of both son and mother were held on the same day of the same month at the same hour, at the same church and by the same minister.
Mrs. Farnsworth was well known to the old settlers of this community, being a sister to Rinaldo Brown, of Isadora, and a sister to Mrs. R. L. Golding, of Blockton.   J. M. Dennis


[FITCH, JOHN TOWNSEND]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 27, 1900
Death of J. T. Fitch
Monday morning at 8:30 a. m., December 24, J. [ohn] T. [ownsend] Fitch, one of Bedford's old and most respected citizens, passed from earth to try the realities of another world. He had been in bad health for some time and his last illness was of not very long duration. He was 58 years and 13 days old at the time of his death. He leaves five children, two sons and three daughters, and a wife to mourn his loss, all of whom reside in Bedford. The children are as follows: Wili, Charles, Mrs. I. J. Bailie, Mrs. Tom Parker and Miss Mamie. The funeral services were conducted at the M. E. church Wednesday morning by Rev. A. H. Collins, assisted by Rev. E. N. Ware. Sedgwick Post No. 10 of which he was an honored member, attended the funeral in a body. Interment in Fairview cemetery.

[HALL, JANE, - 1901]
Eldora Herald (Eldora, Iowa), Wednesday, March 6, 1901
Miss Jane Hall – After a lingering illness of consumption Miss Jane Hall died at her home here at about noon on Sunday last, at the advanced age of about 83 years.
While she had been suffering for a number of years from tuberculosis, the immediate cause of her taking off was pneumonia, which she had contracted a few days previous to her death.
Miss Hall was born in Bladensburg, Knox county, Ohio and came west a number of years ago and settled at Steamboat Rock. From there she went to Nebraska where she remained until about eight years ago when she came to Eldora, where she and her sister Belinda had lived ever since. For several months since deceased had also had the care of another sister, Mrs. Ellis, of Nebraska. Miss Jane Hall was a lady of bright intellect and was looked to by her sisters for advice and sound counsel.
She leaves three sisters and many other relatives and friends to deeply mourn her death. She was a consistent and earnest Christian lady and a member of the Christian church. The funeral services were held at the home yesterday at 1 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. W. H. Scott of Marshalltown and the burial took place in the cemetery at Steamboat Rock. Ms. John Kirke of Hughes was also a sister of deceased.

[HALL, JANE, - 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 7, 1901
Death of a Sister
Washington Hall was called Monday to Eldora by the death of his sister, Miss Jane Hall.

[HARDEE, WILLIAM MICHAEL, 1815 - 1902]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 5, 1902
--Wm. Hardee died Wednesday morning of last week at his home near Siam, aged 90 years. Interment in Siam cemetery, under auspices of Siam lodge, of which he was a member.
[Note: He is buried in Shearer Cemetery, Page County, Iowa, not Siam as stated in the death notice.]

[HARDIN, MABEL EMMA TEMPLETON]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 22, 1902
--M. [iles] M. [urphy] Templeton received the sad news Tuesday that his daughter, Mrs. G.[eorge] H. [Washington] Harding [Hardin], had died at Buffalo, Washington [Wyoming]. Her mother was with her at the time of her death.

[HARDIN, MABEL EMMA TEMPLETON]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 22, 1902
Sad Intelligence
M. [iles] M. [urphy] Templeton today received a telegram from Buffalo, Wyoming, announcing the death of his daughter, Mrs. G. [eorge] H. [Washington] Harding [Hardin]. She died yesterday morning. Her mother, Mrs. M. [iles] M. [urphy] Templeton, was at her bedside when she died having gone several days ago upon receiving word that her daughter was very ill.


[HEALY, ELMER ELSWORTH'S INFANT, 1901 – 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 25, 1901
Have the Sympathy of All
Born to Mr. and Mrs. E. [lmer] E. [lsworth] Healy, a beautiful little girl. It lingered only a few short hours and soon returned to her blessed Master. The little body was laid to rest in Fairview cemetery after a short funeral service had been conducted.

[HENDERSON, EDWARD DANIEL'S INFANT, 1901 – 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 1, 1901
Obituary – Died, July 23, 1901, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Henderson, aged two months and two days. The funeral was conducted by Elder Wm. Cobb, Wednesday, July 24, after which the little body was laid to rest in the Bedford cemetery. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all in their loss.

[HENDRED, JOSEPH, - 1902]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 23, 1902
--last Thursday Mrs. J. B. Vendeventer received word of the death of her brother, Joseph Hendred, who was accidentally killed at Southwest City, Mo., by having a tree fall on him while clearing off timber on his farm.

[HESS, WILLIAM, SR., 1840, - 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 11, 1901
Called East by Death of Brother
Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkinson was called to Rock Island last Saturday by the serious illness of her brother, Wm. Hess. She arrived Sunday morning and Mr. Hess died the same afternoon.

[HODGENS, GEORGE W., -1902]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 24, 1902
--I. [saac] H. Hodgens returned from Savannah, Mo., Tuesday where he had been for several days with a sick brother, Dr. G. [eorge] W. Hodgens, who died the 9th inst. after a brief illness. The Dr. was formerly located at Bedford and Siam, this county, and was a gentleman of good repute as a man and physician. When Mr. Hodgens left Savannah his mother, who resides there, was seriously sick. – Blockton News.

[HOWE, LULU JOHNSTON]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 13, 1901
Obituary – Lulu Johnston was born in Andrew county, Missouri, March 1873 and died at her home in Bedford, Iowa, June 7, 1901. She was married to John Howe about eight years ago. The funeral services took place at the African M. E. church, this city, on last Sabbath afternoon at 2 o'clock. D. W. Griffith, pastor of the first Baptist church, preached the sermon. The house was filled with all classes, irrespective of color, showing the high esteem in which deceased was held. She experienced religion when a girl and has been a faithful follower of the meek and lowly Nazarene. The singing was very good, and a feeling of deep solemnity seemed to pervade the congregation. The floral offerings were abundant, the altar in front of the pulpit being covered with flowers. Elder Johnson took charge of the services at Fairview cemetery.

"Blessed are they that die in the Lord, yea saith the spirit, for they rest from their labors and their works shall follow them."

[HUGHES, WILLIAM'S WIFE, - 1902]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 20, 1902
Burned to Death
George Hughes, a blacksmith of Bedford, has received the sad news of the death of the wife of his brother, William, at Newman Grove, Nebraska, caused by the explosion of a gasoline stove, in which the lady was so badly burned that death resulted.

[HUGHES, PEARL IRENE] 
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 22, 1900
Little Girl Burned to Death
News reached Bedford of the horrible death of the little six-year-old daughter of Jack Hughes at Old Memory on Thursday of last week, by burning. The parents were in the cornfield at the time. The girl and an aunt were alone in the house. While the aunt was gone to the cellar for potatoes, the little girl's dress caught fire from the stove and although the fire was extinguished by the aunt, it was too late, and the unfortunate child died within four hours.

[ISOM, ANNIE JOHNSON]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 26, 1901
Annie Johnson – Was born in Kentucky January 30, 1864 and died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Johnson, September 18, 1901. She was married to Dan Isom at Gravity, Iowa, June 13, 1893. To this union were born three children, two sons and one daughter. Just two months had passed since the death of the youngest son until the mother joined him on the other shore. Frank Aged 5 and Terrissa aged 3 years remain with the father. The funeral service took place at the home of her mother, conducted by D. W. Griffith in the presence of a large company. The floral offerings were beautiful. The interment took place in Fairview cemetery.

[KINGSBURY, CALVIN P.]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 29, 1903
Calvin P. Kingsbury, a resident of St. Joseph for almost 36 years, and a veteran printer, died at 10 p. m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at his home, 418 North Sixth street, St. Joseph, Mo., after an illness of consumption, which had confined him to his home almost continuously since last August.
Death, at the last, brought no pain and suffering to the patient, who fell asleep so peacefully and quietly that the sorrowing wife and relatives about his bedside hardly knew when the end came.
Calvin P. Kingsbury was of revolutionary ancestry, a paternal grandfather, who fought in the armies of Washington, having been one of four brothers who came to America from England about 1750.
Mr. Kingsbury was born in Boston, September 26, 1841. In early life he served an apprenticeship as a compositor in the office of the Lawrence Courier. Completing his apprenticeship, he became foreman of the Dover Enquirer, at Dover, New Hampshire, when he enlisted in Company K, Eleventh N. H. Vol.
Preceding his enlistment, he married in 1859, Miss Lydia Mooers, at Norfolk, Mass.
At the battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1865, Mr. Kingsbury was severely wounded and lay in a hospital at Washington, where he was attended by his wife until he was sufficiently recovered to return to Norfolk when he was honorably discharged from the service.
Mr. Kingsbury was for two years an assistant foreman in the state printing house at Boston and in 1865 he moved to Chicago, where he followed his trade until 1869, when he became a resident of St. Joseph and foreman of the Herald job office.
He was one of the original members of St. Joseph Steam Printing Company, organized in 1869. He later sold his interest in this concern and became associated with Thomas H. Hail in the establishment of a printing plant, of which he became sole owner in 1879.
For many years he did a large business but met with reverses which led him to abandon his business as an independent enterprise. For the last few years he had been an employee of the Combe Printing Company.
Mr. Kingsbury had for many years been a member of the Baptist church, with which he united in Norfolk, Mass. He was prominent in lodge circles, was past commander of Custer Post No. 7, G. A. R. and past master of St. Joseph lodge No. 78, A. F. and A. M.; past high priest of Mitchel Chapter No. 89, R. A. M. and past commander of the St. Joseph Commandery No. 4, K. T., also past patron of St. Joseph Chapter No. 198 O. E. S. He was a thirty-second degree Mason. He was past chancellor of St. Joseph lodge No. 22, Knights of Pythias, and was for two years grand prelate of the grand lodge. He belonged to Pride of the West lodge No. 42, A. O. U. W. and was past president of the typographical union.
A short time before his death Mr. Kingsbury was visited by Joseph H. Miller and Miss Nettie Miller of Boston, a nephew and niece. At the time of his death there were at his bedside his wife and two nephews, H. E. Mooers, editor of the Bedford, Ia. Free Press and P. S. Mooers, editor of the Mound City, Mo. Jeffersonian. He left no children.
The funeral was held Sunday at the First Baptist church, conducted by Rev. John Ernest Cook, pastor, and Rev. N. R. Pittman, pastor of the Savannah Avenue Baptist church.
The funeral was in charge of the Masons, attended by representatives from the G. A. R. and other organizations of which the deceased was a member.
Pallbearers were chosen from Mr. Kingsbury's old associates of the Masonic fraternity. The body was laid to rest in the vault at Mount Mora cemetery.
The following flowers were contributed by loving friends and the various orders to which he belonged: St. Joseph Chapter O. E. S., a star; Combe Printing Co., a pillow; St. Joseph Lodge A. F. & A. M., square and compass; Custer Relief corps, No. 4, A. O. U. W., anchor and shield; St. Joseph Lodge K. P., shield; Woman's Auxiliary, Degree of Honor A. O. U. W.; Custer Post G. A. R. No. 7; Mr. and Mrs. Newburger, Mrs. L. Wachter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tuller, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sanders, Mrs. S. Walker, Mrs. Louis Horn, Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Mooers, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Mooers; wife to beloved husband, crown and star; Mrs. Louis Horn and children, sheaf of wheat; Miss Louis Williams, Mrs. W. J. King, Mr. and Mrs. E. Craig, Mr. and C. J. Townsend, Mrs. Josephine Weaver and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Carson.

[LAIRD, CASSANDRA CAGG]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 4, 1901
Mrs. Laird Dead
Died, at her home at Wanamaker, Ringgold county, on Saturday, March 30, Mrs. Laird, aged 79 years. She was the mother of Mrs. Wyckoff of Bedford.

[LARISON, JAMES ENOCH'S INFANT, - 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 21, 1901
Asleep in Jesus
At 10 o'clock p. m. at their home seven miles southwest of Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. J. [ames] E.[noch] Larrison were called upon to part from their three months old girl. The little flower had brightened the home only a few short weeks when she was taken to her eternal home of sunshine and gladness. Rev. Griffith conducted the funeral services at the home and the casket of clay was laid to rest in the Bedford cemetery.

[LITTEER, MONROE C.]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 24, 1902
M. C. Litteer Dead
After an illness of over two months, postmaster Monroe C. Litteer died at his late home in Yukon, O. T., at three o'clock Wednesday morning, April 2, 1902, aged 49 years and 15 days.

[LONG, TIP, - 1902]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 24, 1902
Tip Long Drowned
Tuesday morning Tip Long, a farmer living south of Iveyville, started to drive to Clarinda in a wagon with another man. While attempting to cross the swollen waters of the Nodaway river the team and wagon went somewhat off the track and were swept away, resulting in the drowning of Mr. Long and the team. The other man escaped. Mr. Long was a married man, but we understand that he and his wife had separated.

[LONG, TIP, - 1902]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, July 23, 1902
Drowns near Clarinda – Tip long, who lives near Guss, was drowned Monday a couple of miles east of Clarinda. He and a neighbor, Charles Walters, were on their way to Clarinda and in crossing one of the swollen streams found a bad culvert and were thrown into the water. Walters succeeded in getting out, but he never saw Long after they were precipitated into the water. Long, who was about 22 years old, leaves a wife and baby. He formerly lived in this county, four or five miles southwest of Brooks and was quite well known in that locality.

[LONG, TIP, - 1902]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, July 26, 1902
Tip Long, living near Guss, was drowned near the new Hawleyville bridge Monday. He had driven off the grade and was in a field with a team and spring wagon and the team plunged into a deep place and started down the stream. In attempting to guide them to the bank the wagon was upset, and he was drowned. The deceased was about twenty-five years old and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Long who are well known residents of the vicinity of Guss. Three years ago the Fourth of July long was married to a daughter of A. C. Davis now a resident of Clarinda. And about two years ago a daughter was born. It seems that the union was not as happy as it should have been and two weeks ago the wife, feeling that she could no longer endure the treatment she was receiving, took the child and went to her father's home. She immediately commenced proceedings for divorce on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment, and an order had been issued by the court restraining the husband from disposing of his property until the matter could be settled in the courts. Long went last week to see his wife, but she refused to admit him. He was going to Clarinda Monday for the purpose of seeing his wife or at least having his friends see her, with a view of arranging matters between them. This sudden and unexpected tragedy ends the controversy between them.

[LONG, TIP, - 1902]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, July 26, 1902
A large number of the great procession that followed the remains of Mr. Peregrine to the burial, went at once to the house of George Long nearby where there were many sorrowing friends and grief-stricken relatives of Tip Long, a young man who was drowned near Clarinda a few days ago. Mr. Long and a friend were driving to Clarinda and near that place they undertook to cross a stream. They missed the way and were thrown into deep water and he and the team went down, while the friend who was driving barely escaped. That was a sad and unexpected funeral. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dunlavy at Gravity and the remains were laid to rest in the Nodaway cemetery. . . 

[LONGFELLOW, LEMUEL VINCENT, 1828 – 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 21, 1901
Dead at Platteville
J. [Lemuel] V. [incent] Longfellow, an old and respected citizen of Platteville, died Monday morning at 6 o'clock. The interment took place in the Bowers cemetery.

LONGFELLOW, LEMUEL VINCENT, 1828 – 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 28, 1901
--Mrs. Al Carson was up from Hopkins last week to attend the funeral of her father, Mr. Longfellow, at Platteville.

[LOVE, JOHN, 1823 -1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 17, 1901
--It is with regret that we announce the death of an old and highly respected citizen of New Market, John Love, who has recently been staying at Hawleyville where he died this morning, Friday.



[MAXWELL, LUCY FISH]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 15, 1903
Death of Mrs. Thos. L. Maxwell
Mrs. Thos. L. Maxwell died at her home at Corning on Wednesday, January 7, at 8:30 p. m. of pneumonia. The many friends of the family at this place will be sorry to learn of the death of this most excellent lady who for many years was a resident of Creston. Mrs. Maxwell, formerly Miss Lucy Fish, of Beardstown, Ill. and T. L. Maxwell were married after Mr. Maxwell had been admitted to the bar in this county. To this union there came a son, Mr. Roy Maxwell, who is now a law partner of his father at Corning. – Creston American

[MCBURNEY, LILLY MAY]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 18, 1902
--Mr. and Mrs. G. [ideon] Wieser have received the sad intelligence that their little two-year-old granddaughter, Lilly May McBurney, had died at the home of its parents at Benwood, W. Va.

[MCDOWELL, PHOEBE]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 18, 1901
Death of Miss Phoebe McDowell
Saturday morning at 7 o'clock, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bubb, six miles east of Bedford, occurred the death of Miss Phoebe McDowell, aged 48 years, 11 months and 24 days. The funeral exercises were conducted by Rev. A. H. Collins and the interment was made in Bowers cemetery.
Miss McDowell had been sick about two weeks previous to her death. She had no relatives in this part of the country and had only one brother living but his address is not known. She had lived with Mr. and Mrs. Bubb since last fall. Previous to that time she had made her home for about three years with Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Moon of Bedford.
She was dependent upon her own exertions for a living and at the time of her death had $73 with which to defray her funeral expenses.

[MCKIM, JOHN LOUIS]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 26, 1901
Louis McKim was born in Park county, Iowa, October 16, 1878 and died September 18, 1901, in Bedford, Iowa. He was aged 22 years, 11 months and 2 days. Mr. McKim had been sick for a long time. Death resulted from consumption. The funeral services took place at the home of his parents in this city September 20 at 11 a. m., Rev. D. W. Griffith officiating. He spoke from Matthew XXV -13: "Be ye therefore ready." The need of preparation to meet God was made emphatic. A goodly number were present. Mr. McKim expressed a hope in Christ before his death. The floral offerings were abundant and appropriate. The most beautiful symbols were the cross, the anchor and the wreath. The interment took place in the Bedford cemetery.
[Note: Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850- 1990 gives his birth place as Parke County, Indiana.]

[MCKINLEY, DONALD PENN]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 2, 1902
Rev. McKinley Afflicted He Was a Former Bedford Pastor
One Son Dead, the Other Blind, Both Being Born in Bedford. A Double Affliction. Has Sympathy of Many.
Rev. Russell A. McKinley, D. D., pastor of the First Church, Steubenville, Ohio, and moderator of the Synod, has been bereaved by the death of his eldest son, Donald Penn, who died on November 27, of pleuro-pneumonia, after an illness of less than thirty hours. He was 22 years of age, a graduate of Jefferson college, gifted in art and music, and at the time of his death was employed as clerk in the office of the superintendent of the American Locomotive Company of Allegheny, Pa. Taken at his desk with a severe chill, he was removed to the Presbyterian hospital where everything possible was done but fruitless. The body reached the Steubenville home on Thanksgiving morning and the burial was on Sabbath. He was a Christian young man of great promise and a member of the church. Dr. McKinley has been afflicted also in the person of his second son, Russell A., Jr., who returned from the regular army in Cuba last January, having lost the sight of both eyes. The household has the sympathy of all who know them. – Herald and Presbyter.
Rev. Russell was about fifteen years ago pastor of the Bedford Presbyterian church and both sons spoken of above were born here. Bedford people will read with sadness the great afflictions that have come upon Rev. McKinley.

[MCKISSICK, LEO, - 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 20, 1901
Little Lee Has Gone
Word was received last week of the death of little Leo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam McKissick, who are well known to Taylor county people. Leo was a cripple, the result of injuries received while living in St. Louis but had fully recovered his ordinary health. He had been sick only a sick time previous to his death. The many Taylor county friends of Mr. and Mrs. McKissick will sympathize with them in their affliction.






[MILES, JULIA ANN IRWIN]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 29, 1901
Obituary – Julia Ann Erwin was born March 5th, 1820 in Cassawago [Cussewago], Crawford county, Pennsylvania. She was married to Rev. Edward N. Miles, August 20th, 1839. To this union five children were born, among them being Mrs. Linnie Osborn, living near Bedford.
For some time she has been in declining health and resided with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Osborn, where she received the tenderest care. She died August 23, 1901, aged 81 years, 5 months and 18 days. Rev. D. W. Griffith, pastor of the Bedford Baptist church, conducted the funeral services at the Osborn residence, three and a half miles northwest of Bedford at 9:30 a. m., August 24th. His text was the words, "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." –2 Cor. 5:1
The remains were placed on the 12:20 train at Gravity and conveyed to Lake City, Iowa, to be interred beside her husband.
[Note: Her maiden name is spelled Irwin on her headstone.]

[MILLER, FRED'S INFANT, - 1902]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 24, 1902
--One of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller's twin babies died of small pox Sunday. They reside four miles south of here.



[MOFFIT, EMILY C., MRS., -1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 5, 1901
Dose of Morphine Resulted in Death
Last Thursday Mrs. E. C. Moffit, aged about sixty years, whose home was at New Market, took an over dose of morphine with fatal results. Everything possible was done for her but to no avail, death coming to her relief on Friday. Her condition was not discovered until the drug had taken full effect. She lived alone.



[MORRISON, HORACE]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 9, 1902
With the Angels
Horace, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Morrison, was born September third and died October fourth, aged one month and one day. The little blossom was loaned for just one month that they might learn to love it and know it when they reached the land where goodbyes are never said. Funeral services were held at the house and conducted by Rev. S. A. FitzSimons.

[NICHOLS, JULIA E. JOHNSTON]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 11, 1902
Passed to a Just Reward
Several months ago, J. [oseph] L. [ewis] Nichols came from Illinois and took charge of the Rand lumber yard. Shortly after his arrival he went to Keokuk and brought back with him his invalid mother and they went to housekeeping in the former Baptist parsonage. Mrs. Nichols gradually grew weaker from an incurable malady and finally died at 1 o'clock Saturday morning, September 6. In the evening a large number of sympathizing citizens gathered at the home, while Rev. D. W. Griffith assisted by Rev. T. J. Ream, conducted the short but solemn funeral exercises. The remains were then taken to the train and forwarded to Keokuk for interment, accompanied by the sorrowing son, who has the sympathy of every citizen of Bedford. The following obituary was read at the funeral.
Mrs. Julia E. Nichols was born at Pleasant Unity, Penn., July 17, 1830 and died at her home in Bedford, Iowa, September 6th at 1 a. m. She was married to W. H. Nichols in 1853. To this union were born four sons and a daughter. Two sons and daughter died in infancy. There remains to remember a devoted and faithful mother W. [illiam] J. Nichols, of Pittsburg, Penn. and J. [oseph] L.[ewis]Nichols of this city, who has stood by and been her special comfort in caring for her every want since the death of her husband and father February 20, 1899. Mrs. Nichols was for many years a member of the M. E. church. She died in the triumph of faith in her Redeemer. She had been a sufferer for some time and longed for her heavenly home.
In speaking of the deceased, the Keokuk Gate City says: Mrs. Nichols live din Keokuk for nearly fifty years, leaving nearly a year ago to live with her son. She was a widow of W. H. Nichols, a prominent contractor and one-time alderman of this city and the family was one of the best known in town.
She was Miss Julia E. Johnston and was born in Westmoreland county, Pa., about seventy years ago.
They were active and faithful members of the Chatham Square Methodist church from the beginning of that organization.

[NORRIS, SAMUEL, 1835 - 1902]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 11, 1902
Samuel Norris Dead
After a long and lingering sickness, Sam Norris died at the home of his son-in-law, Sam Fulton, at 6:30 p. m., Tuesday, September 9, the direct cause being heart trouble and dropsy. Mr. Norris was 67 years, 6 months and 2 days old. He was well known to every citizen of Bedford, and his death will be the cause of universal sorrow. The funeral was conducted at the home yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock by Rev. Griffith. Interment in Fairview cemetery. 



[OXANDER, ANTHONY W.]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 18, 1901
--Wm. Fox received a telegram yesterday of the death of his nephew, A. [nthony] A. [W.] Oxander, at Oskaloosa. He left on the 10:38 train yesterday to attend the funeral.

[PALMER, GETTIE MAE FAGAN]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 26, 1903
Mrs. Palmer Also Dead
About six weeks ago J. [esse] L. [ee] Palmer, a former editor of the New Market paper, died of typhoid fever. Now comes the sad news that Mrs. Palmer has also succumbed to the same disease and joined her husband in the great beyond. This leaves three small children to fight the battles of the world alone and with little, if any, of this world's goods to help them through. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer will be remembered by Bedford people, they having resided here several years ago, both being members of the M. E. church. Mr. Palmer worked at the Times office.

[PALMER, GETTIE MAE FAGAN]                 [PALMER, JESSE LEE]
Chariton Democrat (Chariton, Iowa), Thursday, February 26, 1903
Sad Calamity
Chariton friends will learn with deep regret of the death of both Mr. and Mrs. J. [esse] L. [ee] Palmer of Van Wert, Iowa. Mr. Palmer passed away on December 24th after an illness of several weeks with typhoid fever and Mrs. Palmer succumbed to the same disease on the 12th of this month. Both were taken to Toledo, Iowa, for burial. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer resided in Chariton a few years ago and he filled a position in this office as foreman. Later he served in the same capacity at the Herald office. He was a careful, capable workman and both he and his estimable wife were highly regarded by all who knew them. He founded the Van Wert Record which he sold a short time before his illness. Three little children are left orphans and will be cared for by a sister of Mr. Palmer.

[PARKS, ANGELINA HYTEN]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 9, 1902
Mrs. W. C. Parks Dead
Mrs. Sarah Parks was called by telegram to Newton, Iowa, last Friday by the illness of her mother, Mrs. W. [illiam] C. Parks. She arrived just an hour and a half before her mother died and had the consolation of being recognized before the spirit took its flight. Death was caused by consumption. Mr. and Mrs. Parks will be remembered by all old settlers, having moved from Taylor county about twelve years ago.

[PARKS, ANGELINA HYTEN]
Newton Record (Newton, Iowa), Thursday, January 9, 1902
Good Wife and Mother Taken
The home of Mrs. Wm. C. Parks on East South street is full of sorrow on account of the death of a good wife and mother, taken from them at an early hour on Sunday morning, January 5th. Mrs. Parks had been an invalid since last spring, since which time there had been a slow but steady decline in spite of all efforts to arrest the disease which had from the first seemed to mark her for its prey and finally there came a complete breaking down of her entire system, rendering her helpless for the last three months of her life. She had been a member of the Primitive Baptist church for over a quarter of a century and remained strong in the faith until she was called to her reward for long and faithful Christian service.
Angelina Hyten was born in Fayette county, Kentucky, June 28, 1848. When about five years of age her parents moved to Cumberland county, Ill., where her mother died the following year. In 1864 her father died, and she went to make her home with her uncle, James Gorrell in Hendricks county, Ind., where on the 19th day of March 1865 she was united in marriage with William C. Parks, who survives her. To them were born eleven children, eight of whom survive their mother and were with her during her last illness, viz: Mrs. Clara Munn of Marshalltown; Otha Parks of Audubon; and Karl, Guy, Margaret, Martha, Hugh and Marion.
The funeral service was held at the home at 1 o'clock p. m. Monday, conducted by Rev. J. C. Willits and the interment was at Sugar Grove cemetery about four miles west of town.

[PARKS, ANGELINA HYTEN]
Newton Record (Newton, Iowa), Thursday, January 9, 1902
Otha Parks of Audubon and Mr. and Mrs. George Munn of Marshalltown, who came to be with their mother, Mrs. W. [illiam] C. Parks, during her last illness, returned to their homes Tuesday morning.

[PASCHAL, ALBERT G.]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 6, 1900
Dr. Paschal's Father Dead
Last Thursday Dr. C. [layton] M. Paschal was called hurriedly to Melrose by the alarming illness of his father, who had been sick some time. Upon his arrival there, he found that death had claimed a shining mark, his father having died at three o'clock on Thursday afternoon. A. [lbert] G. Paschal was born September 29, 1829 and was over 71 years old at the time of his death. The remains were interred at Melrose. Dr. Paschal and family have the sympathy of all in their bereavement. Mrs. Paschal left Friday to attend the funeral.

[QUINBY, EZRA ALLEN]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 25, 1900
Obituary – Ezra A. [llen] Quinby was born in Clinton Co., Ohio, April 27, 1832. He came to Iowa in 1852 and settled near the place of his death in what is known as Old Memory where he has resided ever since—having been recognized as one of Dallas township's oldest settlers. Many years ago, he sold goods in Old Memory and also engaged in the nursery business there in later years. September 5th, 1888, he was married to Miss Elizabeth King who survived him and to this happy union two children were given, one girl and one boy, Lee B., the former having preceded him to the better land about nine years ago. Many years ago, he made a profession of Christianity under the ministry of Elder Johnson of the Christian church. Last winter he was reclaimed and received into the fellowship of the Christian church at New Market and was soon made a member of its building committee for the erection of their new church but owning to his protracted illness during the summer was never enabled to be in the new church after its completion. He was not only a man of much intelligence but possessed quite a large amount of ingenuity which enabled him to produce some valuable inventions, now upon record in the patent office at Washington, D. C. from which benefits must be enjoyed by others who live after him.
A large concourse of sympathizing relatives, friends and old neighbors followed his remains, the day following his death, which occurred October 14th, to the new Christian church in New Market, where the writer spoke words of comfort to the bereft friends, assisted by evangelist G. F. Devol, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Old Memory cemetery.  W. L. Dunlavy

[RAINS, G. CLINTON]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Wednesday, March 6, 1901
Crushed to Death!
Clinton Rains Dies Suddenly in a Coal mine
Given no Warning Whatever Struck by a Large Chunk of Slate and Crushed to Pieces
This week we are called upon to chronicle the untimely death of Clinton Rains, a Villisca young man whose life was cut off at a moment least expected. Mr. Rains was working in the Anderson coal mine at New Market, and at about three o'clock last Thursday afternoon a chunk of slate, weighing about two tons, fell from the roof of his room, striking him on the left shoulder and hip, which crushed him to death instantly. When struck the victim uttered one loud yell which was heard by parties working in the next room. They immediately ran to assist the unfortunate one, but it was too late.
About forty-five minutes were spent in removing the body from under the awful weight and it was then found that nearly every bone above the lower limbs was broken.
The remains were shipped to this city last Friday night. The funeral occurred from the M. E. church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock and the body was inhumed in the Villisca cemetery, Rev. Campbell officiating. About twenty of the miners from New Market were in attendance at the funeral from which number the pallbearers were selected.
Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Rains of this city and was a skillful workman. He was a favorite among his associates and will be greatly missed by them. He was to be married sometime during this month, which makes his demise doubly sad.

[RAINS, G. CLINTON]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 7, 1901
Man Killed at New Market
G. C. [linton] Rains, a miner, was killed in a mine at New Market Thursday of last week. He was 22 years old and his parents reside at Villisca, to which place the remains were conveyed for interment. Coroner M. B. Dunning was called to the scene and held an inquest on the remains of the unfortunate man. Following is the report of the coroner's jury:
"The said jurors upon their oaths do say that the said G. C. Rains came to his death by being crushed under a piece of slate while working in the Anderson mine near New Market, Iowa, on the 28th of February 1901, about 3 p. m. We further find that his death was caused by negligence on his part by his not using sufficient props. Upon further examination we find plenty of props for his use and therefore exonerate the mine owner and manager."



[REES, FRANK, -1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 21, 1901
Her Brother Died
Mrs. G. F. Manker received the sad intelligence that her brother, Frank Rees, died in the Marine hospital in St. Louis Wednesday, March 13, of consumption. While the death of Mr. Rees was expected, it comes as a blow to his sister. The deceased had been sick a long time. The many friends of Mrs. Manker will sympathize with her in her sorrow.

[REID, MAGGIE DELL ROBBINS]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 7, 1901
--N. [athan] H. [ugh] Reid came over from Siam Saturday. He informs us that his wife died at their home in Loveland, Colorado, January 18, and that he brought back the remains and had them interred in the Shearer cemetery southwest of Siam January 22. He will return to Loveland in the near future.

 

[ROBBINS, WALTER]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 15, 1902
Joined the Angel Choir
Walter W., little son of Mr. and Mrs. H. [ezekiah] A. [lexander] Robbins, of this city, died this morning at 6:20 o'clock of measles and lung fever. The funeral services will be conducted at the residence tomorrow at 10 o'clock, Elder Lee Ferguson officiating. The srvices will necessarily be brief on account of the illness of two others of the family. Interment will take place in the Fairview cemetery.
Little Walter was born December 17, 1900 and was the joy and pet of the household. Those upon whom this loss falls so heavily, have the deep sympathy of all who know of the grief that has come to them.

[ROBBINS, WALTER]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 15, 1902
Gone to His Eternal Rest
Died, Friday morning, May 9, at 6:20 o'clock, Walter, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. H. [ezekiah] A. [lexander] Robins, aged one year and seven months, the result of measles and pneumonia. The funeral exercises were conducted at the home Saturday morning at 10 o'clock by Elder Lee Ferguson. Interment in Fairview. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all.

[SAVAGE, ROBERT DENNIS]
Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), Saturday, May 24, 1902
The body of the late Robert D. Savage, cashier of the American Express company, was laid to rest this morning in New Market. Mr. Savage was well known in this community, having been a resident of Dubuque for the last eight years. Deceased was universally admired for his sterling qualities and upright honest manhood. A wife and two children are left to mourn his loss.

[SAVAGE, ROBERT DENNIS]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 5, 1902
--N. S. Savage and family boarded the train here Thursday for their St. Joseph home, having been to New Market to attend the funeral of his brother, R. [obert] D. Savage, who died at Dubuque. Mrs. R. [obert] D. Savage returned to St. Joseph with them. 

[SCHOENENBERGER, NICHOLAS, 1818 - 1902]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 16, 1902
Mrs. Acker's Father Dead
As stated in the Free Press, Mrs. Acker was called to the bedside of her sick father a short time ago. The sad news comes that the sick man died last week. Sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.

[SCHUSTER, AUGUST "ADAM"]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 25, 1902
--On Tuesday John Graff received the news that his brother-in-law, A. Schuster, died at Rattoon [Raton], New Mexico. The burial took place at his old home in Savannah.

[SCUDDER, HARRY]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 26, 1903
Child Burned to Death
The Little Son of a Former Bedford Citizen Meets a Horrible Death
Wednesday of last week the three-year-old boy of Mr. and Mrs. John Scudder burned to death at their home in Savannah, Mo. The little fellow was playing about the stove, being alone in the room. His clothing caught fire and before his mother arrived, the child was so badly burned that it soon died.
Mr. Scudder was until a little over a year ago, a resident of Bedford and moved to Savannah to go into the manufacture of the harrow carriage, of which he was the patentee. Bedford people will be pained to learn of such a sad accident.

[SEIBERT, HENRY – 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 17, 1901
--Word was received here Monday conveying the sad intelligence of the death of Uncle Henry Seiberts, formerly of this place, but late of Okeene, Oklahoma, where he moved last spring. – Gravity Independent

[SHAW, GABRIEL ERNEST]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 10, 1901
Gabriel Shaw Dead
Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock January 8, at the home of O. L. Craig, in the northeast part of Bedford, occurred the death of Gabriel E. [rnest] Shaw. Mr. Shaw was a former resident of Hawleyville, but for some time had made his home in Bedford. He was over 80 years old at the time of his death. He was an old soldier, and the G. A. R. of Bedford took charge of the remains which were interred in the Hawleyville cemetery yesterday at 11 o'clock.

[SIMPSON, RUTH, - 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 20, 1901
Death of Little Ruth Simpson
Word has been received from Oklahoma City of the death of the three months old baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Simpson, nee Stella Bates.

[SMITH, ORA EDWARD "NED", 1878 - 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 28, 1901
Death of Ned Smith
Ned Smith died in Wyoming on Wednesday, March 20. The body was brought back to Taylor county and buried at Siam, near which town his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Smith reside. Deceased was 23 years old at the time of his death.

[SMITH, ORA EDWARD "NED", 1878 - 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 28, 1901
SIAM – Ned Smith died Wednesday, March the 20, 1901, at 10 o'clock p. m. at Sheridan, Wyoming and his remains were brought back here for interment at New Market Saturday at 12 o'clock, March 23, and was placed in a hearse by members of Covenant lodge No. 453 A. F. and A. M. then conveyed to Siam and taken to his father's house, Isaac Smith, for his father, mother, brother and sisters and other relatives and friends to take their last look. He was buried in the Siam cemetery by Plumb lodge no. 285, A. F. and A. M. of which he was an honored member. He was also a member of Silver Leaf Chapter, no. 261, O. E. S.
The friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Smith extend to them their heartfelt sympathy in this their sad bereavement of their dear boy.



[SNOW, CHARLES E.]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 3, 1902
Death of Chas. Snow
Chas. Snow died in the hospital at Peoria, Illinois, at 4 o'clock on the morning of Friday, June 27, the cause of death being chronic catarrh. Mrs. Wm. Wilkins of Bedford was at the bedside of her brother when he passed away. Mr. Snow was for a time a business man of Bedford and has many friends here who will mourn his departure.

[STAPLETON, LON]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 14, 1901
Drowned in Honey Creek
A telephone message to the Free Press yesterday stated that Lon Stapleton had been drowned in Honey Creek, about three miles southwest of Conway, on Tuesday night and his body was found the next morning at eight o'clock. Coroner Dunning was notified but was attending the Scott funeral and was delayed. The particulars of this sad affair are not obtainable at this time.



[STEPHENS, WILLIAM JACOB]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 18, 1902
Obituary – Died, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dan Burk, in Bedford, Iowa, on Monday, Sept. 15, 1902, at 8:15 a. m., William Jacob Stevens [Stephens], aged 81 years, 6 months and 21 days.
The funeral services were held at the Dan Burk residence Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 1 o'clock p. m., conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith, of the Baptist church. Interment occurred in the Titus cemetery.
Deceased was born Feb. 22, 1821, in Muskingum county, Ohio. He went to Mercer county, Ill., when he was 12 years of age. In 1848 he was united in marriage to Eliza Jane Walters. Sept. 20, 1876, he moved to Taylor county where he has since lived. He was the father of fifteen children, nine of whom survive him as follows: Mrs. B. A. Barr, of Thayer, Kan.; James, of Wauneta, Kansas; Mrs. Mary Tomlen of Boston, Mass.; Mrs. Rebekah Dickson of Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. May Pennington of Clarinda, Iowa; Thos. W., Bedford; Mrs. John Jones, Bedford; Mrs. Elizabeth Burk, Bedford; Mrs. Margaret Cutler, Bedford.
Mrs. Pennington, of Clarinda, was the only child from abroad who was privileged to be present at the funeral.
[Note: He is buried in Bowers Cemetery, Taylor County, Iowa not Titus Cemetery as stated in the obituary.]

[STEWART, JOSEPH A., 1820 - 1902]              [WELLS, WALLACE]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 29, 1902
BLOCKTON – Miss Erma Stickleman returned Friday from a visit at Siam. From her it is learned that Wallace Wells was buried near Siam Thursday and Joseph Stewart Friday at Siam. Mr. Wells died from smallpox, in Kansas and Mr. Stewart from a stroke of paralysis. Both were well known in the county. The latter was over 80 years of age.

[TELFORD, COLIN CAMERON]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 16, 1902
G. B. Telford Lost His Baby
The many Bedford friends of Mr. and Mrs. George Telford will sympathize with them in the loss of their baby. We are in receipt of the following pathetic letter:
"Sweet, beautiful, bright, interesting, laughing, playful little Colin Cameron Telford lies peacefully sleeping in the Mt. Ida, Kansas cemetery. Born March 19, 1902, fell peacefully asleep in the arms of Jesus October 6. Our darling is gone; our hearts are breaking."

[TERRILL, CATHARINE BOWMAN]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 7, 1901
Mrs. Catharine Terrill Dead
Died, at the home of her son, Asa Terrill, one and a half miles southeast of Platteville, October 31, at 10 o'clock a. m., Mrs. Catharine Terrill, aged 64 years, 10 months and 8 days. Funeral services were conducted at the home by the M. E. preacher of Blockton, after which the remains were taken to Blockton and shipped on the train to Harlan for interment.
There was one curious coincidence connected with this funeral that is worthy of special mention. Mrs. Terrill, during her life time, was greatly attached to the Besco family, who lived not far from the Terrill home.
Six of the Besco family acted as pall bearers, as follows: Misses Lela and Lulu Besco, twins; Geo. and Henry Besco, twins; Chas. and Fred Besco. All were brothers and sisters. This is a circumstance that has hardly ever happened before. 

[TIVEY, ELIZABETH EMALINE NEUMEYER]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 29, 1900
Death of Mrs. Tivey
Last Saturday evening, Nov. 3, Mrs. Elizabeth Emaline Tivey, a highly respected lady of this county, died at her home about three miles southwest of Schuyler. She was taken sick on Wednesday and lived but three days. The funeral services were held at three o'clock Monday afternoon at the Episcopal church, being conducted by Rev. Pattee and the remains were interred in the Schuyler cemetery. A large number of people were present to do honor to the memory of the departed, there being fifty-three carriages in the procession that left the house, and these were joined by quite a number at the church. The interior of the church was beautifully decorated, and the floral offerings were numerous. Mrs. Tivey was the wife of Sidney Tivey, who is well known throughout this part of the county and has been a resident here for many years. She leaves a husband and two sons, aged 5 and 9 years, to mourn the loss of a loving wife and a fond mother. Mrs. Tivey was a member of the Degree of Honor and held a $2,000 policy which was taken out about four months ago. Of this sum $1,000 goes to the two sons and $1,000 to the husband. Those who came from a distance to attend the funeral were the mother of Mrs. Tivey from Iowa and G. R. Tivey from Silver Creek. – Schuyler (Neb.) Bee
Mrs. Neumyer [Neumeyer], mother of Mrs. Tivey is a resident of Taylor county, at whose request the above is published.

[TYLER, EDWARD MERLYN]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 20, 1900
NEW MARKET – Tuesday the little two-year-old boy of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Tyler was burned so badly that death resulted in a few hours afterwards. We are informed that Mrs. Tyler just left the house for a few moments when the older child, about nine years old, ran out telling that the little boy was on fire. This happened about 12 o'clock. It seems that in some way he got hold of some matches which ignited, which caused the fearful death, which came about nine o'clock the same day. The remains were taken to Villisca for interment. Mr. and Mrs. Tyler came from that vicinity here, where he is working for the Campbell Coal Co. They live just east of town. – Herald

[WADDELL, MYRON C.]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 4, 1902
Rev. Waddell Dead
Rev. M. [yron] C. Waddell has at last gone to his reward, having died at the Methodist hospital in Des Moines on Friday of last week. The body was laid to rest in Woodland cemetery. Thus, one of God's noblemen has passed away, leaving behind a life full of usefulness and heavenly benediction.

[WADE, KISSIAH]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 15, 1900
CLEARFIELD – The ten-year old daughter of Austin Wade, who lives seven miles northeast, was interred in the city cemetery Wednesday forenoon. The deceased child took violently ill with diptheria several weeks ago and after a long, heroic but futile effort on the part of nature to throw off the disease, she died Monday afternoon. Mr. Wade and wife had a long and wearisome time with the disease in their family, in all of which they have the sincere sympathy of all.

[WHALEN, JOHN WILLIAM]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 16, 1902
--Mrs. W. H. Dalton was called Monday to Plattsmouth, Nebraska, by the death of her sister's husband, J. [ohn] W. [illiam] Whalen.

[WHALEN, JOHN WILLIAM]
Omaha Daily Bee (Omaha, Nebraska), Wednesday, January 15, 1902
PLATTSMOUTH, Neb., Jan. 14. – (Special) – A telegram stated that John W. [illiam] Whalen died in Oklahoma and that his body would arrive in this city, where his wife and daughter live, Wednesday for burial.

[WHALEN, JOHN WILLIAM]

Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska), Thursday, January 16, 1902
Funeral of John W. Whalen
PLATTSMOUTH, Neb., Jan. 15. – (Special).) – The funeral of John W. [illiam] Whalen whose death occurred in Oklahoma last Saturday, occurred this afternoon from the Methodist church. The deceased was a member of the A. O. U. W. lodge and the funeral was held under the auspices of that order.

[WHITE, OTTO]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 25, 1901
One Man Crossed the River
Otto White Dies From Operation
Was Taken to Clarinda Hospital to be Operated on for Abscess—Was Held to Grand Jury for Assault
Otto White died in the hospital at Clarinda Tuesday of last week. But this simple announcement does not tell the tale nor reveal the particulars leading up to his death. Readers of the Free Press will remember that in a late issue notice was taken of a quarrel between Otto and his brother and John Branson, near Siam, on July 8, and the two brothers were arrested at the instigation of Branson and were liberated on their own recognizance to appear before the next grand jury.
We do not presume to state with positive knowledge of the particulars in the affair but from rumor we hear that the row was started by Branson. He had leased a small plot of ground to the Whites but had for some reason become tired of the arrangement and sought to put his renters off the place. He drove to the field where they were working so we are informed and approaching Otto, who was plowing, he ordered him off the place, which order Otto failed to obey. A fist fight then took place between the parties in which Branson was knocked down. He then ran and secured a fence stake and returned to the conflict with vigor. Otto, seeing his opponent armed, secured a monkey wrench from the plow and prepared to defend himself. About this time Otto's brother arrived on the scene.  A free for all fight then ensued, in which the older White received a dislocated finger, Otto several hard blows on the body, while Branson was hit on the head with the wrench and badly hurt.
After the fight the young men went before Justice Allen at Siam, explained the situation and were fined $1 each and costs, which they paid. They were later arrested by Sheriff McGinness at the instigation of Branson. Upon arriving in Bedford, they consulted with Attorney Chas. Thomas, during which time Otto complained of being sick from the effects of the encounter.
And now comes the sad termination. Otto became worse and was taken to the Clarinda hospital, where an operation was performed for an abscess, caused, it is said, by being struck by the fence stake. As to the true merits of the case, we are unable to state. Otto White died soon after the operation and now lies cold and lifeless in his narrow bed, having died on July 16, aged about 20 years. The funeral was conducted at his home near Siam at noon, July 17.

[WILEY, CHARLES, - 1900]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 3, 1901

Killed While Hunting
Miss Roxa Jackson visited during the holidays with relatives and friends at Lamoni. While there a very sad accident occurred, in which her cousin, Chas. Wiley, lost his life. He was out hunting with several companions. One of the rifles accidentally discharged, the ball passing through Mr. Wiley's body. He was taken home but died in a short time in great agony. He was married three years ago Christmas night to a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Lemley, of Ringgold county, who, with a child, survive him. Deceased was well known in the vicinity of Clearfield.

[WILLIAMS, JULIA ANN HOUSE]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 15, 1903
--Mrs. Thos. Williams of near Athelstan, died yesterday morning at 3 o'clock. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion church today at 11 o'clock. Interment at the Platteville cemetery. – Blockton News

[WILSON, CHARLES H., 1863 – 1901]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 30, 1901
His Son-in-Law Died
The Free Press of last week spoke of the illness of C. [harles] H. Wilson at Healdsburg, California. G. A. Davidson of Ross township, father of Mrs. Wilson, on Friday received the sad news by wire that Mr. Wilson had died Thursday night. Mr. Davidson left Saturday morning for that place and expects to bring Mrs. Wilson and her two little children back with him.

[WILT, JIMMIE WESLEY]
Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), Thursday, May 22, 1902, p. 8
BENEDICT, Neb., May 21. – (Special) – The town was shocked this morning to hear of the death of Rev. D. [orah] W. Wilt's eight-months-old baby. Mr. Wilt had been playing with it on the bed and stepped to the door to talk to a man and was gone several moments. On returning he found the baby had slipped off the back of the bed and got fast between it and the wall, face down in the covering and smothered. Every effort was made to resuscitate it. The stricken parents leave for Lenox, Ia., tomorrow morning where the parents of Mr. and Mrs. Wilt live and where the child will be buried.

[WILT, JIMMIE WESLEY]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, June 5, 1902

CLEARFIELD – Dora Wilt and wife, of Benedict, Nebr., lost their little babe, when in some way it rolled between the bed and the wall and smothered. The body was taken to Lenox where services were conducted by Rev. Foutch, assisted by Rev. Bollinger. The bereaved parents have many friends near Clearfield who will be sorry to hear of their sad loss.

 

[WISDOM, HARRIET LOUISA HARTLEY]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 29, 1901
Death of Mrs. P. J. Wisdom
Died, at her home in Blockton, Sunday, August 11, 1901, at 11 o'clock p. m., Mrs. Harriet Louisa Wisdom, wife of P.[ierce] J. [efferson] Wisdom, aged 54 years, 1 month and 7 days. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church at 2 p. m., Tuesday, August 13, conducted by Rev. G. L. Goodell, pastor of the church. Interment was made in the Blockton cemetery.
Miss Harriet Louisa Hartley was born in 1849 in Green county, Pa. and in 1873 came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hartley, to Maloy, Iowa. She was united in marriage to P. [ierce] J.[efferson] Wisdom in 1884 and to them were born five sons, all of whom with the husband and four of her stepchildren, survive the deceased. A large number of relatives and of the family were present from the vicinity of Maloy and other places.
Mrs. Wisdom was converted at the age of twenty years and her faith in her Master sustained her during the more than three years in which she suffered untold pain from the insidious ailment that gradually wasted the vital forces.