submitted by: Julia Johnson -


Blockton News, Thursday, October 14, 1915, [p. 1]

Obituary – Ross Wellar Davidson, son of L. [ewis] C. Davidson and wife, was born near Sheridan, Missouri, February 5th, 1889 and resided in and near that place until December 1905, when with his parents he moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and remained there until January 1915, when he moved to Grant City, Missouri, where he resided until his death October 9th, 1915. He was 26 years, 8 months and 4 days of age.

He leaves to mourn him a father and mother, three sisters, two brothers and a little niece and nephew, namely: Mrs. Walter Florea, Blockton; Mrs. Denver Johnson, Grant City; Lloyd, Vern and Freda Davidson, Grant City, and Charles Lewis and Martha Lee Johnson. One brother, Ernest Simeon, died in infancy. Besides these he leaves other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

He was of a bright and shining disposition, and was known among his home folks as their “whistling” brother and son. Although he knew he had an incurable disease he never murmured and when he was asked how he was, would answer: “I’m all right.” He expressed his willingness to go and was ready to go when the time came.

The funeral services were conducted from the home in Grant City, October 10th, by Challie E. Graham, pastor of the Church of Christ, Isadora, Missouri, and of whose Bible class he was a faithful member while living near that place. The remains were laid to rest in the Sheridan cemetery. The pall bearers were chosen from among the former friends and associates, as follows: Nelson, Ray, D. C. Simons, Cyrus Wake, Charlie Wake, William Winemiller, Jesse Winemiller and Sam Simmons.

The bereaved family and relatives have the sympathy of a host of friends in this hour of sorrow. May the comfort and tender loving Christ lead them “beside the still waters,” and at last to the home of everlasting rest.


Blockton News, Thursday, January 21 1915, [p. 1]

Obituary  - The Fort Morgan, Colo., Times: “Ella Maude Lynch was born in Lenox, Iowa, March 10, 1878, and died of hemorrhage of the lungs at her home in Fort Morgan, Colorado, Tuesday morning, January 12, 1915, aged 36 years, 10 months and 2 days.

Her early life and school days were spent in Lenox. Later she moved with her family to Clearfield, Iowa, and still later to Blockton, Iowa where she was married to V. [irgil] C. [hipman] Dennis, October 22, 1902. They resided several years at Sheridan, Missouri, before coming to Fort Morgan upward of four years ago, since which time they have made their home here.

In her death the world loses a noble Christian character, and the Christian church, with which she united in early life, one of its most valued and useful members. Her influence for good reached into every avenue open to her and none knew her but to love her. “Her sun went down while it was yet day,” but the good influence of her devoted life on those who knew her will not pass away.

The funeral, which was held at the home, 203 Walnut Street, at 10 a. m., Thursday, was largely attended. The services were conducted and sermon preached by Rev. F. W. Collins, pastor of the Christian church. The many floral offerings by the church, Bay View club, Matinee musical, Oasis Lodge, no. 367 [?] and her Sunday school class of girls and friends were very beautiful tokens of the love and esteem in which she was held.

Interment took place in the city cemetery [words missing].



Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 4, 1958, p. 4

Clara Frances Downing

Clara Frances Downing, daughter of William and Caroline Wire, was born in Van Buren County, Iowa, September 19, 1878, and passed away at her home in Gravity, Sunday, August 17, 1958 at the age of 79 years, 10 months, 29 days. She had been a resident of Taylor County for 50 years.

On Dec. 19, 1906 she was united in marriage to Elmer Franklin Downing, who preceded her in death on May 2 of this year.

She leaves to mourn her passing, one son, Donald Livingston of Red Bluff, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Leota Milton of Burlington, Mrs. Wentie Hootman and husband of Braddyville, Mrs. Alfred Hansen and husband of Gravity; nieces and nephews.

Mr. and Mrs. Hansen have cared for her in her home since the death of her husband. She was a member of the Methodist church in Gravity.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Gravity by Rev. Howard DeVore of Menlo and Rev. Darwin Damewood of Shambaugh. Burial in Washington cemetery at Gravity.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 8, 1958, p. 5

Frank Downing of Gravity died at University hospital, Iowa City, on Friday, May 2. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Gravity Sunday afternoon, Rev. Howard DeVore officiating. Burial in Washington township cemetery.

Elmer Franklin Downing, son of Coll and Ella Downing, was born March 10, 1880 in Taylor County, Iowa and spent most of his life here.

He was married to Clara Frances Wire of Ottumwa, Iowa, on Sept. 19 [Dec. 19], 1906.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife; one son, Donald Livingston of Red Bluff, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Mary McMillin of Bedford, Mrs. Millie Carr of Falls City, Nebr., Mrs. Anna Daniels of New Port, Oregon.

He was a member of the Methodist church of Gravity.
[Note: Correct marriage date is December 19, 1906.]



Clearfield Enterprise, Thursday, April 5, 1928, [p. 1]

Ellen Duncan Dead

Miss Ellen Duncan, 58 years old, was found dead at her home in Creston on Tuesday morning at 10 o�clock. Her sister Margaret had been down town to answer summons for jury duty, was excused, and on returning to their home found her sister lying dead on the floor of the kitchen.

Miss Duncan had been in poor health for years, with high blood pressure a large factor. She had spent a month in an Omaha hospital, coming home only last Friday. The family are inclined to attribute her death to apoplexy.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 10 o'clock and interment was had at Maloy.

Miss Duncan resided in and near Clearfield until about ten years since, and is survived by one sister, Margaret; also by five brothers, James E. of Clearfield, Bruce of Shannon City, and John, H. [arvey] S. [amuel], and Will B. of Creston. Friends in this community extend deepest sympathy to the bereaved.


Bedford Free Press, Tuesday, November 11, 1913, p. 6

H. S. Duncan Dies

H. [arvey] S. [amuel] Duncan, Sr., of Clearfield, twenty years ago well known over the county, was found dead in his bed Monday morning. The funeral took place yesterday and interment was made in the Catholic cemetery at Maloy. Mr. Duncan came from Louisa County many years ago and settled on the county line in Grant Township, where he engaged in farming and fine hog breeding. Several years since he retired from active life and moved to the vicinity of Clearfield. He was a veteran of the Civil war taking part in some of the bloodiest battles participated in by the western army. He took an active part in politics thirty years ago and at one time was the nominee of the democrats for state senator. He was well advanced in years, being upwards of seventy, and leaves a wife, three daughters, and several sons, including the well-known auctioneers. He was a man of kind intentions and has the respect of all. ---Blockton News.


Clearfield Enterprise, Thursday, June 11, 1925, [p. 1]

Obituary – Mrs. H. S. Duncan

Mary Teresa [Theresa] O'Connell was born at Waukegan, Illinois, August 8, 1846, and departed this life at Omaha, Nebraska, June 3, 1925. She was united with Harvey S. [amuel] Duncan on November 4, 1868, at Clifton, Iowa, to which union there were born nine children, two of whom preceded her in death---Mary, who died in childhood, and Andrew, who died at the age of 23. The surviving children are: Ellen A., Margaret E., John E. and William B. Duncan of Omaha, Nebraska; James E. Duncan of Clearfield, Iowa; A. B. Duncan of Shannon City, Iowa; and Harvey S. [amuel] Duncan of Creston, Iowa. Funeral services were held at St. Cecelia's Cathedral, Omaha, and at the Immaculate Conception church, Maloy, Iowa. She was laid to rest in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Maloy, Iowa.

She received her education at Ferry Hall Seminary, Lake Forrest, Illinois, graduating in 1866. She taught school at Clifton, Iowa, until the time of her marriage and continued her residence in Clifton until March, 1882, at which time she moved to Clearfield, Iowa, where she remained until June, 1918 when she moved to Omaha, Nebraska.

Her life was one of constant and unstinted devotion to her God and her family. Hers were the trials and hardships not uncommon to the pioneer farm folks of her generation and, like many of her old time neighbors, for whom she cherished the deepest love, she accepted her cross cheerfully and performed her duties as a labor of love. She was sustained and comforted throughout life and in death by an abiding faith in Jesus Christ. May she rest in peace.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, June 18, 1925
Mrs. Mary Duncan, widow of the late H.[arvey] S. [amuel] Duncan, Sr., residents of the vicinity of Clearfield for a number of years, passed away at her home in Omaha on June 3. Funeral services were held at Maloy and were conducted by Father Culhane, assisted by Father Pouget of Lenox.



Blockton News, Thursday, December 12, 1929, [p. 1]

Obituary – Mary Ellen McKeon, daughter of Hugh and Mary McKeon was born May 16, 1851, in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and departed this life November 24, 1929, at the home of her son, Dale, on the farm where she moved 47 years ago.

She was married to Mordica [Mordecai] A. [llen] Davidson April 30, 1871. To this union six children were born, three preceding her in death, two young men and an infant. The three living are Mrs. C. [orbley] V. [incent] Fordyce, of Blockton, and O.[rland] H. [ugh] and Dale Davidson, of Sheridan. There are eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren, three sisters---Mrs. G. M. Spoonemore, of Parnell; Mrs. W. T. Long, of Torrington, Wyoming, and Mrs. Emma Marshall, of Grant City.

She received her early education in the schools of Pennsylvania, completing in the schools of Missouri. She commenced teaching at the age of 16 years and was among the leading teachers of the county, always taking an active part in schoolwork and keeping well informed in the affairs of the day by reading.

She gave her heart to God in early life and was a true and devoted Christian, always attending Sunday school and church when able to do so. Her bible was her favorite book.

She leaves to mourn her going her own family and sisters and a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 2 p. m., from the Christian church at Isadora, by N. O. Williams of Grant City.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, December 5, 1929
Mrs. Ella Davidson Dead
Mrs. Ella Davidson, of Sheridan and mother of Mrs. C. V. Fordyce of this place, died quite suddenly at her home at Sheridan Sunday night, Nov. 24. Funeral services were held at the Isadora Christian church at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 26, and burial was made in the Isadora cemetery.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 2, 1940, p. 3


C. A. Dye Succumbs

Funeral Services For Sheridan Man Held At Athelstan

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Church of God in Athelstan, for Charles Albert Dye of Sheridan who died early Monday morning.

Mr. Dye’s death came unexpectedly during his sleep and was attributed to heart disease. He was 54 years of age.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Grace Dye; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Chitty of Sheridan and Mrs. Aron Nyquist of Hemingford, Nebr. There are also three brothers, George Dye of Allendale; Louis Dye of Nauvoo, Ill.; and David Dye of Athelstan, and one sister, Mrs. Effie Smith, also of Athelstan.

Burial was in the Athelstan cemetery.


Blockton News, Thursday, October 13, 1932, p. 2

Obituary – James I. [van] Dye, son of Mr and Mrs. John Dye, was born in Jay County, Indiana, Sept. 4, 1849, and departed this life at the home of his son Frank, in Athelstan, Ia., October 5, 1932, aged 83 years, 1 month and 1 day.

He was united in marriage to Martha Ellen Miller Jan. 1, 1873. To this union 9 children were born, 5 sons, 1 daughter survive him.

His wife and two sons and 1 daughter preceded him in death.

Those surviving him are L. [ewis] F. Dye, Nauvoo, Ill.; Geo. W. Dye, Grant City, Mo.; Frank Dye and Mrs. Effie Smith, Athelstan; David H. Dye, Blockton, and Charles Dye, Sidney, Ia. Also fifteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He moved to this vicinity about 49 years ago. He was an industrious man and respected by those who knew him.

He was converted about 40 years ago and united with the Holiness church at Athelstan.

The funeral services were conducted by Elder J. M. Zook of Tabor Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the Holiness church at Athelstan. The music was furnished by a male quartette from Tabor. The pallbearers were the five sons and son-in-law of the deceased. Interment was made in the Isadora cemetery.


Blockton News, Thursday, October 13, 1932, p. 4

James Dye, an old time resident, was found dead in his dooryard Thursday noon, death probably caused by heart failure. He was 88 years of age and had been a hard worker. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Zook of Tabor and interment was made in the Isadora cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Those from a distance attending the James Dye funeral services were Lon Dye, of Nauvoo, Illinois; Chas. Dye of Sidney; Virgil Dye, of Kansas City and Geo. Dye of near Sheridan.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 14, 1940, p. 3

Obituary – J. F. Dye

Joshua Franklin Dye, son of James and Ella Dye, was born in Jay County, Ind., in Sept. 1877 and died March [5] 1940 at the age of 62 years and 5 months.

In early boyhood he moved with his parents to Isadora, Worth County, Mo., and in early manhood he moved to Athelstan, which place was his home the rest of his life.

He was married to Miss Ida Cordell. To them two children were born, Albert, who preceded him in death in 1905 and Virgil Dye of Kansas City, Kans.

He leaves to mourn his death his son; four brothers, Louis Dye of Nauvoo, Ill., George Dye of Allendale, Mo., Charley Dye of Sheridan and David Dye of Athelstan; one sister, Mrs. Effie Smith; and two grandsons. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. John Brandt at the Holiness church Wednesday afternoon. Burial was in the Athelstan cemetery.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 14, 1940, p. 3

Athelstan Locals

Those from a distance attending the funeral services for Frank Dye Thursday were his niece, Mrs. Homer Spoonemore and family of Sharpsburg, Mrs. John Brandt and Mrs. Shippey of Tabor.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 21, 1940
Frank Dye, son of James and Ellen Dye, was born in Jay county, Indiana, Sept. 5, 1878 and departed this life at the state hospital, Clarinda, March 4, 1940, aged 62 years, 5 months and 28 days.
He came from Indiana to northern Missouri with his parents when a small boy and later moved to Athelstan with his parents when a young man where he spent the rest of his life.
He was united in marriage in 1901 to Miss Ida Cordell. To this union three children were born, two passing away in early childhood.
He is survived by his son, Virgil Dye, of Kansas City, Kansas and four brothers and one sister, L. F. Dye of Nauvoo, Illinois; George Dye of Grant City, Mo.; David H. Dye of Blockton; Charles Dye of Sheridan, Mo. and Mrs. Effie Smith of Athelstan. Also two grandchildren, Junior and Charles Dye, besides many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Holiness church in Athelstan at 10 o'clock Thursday morning, March 7, conducted by Elder J. B. Brandt of Tabor and interment made in the Athelstan cemetery.


Blockton News, Thursday, November 17, 1927, [p. 1]

Obituary – Martha Ellen Miller, daughter of John A. and Lucinda Miller, was born near Salem, Ind., Sept. 24, 1850. She departed this life to be with her Savior Nov. 7, 1927, at the age of 77 years, 1 month and 13 days.

On the first of January 1873, she was married to James Dye, who survives her. To this union nine children were born. Three preceded her in death, Alfred Alonzo, Margaret Lucinda and John Wesley. The surviving children are Lewis F., of Nauvoo, Ill.; George W., Sheridan, Mo.; Benjamin Franklin, Athelstan; David H., Blockton; Charles A., Glenwood; and Mrs. Effa Smith, Athelstan. She is survived also by fifteen grandchildren, one great grandchild and two brothers. Six grandchildren preceded her in death.

Deceased was converted thirty-eight years ago, and sanctified three days later. She has always been true to the Lord and possessed a kindly disposition and a strong Christian character. She was deeply loved by her children and grandchildren, as well as by her neighbors and friends.

During her last illness she was taken to the home of her son, David, where everything was done for her comfort. She did not murmur, but constantly looked to the Lord with a faith which knew no wavering. She has gone to her rest and to claim her mansion, not made with hands.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 9, 1927, at the Holiness church at Athelstan, by Elder J. M. Zook, assisted by Elders O. W. Adams and Wm. Hunt. Text used, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Rev. 2:10). Interment was made in the cemetery near Isadora, Mo.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, November 10, 1927
Mrs. James Dye Dead
Mrs. James Dye, an aged resident of Athelstan, died Tuesday morning at her home at Athelstan. She was the mother of Frank, Charles, David and Lewis Dye and Mrs. Frank E. Smith.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, January 8, 1959, p. 2


Mrs. Grace Dye died last Tuesday at her home in Hastings, Nebr. Funeral and burial were at Hastings. She was the mother of Mrs. Joe Chitty of Hastings and all were former Sheridan residents.



Bedford Times-Republican Thursday, August 13, 1908, [p. 1]

An Old Settler Gone

James H. [ickland] Elliott, formerly of this county, died Wednesday, August 12, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B. F. Griffin, at York, Nebraska, age 88 years, 9 months and 2 days.

Deceased was born in Kentucky in 1819. His father died while he was a boy, and he was thrown practically on his own resources. With his mother he moved to Indiana in 1836, and to Iowa, ’51, settling in Jasper County. In 1875 he came to Taylor County, and this was his home until his death, although for some time he had been staying with relatives in Nebraska.

Deceased was married in Owen County, Indiana, in 1839, to Miss Julia Hicks, and to this union eight children were born, who grew to maturity.

Mr. Elliott was a man well liked by all who knew him and his death has caused sorrow to many hearts. The funeral will be held at the Christian church in Gravity tomorrow afternoon at 1:30, conducted by Rev. Dunlavy. Interment at Ladoga cemetery.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, August 13, 1908, [p. 1]

Jas. H. Elliott Dead

J. [ames] H. [ickland] Elliott died at York, Nebr., Wednesday, Aug. 12, aged 88 years, 9 months and 2 days. The deceased was an old resident of Taylor County, having lived near Ladoga for a number of years. The remains were brought to Gravity and the funeral services will be held from the Christian church at that place tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.


Taylor County Democrat, Thursday, April 14, 1895, [p. 1]


Ladoga, Ia., April 1, 1895

Mrs. Emiline Elliott, wife of J. [ames] H. [ickland] Elliott, died of pneumonia at her home near this place, at 3 o’clock p. m. Sunday, March 30.

Mrs. Elliott was seventy years of age and herself and husband were among the early settlers of Taylor county. Funeral services will be held at the home of deceased on Wednesday at 10 o’clock a. m., conducted by Rev. Watson of Clearfield.



Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 21, 1939, p. 5

Mrs. Walter Farnham

Nettie M. Johnson, daughter of James and Virginia Johnson, was born July 27, 1867 in Wayland, Henry County, Iowa. She married Walter R. Farnham on May 16, 1886. To them were born three children, Earl Farnham, Mrs. Clyde Ouderkirk, and Miss Ferne Farnham. Mr. Farnham died Jan. 3, 1934.

Mrs. Farnham resided in the Sharpsburg community for 53 years. She died Sunday morning, Sept. 17 at the age of 72 years, 1 month and 20 days. She was the last of a family of seven children to be taken.

Mrs. Farnham was a mother of the home and a lover of Gospel hymns. She was a member of the Sharpsburg Presbyterian Church.

Surviving with the three children is one grandson, Ethan Farnham.

The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Sharpsburg Tuesday afternoon. Burial was in the Gravity cemetery.

[FREEMAN, VIDA AMELIA]                     [MARTIN, MARY - 1897]

Bedford Free Press, Thursday, January 6, 1898, p. 4

Gravity Gleanings

There were two deaths from diphtheria last week, Mary, Daughter of Rufus Martin, and also an infant daughter of B. C. Freeman, who resides west of town.



Blockton News, Thursday, March 25, 1915, [p. 1]

Death of Frank Fluke

Frank Olim [Olin] Fluke was born March 20, 1898. He died March 5, 1915 at his home near Redding. The end came suddenly. [Words unreadable] was home for the evening. Frank had paused for a moment on his way to the care of stock in the barn. The young man who was doing the work in the barn asked him to assist him a little by holding one of a team of mules while he caught the other that had slipped its halter off. He was following this one to the opposite side of the barn when he returned and saw Frank in the act of rising up from his hands and knees, staggering toward him. He went to his assistance, but Frank could not tell him what was the matter or what had occurred. Mr. Fluke was called and came quickly as did also a neighbor near by. There seemed to be some fluttering of the heart but respiration had practically ceased.

Frank had had difficulty in recent weeks on different occasions with his heart. Having told his mother that his heart, on slight provocation or unaccountably, would cease to beat until he had feared that it would not beat again.

Frank was a Christian, one who on his twelfth birthday had made profession of his faith in Jesus and was always admired in his life.

There is a sadness among friends and in the home from which he has been called. But they sorrow not as those who have no hope. Instead there is the abiding confidence that it is well with him.

The funeral services were held in the U. P. church at Redding at the time of the morning service Sabbath, March 7th.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 11, 1915
Frank Fluke Killed
Word was received here Friday evening of the sudden death of Frank Fluke, the seventeen-year-old son of D. [aniel] M. Fluke and wife of near Redding. As we understand it [words missing] the accident resulting in his death occurred, one of the horses kicking him causing his death. The funeral was held from the United Presbyterian church at Redding at 11 o'clock Sabbath morning, Rev. A. L. Godfrey, the pastor, conducting the funeral services. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved parents.



Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 23, 1953, [p. 1]

Mrs. Bruce French Rites To Be Thursday

Mrs. Bruce French, 73, died Tuesday morning, July 21 at the home of her son, Harvey French, east of Bedford. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Shum Funeral Home, Rev. Fred H. Cowles officiating. Burial in Gravity cemetery.

Surviving are three children, Harvey of Bedford, Mrs. Mildred Sutherland of Glenwood, Mrs. Bernadine Wiemer of California.


Bedford Times-Press, August 29, 1985

Flossie B. Frum last rites held  

Services for Flossie B. Frum, 84, were held August 23 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Burial was at Washington Cemetery in Gravity, Ia. Mrs. Frum died August 19, 1985 at Des Moines.

Flossie   B.   Nott, daughter   of Henry Nott and Sarah Hinkle Nott, was   born   in   Gravity, Iowa   on March   18, 1901.   She   grew   to maturity in Gravity where she attended the grade and high school and the Gravity Methodist Church, where she was a member.

On June 3, 1918 she was united in marriage to Davie Pullen.  He died in France during World War I. Their baby died the same day that she received word of her husband's death.

She moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1920 and took nurses training at Presbyterian Hospital. She practiced this profession until she married George Frum on March 26, 1930. In addition to raising their own son, Donald Frum she also raised three stepchildren.

She went to work for Sears Roebuck and Company in Omaha, Nebraska in 1945 and she was employed there for nine years. She retired from this employment to join her husband who had gone to California for his health. Mr. Frum died on June 15, 1968. She continued to reside in Monterey Park, Calif, until 1982. For the past three years she has been living with her niece, Maxine Goodman in Des Moines, Ia.

She is survived by her son, Donald Frum of Huntington Park, California; three stepchildren, Lester Frum of Long Beach, Calif.; Frank Frum of Ocean Side, Calif.; Fern Kelling of La Puente, Calif.; other relatives and friends.

Her family and loved ones will long remember her as a kind and considerate person and she will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, June 27, 1968, p. 3

Geo. H. Frum, 82, Rites In Bedford

Funeral services for George H. Frum, 82, of Monterey Park, California were held June 19 at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here conducted by Rev. John D. Kerr. Mr. Frum died June 15 in Monterey Park. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

George H. [arrison] Frum, youngest child of John and Emma Frum was born at Shelby, Iowa on March 26, 1886.

He married Mary Watkins and to this marriage were born three children: Lester, of Long Beach, Frank of Oceanside and Fern Kelling of La Puente, California.

His wife, Mary, died in 1929.

In 1930 he married Flossie Pullan [Pullen], and to this union one son was born, Donald of Monterey Park, California.

He worked 30 years for the Union Pacific railroad.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his first wife, Mary, and two brothers.

Left with memories are his wife, Flossie, four children; eight grandchildren; one brother, James; three sisters, Mabel Frum, Ida Schnackel, Cecile Thompson, all of Omaha; many friends and relatives.

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



Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 24, 1961, p. 5

A. R. Faubion Dies At Blockton

Funeral services for A. R. Faubion of Blockton were held at the Blockton Methodist church Thursday afternoon, August 17. Rev. Clarence Moore of Clarinda officiated. Burial was at Grant City,

Mr. Faubion, who lived alone, was found dead in his home about eight o'clock Tuesday night, August 15. He apparently had suffered a heart attack several hours previously.

Allie Roy Faubion, son of Sarah Jane and Jacob Smith Faubion, was born near Grant City, February 28, 1878 and died at the age of 83 years, five months, 14 days.

Early in life he joined the Grant City Methodist church, later transferring his membership to the Blockton Methodist church.

On February 28, 1899 he was united in marriage to Nellie Mae Gardner. To this union three children were born, a daughter, Kathryn, who died at the age of three; a son, Myron of Blockton; and a daughter, Valera of Weldon, Iowa.

In 1912 the Faubions moved to the Blockton community where he had resided for 49 years. His wife preceded him in death September 22, 1950. He later married Mrs. Amy Buckley, who also preceded him in death.

Left to mourn his departure are his sister, Mrs. Effie Mosbarger, Grant City; the son Myron and his wife Chloris of Blockton; the daughter, Mrs. Valera Sullivan and her husband Leo of Weldon; four grandchildren, Russell Faubion, John and Allen Sullivan and Helen Ruth Boggs; and nine great grandchildren.






Blockton News, Thursday, December 23, 1915, [p. 1]

Joseph T. Garrard, of Benton, who has been in poor health for several months and who recently returned home from a St. Joseph hospital where it was ascertained that there was no hope of saving his life, passed away Monday morning. The funeral was held at Maloy yesterday morning. The sympathy of the community goes out to the sorrowing relatives.



Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 16, 1942, p. 3

Ginn Infant Dies

The seven weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ginn died at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston after a few hours illness. Sympathy goes to the bereaved parents.


Taylor County Herald, Thursday, April 23, 1942, p. 4

Dennis Paul Ginn

Dennis Paul Ginn, son of Paul and Valda Ginn, was born February 22, 1942, at the Clarkson Memorial Hospital in Omaha, Nebr., and died April 13, 1942, at Greater Community hospital, Creston, Iowa, at the age of seven weeks.

During his brief stay he brought untold joy and happiness into the lives of those who knew and loved him. Each hour was a happier one for his having been here.

Left to mourn are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ginn; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. [orace] B. [oise] Ginn and Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Osborn; his aunts, Betty Ginn and Jeanne Osborn; his uncle, Thomas Ginn, Mr. and Mrs. Herman F. Ginn and Mr. and Mrs. John Neil.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, February 3, 1993


Services for Elda F. Ginn, 57, of Davenport, were held Monday at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Private burial was in Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa.

Mrs. Ginn died Thursday at Mercy Hospital, Davenport.

She retired in 1988 as a nurse's aide. She worked at both the former Osteopathic Hospital     and     St.     Luke's Hospital, both in Davenport.

Elda Fifer married Paul Ginn in 1972 in Milan, Ill.  He died June 10, 1992.

Survivors include stepdaughters Penelope Pospisal, Omaha, Neb.; and Paula (Mrs. John) Leighner, Council Bluffs, Iowa; stepsons, Aaron Ginn, Ankeny, Iowa, and    James    Ginn, Council Bluffs; 20 grandchildren; a great grandchild; a sister, Margaret Fifer, Davenport, and a brother Kenneth Taylor, Seattle.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, June 24, 1992


Paul I. [rwin] Ginn, son of Horace B. and Relda [Rilda] E. (Cree) Ginn was born at Conway, Iowa February 26, 1914 and passed away at his home in Davenport, Iowa Wednesday June 10, 1992.

On July 13, 1938 he was united in marriage to Valda Osborne. To this union six children were born: Dennis, Paul     Penelope, Elizabeth, Aaron Charles, Michael Stephen, James Mark and Paula Jean.

He married Marjorie Deal on February 12, 1967 and Elda Fiffer [Fifer] January 28, 1972.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Horace and Relda [Rilda] Ginn, son Dennis Paul, and three brothers, Dale Robert, Thomas Daniel, WWII, and Herman Frankton.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Elda of the home, sons Aaron and wife Penny, San Diego, Calif.; Michael Stephen and wife, Mary, Earlham, Iowa; James Mark and wife, Becky, Council Bluffs and daughters Penny Pospisal, Omaha, Neb.; and Paula Leighner and husband Jake of Council Bluffs; 20 grandchildren and one great grandson; two sisters, Betty Hamilton of Des Moines; Geraldine Neil, Bedford, and a sister-in-law, Ruth Ginn, Los Angeles, Calif, and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held in Davenport at Weerts Funeral Home Monday and interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.



Blockton News, Thursday, October 14, 1920, [p. 1]

Obituary – Mrs. Florence Goff, wife of Arthur Goff, died at the family home, No. 704 Ohio Avenue, early yesterday morning. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Hibbs of Blockton, Ia.; her husband; two sons, Elmer Goff who is in a training school at Camp Pike, Ark., and Edgar Goff at home; and two daughters, Gladys and Mildred Goff at home. No funeral arrangements have been made but it is probably that the body will be sent to Blockton, her former home for burial. ---Joplin, Mo., newspaper.

Mary Florence Hibbs was born in Worth County, Mo., Nov. 22, 1878 and departed this life in Joplin, Mo., Oct. 7, 1920, aged 41 years, 10 months and 15 days.

She was united in marriage to Arthur A. Goff Feb. 15, 1899. To this union four children were born, as follow: Elmer, Troy, Gladys and Mildred. Elmer is in the army service, being stationed at Camp Pike. The others are at home, and were unable to attend the funeral services on account of sickness.

She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband and children, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Hibbs; four sisters and two brothers as follows: Mrs. Minnie Perrine, of Princeton, Ill.; Mrs. Letta Job, of Fall City, Nebr.; Mrs. Myrtle Black, of Annandale, Minn.; Mrs. Alice Goff, of Lyons, Nebr.; Homer E. and L. O. Hibbs, of Blockton. Besides these, she leaves many other relatives and friends.

In 1883 she confessed her faith in Christ and was buried with her Lord in baptism by J. H. Coffey at Athelstan. She later united with the Christian church at Blockton.

The funeral services were conducted from the Isadora Church of Christ October 11th by Challie E. Graham, assisted by Albert W. Luce pastor of the Church of Christ at West Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado. After which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Isadora.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of a host of friends, all of whom united in wishing for the help, strength, comfort and guidance of Him who said, "I will never leave nor forsake you."


Blockton News, Thursday, October 14, 1920, [p. 1]

Mrs. Arthur Goff died at her home in Joplin, Missouri, of typhoid fever October 7th. The remains were brought back for burial. The funeral was held at Isadora Monday at 10:30 and interment was made in the Isadora cemetery.

Mrs. Jim Job and daughter, of Fall City, Nebraska, came Saturday called here by the death of her sister, Mrs. Arthur Goff.

C. B. Perrine and wife, of Princeton, Ill., came Sunday to attend the funeral of her sister, Mrs. Arthur Goff.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, May 29, 1958, p. 8

Athelstan News

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sickels and son Glade, C. R. Sickels attended the funeral of their sister and aunt, Mrs. John (Alice) Gold of Albert Lea, Minn., Wednesday. Mrs. Gold having had a stroke. The Golds formerly lived here and moved to Minnesota several years ago. She was past 77 years of age.


Blockton News, Thursday, January 15, 1914, [p. 1]

Death and Suicide

Miss Gladys Grace, daughter of Jesse Grace and wife, of Sheridan, Missouri, died Monday morning of last week of blood poison, aged about 17. The funeral took place at the Christian church at Sheridan at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon conducted by Revs. F. J. Smith and Challie E. Graham.

Thursday evening previous to her death she was preparing to attend a social gathering and when rubbing face powder on her cheek, slightly disturbed a small pimple. A few hours later the pimple commenced to pain her and though medical aid was called and a consultation of physicians was had on Sunday, Dr. J. T. Maloy being one of the physicians, but the disease could not be stayed.

She was bright and high-spirited and a favorite with her associates. She was betrothed to Orley Calkins, son of Sherman Calkins and wife, living four miles northeast  of Sheridan, upon whom her death fell so heavily that he committed suicide Friday morning.

From the time of the death of Miss Grace he refused to be comforted in any way and while not manifesting outwardly any great depth of sorrow it was evident to his parents that he was very deeply affected and they did what they could to divert his attention from the death of his sweetheart and cheer him up. He ate but little and his [words unreadable] were sealed to the company and conversation of his family and companions. He went to work and on Thursday and engaged in setting posts. Friday evening he bid his parents  [goodbye?] supplementing the [words unreadable] "I can bear [it] no longer" and went upstairs. His father followed him, but before he could reach him he had shot himself in the abdomen, the shot making a frightful wound, causing his death three hours later.

He is said to have been a young man of good morals and his tragical death was a crushing blow to his family and cast a spirit of sadness over the community in which he resided.

The funeral took place Saturday and the remains were laid to rest beside those of Miss Grace.

Both the departed were well known to many of our readers.


Blockton News, Thursday, March 31, 1921, [p. 1]

James Henry Gray was born at Laurel, Franklin County, Indiana, October 3, 1847, and departed this life at his home in Blockton at 5:30 Wednesday evening, March 23, 1921, aged 73 years, 5 months and 20 days.

He came with his parents to Iowa in 1869 and located in Taylor County which has been his residence ever since.

He was converted and united with the Christian church at the age of 16. After moving to Iowa he united with the Baptist church and remained a member of that denomination until his death.

He had been in failing health for about three years, having partially lost his hearing and eyesight which was a great worry to him at all times.

He was twice married and to these unions were born 5 children, 3 of whom survive him. E. E Gray of Bladworth, Saskatchewan, Canada; Mrs. C. F. Grotz, of Denver, Colorado, and Donald Gray who is at home. Besides his remaining wife, children and one grandchild he leaves four brothers---J. [eremiah] R. Gray, of Frederick, Oklahoma; G.  [eorge] C. Gray, of Kansas City, Mo.; J. [ohn] E.[dward] Gray, of Maloy, and F. [ranklin] A. [sher] Gray, of Kansas City, Mo., and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Friday morning, at 10:30, conducted by Rev. J. F. Conrey, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.


Blockton News, Thursday, March 31, 1921, p. 5

Relatives from out of town attending the funeral of James H. Gray Friday were his brothers, George Gray, of Kansas City; Jerry Gray, of Frederick, Oklahoma; Frank Gray, of Kansas city and John Gray, of Maloy, and a nephew, Edward Wertz, of St. Joseph.


Blockton News, Thursday, February 23, 1928, p. 4

James Monroe and Elizabeth Ruth Newton, of Diagonal, came Friday to attend the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Lillian Gray, and spend the weekend with their father, M. A. Newton.


Blockton News, Thursday, February 23, 1928, p. 5

Obituary – Lillian D. [ale] Newton, daughter of John and Elizabeth Newton, was born near Allamuchy, Sussex [Warren] County, New Jersey, December 6, 1857, and died in Des Moines, Iowa, February 16, 1928, aged 70 years, 2 months and 10 days.

At the age of two years, with her parents, she came to Iowa, the family locating near Blockton. She grew to womanhood in this vicinity. This being a new country she was subjected to the hardships of pioneer life, helping her parents and helping care for several younger brothers and sisters, making her [a] good example of the pioneer daughter and mother.

She was united in marriage to James H. [enry] Gray March 19, 1882.

To this union four children were born. Two of the children died in childhood, Hollie dying at the age of 9 years and Don at the age of 3 years. The surviving children are Mrs. Jessie Grotz, of Denver, Colorado, and Donald N. [ewton] Gray, of Des Moines.

After the death of Mr. Gray March 23, 1921, Mrs. Gray has made her home most of the time with her brothers, going to the home of her son, Donald, in Des Moines a few weeks ago. 

Mrs. Gray was converted and united with the Methodist church in 1911. She tried to live the Christ life and made the golden rule her standard. She was faithful to the church until she was forced to give up the work by reason of physical conditions.

She leaves to mourn her death besides her two children, three brothers and one sister---Isaac Newton of Clarinda; James C. [ovey] and Monroe A. [mos] Newton, of this vicinity, and Mrs. Fannie Seaton, of Blockton, and other relatives and many friends. Two sisters, Mrs. Mivera [Minerva] Packard and Mrs. Addie Ostrander, and one brother, George R. [ufus] Newton, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held at the Blockton Methodist church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. H. Bennett, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery



Blockton News, Thursday, February 25, 1932, p. 8

Obituary – Elizabeth Hartley, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Hartley, was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, March 7, 1842, and died at the home of her son, Samuel Garard, Feb. 12, 1932, aged 89 years, 11 months and 5 days.

Her girlhood days were spent with her parents in Pennsylvania. In September, 1862 she was united in marriage to William D. Garard and to this union seven children were born---Louisa and Elick, who died in infancy, and James and John T., who also preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lenora Rowen and Mrs. R. B. Steele and one son, Samuel, with whom she made her home.

Mr. and Mrs. Garard established a home in Mapletown, Pa., they then moved to Ringgold County settling in Delphi, now Maloy, she being the last of these early settlers. Here in this community they reared their family and lived happily together until his death in April 1906. Since his death she has lived on the old home place, one mile south of Maloy.

Mrs. Garard was a loving mother. Not only thinking of her own children, but of her grandson, James Bowan, who she mothered and loved as much as her own children. She joined the Baptist church before moving from Pennsylvania and since that time has been very faithful to her Creator, as shown in the beautiful life that she has lived. She is the last survivor of 13 children.

For the past four years she has been in very poor health and has been given constant attention and care by her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Garard. She leaves to mourn her death three children, ten grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Maloy Sunday, Feb. 14, at 11 a. m., conducted by T. S. Rhoades and interment made in the Shay cemetery.



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

Obituary – Charles E. Goff was born in Cable  [Cabell] County, West Virginia, March 6, 1838, and died at his home in Worth County, Mo., March 25, 1920, aged 82 years and 19 days.

He was the last of 13 children to answer the last call. He came to Missouri in 1858, and has made his home on the same farm ever since.

On April 22, 1862, he was married to Miss Anna C. [lara] Merckling, who died June 24, 1914. To this union was born eight children, seven of whom are left to mourn a father’s loving care. The eldest, Mrs. Nancy F. Wall, died in Feb. 1890. Those living are as follows: Mrs. Sarah E. Brown, George L. Goff, Edward F. Goff, Albert L. Goff, Silas C. Goff, Charles Granville Goff, and Irvin M. Goff. All except Silas C. Goff, who lives at Ottawa, Kansas, live in Worth County.

The deceased first united with the United Brethren church at Honey Grove, but later united with the Church of Christ at Pleasant Ridge under the ministry of Wm. Cobb.

When the War of the Rebellion began he enlisted in Company I, 48th Regiment of Missouri Privates, and was later transferred to Co. E, 50th Regiment of Missouri Infantry, serving throughout the war.

Mr. Goff was one of our best citizens, and was highly respected by all. He will be a much missed man.

The funeral services were conducted from the home March 26, 1920, by Challie E. Graham, and the remains laid to rest in the Honey Grove cemetery. The six sons acted as pall bearers.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of a great host of friends. May they look to the Father in Heaven and our Saviour Jesus Christ and be comforted and guided by them.


Blockton News, Thursday, October 22, 1931, [p. 1]

Obituary – Mary Etta Stabe, daughter of Phillip and Lucinda Stabe, was born at Grant City, Mo., on April 3, 1872, and passed away at the family home, 7 miles northwest of Grant City, October 15, 1931, aged 59 years, 6 months and 12 days.

She was united in marriage to Ezekiel H. [ouston] Goff April 8, 1896. To this union was born one son, Gordon Sterling Goff, now residing near Grant City.

She was converted at Honey Grove in 1915 and placed her membership with the M. E. church at Grant City. She lived a devoted Christian life and kept her faith to the last. She was a kind and faithful wife and mother, and her friends were numbered by her acquaintances.

She leaves to mourn her departure, her faithful husband, Ezekiel H. [ouston] Goff; one son, Gordon, and wife; one grandson, Harold Blaine Goff; one sister, Emma Motsinger; one brother, Ollie Stabe, and two nephews, Ralph Motsinger and Frank Stabe, all of Grant City, besides many other relatives and a host of friends.

Her parents, one brother, Edward, and one sister, Anna, preceded her in death.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. J. P. Ingerslew, were held on October 16, at Honey Grove and interment made in Honey Grove cemetery.

Beautiful and comforting music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. J. d. Mosbarger who sang “Take Up Thy Cross,” and “There’s No Disappointments in Heaven,” and by [words unreadable] Mumma who sang [words unreadable] at the piano.

Pallbearers were Silas Warden, Geo. Goff, Ed Goff, Granville Goff, Tom Goff and Bert Goff.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 30, 1961, p. 4

Boyd Gray dies In Farm Accident Sat.

Boyd Gray was killed Saturday morning about 8:30 when his tractor overturned. The Taylor county farmer was operating a tractor, which was pulling a hog house filled with feed.

Funeral services were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Service Home on State Street Tuesday morning, March 28. Rev. Ernest Leierer, pastor of the Blockton Christian church officiated. Burial in Rose Hill cemetery at Blockton.

Boyd Gray, son of Willis and Carrie Pierce Gray was born near Siam, Iowa, April 14, 1899, and passed away March 25, 1961, at the age of 61 years, 11 days.

He was united in marriage to Gladice Marie Fish, November 24, 1920. Boyd Gray lived near Hopkins as a farmer, most of his life.

He leaves to mourn his wife, Gladice; 10 children, Mrs. Opal Fisher of Grant City, Mrs. Margaret Darling of Norfolk, Va., Mrs. Marcelline Malson of Casper, Wyo., Mrs. Lorraine Cooley of Valley, Wash., Glen Dee of Kansas City, Beryl Dean, Paul Gene and Jim of Blockton, Elaine and Drexel of the home. There are 24 grandchildren; three brothers, Milo and Waldo of Spokane, Wash., Rolo of Kennewick, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Vulia Peve and Mrs. Mabel Gray of Hopkins; one half-sister, Mrs. Bessie Hopple of Clearmont, Mo.


Blockton News, Thursday, December 17, 1931, p. 5

Obituary – John Edward Gray, son of John and Missouri Gray was born in Wabash, Indiana, Feb. 19, 1866, and passed away at his home in Maloy Nov. 19, 1931, aged 65 years and 9 months.

He was united in marriage to Mary Cecelia Dant Feb. 23, 1885. He is survived by his wife, and daughter, Mrs. James Reagan of Davenport; two brothers, George C. and Frank Gray of Kansas City, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church in Maloy, conducted by Father M. J. Culhane, and interment was made in the Catholic cemetery near Maloy.