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Lenox Time Table, Thursday, October 10, 1929, p. 4
WILLIAM HOWARD ANDERSON – William Howard Anderson was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Anderson and was born in Butler Co., Penna., October 2, 1857. He died in his home in Des Moines, Tuesday, Octo. 1, 1929, and so lacked only one day of being 72 years old. In 1868, when but a boy, he came with the father's family to Washington County, Iowa, where they settled in the Living Lake neighborhood. Here they made their home until his death in 1899. The mother died in the fall of 1913. On March 26, 1884, he was married to Narina Jennie Mitchell. Mr. Anderson moved to a farm south of Clearfield in 1916, and in 1921 to Des Moines, which was his home until his death.

October 24, 1903, he was elected to the eldership in the Lenox U. P. church, which he served efficiently and acceptably until his removal from the bounds of the congregation. In his official capacity he was not a man of many words but he spoke to the point, discreetly and fairly. He also served as an elder in the Clearfield congregation and was a member of the session of the Beaver Avenue United Presbyterian church in Des Moines, which has just dedicated that magnificent new church, possibly the finest building in the denomination. That church is to be host to the synod this week and to the general assembly next May.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jennie Anderson of Des Moines, and by his children, Mrs. Etta Floy Riley of Lenox, Mrs. Lulu Mae Huffman of Des Moines and Geo. Mitchell Anderson of Dubuque. One child, Laura Blanch, died in infancy. Also six grandchildren. One brother Frank of Minneapolis, Minn., was at the funeral. Doctor Everett of Rockwell, New Mexico and Dr. Fred Wickerson, Kansas, could not be present, nor his sister Mrs. Jennie Ferguson of Sterling, Kansas; however, her daughter, Mrs. Faye Simons of Turon, Kan., was present. Also as were Mr. and Mrs. Pressly Henry and Mr. and Mrs. James Henry and Mrs. Bessie Henry Ball, all of Sterling, Kansas, Mrs. Sarah Harper of New Concord, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. James Harper of Des Moines, Mrs. Ella Mitchell of Cannon City, Colo., Mrs. Mary Baldridge of Des Moines.

Howard Anderson was an outstanding man in the communities in which he lived. He had a high sense of honor. His instincts and devotions were true. "None knew him but to love him. None named him but to praise."

His body was brought back to Lenox for burial and laid away in the grave close to that of his honored father and mother. The funeral services were conducted in the Lenox U. P. church, Thursday afternoon at 3:30 by Dr. Davidson, a former pastor, who was assisted by Rev. Willis Crafts.

"As for me I will behold thy face in righteousness. I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness." Ps. 17:15.


Lenox Time Table, Thursday, June 3, 1971, [p. 1]
Walter Beadel Died Friday
Walter R. Beadel, 80, long-time resident of the Lenox community, died at the Rosary hospital in Corning, Iowa, Friday, May 28th.

Walter R. Beadel, son of Edward Beadel and Jennie Stoner Beadel, was born in Taylor County on March 9, 1891, and died at the age of 80 years, two months and 19 days.

Mr. Beadel was united in marriage to Della M. [illicent] Belding on December 25, 1912. To this union were born three sons, Kenneth of Gravity, Reldon of Lenox and Wendell of Oskaloosa. They lived on the same farm all their married life.

Left to mourn his passing are his three sons, three daughters-in-law, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, his parents, two sisters, one brother, Willard and two grandchildren.

Mr. Beadel was a member of the Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a loving husband and father.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, May 31st at 2 p. m. from the United Methodist Church with Rev. Floyd Newbrough officiating.

Music was furnished by Norma Paymal.

Bearers were Bill Beach, Geo. Barrans, Spencer Peck, Larry Bradley, Howard Rogers and Robert Donaldson.

Burial was in Fairview cemetery.


Creston News Advertiser, Monday, July 18, 1960, [p. 1]
Mrs. Phillip Beck Dies In Lenox
Lenox --- Mrs. Phillip Beck, 95, died at 3 p. m. at her home in Lenox Saturday.

Final rites will be held Tuesday at 2 p. m. in the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox with Rev. James Eddy officiating. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs. Beck was a native of WŸrttemberg, Germany. She was born there in 1865 and moved to Lenox in 1889.

Surviving are: three sons, Albert of Lenox, Johnny of Reinbeck and Herman of Woodland Hills, Cal.; one stepson, Charles of Sharpsburg; three daughters, Rose of Lenox, Emma of St. Joseph, Mo. and Mrs. Mary Morris of Lenox; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren and 11 step grandchildren.

Phillip, her husband, died in 1948. Mrs. Beck's stepson, George, also preceeded her in death.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 31, 1941, [p. 1]
James W. Berry, 70, Dies At Farm Home
James W. Berry died at his home six miles northeast of Bedford, Monday, July 21 after an illness of several months.

The funeral services were held at the Catholic Church in Lenox, Thursday, July 24 and burial was in the Catholic cemetery at Lenox.

James William Berry, son of William and Margaret Berry, was born in Wisconsin, May 3, 1871. Most of his life was spent on a farm near Rhodes, Marshall County, Iowa, moving to Taylor County ten years ago.

On Sept. 25, 1896 he was married to Elizabeth Giddings of Rhodes, Iowa. To them were born five children: William of Alta Vista, Iowa; James of Elma, Iowa; Ray of Des Moines, Lila Marvin of Taylor County, and Lester of the home. All of the children were at home before their father passed away.


Kathryn "Kay" Britton, 69, Savannah, Missouri, died Saturday, Jan 25, 2003 in her home. Kay was born January 22, 1934 in Bedford, Iowa, where she resided until moving to Savannah in 1962. She was the proprietor of Westside Beauty Salon in Savannah from 1968 to 1976 and later retired from Quaker Oats in 1999. Kay was a 1952 graduate of Bedford High School and of St. Joseph Beauty University. She was a member and past president of the Savannah R-3 PTA and of the Get Together Club. She was a 50 year member of the O.E.S. in Bedford, Iowa, a life member of the 600 Club of Women's Bowling Association and a member of the Rolling Hills Library in Savannah. On July 9, 1953 she married Robert "Whitie" Britton who preceded her in death in 1997.

[Note: Online obituary courtesy of Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel]




Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, November 17, 1906 p. 4
Lenox Time-Table --- Anna Elizabeth Cresswell was born April 17th, 1847, in Van Buren County, Iowa, where she resided with her parents until the summer of 1880, when she came to make her home with her brother in Adams County, Iowa. This has been her home up to the time of her departure from this life, which took place Sunday evening, November 4th, at 6 o'clock, being at the time of her death, 59 years, 8 months and 17 days of age.

Miss Cresswell was ever self denying, coming from her parent's home---a young woman---to be a mother to the motherless children of her brother. To them she has been a mother in the truest sense of the word, her brother and his sons having first place in her heart always. She was a kind and gentle woman, loved and esteemed by all, a great favorite in the community, being always ready and willing to lend a helping hand in time of need, sympathetic and consoling in sorrow, an earnest and diligent believer in Jesus Christ, and patient and cheerful during her long sad affliction.







Clarinda Herald, Monday, May 29, 1923, p. 11
Fewson Baby Buried At Lenox, Ia.
The P. A. Fewson home has been saddened by the death of their daughter Ethel [Bethel] Anne Fewson, which occurred Saturday evening. The baby was born May 8, 1923.

Burial [is] being made this Monday morning at Lenox, Iowa, with short services there.


Clarinda Herald, Thursday, May 31, 1923, p. 8
Bethel Ann Fewson The baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. [eter] A. Fewson passed away May 26th at their home, 715 E. Washington Street, at the age of only 18 days having been born May 8th. The baby was perfectly well at first, but contracted whooping cough, followed by pneumonia and died after a brief two days illness. The little form was taken to Lenox, Monday, for burial, short services at the grave being conducted by the Christian minister of that place, Rev. McCallahan. Two little brothers and one sister survive, besides the bereaved father and mother.


Lenox Time Table, Thursday, February 14, 1963, [p. 1]
Miss Edna Fewson, 75, died at her home in Lenox Saturday afternoon. Survivors: 2 brothers, Pete of Clarinda, George of Clarkville, Mo., 1 sister Fannie of Tulsa, Okla., and 2 nieces of Clarinda.

The funeral was Feb. 12 at Bender Funeral Home, the Rev. David Shaeffer officiating with burial in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Thursday, Thursday, January 26, 1967, p. 3
Mrs. Rose Wurster of Lenox visited Friday in the home of her brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Schaffer and in the p. m. they all attended the funeral of a cousin Mrs. Lena Follis at the Roland Funeral Home in Corning and the burial in the Lenox Cemetery.


Creston News Advertiser, Wednesday, January 18, 1967, p. 23
Lena Follis, 84, Dies Last Night
Mrs. Lena Follis, 84, died at the Greater Community hospital here at 9:55 p. m. Tuesday. She had been in the hospital for six days for treatment of a broken hip.  Her home was at 407 North Maple Street.

Mrs. Follis was a former longtime resident of the Prescott community.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Friday at the Roland funeral home at Corning. Rev. Walter Sinning will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs. Follis is survived by three brothers, Harry, Elmer and Paul Schafer, all of the Prescott community; three sisters, Mrs. Clara Haynes of Griswold, Mrs. Mary Thompson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mrs. Lillian Hanson of El Paso, Tex.; and a niece and nephew, Mrs. Harry Fehrle of Prescott and Dean Schafer of Fort Wayne, Ind., whom she raised in her home.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 9, 1971, p. 4
Glen Gold Rites Held Here Wed.
Glen Gold, Klamath, Oregon, died Sunday, December 5, at the new Methodist Hospital in Omaha. He was a brother of Cleo Gold of Bedford. His parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. George Gold, were Taylor County residents.

Funeral services were held Wed., Dec. 8 at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 16, 1971, p. 6
Glen Leon Gold Rites Dec. 8

Funeral services for Glen Leon Gold, 74, of Bedford, held December 8 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Rev. McCain. Mr. Gold died December 5, 1971 at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.

Glen Leon Gold, son of George and Jane Gold, was born Dec. 13, 1896 in Nodaway County, Missouri.

The early part of his life was spent in Taylor County. In later years he resided in Klamath Falls, Oregon until he became ill and returned to Bedford.

He joined the Christian Church at Blue Grove early in life.

He leaves one brother, Cleo, and family of Bedford; one half-brother, Seborn Bronnenberg, and family, Des Moines, Iowa; one half sister, Rena Roudebush and family of Tampa, Florida; one adopted sister, Alderina Newby of South Bend, Ind.; other relatives and friends.


Funeral services for Austa Hakes, age 79 of rural Clarinda, who died Saturday, March 1, 2008 in Lincoln, Nebraska, were held Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. An Eastern Star service was held Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment was held in the Hawleyville Cemetery. Memories can be shared with the family on our website at under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Austa Louise (Martin) Hakes was born July 18, 1928 in Bedford, Iowa the daughter of William (Bill) Charles Martin and Lucy May (Bond) Martin. Austa grew up attending school in Bedford, graduating with the Class of 1945. After high school, she went to Maryville to attend Beauty School, staying there for a few years, before returning to Bedford to open her own place "Austa's Beauty Shoppe" in the basement of the Ahren's Building. Austa operated this business until 1955. She met Bud Hakes at a dance in Clarinda, and the couple were united in marriage in December of 1954 at the United Methodist Church in Bedford. They shared 53 wonderful years together. Austa and Bud lived north of Hawleyville where their daughter, Kathy was born in 1957. The family then moved to Gravity and a son, Ed was born in 1965. The family returned to Hawleyville, where Austa was active with Bud running the family farming operation until her death.

Austa enjoyed Bingo and visiting the casino. She loved her dogs and cats, especially her dog Sadie. She was always active in politics, and kept up on the current issues at hand. Believe it or not, she was even known to share her thoughts and views on various subjects! Austa was very proud of her family and all of the activities they were involved in. She took great pride in taking care of her loved ones, preparing wonderful meals and making sure she knew where everyone was, and if they were safe. She simply enjoyed life and being around people! In fact, many of Ed and Kathy's friends called her "mom". She was an active fan of almost any sporting event and she LOVED desserts! Austa was a member of the Eastern Star in Bedford for over 50 years. She was also a member of the Hawleyville H.E.O. Club.

Left to cherish Austa's memory are her loving husband, Bud Hakes of rural Clarinda; daughter, Kathy Hakes of New Market; son, Ed Hakes and wife Julie of Clarinda; along with many other nieces, nephews and family members, and many friends, both near and far.

Preceding Austa in death were her parents, Bill Martin in 1982; Lucy May Martin in 2004; a brother, Lyle Edward Martin in 1974; and a sister Kathryn Grayce Britton in 2003.

Austa was a devoted wife, mother and friend. Her enthusiasm, humor, insight and gentle kindness will be missed by everyone.

[On line obituary courtesy of Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel.]


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, July 13, 1918, [p. 1]
James Hayes, an old resident of Lenox, died at his home in that place on June 30. He had been in failing health for several years and a few years ago moved to Lenox, where the death occurred. The funeral was held from St. Patrick's Catholic church of Lenox.


Creston News Advertiser, Saturday, May 19, 1956, p. 3

Nellie Irene Hays - Nellie Irene Johnson, daughter of John and Jennie Johnson, was born in Mulvane, Kansas, Feb. 26, 1913. She passed away May 11, 1956 at the Greater Community hospital in Creston after a lingering illness of four years duration.

She was united in marriage to Virgil Hays, Feb. 11, 1931, and three children were born to this union, Orval, of Lenox; Arthur and Lois, at home.

She was a member of the Methodist church at Shannon City and later transferred that membership to the Methodist church in Diagonal.

Besides her husband and three children, she is survived by a grandson, by her mother, Mrs. Frank Tindle, her stepfather, Mr. Tindle, and a sister, Bessie Dunkin, of Creston.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Johnson, who passed away June 14, 1917.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in the Diagonal Methodist church of which she was a member, in charge of the pastor, the Rev. W. A. Whitenack. Mrs. A. J. Kessler and Mrs. Freeman Rief sang, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" and "Beyond the Sunset." Mrs. Harold Taylor was organist. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery. Casket bearers wee Lewis Brown, Ivan Clark, Orville Reed, Ora Grace, Fred Abel, and Carl Downey.


A daughter, Myrna Lou, born to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hetz, Wednesday, died shortly after birth. Short funeral services conducted by the Rev. E. F. Hagee were held at the grave Thursday afternoon at 2:30.


[HETZ, CHRISTIAN, 1854-1931]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, March 26, 1931, p. 4
Christian Hetz Died Monday, March 16, 1931
Christian Hetz was born December 3, 1854 in Wurttemberg, Germany, and died March 16, 1931, at the home of his daughter at Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 76 years, 3 month[s] and 18 days. He was the youngest of nine children born to Christian and Barbara Hetz.

On February 2, 1882 he was married to Katherine Reine of Gneible [Gniebel], Germany, who passed to her reward June 25, 1895. To this union were born twelve children, three of whom survive: Mrs. Katherine Sparks of Detroit, Michigan; Christian, of Lenox; and Fritz of Detroit, Michigan. Nine grandchildren, Vernon and Helen Vickers, of Selma, California; Irene Sparks Jennings and W. C. Sparks of Detroit, Darrell L. Hetz of Battle Creek, Michigan, Vivienne, Norma, Donna Lou and Clifford Hetz of Lenox and two great grandchildren, Billy Gene and Bobby Jennings of Detroit.

Mr. Hetz with his family came to America on June 2, 1892 to join his sister, Mrs. E. D. Fewson, who was a resident here. He was a member of the German Lutheran church and later attended the Presbyterian Church. Most of his life was spent in Lenox, with the exception of the last few years, which he divided among his three children.

For the past three years he has been in failing health. He was a patient sufferer until the end, always considerate of the comfort of others.

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Lenox, on Thursday afternoon, March 19. They were conducted by Rev. Shepard, pastor of the Methodist church.

Music was furnished by a quartette composed of Mr. Glen Leckliter, Mrs. Ben Wurster and W. C. Lewis and Warren Eckles, with Mrs. Wm. Dey Ermand accompanying them.

Burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.


Lenox Time Table, Thursday, December 4, 1947, [p. 1]
Clark Irwin Buried Here
Graveside services were held here Wednesday afternoon for Clark Irwin, former Lenox resident, who passed away at his Pawnee City, Nebraska home, Monday.

Mr. Irwin's wife passed away in July, with burial here. Three daughters survive.


Creston News Advertiser, Wednesday, May 10, 1933, p. 6
Mrs. Lyda James – Eliza Ann Hale, daughter of James P. and Mariah Hale, was born at Winfield, Iowa, Nov. 16, 1852, and departed this life May 7, 1933, at the age of 80 years, 5 months and 21 days.

She leaves to mourn her going her sister, Mrs. Justine Steen, who made her home with Mrs. James and two brothers, Finley of Wise, Mo., and James of Selma, Calif. The father and mother and four brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.

In early years she confessed her savior and remained a faithful member of the Methodist church until her death. In 1896 she was united in marriage to James Paschal, who departed this life in 1905. In 1910 she married W. M. James, who passed away in 1920.

Mrs. James was a good Christian woman and lived a long useful life ever striving to do good to others. Her door was always open to ministers and church friends and as long as her health permitted she was found in her place at all church services, faithful and willing to help.

She leaves a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives, besides a host of friends who will miss her in the years to come.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

Funeral services were conducted from Deitrick-Keating Funeral Parlors in Creston on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Guy J. Fansher in charge. Music was by Ernest Porter and Mrs. Kellogg with Mrs. J. W. Goodsell, accompanist. Songs and text used were of Mrs. James' own selection. Interment was made at Fairview cemetery at Lenox.


Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, December 15, 1970, p. 10
Edith Johnson of Lenox Dies
Lenox – Mrs. Edith Johnson, 75, of Lenox, died at the Rosary hospital at Corning Monday.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday at the Bender funeral home at Lenox. Rev. Floyd T. Newbrough will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs. Johnson was born and raised in the Clearfield community but had lived in Chicago, Ill., for many years before coming to Lenox about five years ago to make her home.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Bertha Toland of Lenox and a brother, Cedric Feller [Seller] of DeWitt.

Her husband, Emil Johnson, preceded her in death in 1964 [1963].


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Friday, February 20, 1925, [p. 1]
Last Sunday morning, February 15, 1925, at 6 o'clock witnessed the passing from this life to the life everlasting of Frederick Samuel Schaffer, by his many friends known as Cap Schaffer, at his home six miles east of Corning in Mercer township after a lingering illness of rheumatism resulting in heart trouble. The end came peacefully after his long and patient suffering. Mr. Schaffer was one of the real pioneer residents of the county and a successful farmer and a valuable asset to the community in which he lived for over a half century. The subject of this sketch was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Schaffer and was born at Wellsville, Columbiana County, Ohio, February 3, 1845, and at the time of his death was aged 70 years and 12 days. With his parents and their family he came to this county in 1868 and shortly after their arrival they settled on the excellent farm in Mercer township which had been his home to the time of his death except a short time and then he resided in the community. He lived to witness the many changes of the raw prairie to the present high state of cultivation of the country and no one assisted more than did he in bringing about this desirable change. On September 16, 1879, he was united in marriage to Miss Barbara Eberle at Lenox who preceded him in death January 5, 1902. To this union were born eight children, seven of whom are living and are Miss Lena who has been the head of the house since the death of her mother, Mrs. Frank Thompson of Lenox, Paul Schaffer residing northeast of Prescott, Harry, Albert and Lillian at home and Mrs. Cleo Haynes of Lenox. Elizabeth, the oldest child, died when fourteen years of age. Besides the children he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Labon Harrison and one brother, William Schaffer, both residing in the same community besides other relatives and a large circle of friends gained by his long and honorable residence in the community. The funeral was held from the late home on Tuesday at 2 o'clock p. m. conducted by Rev. Homer Caskey. Interment in the Lenox cemetery.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Friday, February 26, 1925, p. 15

Fred "Cap" Schafer passed away on Sunday morning. The funeral was from the house Tuesday at 2:30 and burial in Lenox. The community extend their sympathy.


This community is passing through an unusual wave of sadness this week as two friends and neighbors have passed to the great beyond. Fred Schaffer of Mercer Township was called away on Sunday morning after a long illness . . . Funeral services of Mr. Schaffer were held on Tuesday afternoon from his nice country home conducted by Rev. Homer Caskey and the body was laid to rest in Fairview cemetery in Lenox beside his companion who passed away 23 years ago. His funeral was very largely attended by neighbors and friends.


Memorial services for Lottie Schaffer, age 91, of Corning, who died Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at Corning Nursing & Rehab, will be at a later date. Memorials can be directed to the Corning Public Library or the Rose Ann Auxiliary. Memories can be shared with the family at Arrangements were entrusted to Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home of Corning.

Lottie Veronica Nelson was born November 8, 1920 near Quincy, Iowa, the daughter of Albin Nelson and Nellie Bronner. She was the granddaughter of Icarian Colonists Michael and Veronica Bronner. She had an older brother, Chester B. Nelson. Their mother died when Lottie was only eight years old, so the children grew up with extra responsibilities. Some of her fondest memories were growing up on the farm and caring for the animals, especially her pet turkey.

On January 31, 1942 Lottie was united in marriage to LaVerne D. Schaffer in Maryville, Missouri. Two children were born to this union, Nellie Diane and LaVerne Dean, Jr. The family made their home in Brooks, Iowa until moving into Corning in 1959.

Lottie was a homemaker, devoted wife and loving mother. When her children were older, she worked at Lauvstad Drug Store. She also did daycare in her home. She enjoyed doing puzzles, growing African violets collecting turtles and caring for her dog and cats. She was also proud of winning some pie contests. Lottie was an active volunteer with Rose Ann Auxiliary for many years.

Lottie is preceded in death by her parents; her husband LaVerne D. Schaffer, Sr, a brother, Chester B. Nelson, son-in-law, George Weston, along with many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Left to cherish Lottie's memory are her daughter, Diane Weston and special friend Todd Mullen of Corning; her son, LaVerne D. (Bud) Schaffer, Jr. and wife Ramona I. Lynam of Creston; grandson, Richard Weston and fiance, Brandee Harrington and her daughter, Christina Hermanson of Charles City, Iowa; granddaughter, Michelle Weston Vargas and husband Tony of Omaha, Nebraska; grandson Mark A. Schaffer of Astoria, New York; the four Vargas great-grandchildren, Gwendolyn, Esmeralda, Samantha and Samuel; a sister-in-law, Almeda Eggleston; former daughter-in-law, Alice Schaffer and special niece, Ruth Ann Nelson, all of Corning along with many other relatives and friends.
[Note: On-line obituary courtesy of Ritchie Funeral Home]

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, January 11, 1902, p. 8
A Sad Death
Mrs. F. S. Schaffer of Mercer Township Called to Her Eternal Home

Mrs. Ursula Barbara, nee Eberle, wife of Fredrick Schaffer of Mercer Township, Adams County, Iowa, was born in the Kingdom of Wittenburg, Germany, Jan. 20 [29], 1856. She came to the hospitable shores of America April 16, 1875. On Sept. 16, 1879 she was united in marriage to Mr. Schaffer, to which union eight children were born, three boys and five girls. One of the girls, a favorite daughter, died a few years ago, still leaving seven children, the youngest of whom is a sweet, wide awake little girl of 4 summers, to feel and mourn their loss.

Mrs. Schaffer had been ailing for some time yet the family as well as the neighbors had hoped and labored for her final recovery. Wise Providence had ordered otherwise, and so in spite of all that medical skill, kind hearts and willing hands could o, the critical moment came and at about 11 o'clock on Sabbath morning, Jan. 5, 1901 [2], she passed away. "From grief and groan, to a great white throne beside the King of Heaven." It was a time long to be remembered by all those present. The immediate cause of her death was lung fever.

On Tuesday morning, January 7, favored by the beautiful weather and prompted by respect for the dead, the whole neighborhood far and near gathered on the premises of Mr. Schaffer to weep with the weeping and by their presence to honor and to encourage the bereaved—a fact which Mr. Schaffer sincerely appreciates. Every available space in the house was occupied and many stood outside waiting patiently and listening attentively while the German Lutheran minister, Rev. Koehler, to whose church Mrs. Schaffer belonged, took words from the gospel of Christ to encourage the mourners. After singing a few appropriate English hymns while Miss Christie Brokaw played at the organ, the last scene took place. Mr. Schaffer buried his dead in the cemetery at Lenox.

One more of the noble ones of our race was called upon to lay down the burden she gladly bore to take up the "crown that fadeth not away." A memorial service will be held in the English language at the Schaffer schoolhouse on Sabbath, January 12 at 10:30 a. m., conducted by Rev. M. Knoll. All invited.   A Friend


Lenox Time Table, Thursday, February 27, 1936, [p. 1]
Life Story of Columbus S. Seller
Columbus S. Seller, eldest son of Milton and Sarah Seller, was born in Greencastle, Ind., Sept. 21, 1853, and died at the home of his daughter in Lenox, Iowa, Feb. 20, 1936, at the age of 82 years, 4 months and 29 days.

On Dec. 8, 1880 he was married to Anna Mary Whyte, who preceded him in death on Nov. 10, 1935. Ten children were born, three having preceded the father in death, two dying in infancy, and Virgil, who died Feb. 23, 1920.

He is survived by four daughters and three sons, Mrs. Vena Saunders of Beresford, S. D., Mrs. Bertha Toland of Lenox, Mrs. Edith Johnson of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Anna Murphy of Sherman, Texas, Lester of Marceline, Mo., Oscar L. of Pierson, Ia., and Cederic [Cedric] N. of Lenox.

Mr. Seller also leaves two sisters and five brothers, Mrs. Florence Corsline of Garden Grove, Ia., Mrs. Una McGrew of Lenox, William H. of Sumner, Wash., John F. of Harlan, Oregon, Albert M. and Cresley R. of Lenox and Edwin R. of Kahoka, Mo.

His early days were spent in Greencastle, Ind., where he attended school and graduated from the high school of that place. At the age of twenty he came to Iowa, living for a while in Ringgold County, then moving later to Taylor County. In 1913 he moved to Macon, Mo., and later to Marceline.

When a young man he united with the M. E. Church and at the time of his death he was a member of the M. E. church of Marceline, Mo.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Feb. 22, at the Barber funeral home in Lenox, conducted by the Rev. Thomas Kelly. Burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.


Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, December 5, 1979, [p. 1]
Service Saturday For Bertha Toland, 86,
Bertha B. Toland, 86, a resident of the Lenox community most of her life, died Thursday, Nov. 29 in Des Moines. The body was brought to the Larkin-Bender Funeral Home Friday afternoon, where it lay in state until time for the graveside service Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a. m. The Rev. William Trembly, pastor of the United Methodist Church officiated.

Casket bearers were George Young, Richard Young, William Young, Clark Moore and Jack Gourley. Interment was in East Fairview cemetery.

Bertha Beulah Seller was born to Columbus Severe [Sevier] Seller and Anna Mary Whyte Seller, Nov. 7, 1893 at Clearfield, Iowa. She died Nov. 29 at Des Moines.

On August 13, 1913, she was married to Branch W. [ard] Toland. They were parents of three children.

Branch farmed for many years in the Lenox community. Bertha taught country school and was active in the Rebekah Lodge, American Legion Auxiliary and the Methodist Church as long as she was able.

She was preceded in death by her husband, five brothers and three sisters.

She leaves her children, Maurine Lee and her husband Roland of Medford, Ore., Thelma Gamble and her husband Wesley of Des Moines, Duane Toland and his wife Greta of Central Point, Ore., three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Bertha was a sister-in-law of Ruth Moore and Gertrude Beatty, both of Lenox, with several nieces and nephews here.


Creston News Advertiser, Monday, November 3, 1947, [p. 1]
Lonnie Lyddon, 79, Dies at Lenox Today
Lenox – Lonnie Lyddon, 79, died at 9:10 a. m. today at his home on east Temple street here. He had been ill for several months.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Barber funeral home with Rev. Charles Hagee of Stanberry, Mo., a former Lenox minister, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery here.

There are no immediate survivors. Three cousins, Sam and Esther Block [Black] and Charles Cheese, live in Lenox and there are other relatives at Clearfield. Mr. Lyddon came to Lenox in 1881 and had lived here since that time.


Lenox Time Table, Thursday, November 6, 1947, [p. 1]
Lonnie Lyddon, 79, Died Here Monday
Lonnie Lyddon, age 79, died at his home here Monday at 9:10 a. m. following a long illness.

He leaves no immediate relatives but is survived by his cousins Sam and Ed Black, Mrs. ]?]Einfeldt and Charles Cheese of Lenox, also three cousins, Bert, Elzie and Ned Lyddon of Clearfield.

Funeral services at the Barber funeral home Wednesday of this week at 2 p. m. conducted by Rev. Clarence Richardson. Interment in Fairview cemetery.


Clearfield Enterprise, Thursday, November 6, 1947, p. 2
Lonnie Lyddon, 79, died at Lenox Monday forenoon. He had been ill for many months. He never married, and was a cousin of the older Lyddons of this community.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, December 29, 1955, p. 6
Robin Malia Reynolds
Robin Malia Reynolds, infant daughter of James and Lucille Reynolds, was born Oct. 8, 1955 at the Greater Community hospital in Creston, Iowa, and passed away there Dec. 26.

Baby Robin was able to spend only two days in her home, the rest of her days were spent in the hospital where she was born.

Though her stay was short, she was a beautiful and sweet baby and was loved by many.

She is survived by her parents; a brother, Ronnie; a sister Cheryl; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Reynolds of Prescott and Mr. and Mrs. Joe B. Schafroth of Lenox.

Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1955 at 2 p. m. from the Lines Funeral Home at Corning, Iowa with the Rev. Elmer Kretzinger of Des Moines in charge.

Interment was in the Lenox cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.

Music for the services was furnished by Kathy Campbell, accompanied by Linda Vernon, pianist.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 12, 1944, p. 2
James Wilder Dies
James Wilder, 83, died at the St. Francis Hospital in Maryville Saturday night, where he had been a patient the past three weeks. He was born in Tennessee, but had resided here the past fifty years.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Fee Mathers; one son, Emmett Wilder of Maryville; one brother, Will Wilder of Hopkins. Services were held at the Swanson Funeral Home Monday and burial was in the Hopkins cemetery.